The Kenmore 1329[ ] is a dishwasher available from
The 1329[ ] typically costs
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on dishwasher
models like the 1329[ ].
Ample flatware slots:
Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Adjustable upper rack:
Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
The Ratings of Kenmore 1326 were applied to untested model Kenmore 1329[ ], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Kenmore, the largest dishwasher brand in this country, is known for its reliability and dependability and has three lines: Kenmore, Kenmore Elite, and Kenmore Pro. Prices range from approximately $250 for a basic Kenmore model to $1,600 for the double-drawer dishwasher in stainless steel ($1,400 in white). Major features such as the TurboZone power-scrubbing mode tend to be shared among the higher-priced Kenmore models ($650 and up) and the Elite models. Kenmore recently introduced steam cleaning, hidden-control models as well as top-rack-only wash on some Elite models.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
Our family bought this DW less than a year ago. When it is working, it works pretty well. I have had to call several times for repair, fortunately, it is still under the standard warranty. <br />Currently, I have had a problem with the top rack of the dishwasher and have put in several calls to the 1-800#. They have sent me several packages to repair this problem and none of the parts they have mailed to me are the right parts. This problem has been going on for almost a month. I am currently waiting ANOTHER WEEK for a repair tech to come to the house (after one cancelled on me last week).<br />Customer service has been less than helpful and seems completely uninterested in making this problem go away. I will not be purchasing any Kenmore products in the future and am very unhappy with Sears customer service. Also - I'm really not looking forward to next month when the warranty runs out!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Boise ID
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Didn't last 3 years
Easy To Load
We're An Avg Use Family
This is a review on the Kenmore 665-1348 Ultra. I bought it in June 2010 and wrote a review on it in July 2010 (in this forum under the nickname SkepTic)) giving it 4 stars. I am now rescinding 3 of those stars - thus giving this 1 star.<br /><br />18 months after we bought it the control panel went out. The problem symptom was that when you pressed the start button, nothing would happen. I had an appliance repair shop fix it - it took 8 days to get the part in and cost me 1/3 of what I originally paid for the whole DW. Then 14 months later the same symptom started appearing periodically. It seems that the control panel was again going out.<br /><br />The Kenmore headquarters was of no help. The CSR at Kenmore's 1-800 number told me someone would call me back to work something out, but of course nobody called me back. I went to both a home improvement warehouse retailer and my local Kenmore store in search of a new DW and a deal because I was not going to stick another $260 into this less than 3 year old Kenmore.<br /><br />The home improvement warehouse store didn't have much of a selection and a sales rep was nowhere to be found. The Kenmore retailer had a good selection (of OTHER makes) and was willing to give me an extra 10% off a replacement because of my Kenmore experience. So this time I bought a Kitchenaid (based on friends' experiences and recommendations).<br /><br />The control panel in the Kenmores is located next to a heat/steam vent. I suspect when the steam/heat vents during the drying cycle it leaks into and condenses onto the control panel and corrodes the contacts.<br /><br />So my Kenmore DW didn't even make it to the 3 year mark. This was an expensive mistake. I didn't buy the extended warranty because the sales people push them too hard and I resent having to pay protection money for a durable good that should be durable.<br /><br />This time I VERY reluctantly and resentfully bought the service agreement.