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Kenmore Elite, the Dishwasher that Adjusts to Your Needs

Kenmore Elite, the Dishwasher that Adjusts to Your Needs

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kenmore.

I will admit that I have never before in my life read an instruction manual for an appliance. It just seems like it is all usually painfully obvious.

And I am sort of old and stuck in my ways when it comes to loading my dishwasher. Yes, I am one of those crazy people who will reload the dishwasher if it isn’t done “right.” But honestly when my kids do it and I look inside the dishwasher to discover that all the bowls are cozily nested together with nary a space between them, well,how can I not redo it?

But the new Kenmore Elite Dishwasher had so many things that could be adjusted and features that I decided to read the manual and see if I was using them for their intended purpose.

First off, my favorite thing? The adjustable top rack. Oh my. How many times have you made a huge meal and all of the dishes won’t fit on the bottom rack? And the top rack is too shallow to hold anything taller than a drinking glass? Or if you have tall wine glasses? Even when I have people over for a very informal gathering we use real wine glasses. We might use paper plates and disposable silverware, but we have some class, darn it! No wine in paper cups for us! The shallow top rack used to irritate me to no end.

But this dishwasher? The top rack easily adjusts to suit your needs. And when I say easy, I mean easy. You simply squeeze the little adjuster thingies with your thumbs and raise or lower it.

You know what? I lied. THIS is my favorite thing.


How adorable are those little pictures? My only complaint, there should be more than just two of them. Or maybe I just have too many friends who enjoy a glass of wine or four.


This rack folds down. So if you aren’t going to be putting glasses on the top rack you fold it down and out of the way.


Easy enough to do it with one hand while the other takes photos!


Now, I’ll admit it. This feature confused me. What is it? Why is it shaped the way it is? I mean I could see how it could be used for holding stemware, but what else was it there for?


So I refered to that manual.


Well, I can put cups on top of it. That could be handy if I give up my lush friends and find some nice proper tea drinking ones!

Then I saw in the manual where it said it could hold spatulas. And I was all, NO WAY!!


I have always been annoyed that spatulas had no where to go. I would lay them down on the top rack and half the time they’d fall through and I’d find them on the bottom of the dishwasher. Still dirty of course.

This feature is awesome. And I think I heard angels sing a heavenly chorus when I discovered it.


I really like this little basket. The manual doesn’t say specifically what it is for, but I think it is for holding chopsticks or your kitchen sponges. Both of those things had nowhere to go in my old dishwasher.


The knife holder is handy, too. For all the same reasons that I rejoiced about the spatula holder, and the chopsticks/kitchen sponge holder. It’s the little things, people, that make my day.


And I like how the silverware holder has the dividers to keep the utensils separated. The dividers on the left and right handside also flip open so you can put small items in there that might otherwise wash away. Most recently I put the little medicine cups in there, but it would also be good for things like baby pacifiers.


I can fit practically every single place setting we own into this dishwasher. And with the number of people in my family, that happens almost every day.

So, let me ask you this… how would you like your own Kenmore Elite dishwasher (or refrigerator, oven, or washer/dryer)? Maybe the better question is why wouldn’t you want to win them? I bWell now you have the opportunity. Visit the BlogHer.com review round-up page and enter a comment for a chance to win one of the major appliances.

Comments left on this post will entered into a drawing for a Kenmore coffee maker! (Rules here) I can not wait to get mine and tell you how it works. STILL waiting to get it. My coffee beans and I are growing impatient! A few months ago, my expensive coffee maker died a slow and painful death. Of course I ignored all signs that pointed to its imminent demise until it sputtered and refused to turn on one dark, dark morning. And then I bought a super cheap coffee maker that doesn’t have an automatic shut-off and threatens to burn my house down every day.

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  1. Diana S. says:

    We could really use the Kenmore washer and dryer. Ours are soooo old that the washer is so loud and the dryer has to be ran twice to completely dry our clothes. Wining this would be a dream come true!

    dianastlouis (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Diana S. says:

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/sdstlouis/status/10069781449285632

    dianastlouis (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    I would give that dishwasher to my parents and sit at the table watching them marvel at it all while drinking a fabulous cup of coffee made in my new machine.

  4. Maria says:

    I would love to win the washer and dryer. The coffee maker isn’t bad either.

  5. Nicole says:

    Absolutely Love it!

  6. amanda says:

    want. our is so loud you can’t hear the conversation if it is running.

  7. Susan C. says:

    That dishwasher looks amazing! Love the idea of keeping wine glasses safer in the dishwasher - so much more convenient than hand-washing!

  8. jayayceeblog says:

    We could really use a new coffee maker — the built-in bean grinder bit the dust a long time ago and the drip part is looking pretty sad about now. =D

  9. Quanda says:

    I would love to win Kenmore coffee maker. Thanks! :D

  10. Quanda says:


  11. Cindy Miller says:

    I would love to win a coffee maker! I love Kenmore appliances and really need a coffee maker

  12. mollie says:

    we really need a new dishwasher!

    molliemam87 at gmail dot com

  13. mollie says:

    tweeted here


    molliemam87 at gmail dot com

  14. Byron says:

    I could use the dishwasher, since mine desided to die the week I moved in my house.

  15. Jeannette says:

    my cheap coffee maker is well… cheap. and i’d love a new fancy shmancy one!

  16. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    I tweeted but can’t figure out how to give you the link! Here’s what I have…http://twitter.com/#!/awf1988

  17. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  18. Tami says:

    Oh boy. We do need a new dishwasher. The current teenage dish washers would love it too.

  19. Rebecca Kempenich says:

    I would LOVE a new dishwasher. Ours sucks bananas, and so often we have to re-wash the dishes after they are done..

    Sounds like this wouldn’t need any rewashing and that would be GREAT!

  20. Marissa says:

    That dishwasher would be awesome. Our dishwasher is not really a dish”washer”, we have to pretty much do that ourselves before we load it. A lot of times we just use it as a big drying rack.

  21. Leanna says:

    I would love all new appliances, ours are a little outdated.

  22. Danalin says:

    The dishwasher! I would LOVE the dishwasher. Ours is old and must have a slow drip somewhere because it has this hard-water buildup that I can’t get off of the front/bottom which seems to grow, plus it’s warped. It doesn’t do a great job of cleaning either. Winning this dishwasher would change my life because I would no longer have to search through my glasses when having company over to look for the cleanest looking glasses, plates, and silverware. Our current dishwasher is something I can live with, but would prefer not to. :)

  23. MissMel says:

    I would save on lotion if I had a dishwasher! You’re so lucky.

  24. Tammy Holston says:

    We need the dishwasher!!! You have to wash and scrub the dishes before you even put them in the one we have now. :) It makes the point of a dishwasher useless. Pick me!!

  25. Jasmine Lee says:

    We can always use a coffee maker in my house! Thank you for this chance to win one.