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

  Item#  02212782000 | Model#  12782

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Reg Price: $1379.99
Savings: $330.00
Reg Price: $1379.99
Savings: $330.00
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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: White
Handle Color: White
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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99 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!!
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.


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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Feb 24 , 2015
A very nice machine

We bought this in April 2014 - Delivered and installed by a Sears authorized crew. I really like how the glass and silver wear shine after the wash, I am sure the rinse aid helps greatly. It is quiet and you wouldn't know it is running without looking at it. When it does change cycles there is a small audible hum. The wash cycle can take a while to complete depending on what you select. I think it is safe to say this is a solid model and looks great in our kitchen.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Buffalo, NY

Feb 6 , 2015
Kenmore Dishwasher Is Elite!!!

I have had this Dishwasher for like 3 weeks Now And i am pleased With It. Its Very Quiet And Roomy!! Installation Was Straight Forward Like any Dishwasher!! I only give it 4 stars Cause the Heat Dry Don't work as Well As other Dishwashers I have Owned But no Biggie for me let dishes Stand a little longer Is Dishwasher. I will Keep buying Kenmore Appliances Till i die!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Saint Petersburg, FL

Feb 2 , 2015
best Dishwasher ever.

I love this dishwasher. After many years of rinsing dishes before washing, this one does it all. It is so quiet you cannot hear it running.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Belton, TX

Jan 30 , 2015
Works very well and quiet.

Very pleased with performance, installation, and features.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Harrison, AR

Jan 30 , 2015

Good performance so far, just had it a week. Washes great and also dry well. some washers don't dry well because of the new energy law. I had one like this 8 years ago and it was the best washer I have had in 35 years. Also it has a one hour wash if you choose, for a speedy wash.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they received a sample of this product.
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McAlester, OK

Jan 27 , 2015
Has serious frequent repair issues

My dishwasher is less than 2 years old and finally today after several repairs that it was uneconomical to repair. I paid over a 1000.00 for this dishwasher hoping that it meant more convenience and a long lasting product only to discover that all the Kenmore Elite products I purchased have several issues that will mean replacement within a 3 year period. This dishwasher is extraordinarily quiet and while working cleaned very efficiently. The faulty hose assembly that connects one of the pumps however is a serious issue since it is located next to the control board that can not get wet!! Needing over $600 in REMANUFACTURED parts just to fix that one issue. Have already had to spend 400 to replace the rack track system and the hose/pump assembly the ultimately fried the control board. I have read up a little late for my benefit but everywhere EXCEPT the Sears site mentions these specific problems as way too common with this product. Do not Buy and waste your money.....

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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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