Smooth and Quiet Operation
This dishwasher runs at a hushed 53 dBA, quiet enough to have a conversation or run during movie night. Toss in dishes morning, noon or night without disturbing the family.
Gets Dishes Clean, Clean, Clean
Use the Sanitize Cycle to knock-out 99.9% of food bacteria from your dishes for a serious clean. The PowerWave Spray Arm tackles dishes from 2 sides, giving dishes 80% more cleaning coverage so you won't have to toss plates and baking pans back in the wash for a second go-round.
Efficient and Effective Wash Power
An UltraWash HE Filter removes soils out of the water during each cycle for more effective cleaning power. The SmartWash cycles use less water and energy during a wash cycle without sacrificing cleaning power, so you can reduce your carbon footprint and water usage the smart way.
Put Away Dry Dishes...
This is a good dishwasher, given the price, features, and level of sound. I installed and worked on appliances for five years around my college years. Most of the problems listed in negative reviews were problems that can be remedied. Any complaints about the inside of the dishwasher not drying should try pouring a few ounces of rinse aid liquid on the door, not just in the dispenser and run a rinse cycle to coat the interior. These plastic tubes do not dry very well if they don't have a coating of a rinse agent on it. If you still have water droplets all over the inside of the tub-repeat the process again. Any complaints about dishes not being dry even after using the heated dry should use a rinse aid in the dispenser in the door. Also any drying/water related issue should be sure to elevate the drain hose under the sink as high as you can. This is to be done if there is not an air gap. Not all sinks have an air gap-but is required in some cities and states. Complaints of having to hard wire the electrical instead of having a plug and no water line included, these things do not come with dishwashers. Even the top of the line dishwashers I would install only came with the drain hose, like all of them still do. I read a review about the insulation having nothing to be affixed to, causing it to slip off during installation: the instructions show tabs on each side where the insulation has little precut holes where it can be attached to the dishwasher to help prevent this. Also if you are removing an old dishwasher, take off the insulation off the old one and put on top of the new one-use tape to attach as it will want to move around when you go to install. This can help it be even quieter. I would not pay retail for this unit. got it on a good sale. This is my first Kennmore/Whirlpool dishwasher. I had always owned Maytag/Amana when they actually owned them. Whirlpool has acquired these since. So to me my only choices were, GE/Hotpoint, Samsung, LG. or a Whirlpool product. Thought I'd give them a try. So far, so good.
I did a lot of research on dishwashers before deciding on this one. The main deciding factor was price as it had comparable features as the other dishwashers I was considering. The dishwasher itself was fairly easy to install. My husband who isn't overly handy was able to swap this out with our old one by himself. The first few times I ran it, I was pleased with the way it cleaned my dishes. It is fairly quiet, but not quiet enough that you question whether it is running. It leaves my dishes dry for the most part. The sliverware basket is also a generous size. After about a week of use, I started to notice some major design flaws. First, the end caps on the top shelf are constantly popping off and the little wheel on the shelf goes off track and kind of falls down. Super annoying! I'm constantly checking as I slide a drawer out to see if its going to slip off yet again. The whole dishwasher itself feels cheap. The second flaw that is even worse is the location of the detergent dispenser. It is located on the bottom left side of the door. It is at a terrible spot because you basically can't put anything remotely tall in that section of the rack or the dispenser door won't open. We use the cascade packs and I can't tell you how many times I've opened the dishwasher to empty it, only to hear a "plop" and see a distorted detergent pack laying there because the door couldn't open. I am super upset about this purchase. I wish I would've just spent a few extra dollars and gotten a better one. If I could return it at this point, I would. Disappointed for sure and I really wouldn't recommend this. I wish I would've went with the Bosch for $50 more. Beware!
Good functional dishwasher, but due to its claimed energy efficiency, the cycles are ridiculously long. Good for setting at the end of the day for overnight cleaning. Not so good if you need something done promptly or you have multiple loads.
I’ve seen reports of early motor failure and I have a thought about one possible cause. When I installed the unit and applied power, the front panel was blinking in a strange way and the motor began to squeal loudly. I turned off the power as quick as I could, waited 10 seconds, and turned power on again. This time it seemed to cycle through a normal startup. I can imagine if I let the motor run it would become damaged and likely fail early. Who knows what other damage? This looks to me (a guy who writes this kind of code) like an intermittent startup failure in the control software. Is there a way to flash new code if an improved version is released?
Personally I have not discovered any damage from the abnormal startup and I like this machine very much. It runs well for me now.
Bought this machine 2 years and 2 months ago. Bought the 2 year extended warranty. had it worked on 4 times. 2 months out of warranty the drain pump quit...I bought and installed a Bosch today. Never had such a worthless dishwasher, never buy another Kenmore!