How Long Does a Kenmore Dishwasher Run?

Dishwashers are designed to help us get our dirty plates back to the shelf effortlessly. While most people are after the cleaning performance, another important factor to look for in a dishwasher is the amount of time it consumes in a wash cycle. Well, a Kenmore dishwasher promises lesser running time, but how long is it? We've researched to answer this question.

A Kenmore dishwasher usually runs on an average of 1 to 3 hours. Some factors that may affect the run duration are the machine model, the water temperature, and the cycle type selected. Heavier cycles may take longer than the others.

A Kenmore dishwasher has a number of cycles to choose from to fit the kind of cleaning the dishes need. Tough stained dishes such as heavy cookware with thicker food residue may need a heavier cycle, which takes more time than the other wash cycles. Keep reading to know the different cycles of a Kenmore Elite dishwasher, what they are for, and how long each cycle runs. 

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Kenmore Dishwasher Cycle Duration

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The following are the different cycles of a Kenmore Elite dishwasher and their approximate time to finish with a water temperature of 120°F (49°C) at the dishwasher. Note that a lower water temperature will increase the cycles’ run time.

Smart Wash

This is considered the most advanced cycle in an Elite dishwasher. This cycle is designed to adjust its cleaning performance based on the amount of soil and the toughness of stuck-on food it senses. This may take between 1 hour and 58 minutes to 3 hours to finish.

Pots & Pans

This cycle is designed for your heavy cookware with tough food residue. This may take longer to finish, averaging from 2 hours and 19 minutes to 3 hours and 34 minutes.

China Gentle

Provides a light wash and gentle drying for delicate or very fragile items. This usually takes between 1 hour and 35 minutes to 2 hours and 13 minutes to finish.

Normal Wash

This cycle is recommended to completely wash and dry a full load of normally soiled dishes. This may take 2 hours and 3 minutes to 3 hours and 10 minutes to complete.

Express Wash

The Express Wash cycle is for the times when we need our dishes cleaned fast. You can expect it to finish in approximately only 1 to 2 hours. However, this cycle consumes more water and energy. This does not dry the washed dishes too. You can towel dry them, or if you wish to add a drying option, you can select Extra Dry.

Clean Dishwasher

Transparent and black and white dishes as well as cutlery and glasses are washed in the dishwasher, inside view, drops and splashes of water.

The dishwasher is usually left with some food debris inside and needs to be cleaned too. Select this cycle to wash the dishwasher. Do not put anything inside. The dishwasher must be empty. To activate, press and hold "Pots & Pans" for three seconds. This cycle takes about an hour and 22 minutes to finish. 

Quick Rinse

This cycle is a quick rinse to soften dried-on residue for dishes that will not be washed immediately to prevent odors in the dishwasher. This does not need dishwashing detergent yet. To activate, press and hold "Normal Wash" for three seconds. This only takes 12 minutes.

Quick Wash

Quickly cleans lightly soiled dishes. However, this cycle does not automatically dry the washed dishes. To activate this cycle, press and hold "Express Wash" for three seconds. This cycle takes only 33 minutes to 1 hour and 43 minutes to complete. When the cycle is finished, you can dry the dishes by selecting the "Extra Dry & Condensation Guard"  option.

As you can see, Kenmore has always been consistent in being innovative providing us with many different options that are efficient but do not compromise quality cleaning performance. Another proof of this is the Kenmore Elite’s Turbo Zone feature.

What is Turbo Zone on a Kenmore dishwasher?

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Hard, caked-on residue? No problem! Kenmore got it covered through its Turbo Zone. In the back of the bottom rack, there are two stationary jets that reach the deepest corners of the dishwasher for focused cleaning and four rotating jets to completely remove thick stuck-on food. This feature has significantly improved the cleaning performance of a dishwasher.

How much water does Kenmore dishwasher use?

As much as we want to save time and effort, saving water is a great addition too! Gladly, Kenmore also incorporated another feature to the Elite dishwasher, the MicroClean Wash System Filter.

This innovation removes particles down to 150 microns and saves up to two gallons of water thus making the machine consume only up to 3.19 gallons per cycle. This innovation also makes the machine more time-efficient by cutting off 13 minutes of the run time.

Where is the filter in a Kenmore Elite dishwasher?

Is your dishwasher taking longer to finish? Check the filters! The filters of a Kenmore Elite can be found at the bottom center of the dishwasher. Their job is to trap and hold particles so that they are not redeposited back to the dishes.

If the filters are clogged, the machine may take longer to finish a cycle, or worse, you may need to wash the dishes all over. It is best that the filters are routinely cleaned too to keep the dishwasher at its peak performance. How are these filters cleaned? Read on!

How do you clean the filter on a Kenmore dishwasher?

Man unscrews the filter for cleaning in the dishwasher.

According to Kenmore, an Elite dishwasher’s filters must be removed and cleaned at least once a month for best performance or every time a noticeable sign is present such as particles starting to build up and oily dishes even after washing.

To clean the filters, you must remove the filters first, then clean them under running water. Rinse the filters under running water until all soils are removed. You may need a soft brush to remove hard stuck-on soils.


To conclude, there is a variety of factors affecting the run time of a dishwasher. It depends on what cycle is selected, the temperature of water in the dishwasher, the machine model, and of course if the machine especially the filters are well maintained. As for Kenmore, the average run time is 1-3 hours.

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