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Kenmore Elite  24'' Built-In Dishwasher - Black  ENERGY STAR®

  Item#  02212789000 | Model#  12789

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Reg Price: $1379.99
Savings: $310.00
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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: Yes
Color Family: Black
Handle Color: Black
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): 43
General Features:
Automatic Temperature Control: Yes
Control Location: Top Edge of Door
Control Panel Lockout: Yes
Cycle Countdown: No
Cycle Status Lights: No
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: No
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 24" Built-In Dishwasher - Clean Better at Sears

This Kenmore 24" built-In dishwasher 1278 is equipped with a pressurized spray nozzle that aggressively yet gently tackles grease and stains. The energy-efficient UltraWash HE Wash System uses water effectively, and the SmartWash HE cycle gives you more control without wasting a drop. During the wash cycle, the UltraWash HE Filter traps food particles to guarantee optimal performance. The rinse aid dispenser ensures reduced streaks and spots. This Kenmore dishwasher features an attractive stainless steel tub for improved drying that makes your glasses and dishes sparkling clean.

  • 43 dBA +360° PowerWash Technology + Smart Dry (CU Rated #4) 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 March 21, 2013


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73 Reviewers (73.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise92 found this helpful
Mar 11 , 2013
Silent, Stylish, and Spacious
This dishwasher exceeds my expectations. Last night I placed my entire crock pot into the upper shelf and was able to close it easily. Everything sparkles when it comes out. I am glad I paid a little extra for the 43 dba level of quietness. There is just one thing, though. I like all the digital lights on my appliances to be the same color and I like the Kenmore Elite "pleasing blue"; however, when the dishwasher finishes its cycle, the display goes to "garish green". Honestly, Kenmore, I can use a blue light to figure out when the cycle is complete, just as easily as I can with a green light. Overall, I love it!!
Criticism26 found this helpful
Feb 21 , 2014
Serious flood risk to your home.
After using the machine for 14 months we woke up one morning to find our kitchen flooded and water soaking the carpet in the basement under the dishwasher. Turns out there was nothing securing the pump to the frame. The pump was 'secured' by using two measly clamps to attach the pump to the hose. One of the clamps popped off and water went everywhere. Water compromised virtually every electrical component. Sears has replaced some of the parts and others are on back order. No use of D/W for 2 weeks at least. Getting billed labor too. So upset with sears and they have not offered much for their product failure. SOOOOOO upset with sears.
Aug 18 , 2014
Love it!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Ventura, CA

Aug 15 , 2014
Gets everything really clean --maybe it should be 5 stars

Pros Cleans very well. This dishwasher gets everything very clean with no spotting, filming or tiny bits of food on the dishes. I need to use the smart dry function to have no spotting or film. Occasionally it will not get some things clean (not more than a few, but that is rare) usually something really tough, but I wash it again if it's not too tough, and it usually comes clean. The pots and pans function with the turbo really gets pots and pans clean and I mean tough stuff. So I'm very pleased with how clean it gets everything. All the cycles and options are great and there a lot of them. Read about them on the description Construction The tines are 100 percent nylon, so the coating won't wear off. It has a stainless steal interior. The top tines fold down. Ease of use It's easy to use. It's easy to load. It holds a lot The top can be easily lowered or raised or even removed. The controls are intuitive. The detergent comparts are easy to use and well designed. Ease of cleaning It should be easy to clean because all the controls are flat and controls are on the top instead of the front. Noise It's pretty quiet. No problem watching TV in the adjacent room Young family friendly. This would be a great dishwasher if you have any young children or babies because they are no controls on the front, you can lock it, and it has a sanitizing function which would be great for baby bottles, and it has compartment with the silverware basket that would be good for little things like pacifiers, and it should be easy to clean Energy and water efficiency The energy star program rated it average. It has several function to make it more energy efficient and to save water. It has a function were use can wash just the top rack. Design? I not sure if this has to do with the design or the installation, when the old dishwasher was removed and the new one was installed there wasn't any cement in front of dishwasher any more Noise It could be quieter (but probably wouldn't clean as well, given my experience with my old Bosch which I could hardly hear even if I was standing right in front of it.), but you can delay start it 2, 4 or 8 hours so for me it should not be an issue since I usually run it at night. Construction I wish the bottom tines folded down, but it hasn't been a problem. I just put large item over the times. I really can't figure out why they didn't make to so that the bottom tines fold down--very puzzling.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 6 , 2014
Nice and Quiet

When we were in the store the one thing that we emphasized was that the dishwasher needed to dry the dishes completely. We found out that this item did not do a great job unless you used a rinsing agent. With the rinsing agent the dishwasher does an excellent job. You also have to be standing right next to it to tell whether it is running or not. It is really quiet.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Boulder, CO

Jul 25 , 2014
Another Sears Disappointment

Less than 1 year after purchase the machine started spewing water onto the floor. It took 2 service calls to have it repaired. Now having to replace the guides on the upper shelf. When its working its a great washer, but the dependability of the unit is terrible.

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Jul 25 , 2014
Dish washer

I just love this one!!! real quiet and just a great little helper!!! I just want to give it lots of hugs!!!!!!!! my first diswasher and I'm 56 years old!!!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Pompano Beach, FL

Jul 21 , 2014

very very quiet..

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jul 17 , 2014
Super quiet and great cleaning

I chose this model largely based on the positive reviews and am happy I did. The biggest difference with this dishwasher and my old one is just how incredibly quiet it is. With my old Bosch dishwasher, it was hard to have a phone call in the kitchen while it was running. With this model, I can hardly tell it's even running. The cleaning is excellent, but the one trick I learned after reading other reviews is that you have to add rinse aid. Without the rinse aid, glass items came out a little cloudy, but once I added rinse aid everything comes out sparkling clean. My only gripe with this dishwasher is that the buttons on top of the door are very sensitive. Even just brushing up against them sometimes activates the button, and then you have to hit cancel. I would prefer one physical power button like the old Bosch unit had so you can ensure it doesn't get turned on by mistake. Otherwise, this is the best dishwasher I've ever used, and I should mention it looks sleek and attractive under the cabinet as well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Austin, TX

Jul 15 , 2014

I had the previous model and this one seems OK but doesn't wash the dishes as clean as it could.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Maryville, MO

Jul 9 , 2014

This dishwasher not only cleans dishes well, it is extremely quiet.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Farmington, MI

Jun 25 , 2014
Great Machine!

Even though we have only had this dishwasher for 2 weeks, my wife loves the performance and the quietness. We previously had a Whirlpool (nothing against this product) but we decided on this Kenmore we purchased from Sears. Installation went well and we have enjoyed this Kenmore. Not only quiet, but dishes come out very clean!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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