Kenmore 13273 Review


Kenmore 13273 Kenmore
13273

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 12
Width: 24" Built-In
MSRP: $709
Sanitize Cycles

8

& Options
Energy

254

kWh Per Yr
Water

624

Gal Per Yr
Sound

54

dbA
Cost

$709

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Kenmore 13273


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BETTER - Uses a high temperature sanitizing rinse to help remove deposits and bacteria. High temperature water coupled with the right detergent is one of the keys to getting your dishes and silverware clean and disinfected.
Cycles GOOD - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
Energy BEST - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% 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 5% 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 BETTER - Rated in the top 45% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $709 is 16% lower than average. The Kenmore 13273 is priced about $133 less than average.


Kenmore 13273 Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the 13273 model. Jets are featured on about 35% of new dishwashers and are effective on dishes with baked-on food or grease.  
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 13273 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
8 Cycles & Options - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
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
Plastic Tub - The interior is composed of standard plastic which does not aid the drying process like stainless steel interiors. About 40% of new dishwashers are fitted 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 13273 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
Not Removable - The racks cannot be removed. Little less convenient for those occasions when you have huge items that won't fit with both racks installed. Only about 30% of new dishwashers have this feature.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Non-Folding Tines - Rack divider tines cannot be folded down and remain in a stationary vertical position. Non-folding tines are found on 40% of new dishwashers and limit your ability to add horizontal space.  
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 13273 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 1% 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 13273 additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
54 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 13273 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
254 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% 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 5% 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 13273 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 0.85.


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 Plastic Tub - The Kenmore 13273 standard white plastic tub and door lining is more susceptible to staining and odor absorption over time. Over 60% of new dishwashers now have stainless steel interiors.  
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top door edge for a clean, seamless look from the front. Currently the most popular door style.
Display No Digital Display - The Kenmore 13273 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 $709 - Rated in the top 45% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $709 is 16% lower than average. The Kenmore 13273 is priced about $133 less than average.


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