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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: $530.00
Reg Price: $1429.99
Savings: $530.00
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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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107 Reviews Write a review
76 Reviewers (71.0%) 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!!
Criticism30 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.


San Carlos, CA

Nov 18 , 2014
Electrical problems from the beginning

We bought this dishwasher 3yrs ago thinking we got a "top of the line" and dependable washer. Within the 1st year we had problems with buttons not responding, but unplugging seemed to fix it. Long story short that issue progressed and 3yrs later the buttons seem to have a mind of their own...sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Lesson learned - get *anything* fixed if/when its under warranty!!!

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McKinney, TX

Oct 14 , 2014
Kenmore Elite 24" built-in dishwasher

Wonderful! it is much more quiet than our last one and it get all my things really clean I like all of the little spaces for specialty items.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product.
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Colorado Springs, CO

Oct 12 , 2014
The plastics parts kill the machine

Cleans great. The only problem is that after 7 months the thin plastic axles broke completely off on one wheel and partially on the other three. Why a machine with such high reviews and with such a large price tag would be made this way I do not know. I, however, do not want anyone else to buy into the idea of having the best when it does not come close to living as long as even the cheap models.

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Oct 3 , 2014

This product is amazing. When we run a cycle of dishes through our dishwasher we can't even hear that it is running because it is so quiet. Definitely recommended.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Fairfax, VA

Sep 17 , 2014
Very nice. works well

works quite well and very quiet. like the display in front that lets me know where it is in the cycle. the only thing that i would add is a 3rd tray at the top for flatware like bosch and kitchenaid dishwasher. otherwise, very nice

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Saint Charles, MO

Sep 15 , 2014
Design flaw that's super annoying

First, as most of the other reviews mention the dishwasher does a great job cleaning the dishes. If you put oatmeal bowls in the turbo wash zone they will come out clean (yep- I tried it, my kids have a nasty habit of leaving dried oatmeal on bowls). Now to the design flaws, first the top rack has adjusters. If you have the top rack to the lowest adjustment you can't have normal size dinner plates on the bottom rack. If you put it on the top adjustment the rack slides out once a couple of cups are added. I read other reviews about the top rack sliding out and I thought it was the reviewer didn't have there dishwasher level. That isn't the case the reason the top rack slides out is because the adjustment is in the back, so the minute you start adding dishes, the top rack sags just enough that is rolls right out! The bottom rack comes off its roller too. It doesn't bug me as much as the top rack falling out at me all the time. I'm sure for this price point there are lot dishwashers that clean just as good without the design flaws.

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Encino, CA

Sep 9 , 2014
think about space!

Bad: Much less space than our previous old ASKO or perhaps a Bosch. Good: Also much quieter than old Asko.

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Sep 3 , 2014
Great cleaning, breakable parts

This unit does a fantastic job cleaning dishes. It is very, very quiet. At first, we didn't know if it was running or not. The filter is easy to remove and clean with warm, soapy water and a soft scrub brush. So those are the positives. The negative part of this washer is that the wheels on the upper rack height adjuster break easily. The top rack just doesn't seem to be sturdily made. I have had to replace the height adjusters twice, and noticed last night that one of them has broken again. We have been careful pulling the top rack out since it broke the first time, but it doesn't seem to matter. It is not difficult to replace the part, but it costs $32.45, so in two years I will have spent well over $100 (shipping isn't cheap) replacing a poorly designed and manufactured part, and I can expect to replace them again in the future.

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Sep 3 , 2014
Fantastic Product

I've only had this dishwasher for 2 weeks, but everything seems to be working excellent. This dishwasher is extremely quiet and cleans the dishes extremely well. As of right now, I would recommend this dishwasher without reservation.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Reno, NV

Aug 28 , 2014
Horrible. The absolute worst.

It is quiet and reasonably attractive in terms of styling. Those are the only good aspects of this dishwasher. This machine makes your dishes DIRTIER than when they are put into it. You must prewash your dishes completely. You must scrub and clean them thoroughly before putting them into this worthless hunk of junk. STILL they come out with a dark film that gets thicker each time they go through. This machine cannot remove even a thin film of cooking oil even if rinsed and dishes are spaced THREE ROWS APART. We tried different settings, different soaps, etc. Problem is, when you call Sears tech support, they will try to BLAME YOU. They will say it is because you are not using a rinsing agent (ridiculous) or because you are not cleaning the filter (wrong - we clean it all the time). We are having it serviced again for the 2nd time. Hopefully we can get help with this. We paid a lot of money for this and expected better.

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