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

  Item#  02212783000 | Model#  12783

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Reg Price: $1429.99
Savings: $380.00
Reg Price: $1429.99
Savings: $380.00
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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: 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): 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 + Smart Dry
  • 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 February 21, 2013


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147 Reviews Write a review
102 Reviewers (69.0%) 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!!
Criticism33 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.


Hudson, WI

Apr 13 , 2015
Engineering needs to be updated

Cleans dishes great. But cannot get unit leveled in the space. Drawers keep sliding out. I need to lower back end of unit, to get it level. Wheels provided at back offer no adjustment to lower unit. Shelve racks could have had a detent feature to retain them, from sliding out too easily. I added a plastic .100 thick liner under machine, for protection from leaks so it is visible in front of machine. It is not a matter if it leaks, just whenit leaks. I would think a slightly1/4 inch shorter height machine would take care of the problem.

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Silver Spring, MD

Apr 10 , 2015
In Dishwasher Need

After driving myself crazy reviewing dishwasher reviews online and visiting Sears to see and feel my top 4 dishwashers in person, I selected this dishwasher. Brand: it matches my other Kenmore Elite appliances with its unique matching handles, sleekness, quality. Color: Black, hope I don't regret not getting the stainless steel which was the same price. Thinking about renovating the kitchen and everybody is doing stainless steel these days. Price: Not cheap more than I wanted to spend given that I also still need to replace my wall oven. Installation was like $225. Didn't buy extended warranty. I already have American Home Shield (AHS). Noise: Very quiet, can barely hear it. Racks: Love all the things it can do including folding tines. Fully adjustable for every load. Don't need third rack with Kenmore's silverware racks. Clean: Yes and Yes, Use Smart Wash and 1 Hr Wash mostly Dry: 98% if not 100%. Overall: Loving it after one month of use.

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West Orange, NJ

Apr 8 , 2015
best dishwasher

kenmore elite dishwasher rated top by consumer reports really is that good. better than bosch / meile / akso for 50% of the price.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product.
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Portland, ME

Apr 1 , 2015
I miss my Bosch.

We bought this dishwasher two years ago when we bought a new house. Previously, we had a Bosch dishwasher that we bought at our local Sears. We loved the Bosch's functionality; its quietness; and its reliability. We had it for about 8 years, before we moved from that house, and had very few issues with it. When we went to buy a dishwasher for our new house, our intention was to buy a Bosch. The salesperson convinced me to buy this Kenmore Elite product rather than the Bosch, explaining to me why it was better than the Bosch. Big mistake. In my opinion, it is an inferior product. We have had it for less than two years and have had the wheel assembly for the top break twice, which make the rack fall and not stay in its tracks. The functionality of the dishwasher is also inferior as compared to the Bosch. The only thing good I can say about it is that it is quiet and is nice looking. When I called for the latest warranty call I explained the situation with the recurring broken racks. The person taking the call was candid; she told me that the problems with the top rack are a common issue with many customers experiencing the same problem. I asked her what would happen when it breaks again -- because it will -- after the warranty expires next month. She told me that I could purchase an extended plan or pay for the parts. My question: why should I have to incur additional expenses to fix a product with has a design flaw, which the manufacturer is aware of? I wish they could take the machine back so I could buy the Bosch, which I wanted in the first place. Do not waste your money and buy this inferior machine.

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Suffern, NY

Mar 26 , 2015
Never Know It's Running!

Always been a big Kenmore fan and our last dishwasher finally gave out after 15 years of superb service. Well, the above referenced washer is absolutely incredible. All dishes/pots/pans come out spotless. Again, it is so quiet, I have to put my ear to the front panel to even hear ANYTHING to know that it is running. Sears really out-did themselves with this one.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Concord, NH

Mar 26 , 2015
Beautiful and Cleans Great!

This new Kenmore Elite Dishwasher does everything it promises and more! We thought our glassware was clean until we took the out of our new dishwasher for the first time. It sparkled like new! All of our dishes and even pans and glass baking dishes are perfectly clean. My glass 8X13" brownie pans are cleaner than ever. Even old stuck on spots are gone! I like the choices of cycles. The Smart Dry cycle is great! We're very glad we bought this model!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Mar 5 , 2015
Dishwasher purchase

Wonderfully quiet. Hard to tell it is running at all. Loads of space inside; much larger than my previous dishwasher. Top of the door operating panel is easy to keep away from the eyes grandkids.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Brookline, MA

Mar 4 , 2015
Nice - just breaks ALL the time!!

We have had this dishwasher 18 months. When it works, it works GREAT. However, we have had a broken diverter TWICE, issues with the touch panel, and various little plastic parts falling off and breaking. It's a total lemon. Do NOT buy!

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Chicago, IL

Mar 3 , 2015
The Last Sears Appliance I will Purchase

I purchased this dishwasher at the end of 2013 with an extended warranty. The unit broke a little after a year (just like our $2,000+ Kenmore Fridge). Parts weren't readily available and the technician didn't install them correctly. Three weeks after the fix, it's broke again and this time ruined a section of our kitchen floor. It's basically been broken since the first week in Jan. 2015. What a piece of junk and the techs can't fix it. Junk. Don't buy it.

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Brandon, FL

Mar 3 , 2015

So far it's been great. Install guy was great and performance just fantastic. Some of the poor reviews I think might be a tad unfair. Use the right cleaning/drying detergents with a pre scub and you will love this machine. Now if I could just get my clothes washer to work as well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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