Kenmore TurboZone 13269 Ratings
Performance - 83%
Quiet - 55%
Design - 72%
Capacity - 71%
Energy Rating - 74%
This is a great model, and we recommend it because although it is not the best on the market, it comes at a great affordable price and is Eco-friendly.
When you start shopping around for dishwashers, try to focus your attention on a large variety of brands, even if you know from personal experience which are the best ones in general. All companies struggle to make their products better, so you never know when and where you may find the one that’s right for you. Today we are going to review a Kenmore model, which is why we thought a small introduction was necessary. While this is a rather popular brand, it still has to compete with giants like Whirlpool or Bosch, and for that reason, it sometimes gets overlooked by customers. Nonetheless, variety is key in everything, and the Kenmore 24” TurboZone 13269 is a worthy opponent on the market of appliances.
If the design is one of your main concerns when purchasing such an appliance, then this model should fit in your standards, because it comes with a sleek and smooth appearance. Moreover, it comes with three color options as well: white, black and stainless steel; this means you should be able to make a valid choice in matching it with your kitchen furniture. It has an internal handle, thus keeping design lines minimal, and the control panel is on the front side for easy access, but thinned out over the top part of the unit. This feature also helps keep design at a minimum, but it is that type of brilliant engineering design that combines aestheticism with utility, so it is quite easy for you to program wash cycles and generally handle the appliance. The commands are quite straightforward, but we will discuss them in detail later on.
This unit is averagely sized, with a height of 34 inches, a width of 24 inches, and depth of approximately 25 inches; this means it will fit well in most kitchens, and may even allow for a panel built-in if you want your kitchen to look in one piece. It can hold up to 12 place settings, which in today’s parameters, is a tiny bit below average; however, it still means it can be used by normal-sized families who need it on a daily basis. Moreover, it comes with a stainless steel tall tub, which means that you can fit larger objects too; the racks are made from nylon, with the upper rack being both adjustable and removable, the lower rack featuring folding tines, a lower removable rack, silverware basket and others.
When it comes to options and technical specifications, the unit is quite well endowed. First of all, we should mention that the controls are electronic, and the control panel is fitted with a lockout, so your children can’t switch settings or play around with the controls, especially while it’s in the middle of a wash program. We like the automatic temperature control, which adjusts it depending on the level of soiling on your dishes, and which is, therefore, an Eco feature that eliminates unwanted energy and water consumption. There is also a cycle status light, that lets you know how far the program has progressed, or whether it has ended. You will also find it handy to use the delay start that allows you to schedule wash programs whenever you want, such as a few hours before getting home from work.
This model comes with a special drain hose, but not a fill hose, so this is something you will have to provide your plumber when installing it. It is important to mention it doesn’t have a food disposer, and the filter must be cleaned manually; if this seems like too much of a bother for you, then you need to find an appliance which eliminates these tasks. However, it does come with a water filter, so you can rest assured little or no deposits will occur, and the washing water will be at an optimal pH for cleaning the dishes and allowing a good performance of your unit. There is also a detergent dispenser, and a start button memory, in case you like to re-utilize the same settings.
A very interesting feature is the multiple door position, which means you can adjust the door for left-handed or right-handed people, or even make it open downward. As for the wash cycles, which should interest you the most, they are: normal wash, cancel & drain (if for some reason you need to immediately shut down the appliance mid-performance), light wash, heavy duty cycle, high-temperature wash, quick wash and pots& pans wash. There is also a heated dry option, but you don’t need to worry about extra consumption because it works on excess heat produced by the wash cycles. You can also be certain that it will do its job properly, because it has been endowed with the latest technologies, such as the spinning wash arm that optimizes dish cleaning. Other features include the rinse aid dispenser and rinse aid dispenser indicator, the quick rinse, high-temperature rinse and sanitary rinse, which are ideal for a baby’s eating utensils.
This seems to be like a very well prepared appliance, containing all the basic features and options that most units need to have, plus quite a few special ones, which allow for personalized washing with every different load. Furthermore, it is Energy Star compliant, which means it is also Eco-friendly and has a reduced water and energy consumption. So if you are worried about the environment as well, you can rest assured that it does the best it can with current technologies.
We know noise is another concern many customers have, and this appliance has a noise output of 51 decibels; this is disappointing for an appliance that fares so well in all other categories, especially since nowadays the market is flooded with units that don’t exceed 39 decibels. Indeed, while 51 is below normal conversation noises, it can still be irritating, so avoid this kind of appliance for an open-space living. The warranty is one full year that includes all parts; this is neither here nor there because other warranties are more comprehensive and detail different timelines for each important part.
As you’ve noticed, in the end, there are a few faults in this particular model; however, this is reflected in the price, which doesn’t exceed $900. When most reliable machines exceed $1,000, managing to find a cheaper one that still includes a lot of special features and shows care for your dishes, is quite an accomplishment. All in all, we recommend you think carefully about what you need in such an appliance, and only then see whether this model meets your expectations.