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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: $360.00
Reg Price: $1429.99
Savings: $360.00
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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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131 Reviews Write a review
92 Reviewers (70.0%) 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!!
Criticism32 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.


Chesapeake, VA

Jan 17 , 2015

I've had this dishwasher for over a year now. I chose it because of the quiet rating it received. Yes, it is quiet and I love that but there are some drawbacks. The dishes don't dry all the way and there are plastic parts on the top rack that collect water and keep things wet. Also, the stainless steel on the exterior seems like poor quality so it doesn't really polish up nicely- it always looks dirty even though I've tried numerous polishes including the Kenmore one that came with unit. Lastly, I just spent $84 for the Sears repairman to come today because it wasn't draining. (It's under warranty still but the warranty only covers the cost of parts, not labor or the $59 fee for them to come out and diagnose). There's an extensive filter system so that food doesn't clog up the system but apparently somehow a piece of broken glass had gotten stuck in the drain pump, causing it to jam. When I asked the repairman how in the world it could've gotten stuck IN THE PUMP he said it's a common problem. He told me there's nothing to do about it and it will likely happen again! My sister has already had the same problem with hers in the first four months of owning it. It's terrible that there is no filter leading to the pump to prevent things like this. Who does't break an occasional glass in their dishwasher?? That's a serious shortcoming in my book. Otherwise, the dishes seem clean when they are done, even on the hour cycle (which I often run because the normal cycle takes about three hours). Not sure what else is out there but it might be worth your time to see if there's something better.

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Minneapolis, MN

Jan 16 , 2015
Good dishwasher

I picked this one because it had the fan to dry as well as all the other good washing features. So far I'm pretty happy with it, though I wish it did dry a little better.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Saratoga, CA

Jan 15 , 2015
Something to consider

Similar to my post regarding our "Kenmore" refrigerator we have been sadly disappointed with the reliability of the product. For the price point I would not expect to have multiple service calls in the first 3 years of ownership. Could be bad luck but considering the same experience with our Kenmore elite fridge I suspect it has more to do with Kenmore now being LG on the inside.

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Jan 9 , 2015

I have the same dishwasher in Portland and now here in maui Very nice

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they received a sample of this product.
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Shade Gap, PA

Jan 3 , 2015
24" Kenmore Elite

The Kenmore Elite is very quiet, gets the dishes really clean and has a nice sleek look.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Schaumburg, IL

Dec 31 , 2014

Out perfroms our last dish washer by a mile. I cannot get over how quiet it is. Actually the first time we ran it, we had to look to see if it was working. There is a blue light that comes on, and that is how we knew it was working. Plus, it did an excellent job of cleaning all the dishes even the pots and pans.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Washington Crossing, PA

Dec 21 , 2014
This is a Good One!

I've had my new Elite Kenmore Dishwasher for a few weeks now and could not be happier. The price was just right, it is VERY quiet, I thought my last dishwasher was quiet, but this one yoo can hardly hear. The controls are on the top of the door, but the display on the front tells you exactly what the machine is doing. Love it!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dec 20 , 2014
Great dishwasher

It goes well with my other Kenmore elite product. The bottom could slide in a little smoother (like the top), I had the same type before in almond/bisque.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dec 17 , 2014
Very quiet, but some design flaws

Very quiet dishwasher. Does the trick. However, given its very high price, there are some flaws that were really surprising. - the filter is cheap and doesn't do a good job of stopping solid waste from getting to the pump. When a glass broke inside our dishwasher, a piece of glass made its way to the pump and broke it, giving us a leak and necessitating a very messy fix that took about 3 weeks before Sears sent someone out. - the dishwasher doesn't heat up its water, or cycle water until it's hot. If you use it with a powdered detergent like Cascade and your sink water is NOT hot, then the detergent will turn into a solid mass in the dispenser and your dishes won't get clean. This makes the timer unusable with dry detergents. - the dish trays use small plastic clips that can get dislodged and fall into the washer, where they'll get melted by the heating element (or worse, get into your pump and break it) - when you start the washer and then add another dish (during its "Add A Dish" part of the cycle) you have to remember to press the Start button again, or the cycle won't restart. That's just sloppy programming. - Similarly, you end up having to press Start twice a lot, which is just bad programming. The buttons should be designed for smarter use and fewer 'clicks'. There are plenty of times we've thought the dishwasher was going, only to find the next morning that the dishes weren't done because we hadn't pressed Start enough times! Other than the fact that it's a VERY quiet unit, I honestly can't recommend it. My old, cheap Maytag from our last house both heated up its own water if necessary, AND had a built-in food grinder, so you didn't need to pre-clean the dishes. Thing was noisy, but actually cleaned dishes a whole lot better.

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New Port Richey, FL

Dec 16 , 2014

very quiet. have to put ear 3" away to hear it run. dishes come out very clean & shiny.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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