Kenmore 13202 Dishwasher Review
The price is just right.
By the Numbers
The Kenmore 13202 returned some impressive cleaning numbers, but expect spend about $8 more per year in water and power for this thirsty, thorough dishwasher.
Of all the cycles we tested on this Kenmore, we did find traces of redeposit on many otherwise-clean dishes. But overall, the 13202 did a fine job with stain removal.
The main performance gripe we have concerns the time it takes to run the cycles. Normal Wash took a little over three hours to finish, which would make it hard for the average user to do two loads after dinner. Pots & Pans, which is the 13202’s heavy duty cycle, clocked in at four hours.
Even after all that waiting, the Pots & Pans cycle still had redeposit issues. Additionally, a noticeable amount of burnt cheese (a very common by-product of American cooking) was left behind after the cycle. We suspect that this is the type of stain the Turbo Zone option is good for, but we know for sure that Pots & Pans can’t do it alone.
Finally, the 1 Hr Wash cycle seems to be one to avoid. Although it did actually finish in an hour, significant portions of our dehydrated milk stains were left behind. You’ll want to reserve this for the lightest of stains, and certainly nothing that’s been baked on or left to sit for a long period of time.
They say that time is money, and the 13202's lengthy—and expensive—cycles certainly fall in line with that old adage. The extra-long cycles led to greater electricity consumption, which made for a higher annual utility cost. We estimate that cost to be $38.45 a year—Dishwashers on the market today average around $29-$30.
How much electricity and water did this dishwasher use? The Normal Wash took 1.24 kWh and 2.44 gallons to do its job, Pots & Pans used 1.48 kWh and 7.78 gallons, and the 1 Hr Wash consumed 0.38 kWh and a whopping 8.27 gallons.
We were able to fit 11 of our standardized place settings and one serving setting inside this Kenmore. Knowing that average consumers aren’t going to have perfectly-arranged settings for their dishwasher loads, we value adjustability and flexibility. Sadly, other than an adjustable height mechanism on the upper rack and a row of collapsible tines on the lower rack, the 13202 doesn’t offer much in the way of flexibility.
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