Kenmore 13263 Review


Kenmore 13263 Kenmore
13263

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 12
Width: 24" Built-In
MSRP: $939
Jets
Sanitize
Cycles

10

& Options
Energy

253

kWh Per Yr
Water

624

Gal Per Yr
Sound

51

dbA
Cost

$939

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Kenmore 13263

Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs two major features to help get your dishes clean - jets and a sanitizing option. High pressure spray jets blast away food particles and stubborn deposits. A sanitizing rinse option then eliminates most bacteria.
Cycles BETTER - Total cycles and options is 6% higher than average and ranks in the top 50% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. Enables you to choose the most appropriate functions for your particular needs.
Energy BEST - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BEST power usage. This Kenmore dishwasher is more energy efficient than most new dishwashers.
Water BEST - Estimated annual water usage of 624 gallons is 18% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. It uses about 132 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound GOOD - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  
Cost GOOD - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for overall price. The Kenmore 13263 should be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


Kenmore 13263 Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware and Dish Jets - The 13263 model includes high-pressure spray jets that can scrub heavily soiled dishes and silverware. Jets are positioned to help loosen and remove dried-on food deposits.
High
Temp
High-Temp Option - Includes the option to choose a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water is one of the most important ingredients for dissolving hardened food and producing clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening baked-on or dried food deposits.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Standard number of wash levels that allow streams of water to saturate dishes from many different angles and directions. More wash levels promotes more thorough cleaning.
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The Kenmore 13263 sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Includes a sanitary cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Water temperatures reach approximately 150-degrees to help disinfect your dishes.
Cycles &
Options
10 Cycles & Options - Total cycles and options is 6% higher than average and ranks in the top 50% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. Enables you to choose the most appropriate functions for your particular needs.
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About 50% of new dishwashers are designed with a hard or soft food disposer.  
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Integrated softeners are only found on about 10% of new dishwashers.  


Drying Ratings
Heated
Dry
Heated Dry - Includes an option to dry the dishes faster with an internal heating element. Heated drying can also help to reduce spotting on dishes and especially glassware. Available on most new dishwashers.
Tub
Material
Stainless Steel Tub - Stainless steel interior dries dishes faster and more efficiently through natural processes. Stainless steel retains heat and condenses water; properties not found with plastic tubs.
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent contact with plastic dishes and accidental melting.  


Loading Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Kenmore 13263 has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack that can be used for cups and smaller items.
Spray
Arms
Towerless - Uses a superior spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms provide more wash levels and don't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Adjustable - One or more of the racks can be adjusted to move up, down, and/or tilt. Adjustable racks allow you to create additional room for larger items. Provides flexibility for family gatherings.
Removable
Racks
Removable - One or more of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Very convenient for special occasions when you need additional space to load extra-large pots or serving plates.
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down to help secure loose dishes or create additional horizontal space for larger items. Provides greater loading flexibility.
Cup Shelf No Cup / Stemware Shelf - Does not have an additional cup shelf that provides extra room to stack more glasses and coffee cups or to secure stemware. Available on most new dishwashers.  
Silverware
Basket
Premium Silverware Basket - The silverware basket has extra features such as being movable, dividable, or fitted with covered slots. A flexible silverware basket makes loading or unloading the Kenmore 13263 a little easier.
Utility
Container
No Utility Container - Does not have an extra utility basket or tray like 70% of other new dishwashers. These extra baskets and trays can store larger items that don't fit in the standard basket.  
Detergent
Dispenser
No Detergent Reservoir - Uses a standard detergent dispenser that you fill each time you run a cycle. Less than 5% of new dishwashers have reservoirs that can hold multiple cycles of detergent.  


Capacity Ratings
Place
Settings
12 Settings - Number of place settings is 14% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR loading capacity. Smaller loading volume may be adequate for singles or couples, but you'll run the dishwasher more often.  
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The Kenmore 13263 additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
51 dbA - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Kenmore 13263 is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. Over 80% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings.
Energy
Rating
253 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BEST power usage. This Kenmore dishwasher is more energy efficient than most new dishwashers.
Water
Rating
624 Gal - Estimated annual water usage of 624 gallons is 18% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. It uses about 132 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy
Saver
Energy-Saver Cycle - The Kenmore 13263 allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or a shorter time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water and energy.
Half
Load
No Half-Load Option - No option to save water and energy by washing just a half-load in either the upper or lower rack. You can still be eco-friendly by waiting for a full load before running a cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - Includes an energy-saving option to run the dishwasher overnight or during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Or simply run while you're gone.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Super-efficient dishwasher that is qualified Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model exceeds the federal Energy Star criteria with an Energy Factor rating of 0.86.


Style Ratings
Exterior Stainless Steel - Stainless steel door panels are currently the most popular style and provide a sleek, modern look. Stainless steel is durable and fashionable, but takes a little more effort to keep clean.
Interior Stainless Steel - The Kenmore 13263 stainless steel tub and door lining is stain-resistant, rust-resistant, durable, and less likely to absorb odors. Steel's natural condensation property also helps to dry dishes faster.
Controls Partial Mechanical Controls - Basic control console with a combination of both digital and manual knob controls that are visible from the front. Over 90% of new dishwashers are now fully digital.
Display No Digital Display - The Kenmore 13263 does not include a digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other wash status information. Most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Cost Ratings
MSRP $939 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for overall price. The Kenmore 13263 should be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


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