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

  Item#  02212793000 | Model#  12793

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 Rating 4.0 | 12 Reviews | Write a review
Reg Price: $1649.99
Savings: $450.00
Reg Price: $1649.99
Savings: $450.00
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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


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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 + One 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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12 Reviews Write a review
8 Reviewers (67.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise15 found this helpful
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!
Criticism41 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!


Nampa, ID

Mar 5 , 2015
Elite Dishwasher


I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Chandler, AZ

Mar 4 , 2015
Does not clean dishes

The dishwasher was installed poorly - not straight. The racks would roll out if the door was open - with or without dishes in them. Required a service call to fix. The dishes have to be scrubbed more than my old dishwasher to get clean. A brand new $1000+ dishwasher should not have to clean dishes before you wash them. Not worth the money.

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Georgetown, TX

Feb 23 , 2015

Super quiet dishwasher and cleans very good

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Flower Mound, TX

Feb 6 , 2015
I like the controls--Very easy to understand

This is the quitest Dishwasher I have ever owned.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Portsmouth, OH

Feb 5 , 2015
Defective Design. Do not buy.

This item has a defective design for the upper rack and all wheels. Cheap, poor quality plastic break after about a year (when the standard warranty is over). Spend a little time checking online; this is a common, well-know, pervasive problem. Do not purchase.

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Rochester, MN

Jan 20 , 2015
Leaked & Ruined House TWICE!!!

I never write reviews, but couldn't help it this time. This is by far the worst dish washer we've ever had. Bought it on Consumer Reports rating of 85, the highest it looked at. But now when you look at customer reviews it rates a 2.6 stars. Terrible! We had a problem only a few months in with water leaking everywhere. Sears sent out a technician that didn't know how to fix. Finally ordered a whole new motor unit. Now just another few months later, it is leaking everywhere. Ruined my floors, walls, and ceiling downstairs. I would never recommend this unit to anyone, and am very unhappy that when I asked for a new unit the first time Sears said NO. And would only send a technician which took a while to come out, then we had to wait two weeks to get the parts. It still broke again! P.S. It never washed or dried dishes well anyways, but I could put up with that. Not flooding my house! Thanks

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Jan 18 , 2015
Top Notch

I originally bought a Bosch from Sears--it was terrible. It never worked correctly from Day 1. I exchanged for the Kenmore Elite. It is so much better! The drying element alone makes this one superior. I do wish it had the 3rd shelf that is now on Bosch and Kitchen Aid models. Otherwise this is perfect!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dallas, TX

Jan 17 , 2015

Did my home work. Do yours. Once completed you will purchase.

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Buffalo Grove, IL

Jan 16 , 2015
new stainless dishwasher

Runs very quietly - the drying cycle takes a while to work--the first few washes/drying were filled with water now there is much less.Looks very nice-(all though mine has a small weird discoloration on the front)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Olympia, WA

Jan 16 , 2015
Best investment for a dishwasher

Why is this dishwasher quiet!!! ..... looks great, easy to operate, it is so quiet -- it is perfect

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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