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Model:
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Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher

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Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher
 
4.2

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Kenmore Elite Ultra Wash Dishwasher has met my expectations

My husband and I bought the Kenmore Elite Ultra Wash Dishwasher in hopes of obtaining a quiet, reliable machine that efficiently washes dishes.  We have yet to be disappointed!  Although the dishwasher...Read complete review

My husband and I bought the Kenmore Elite Ultra Wash Dishwasher in hopes of obtaining a quiet, reliable machine that efficiently washes dishes.  We have yet to be disappointed!  Although the dishwasher is slightly louder than we expected, the noise does not overwhelm you (you are still able to carry a conversation or watch television in an adjoining room).  We rinse our dishes, silverware, and glasses by hand prior to placing them in the dishwasher, so I have never truly tested the capacity of this machine to wash debris from dishes.  We also do NOT use the "heated dry" option in order to conserve energy, but the dishes are usually dry anyway.  We use the "Smart Wash" option each time we use the dishwasher, and it appropriately gauges the amount of water/energy/time needed to clean the items in the dishwasher.  Loading capacity of this dishwasher also meets our needs.  Several bins are available for silverware and other utensils.  Although the outside of the dishwasher is stainless steel, the finish does not attract an excessive number of fingerprints.  It is easy to keep clean with stainless steel wipes.

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Average performance from Kenmore

I have purchased Kenmore kitchen appliances many times throughout the years and have found that the brand is generally reliable and reasonably priced. For the most part, I have been pleased with my Kenmore...Read complete review

I have purchased Kenmore kitchen appliances many times throughout the years and have found that the brand is generally reliable and reasonably priced. For the most part, I have been pleased with my Kenmore kitchen appliances.

Noise Level
I have to admit that my Kenmore dishwasher is quite loud. I actually think it was much quieter when we first purchased it years ago. The noise really does not bother me, but I have noticed my husband does turn the volume up on the TV every time our dishwasher is running!

Cleaning Time
The Kenmore has an average and heavy setting. I typically use the lighter setting because the run time is much shorter and it adequately cleans the dishes.

Loading Flexibility
The Kenmore dishwasher is easy to load and quite spacious.

Performance
I have had my Kenmore dishwasher for many years and I have never had any problems with its performance. It is a very basic unit but it is durable and gets the job done!

Design
My biggest complaint about the design of the Kenmore dishwasher is the rotating blade on the machine. I have found that the top rack on the dishwasher often gets stuck on the blade when I attempt to slide the rack out to unload the dishwasher.

Durability
Overall, the Kenmore dishwasher is a very reasonably priced appliance that does an average job of cleaning dishes. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to save a few bucks and just wants a basic dishwasher.

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3.0

Decent

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from USA

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

This dishwasher only does an alright job of cleaning dishes. We bought it for our house and it did an great job for awhile. Then the dishes started coming out of the washer with a little bit of food on them. I thought it was because of the soap so I switched to a different brand. This was still happening so I thought maybe I needed to rinse the dishes off better before I put them in. The problem still kept happening so I just decided it was the dishwasher. I did not want to waste more money washing my dishes twice and also that defeats the purpose of having a dish washer if I have to completely wash the dishes before I put them in. It is a great washer for awhile, but then it does not work so great. There will be little bits of food stuck on after the wash. I do not really recommend buying this, but if it is what you have in say an apartment, this will make do.

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Pretty quiet machine.

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3.0

Average performance from Kenmore

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from Stoughton, Wi

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

I have purchased Kenmore kitchen appliances many times throughout the years and have found that the brand is generally reliable and reasonably priced. For the most part, I have been pleased with my Kenmore kitchen appliances.

Noise Level
I have to admit that my Kenmore dishwasher is quite loud. I actually think it was much quieter when we first purchased it years ago. The noise really does not bother me, but I have noticed my husband does turn the volume up on the TV every time our dishwasher is running!

Cleaning Time
The Kenmore has an average and heavy setting. I typically use the lighter setting because the run time is much shorter and it adequately cleans the dishes.

Loading Flexibility
The Kenmore dishwasher is easy to load and quite spacious.

Performance
I have had my Kenmore dishwasher for many years and I have never had any problems with its performance. It is a very basic unit but it is durable and gets the job done!

Design
My biggest complaint about the design of the Kenmore dishwasher is the rotating blade on the machine. I have found that the top rack on the dishwasher often gets stuck on the blade when I attempt to slide the rack out to unload the dishwasher.

Durability
Overall, the Kenmore dishwasher is a very reasonably priced appliance that does an average job of cleaning dishes. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to save a few bucks and just wants a basic dishwasher.

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4.0

One of those sturdy "old timers" it withstands time.

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from Birmingham, Al

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

I had one of these dishwashers for years before it just finally died. It lasted for years and was very easy for my husband to work on when it did give us trouble. The only mistake that we made was when we purchased a new machine we didn't go out and buy another one of these models. It was our "work horse" and always did a great job of cleaning anything that was placed in it's path. I loved it.

Noise Level
It was fairly quiet, the noise that it did put out was a soothing wooshing sound that was like a waterfall, a nice waterfall gently rolling along. And I got use to it and knew when it was done that my dishes would be very clean and sanitary each and every time.

Cleaning Time
The cycle was fast compared to the model that it was replaced with. It would completely wash, rinse, and heat dry my dishes in less than 45 minutes.

Loading Flexibility
It held a large load of dishes of a large variety of sizes and shapes.

Performance
It worked like a champ for years and was an inexpensive dishwasher.

Design
It is very compact and fit well into my kitchen, and on the same hand held a lot of dishes. They fit very well into the space that was made for them.

Durability
I think that we had that machine for at least 10 years and it gave us very little trouble. Try it.

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4.0

Very dependable dishwasher

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from USA

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

Our previous dishwasher broke and we needed to get a replacement in a short period of time. Our dishwasher breaking could not have happened at a worse time. I was unemployed and we had relatives visiting. We did not have a lot of extra money to invest in a dishwasher and this seemed to be the best option in our price range. My husband and I thought we were settling on this dishwasher but we were pleasantly surprised at how well this dishwasher worked. Half the time we rinse off the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, the other half of the time we do not. Our dishes always come out clean. There are several cleaning options to choose and they all work very well. I have never tried the drying option so I can't speak on how that preforms. This dishwasher is not as quiet as we thought it would be. This really isn't a complaint as it is not a loud dishwasher either but the salesperson led us to believe that it would be extremely quiet. Overall we are very happy with our purchase.

Noise Level
This dishwasher is not as quiet as I thought it would be but at the same time it is not loud. I wish it was a little quieter but for the price range, I can't complain too much about the noise level.

Cleaning Time
The cleaning times are about the same as the previous dishwasher that I had prior to purchasing this one. There is a quick rinse which is nice and fast.

Loading Flexibility
When loaded properly, this dishwasher can hold a lot of dishes.

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5.0

Good Working Dish Washer.

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from USA

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

I like the quick wash setting, If there is some thing I put in there that didn't rinse off all the great. I will use the quick wash, that runs for 7-10 minutes. I can fit a lot of our dishes in there! Never had a problem with this product. I like how they made the racks, they are vary roomy. Cleans the dishes vary well. I had never had a dirty dish come out yet. If thinking about buying this dish washer, I would strongly recommended. This dish washer is a great product I can go on about this all day! It clean the dishes vary well. You can reins them our if you are lazy like me, Just through them right on in and go on with your day. It fits all my dishes vary well. Tons of room on the inside. never had a problem with it making any load noises. The Only thing, I have pulled out a burned pot and had to scrub it clean all the way. What can you say its not like they have little men in side. That come and clean all the dishes. The story that you where told as a kid about the shoe maker and the elves are a lie.

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4.0

Mid level dishwasher that does a good job.

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from Undisclosed

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This dishwasher definitely gets my dishes clean for the most part. Sometimes it has trouble getting tough stuff off, but that probably has more to do with my rinsing ability that the dishwashers ability.

Noise Level
This thing is pretty loud actually. I usually play music on my iphone while I'm cleaning and once I turn the dishwasher on, I can barely hear my music, so I usually turn it on right before I'm ready to leave the kitchen so I don't have to listen to it.

Cleaning Time
It takes it's time. It's not fast at all, but I've actually seen slower dishwashers so I can't really complain. Honestly, I've never timed it before (and different settings take different amounts of time), because I'm usually not waiting for it to be done.

Loading Flexibility
I wish this dishwasher had a little more space. I think it is standard size, but I wish the top shelf was shallower in favor of the bottom shelf being deeper. I have trouble loading my large cookie sheets and muffin/cupcake pans because they are too tall.

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4.0

Kenmore Built In Dishwasher is a great asset to my kitchen

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from Fort Worth, Texas

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

My husband and I moved into a home that already had a dishwasher and since I prefer to hand wash my dishes I never even new it didn't work. I suddenly became ill and my husband insisted that we replace the dishwasher so that I wouldn't have to stand over the sink and wash dishes. So we went and purchased this one after doing some research and seeing this dishwasher was well in our budget. I still prefer to hand wash my dishes, but this dishwasher was a great asset to our kitchen and made my job of cleaning a whole lot easier.

Noise Level
This dishwasher is a little loud. I couldn't turn it on at night because of the loud noise level. So we only washed dishes during the day if we were using the dishwasher. Which was kind of inconvenient.

Cleaning Time
This dishwasher has a reasonable cleaning time. I was satisfied with the cleaning time and the way it cleaned all of my dishes. Even the tough greased one.

Loading Flexibility
This dishwasher was easy enough to load and it held a nice load of dishes.

Performance
This dishwasher performed great.

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4.0

Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher

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from Newburgh, NY

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

We purchased the Kenmore Built-in dishwasher in connection to replacing the old whirlpool left by the former owners and found the brand Kenmore to be good for the purpose of washing dishes. Kenmore has more than enough internal cabinet space and has consistently perform as a kitchen appliance. However, the noise level is audible from the kitchen.

Noise Level
We found the noise level to be comparable to a washing machine. A fully load dishwasher and the noise level was higher than expected.

Cleaning Time
The cleaning time for this Kenmore dishwasher is about 30 to 45 minutes on average for cleaning dishes.

Loading Flexibility
The load flexibility of this Kenmore is satisfactory. The rack space is capable of holding several dishes, glasses and mugs and some small pots o pans.

Performance
The performance of this Kenmore is good as dishwasher with more than enough rack space.

Design
The Kenmore brand has other models with a modern and sleek look. This brand I found to be similar to other appliance brands and look.

Durability
This Kenmore model has good durability factoring out noise level.

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4.0

Pretty much your standard dishwasher

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from Fond Du Lac, WI

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

This dishwasher does a good job. It doesn't blow me away, but it works well under most circumstances. The "quick rinse" mode isn't too useful unless you have very lightly soiled dishes, so I'd pretty much forget that option even exists. The "normal" setting should be good enough for most needs, or you can try your luck with "smart wash" and let the washer automatically figure out which settings best suit that specific load. The "pots and pans" setting is really effective at cleaning items, but it's also pretty slow.

Noise Level
This machine is louder than I expected. Not horrendously loud, but not as quiet as it's billed.

Cleaning Time
As mentioned, the "pots and pans" setting is slow. The cleaning times of the other settings are reasonably quick, though.

Loading Flexibility
It's pretty easy to fit varying item (large plates, wine glasses, pots) in different areas of the dishwasher, which is roomy.

Performance
If you choose the appropriate setting, you should see good results.

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3.0

Good Dishwasher

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from San Diego, CA

Comments about Kenmore Built-in Dishwasher:

Overall, this Kenmore dishwasher is a decent dishwasher at a fair price. I honestly do not use my dishwasher that often - I almost always wash dishes by hand as it seems to be a lot faster and uses less water. The only reason why I bought a dishwasher in the first place is because the house already came with one, and I figured it would be better to have a dishwasher in case of emergencies or if I plan to sell the house later on it would be easier to sell a house with a dishwasher at a better price. On the rare occasion that I do use my dishwasher, it has performed just as expected. It is a little loud but maybe that is because I'm not used to it in the first place. The dishwasher racks are pretty standard - two levels that roll out with crates for utensils. It does a good job of washing and cleaning my dishes as well as drying when I do use it. You can't go wrong with this Kenmore dishwasher.

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