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Kenmore Elite  24'' Built-In Dishwasher - Stainless Steel  ENERGY STAR®

  Item#  02212793000 | Model#  12793

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Reg Price: $1649.99
Savings: $518.40
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Specifications & Dimensions

Cutout Dimensions: 24 W x 34 H x 24 D
Depth with Door Closed (in.): 24.874
Depth with Door Open (in.): 49
Item Weight (lbs.): 88
Maximum Height (in.): 35
Minimum Height (in.): 33.5
Number of Place Settings: 12
Width (in.): 24
Shipping Depth (in.): 26.5
Shipping Height (in.): 35.5
Shipping Width (in.): 24.25
Color and Styling:
Color Coordinated Control Panel: Stainless
Color Family: Stainless steel
Handle Color: Stainless Steel
Product Overview:
Installable Under Sink: No
Fill Hose Included: No
Interior Size: Tall
Annual Operating Cost, Estimated $ (Electric Water Heater): 28
Annual Operating Cost, Estimated $ (Gas Water Heater): 22
Control Type: Electronic
Minimum Circuit Breaker: 15 amps
Sound Level (Decibels): 39
General Features:
Automatic Temperature Control: Yes
Control Location: Top Edge of Door
Control Panel Lockout: Yes
Cycle Countdown: Yes
Cycle Status Lights: Yes
Delay Wash: Yes
Door Style: Fully integrated
Drain Hose Included: Yes
Filter Cleaning: Manual-clean filter
Food Disposal: No
General Warranty: 2 year limited
Glass Trap: No
Power Cord Included: No
Sensor Washing: Yes
Wash Tower: No Glossary
Water Filtration: Yes
Convenience Features:
Detergent Dispenser: Yes
Multiple Door Positions: Yes
Quiet Package: Yes
Start Button Memory: Yes Glossary
Rack Material: Nylon
Tub Material: Stainless steel
Standard Cycles:
Cancel & Drain: Yes
Heavy Duty Cycle: No
High Temp Wash: Yes
Light Wash: No
Normal Wash Cycle: Yes
Number of Automatic Cycles: 6
Pot & Pan Cycle: Yes
Pre Soak Cycle: No
Quick Wash: Yes
Special Cycles:
China, Gentle Wash: Yes
Glassware Cycle: No
Lower Rack Wash Only: No
NSF Certified Rinse: Yes
Plastic Item Cycle: No
Plate Warmer Cycle: No
Drying Options:
Heated Dry: Yes
Unheated Air Dry: No
Number of Drying Options: 1
Upper Rack Features:
Adjustable Upper Rack: Yes
Removable Upper Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Upper Rack: No
Small Item Holder: No
Upper Rack Fold Down Tines: Yes
Upper Rack No Flip Clips: Yes
Upper Rack Wash Only: Yes
Lower Rack Features:
Cutlery Holder: Yes
Lower Rack Fold Down Tines: Yes
Lower Rack No Flip Clips: No
Removable Lower Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Lower Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Splittable: Yes
Silverware Basket w/Covers: Yes
Stemware Holder: Yes
Third Rack: No
Wash Rinse Options:
High Temp Rinse: Yes
Quick Rinse: Yes
Rinse Aid Dispenser: Yes
Rinse Aid Dispenser Indicator: Yes
Sanitary Rinse: Yes
ADA Compliant: No
ENERGY STAR Compliant: Yes


Ratings & Reviews



Product Description

Kenmore Elite 24" Built-In Dishwasher - Powerful and Quiet

The quietest dishwasher Kenmore has ever made at only 39 decibels, this ENERGY STAR® Kenmore Elite built-in dishwasher 1279 lets you rest and relax while it does all the hard work. The combination of the 360-degree PowerWash™ Plus technology and TurboZone® with rotating spray jets attacks your greasiest and grimiest dishes. Don't worry about your large or odd-shaped pots and pans. The one-hand adjuster makes lifting the upper rack very easy. It also has an efficient UltraClean wash system that knows the exact amount of water and energy to use so you can save money on your utility bills.

  • 39 dBA + Smart Dry + On Hand Adjuster
  • 360° PowerWash Plus Technology uses an innovative spray arm to reach deep into corners and blast dishes clean from all angles, to quickly erase grease, food and leftover soap.
  • TurboZone® with Rotating Spray Jets uses 6 pressurized spray nozzles to blast through tough, stuck-on residue and foods like lipstick, oatmeal, cheese and baked-on egg.
  • The Sanitizing Rinse Cycle is NSF-certified to remove 99.99% of bacteria left on dishes, pots, pans and utensils, for a healthier kitchen and dishes clean enough to eat off of.
  • Powerful cleaning and energy savings in one, UltraClean blasts the toughest dirt and baked-on messes loose, while using less resources and energy than other heavy duty cycles.
  • The SmartWash™ HE Cycle automatically adjusts water and energy use to the load size and degree of cleaning needed, helping save valuable resources.
  • The UltraWash® HE Filter traps food particles and keeps them from re-entering the dishwasher, so water is cleaner and dishes shine bright.
  • Featuring rapid cleaning power, the 1-Hour Wash Cycle speeds your dishes, silverware and stemware back into service.

Added on April 17, 2013


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31 Reviewers (65.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise14 found this helpful
Jul 25 , 2013
LOVE....LOVE....LOVE This Machine
We have an open kitchen/family room area so a quiet dishwasher was essential....this dishwasher is so quiet that you have to put your ear up to it to even know is it running. Cleans really good and there is a lot of space inside. Haven't run the "turbo" cycle yet so don't know how that works yet. So happy that we splurged on this model...we did get when it was on sale so that was nice.
Criticism35 found this helpful
Jul 1 , 2013
Epic disappointment
We paid a lot because we wanted the quietest dishwasher...and this was quieter and more spacious than the Bosch. So, I have now run it on every type of cycle it offers and can say that even with the 'turbos' and bells and whistles, it cleans worse than my 13-year-old builder-installed GE washer. Wow. Nice that it's quiet but I have to scrub down EVERYthing before it goes in this washer....not a single hardened crumb on a plate can be overlooked. My old washer...I could put a sneaker in it and it would look like new. Too bad, will see what I can do about returning this new super-expensive washer. Absolutely NOT worth the money...and who cares how quiet it is when you have to scrub and get yourself super dirty before you load it. Pick your evil, I suppose!


Rochester, NY

Jul 6 , 2014
Felt Compelled to Review this Dishwasher

I wanted to write this review because I read all the other reviews prior to purchasing this dishwasher. I must admit I was worried about some of the reviews and I personally don't think Consumer Reports opinion adds up to more than a hill of beans. I was also concerned about the one review stating the dishwasher warped her cabinets because my kitchen setup has the dishwasher's only vent (left top side) less than 2 inches away from my cabinet because my kitchen is L shaped. I am also replacing a 15+ year old dishwasher that was so loud and when it finished drying, the dishes were too hot to handle for another 30+ minutes. I have only had this dishwasher now for 3 weeks so I cannot comment yet on its longevity, but I can tell you this dishwasher has more than lived up to its and my expectations. The dishwasher is extremely quite other than when it is filling up with water or changing to drying can you really hear anything and that is barely audible. My dishes, cups, mugs, silverware and plastic-ware ALL come out clean and DRY - NO spots and NO water left behind inside the machine, on the racks and not on the items inside. I will say I had the dishwasher professionally installed and they told me to run the machine empty on the longest and highest setting prior to using it with dishes to remove remaining deposits from the manufacturing process. After that, I have been running the machine on the Smart Wash and Smart Dry mode with Finish powder soap and Finish Jet-Dry rinsing agent. I was told long ago not to use liquid soap because it clogs the machines. I also pre-rinse my items because do you really want all that left over debris going through your dishwasher? I also run my dishwasher most of the time at night so everything probably has been left sitting in there for several hours before it is emptied. Lastly, my concerns about the vent so far seem to be a non-issue. I have placed my hand on the vent during washing and drying and I can barely notice anything coming out, there is no noticeable heat or steam and my cabinet is fine. My old unit vented out the front, you could see the steam when drying and you could get burned from the steam. I hope this dishwasher does last the test of time, but I can only speculate that for now. I also do not see and issue with the top rack's construction. It seems well made (as good as any other dishwashers I looked at) the racks easily slide in and out. Plus I don't really have the need to adjust the top rack often. As far as everything else, this machine is the best in my book!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 23 , 2014
Great Dishwasher.

Couldn't believe just how quiet this model is. Had to put my ear up to the door to check if it was running. Clean dishes. I would recommend this model..

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Poughkeepsie, NY

Jun 20 , 2014
Washes with Perfection

This dishwasher washes better than any I have seen. It takes a lot longer to wash than older dishwashers due to the soaking cycles. The reason for 4 stars versus 5 is with a few of the features. First, the literature (and the salesperson) said the bottom could accomodate up to 13-inch plates -- not true. even with the top shelf all the way up, there is only 11 1/2 inches of clearance to the sprinkler arm. Also, what they won't tell you is that the top shelf can't be removed on this model. Lastly, the mechanism that moves the shelf up and down takes up space where the glasses go, making it more difficult to load.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Pleasanton, CA

Jun 18 , 2014

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Seattle, WA

Jun 17 , 2014
Cleans well--when it works

The dishwasher cleans dishes great...but the Dishwasher is very poorly put together. The top dishwasher rack was broken when I got the dishwasher. Then, after just 18 months, a hose clamp came off and flooded my house! I caught the flooding within less than a minute of starting the dishwasher, but it was too late. So much water came out that it flooded into my basement. Put your money toward a different brand or be prepared to pay extra for extended warranty...or fall victim to paying for costly repair parts. Kenmore & Sears should be ashamed of themselves for this product.

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Mukilteo, WA

Jun 12 , 2014
Keep your money and go on vacation!

If high end only means quiet, then go for cheap! This does not dry your dishes. If the manufacturer says always use high temp always use SaniRinse, always use rinse aid and set to max, and always use Smart dry, there's something wrong here. I shouldn't have to purchase a rinse aid for my high end dishwasher. And if I need to ALWAYS use high temp, sanirinse, and smart dry shouldn't those things be non optional for the dishwasher? My question here is: WHAT EXACTLY DID I PAY FOR!?? did I pay for quietness? fine, but didn't I pay for a dishwasher? shouldn't the EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE dishwasher have the dishes ready to be put away when it says it's ready? Does Kenmore need new engineers who care?

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Rockford, IL

Jun 3 , 2014
Extremely quite dishwasher. Excellent instillation. Sales personnel great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Bensalem, PA

May 28 , 2014
Unbelievable quite runmning

The dishwasher is extremely quiet while running and does an outstanding job of cleaning all item especially glasses without any water spots. I am very impressed with this dishwasher

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Lincoln, NE

May 28 , 2014
Steam Vents--ugh

This dishwasher does wash well, I will give it that. HOWEVER the steam vents to the side rather than the front. The steam has ruined the drawer front on the cabinet next to the dishwasher. I would definitely not purchase this model if I had the chance to do it over again.

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Tulare, CA

Apr 18 , 2014
WOW Quiet as advertised

Our house came with a new Whirlpool dishwasher when we bought it. We used it for two years and it was absolutely noisy. We couldn't have a decent conversation or watch TV when it was running. Our kitchen, dining room, and living room is one big room in our house so anything making noise is noticeable. We got sick of the noise so we looked for the quietest model made which at the time appeared to be this model. We really didn't even care if it cleaned dishes all that well as we hated the noise. We got this one installed last week. Installation was pretty easy for the most part as I was able to do it by myself in under a half day. The instructions were okay. The moment of truth came as I got everything installed and attached. I turned it on and listened for noise. Did I turn it on? I couldn't tell, so I turned off the fan and other noise in the kitchen and continued to listen. I thought I heard something, but still wasn't sure so I opened the door. Sure enough it was spraying water inside. I couldn't believe it. IT WAS QUIET!! We have been running it for a week now and I am still amazed that it is running. In most cases, the only noise we hear is the water being pumped out the drain. We are very happy with the sound (or lack there of). So the next question is does it clean? It seems to clean at least as well as my old one, probably better in most cases. To keep it quiet, I think they reduced the pressure used to clean. I don't think the jets are as powerful so it may not be able to blast some more difficult dirt off. You still have to load the machine smartly and not pile a bunch of stuff on top of each other. If you don't, the jets will not get everything clean, but this is true for all machines. Overall at this time, we are very happy with the machine. The peace and quiet it has brought to our house will be greatly appreciated hopefully for many years to come. If you are looking for a quite machine, this is the one to get.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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