Kenmore 14652 Review

Updated April 25, 2016
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Kenmore 14652 Review
Bottom Line

If you're tired of hand washing and want to step up your dish cleaning game, check out the Frigidaire FFBD1821MS. It gets raves for its washing and drying performance, and it easy to use and to roll away into a closet when it's not in use. It's a bit pricey for such a small unit, but it also boasts a higher-end, stainless steel tub.

ProsVery good wash performance, Energy Star certified, Six wash cycles, Stainless steel interiorConsInterior not customizable, As pricey as a full-sized unit

Breaking it down

Reviewed.com's Johnny Yu calls the Kenmore 14652 portable dishwasher a "small wonder." In testing, even with the dishwasher fully loaded, most came out very clean. The only area in which this Kenmore portable struggled was with items loaded in the very back of the upper rack. However, Yu says that redeposit, which is when food particles are removed from one dish but settle on another, was virtually non-existent. Yu ultimately awards the Kenmore 14652 an Editors' Choice and Best of Year, with a total overall score of 5.8 out of 10, which seems low, but is not bad in comparison to other dishwashers, especially portables (Reviewed.com reviews very few of those, however). Kenmore dishwashers are only available at Sears, and at Sears.com, most owners give the 14652 kudos for its great performance, saying it does well both in washing and drying. Several note that it does well even when the dishwasher is overloaded; although others say if they're careful not to overload it, it really gets things sparkling clean.

The Kenmore 14652 portable dishwasher is super easy to use, say reviewers. "You literally plug it in, screw it onto the faucet, turn the faucet on, and wash dishes," writes Yu. Owners are similarly pleased, and we don't see the complaints here we do with other dishwashers that hook up to the sink about wrong-sized faucet connectors, or fiddly attachments. It rolls very smoothing on its casters, users note, and stores away nicely when not in use -- if you have a separate space to store it, that is. There are no customizable options for loading, merely an upper shelf rack, a lower rack and a silverware holder with dividers. Kenmore says the 14652 holds up to eight place settings, Yu says it's closer to six.

At 59 dBA the Kenmore 14652 isn't the quietest around, but we saw very few complaints of it being particularly loud. While Yu points out that the stainless steel interior helps dampen sound, he also says they could definitely hear this portable dishwasher when it was running. A few reviewers concur, saying that you can hear the water whooshing around, both in the dishwasher and into the sink, but none say it's particularly irritating or distracting, either.

Only the interior on the Kenmore 14652 is stainless steel, there's no option for a stainless exterior. However, it does come in two colors. The 14562 is white, the otherwise identical Kenmore 14659 (Est. $700) comes in black. Those who have the space to tuck this portable dishwasher away when not in use don't really care what it looks like, those who don't say having it sitting around is not particularly attractive, but it's worth it for the convenience. We saw a few durability complaints, but not many over the total number of owner reviews we evaluated. The 14652 is Energy Star certified and its estimated annual energy costs are $30. However, as we see with all small dishwasher, owners aren't thrilled to be paying the same price (or more) than that of a full-sized built-in for a small, portable unit, but once they bite the bullet and make the purchase, many say they wish they had done so sooner.

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Johnny Yu at Reviewed.com takes a close look at the Kenmore 14652, giving it two awards: Best of Year and Editors' Choice. The only owner reviews available are at Sears.com, which is the exclusive retailer for Kenmore appliances. There, in just under 25 reviews, the 14652 earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Elsewhere, the black Kenmore 14659 has a bit more feedback, nearly 30 reviews, and earns the same rating.

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