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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: $390.00
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Specifications & Dimensions

Color and Styling:
Color Coordinated Control Panel: Yes
Color Family: Stainless steel
Handle Color: Stainless steel
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
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.

  • 360° PowerWash 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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23 Reviewers (59.0%) 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!


Kalamazoo, MI

Apr 2 , 2014
our 20 year old kitchen aid cleaned better

we are now on our 2nd one of these, Sears had to replace the first one after the computer board failed and the hoses disconnected flooding our basement and destroying a family heirloom armoire. Now on our second one as I said. We were sold this dishwasher being told the "turbo zone" would clean a lasagne pan without being rinsed. Well the machine will not even clean a plate that had a slice of cake on it. If you want frustration, dirty dishes, and to hand wash everything either before or after the 3 hour cleaning cycle, then by all means get this one. I will take my $1000+ next time and just start a fire with it in the back yard.

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Vancouver, WA

Mar 8 , 2014

it is very quite, which is what we were looking for.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Midland, SD

Feb 27 , 2014
Fantastic dishwasher!

Extremely quiet! Can barely hear it even if standing right next to it. I have always been one to wash all my dishes prior to putting in the dishwasher. However, I wanted to see what this one could do. So the very first load I ran through really put it to the test! I filled it with silverware, plates, bowls, pans, and serving spoons that had all sorts of dried food on them. I was amazed when it was finished running, my son and I opened the dishwasher and started looking at every dish as we put them away - they were all spotless! Huge improvement from my previous dishwasher!

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Shelton, CT

Feb 14 , 2014

quiet and seems to clean well, just got it used it 3 times so far

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Feb 12 , 2014
Extremely Quiet - - Simple to Operate

First of all, I would recommend that you download the owner's manual prior to purchasing. This is not your grandmother's dishwasher. Using the "normal wash" cycle may take up to 2 1/2 hours (or more // or less). The washer uses an optical measure the estimates the water cleanliness and provides an estimated cleaning cycle. It uses less water by soaking. I'm totally OK with that. My old unit was noisy and I wanted a 10 minute cycle. This washer can run as long as it wants to - it's extremely quiet and we love that part. The loudest noise we hear is the water entering the unit. The drying cycle isn't perfect and I haven't found a dishwater that is. When this unit says 'complete' on the front panel, we open the door a crack and let it sit overnight. The pooling of water is less excessive that way. Even if you don't crack the door, the water inside afterwards isn't that big of a deal. It's not truly excessive either way. Follow the instruction manual and the installation is very simple. I was amazed at all the padding that is wrapped around the unit to make it quiet. Follow the instructions and you'll have no problems. One dislike is that the doors operating buttons (on top) can be accidentally touched (programmed) by just barely touching the control panel. We are a little more careful around the control panel. It's a good unit. It cleans dishes, dries and it does it quietly. I would recommend this one with no problem.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Washington, DC

Feb 12 , 2014
Very quiet; doesn't clean everything

Moved this summer to a different home which had a Bosch. We kept taking dishes out that were still dirty so purchased this unit which was the top rated dishwasher on Consumer Reports. It is very quiet and cleans fairly well, but not perfectly. In our previous home we had purchased a $350 whirlpool (fairly loud) that had the utensil basket on the door and we NEVER took a dish out that was still dirty. We're just not used to having to check dishes to make sure they have been fully cleaned, but we still have to do so even with this top rated dishwasher. We don't find the loading nearly as easy as our previous whirlpool and as a result I also don't think it holds as much. Anyway, I'm sure you'll be happy with this dishwasher, but I'm just mystified why it doesn't clean as well as our previous one when this one cost 4 times as much.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Wesson, MS

Feb 10 , 2014
poor quality

I have had this dishwasher less than 2 years. Three service calls. Now pump motor is out. Control panel is going haywire and may also need to be replaced. Always cleaned the dishes well but never dried them properly. I thought purchasing "elite" would get me a good product. Not so. Probably just going to scrap it and buy another brand. No more Sears/Kenmore appliances for me.

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Feb 9 , 2014
Simply wonderful

We purchased this unit after our builder grade d/w started going downhill fast after only 2 years of use by a family of 5 that loves to cook. We knew we needed something that can handle a lot of use and a quiet product was a must since we have an open concept home. You cannot even tell the dishwasher is running! It cleans perfectly too, we are thrilled with our purchase.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Cherry Hill, NJ

Feb 9 , 2014
Plastic pieces

The dishwasher washes well, but all the inside pieces holding the rack in place are plastic The side plates that hold the top rack in are all made of cheap, thin plastic pieces. They snap off. Out of the 4 wheels that glide the top rack back and forth we have 3 wheels left. The pieces of plastic that hold the wheels on all broke on my top shelf. Each wheel costs 11.00 to replace. The plastic plate to hold the wheels on are 28.80 each. They broke off a little after a year of using it. I have had this dishwasher for 18 months. I didn't use it for about 4 months. I only use the top shelf for tupperware type of bowls, acrylic glassware and coffee mugs. There is nothing heavy on these shelves ever. I am so disappointed an expensive appliance of the "elite" level uses such thin plastic. Also more disappointed Sears wouldn't choose to replace these pieces for me even if I am out of warranty. After I buy the replacement parts Sears wont get any more of money. Guess they don;t care since I have already bought a king size matrress, slide in range, cook top, double wall oven, microwave, french door refrigerator, incline/decline treadmill all in the last 3 years not to mention the smaller purchases. Thanks Sears.

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Brooksville, FL

Feb 1 , 2014
Replaced Whirlpool Gold

My Whirlpool gold stopped cleaning well, so bought this one yesterday. Have only done one load so far, but I put dishes that were not cleaned by my previous dishwasher into this one and they came out spotless. Little bit unsettling though because it was so quite, I kept checking to see if it was still on. Thought the last one was quiet, but sitting 4 feet from this one, I could hear NOTHING!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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