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Kenmore Elite 12793 Dishwasher with 360° PowerWash Plus/SmartDry - Stainless Exterior with Stainless Interior Tub at 39dBa

Item# 02212793000P | Model# 12793 | Added on April 17, 2013 |
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Kenmore Elite 24" Built-In Dishwasher - Powerful and Quiet The quietest dishwasher Kenmore has ever made at only 39 decibels, this ENERGY STAR® Kenmore Elite built-in dishwasher 1279 lets you rest and relax while it does all the hard work. The combination of the 360-degree PowerWash™ Plus technology and TurboZone® with rotating spray jets attacks your greasiest and grimiest dishes. Don't worry about your large or odd-shaped pots and pans. The one-hand adjuster makes lifting the upper rack very easy. It also has an efficient UltraClean wash system that knows the exact amount of water and energy to use so you can save money on your utility bills.

  • 39 dBA + Smart Dry + One Hand Adjuster
  • 360° PowerWash Plus 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
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Owner's Manual (1)Product Warranty
WARNING: California Residents - Proposition 65
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By Kevin.n.Melanie
April 20th, 2015
Very nice dishwasher

I'm usually do not take the time to comment on purchases, but this dishwasher is incredibly quite, fairly easy to install and cleans remarkably. We literally cannot hear this machine while standing right next to it. I have excellent hearing and am amazed. Worth spending a few hundred more. Now we can watch movies or napp in silence.

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By rwilsond
May 13th, 2016
Quiet FEATURE has Defective Motor & Seal that will Leak & Destroy Your Home

Based on a glowing review from Consumer Reports, of the many 'Features' of this dishwasher (including how quiet and efficient it is), we bought our Kenmore Elite dishwasher Model 12793 (more specifically, Model 665.12793K311, Serial # F42413250) in July 2014 from Sears. We had new kitchen cabinets and flooring installed in 2014 & 2015. In April 2016, we noticed water on the floor and eventually realized that our new floor had water under large portions of it, and that our walls and new cabinets and wet. We called Sears to get a repair-person to inspect the dishwasher. Almost immediately after his arrival, he told us that the problem was the Diverter Motor, and a seal that were defective; causing the leak. He said it was extremely common, and that Sears and the manufacturer (Whirlpool) have known about this for a long while. However, we NEVER received any notification from anyone regarding this defect. Our new floor has been pried up, jack-hammered, and scraped away and our new cabinets were torn apart to remove wet wood and drywall behind them before mold could get out of control. Ironically, it was the quietness 'Feature' that was the undoing of this appliance - because the defective motor was selected by Whirlpool based on how quiet it was, and the foam insulation that is on the bottom-front of the dishwasher soaked up the leaking water such that it would not go in front of the dishwasher onto the floor where it would be immediately noticed (i.e., it went down under the floor and laterally outward unseen). The quiet Feature of this washer is not worth the disastrous outcome.

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Doesn’t Last Long


This is an expensive item that was nice while it lasted. We had Sears’ Home Repair Services come out to fix it after 2 years, then a couple of months later, it started having problems again - some modes would continue the wash cycle with no end. We had another repairmain come out several months after this, when the washer would not stop running no matter what mode we chose, but his equipment couldn’t find anything wrong! He left without being able to confirm the issue, (which he could have done by staying 30 minutes longer to confirm that the cycle did not stop) with my money for the diagnostic fee. We’re not satisfied with the quality of Kenmore Elite or Sears’ repair services.

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Kenmore Elite Model 12793


Absolutely loved everything about it until it stopped working (code F2E2) and could not be fixed. Mine lasted about 3 years. It may be some consolation to those without service contract who opted not to repair, they replaced the control board in mine three times plus thermostat, fan, heater and I don't know what else for a total of 8 visits from the very nice service people. I have been without dishwasher since the first week in March. On June 1 I was issued a credit of a llittle less than 3/4 of the base purchase price to replace this machine which was deemed not repairable. I highly recommend the service contract. Now I have to find another dishwasher. This one replaced a pricey Samsung with a serious manufacturing defect. That brand is out, now Kenmore is out - not sure what is left. I am very disappointed to say the least. I would rather have this one fixed. Also will not be relying on Consumer Reports. The only bright spot is that I had the service contract!

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I agree with both the 1 star and 5 star ratings


This was the greatest dishwasher I ever owned for 3 years. Now it looks like it would take several hundred dollars to fix so what's the point. I have been very happy with Kenmore over the years but this dishwasher was not a good value. After reading all the reviews, it appears that Sears knows about the reliability issue in this model and chooses to do nothing except try to sell you a Home Appliance Warranty for $49 a month. No wonder they are going bankrupt. Sorry Sears. You lost my business at least for dishwashers.

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Lasted about three years


We are having the same problem as the other one star reviewers in that it lasted only about three years (and we also bought off the recommendation of Consumer Reports). We even had someone come out to look at it, told us what the problem was (control panel). It would have been hundreds to have them fix it between labor and part mark-up, so we tried to fix it ourselves, ordering the part he said we needed because it would have saved us a couple of hundred dollars. That didn't work (and Sears even told us the wrong model number of the part, so we had to return it to get the right part). We debated having them come out again to fix it themselves and pay the hundreds knowing they would have to get it to the right diagnosis eventually, but after reading all these reviews, it doesn't sound worht it. It is not a trustworthy machine.

May 28th via
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Waste of money!


I purchased this dishwasher 2 years ago. 2 months ago, it stopped working and I had to purchase new control boards at $600.00. It worked for about 6 weeks then the soap dispenser door began not opening during the wash cycle (there were no dishes blocking the door), and now the dishwasher won't fill with water. With this price tag, it should last longer than 2 years! While CR "recommends" this washer, take a look at the reviews on the CR website. Many people have had problems with this washer, so many, that my 2 years of use seems good!

March 15th via
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