Kenmore Elite 14753 Dishwasher Review
Gets the job done, no matter what.
There are several variations of the Kenmore Elite 14753. These include the Kenmore Elite 14754 and Kenmore Elite 14759. They are very similar to the Kenmore Elite 14753 in most respects.
You'll never see the hero of an action film filling out an expense report. Similarly, the Kenmore Elite 14753 ($1,299.99) is the dishwasher for people who have made peace with the fact that getting the job done right can take resources.
Just as a spy might have to blow up an underwater lair or wreck a few supercars to save the world, this Kenmore makes a few sacrifices to get your dishes spotless.
Specifically, those drawbacks include long cycle times, high energy costs, and cycles that use more than twice as much water as equivalent cycles on other dishwashers. Yes, efficiency and brevity are clearly afterthoughts. But with sale prices at $899.99 and the near-guarantee of clean dishes, we can see why many buyers will find this Elite exceedingly attractive.
This video was recorded inside the Kenmore Elite 14763 dishwasher, which has a very similar wash system to the 14753.
Design & Usability
And looks good while doing it.
Regardless of which actor plays James Bond, he has to be handsome—and the 14753 is, similarly, quite the looker. Stainless steel inside and out, the thick, protruding handlebar gently curves outward, while the red trim on all the interior water jets show that this machine is ready for action. If that was ever in question, the proudly displayed Elite badge hints at this dishwasher’s strong pedigree.
And it proved functional, too. Given the 14753’s extremely flexible three-piece cutlery basket, its height adjustment mechanism on the upper rack, and its foldable tines, we were mostly satisfied with how this Elite felt in our hands. The upper rack did not glide very smoothly when we pulled it out. However, as rough as it was, it felt sturdy and stable as it moved along its track.
Capacity matters, and the 14753 held 11 of our standardized place settings and a serving setting—which is about average. All the little adjustable bits mentioned earlier make it easier to load the non-standard stuff, so bring on your novelty plates and champagne flutes. And since every spy needs a touch of elegance, this Elite’s upper rack has a pair of stemware holders.
The right tool for every situation.
As fun as it is to watch reruns of MacGyver, we prefer a hero who comes prepared. For its part, the 14753 has six cycles and a huge selection of additional wash options to handle any dishwashing need. Smart Wash is a cycle that adjusts itself depending on how dirty your load is and Express Wash is locked in at an hour. The other cycles perform exactly the way their names suggest.
Options like TurboZone, Sani Rinse, Hi Temp Wash, Smart Dry, and Top Rack/Bottom Rack Only directly affect how the cycle behaves. This gives a lot of control to the user, which can matter if you only have a handful of lightly soiled glasses to clean or if you need the TurboZone’s power to blast off particularly stubborn stains. Delay, which can be set for 1-24 hours, Control Lock, and Sound Off are convenient extra features that further grant the user control over how the dishwasher operates.
Effective, but not efficient
In every spy movie, no one cares about stray bullets or the millions of dollars of property damage the hero inflicts, as long as he saves the world/catches the thief/gets the girl. Likewise, this Elite does whatever it takes to get your dishes spotless.
The Normal and Pots & Pans cycles both cleaned extremely well on our tests, but they each took a long time and used a lot of water and electricity. Normal, for instance, took more than three hours to wash our test dishes.
Over the course of a year, the 14753 will set you back $39.67 per year in utility costs due to how much water and power each Normal cycle uses. Many of the dishwashers we’ve tested only cost around $30 per year at most. But since the 14753’s Normal cycle used more than 8 gallons of water and 930 kWh of power per run when we tested it, the costs added up quickly. If $10 a year is worth it to you for clean dishes, you won't be disappointed.
There is some good news, though: The Normal cycle is sensor-based, which means for light loads (lighter than our test loads, at least), the cycle will behave differently. If the 14753’s internal soil sensors find that a load of dishes isn’t very heavily soiled, it will use less time, water, and electricity to complete. Since our test dishes are far filthier than anything you'd likely encounter in your home, you should expect a quicker, more efficient wash.
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The 14753’s warranty is rather extensive. Other manufacturer warranties usually cover repair and replacement costs just for the first year of ownership and nothing else. Kenmore’s warranty offers the same coverage for the first year, but beyond that point, it will also cover the costs of any parts, up to the second year of ownership. The only difference is Kenmore will no longer cover the labor costs associated with installing those parts after the first year.
Certain individual parts have additional coverage. For example, the dishwasher’s racks are specifically protected against rust for the first five years. Also, the stainless steel tub and inner door panel are covered for the entire lifetime of the machine. In both cases, if it’s past the first year of ownership, you will have to pay the installation costs (but not the part costs).
Why We Like It
The Jack Bauer of dishwashers.
Kiefer Sutherland’s character may not hold as much relevance nowadays, but the comparison is very apt here: This Elite will do whatever it takes to get your dishes clean. If you believe the ends justify the means and that clean dishes are all that matter, the 14753 is for you.
Of course, utility costs aren’t the same everywhere, and the 14753 may cost you more per year than our estimated amount (which is based on the average cost of water and electricity in the U.S.). For buyers in areas where electricity and water costs are high, this dishwasher may cost far more than its $899 sale price.
We tested the similar Kenmore Elite 14793 and found it to be more efficient, but it’s also pricier. You’d be getting the TurboZone Reach wall-mounted jets and a handful of interior features to compensate, but it’s definitely not the Kenmore you want if your goal is to save money.
The similarly priced Bosch SHP65TL5UC is a happy balance, with a low upfront cost, lower annual cost, and many of the same features as the 14753. It has a stainless steel interior and a splittable cutlery basket of its own, but also includes a third rack. Make sure to check these other dishwashers out before you make a decision.
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