Kenmore 17159 Review


Kenmore 17159 Kenmore
17159

Portable
Place Settings: 10
Width: 24" Portable
MSRP: $829
Sanitize Cycles

7

& Options
Energy

253

kWh Per Yr
Water

624

Gal Per Yr
Sound

49

dBA
Cost

$829

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Kenmore 17159


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BETTER - Includes a high temperature sanitizing rinse that helps remove food deposits and most bacteria. High temperature water coupled with the right detergent is one of the keys to getting your plates, dishes, and silverware clean and disinfected.
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options may be less convenient and could make it harder to match your family's needs.  
Energy BETTER - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Kenmore dishwasher is projected to use 253 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water BEST - Annual water usage of 624 gallons is 15% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. Uses about 107 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound BETTER - Quieter than average. Operating sound levels of 49 dBA are 0.9 dBA lower than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the top 45% of quieter dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression. A 10 dBA decrease in sound is like being twice the distance away.
Cost GOOD - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a currently produced dishwasher. Rated GOOD for affordability. The Kenmore 17159 dishwasher should generally be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


Kenmore 17159 Dishwasher

Kenmore 17159



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the Kenmore 17159. Spray jets are available on about 40% of new dishwashers and are effective on loosening baked-on food or grease from silverware, pans, and dishes.  
High
Temp
High-Temp Wash Option - Includes the option to select a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water combined with the right detergent and softened water can help loosen dried-on, baked-on food deposits and produce clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this Kenmore model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening tough food deposits from silverware and dishes.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Water is delivered from three spray arms in the bottom, middle, and top of the dishwasher. Allows 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 17159 sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
Sanitize Sanitize Capability - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to achieve a minimum 99.999% or 5-log reduction of bacteria using ANSI 184 standards. Final rinse temperatures reach at least 150 deg F to sanitize cookware.
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help remove food fragments and keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About one-third of new dishwashers are equipped 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. Most homes with hard water have a whole-house softener so integrated models are only available on a few dishwashers.  


Convenience Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Kenmore 17159 has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 20% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack design that can be used for cups and smaller items such as flatware or utensils.  
Spray
Arms
Spray Arms - Uses a superior rotating spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms deliver water to more interior areas and angles. Doesn't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Non-Adjustable - The loading racks are not adjustable and cannot move up or down to accommodate large pots and pans. Non-adjustable racks are found on about 30% of new dishwashers and offer less flexibility, especially after special occasions.  
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - None of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Removable racks are only found on about 30% of new dishwashers and provide flexibility for special occasions when you need to wash extra large cookware.  
Place
Settings
10 Settings - Number of place settings is 3 lower than average. Ranks in the lower 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR loading capacity. Smaller loading capacities of 6-8 settings are likely fine for singles, and 8-11 settings for couples. Families need larger capacities.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Non-Folding Tines - Rack divider tines cannot be folded down and remain in a stationary vertical position. Non-folding tines sometimes limit your ability to add horizontal space for items that won't fit in-between or above the tines.  
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this Kenmore model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent accidental contact and melting of dishes or utensils in the lower rack.  
Controls All-Digital Controls - Touch-pad control console is all-digital and always visible at the top front-side of the dishwasher. Not as stylish as fully-integrated (hidden) consoles, but sometimes more convenient to use without opening the door.
Display No Digital Display - The Kenmore 17159 does not include a LED digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other information. Can be helpful to monitor wash status, but most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Kenmore 17159 is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. About 90% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings to differentiate between them.
Energy
Rating
253 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 7% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Kenmore dishwasher is projected to use 253 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water
Rating
624 Gal - Annual water usage of 624 gallons is 15% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. Uses about 107 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Kenmore 17159 allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or shorter wash time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water, energy, and money.
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 racks. You can still be eco-friendly and save money by at least waiting for a full, complete load before running a wash cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - The dishwasher can be programmed to run at a later time during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Also convenient to operate the dishwasher while the family isn't home.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model meets or exceeds federal Energy Star criteria with a 0.86 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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