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KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews – Should You Consider a KitchenAid?

Posted by Alex Frank on Jan 24, 2020 9:00 AM
Alex Frank

KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher

 

When customers come into our store looking for a new dishwasher, they often ask a couple of questions: “Which dishwasher has the best performance?” and “Which dishwashers have the least amount of problems?”

While there are no dishwashers out there that have no repair issues, the answer to these questions is that KitchenAid and Bosch are typically two of the most highly regarded brands in dishwashers.

We'll provide five KitchenAid dishwasher reviews in this article, starting with one of their more basic models and proceeding to higher-end models with lots of bells and whistles. It's worth noting that although all of KitchenAid's dishwashers retail at MSRPs $899 and up, their most popular models often go on sale during promotional periods, easily saving you 20-30%.

Unlike other brands which have basic models with plastic tubs and relatively loud decibel levels, even KitchenAid’s most basic models are quiet and come complete with stainless steel interior tubs. These features can be found in the first model in our comparison - let's dig in!

 

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Features Overview

KitchenAid claims to have the "best performing dishwasher" on the market when it comes to cleaning and drying. That's part of what makes them so competitive! Here are some of the features you'll see on KitchenAid dishwashers, and what they mean.

  • ProWash Cycle: An automatic/sensor cycle that uses soil sensors to ensure your dishes come out perfectly clean. 

  • Quiet Operation: Their dishwashers range from a whisper-quiet 39 decibels to 46 decibels, so any of their dishwashers will be a very quiet presence in your kitchen.

  • Clean Water Wash System: Available on select models.Many dishwashers today have filters that need to be manually cleaned (usually every few months) rather than food grinders, which are noisy. KitchenAid's Clean Water Wash System uses a microfilter setup that's maintenance-free and shortens cycle times.

  • Advanced ProDry: Available on select models. Combines heat, fan, and condensation drying techniques. Uses a fan and forced ventilation system to pull humidity away from the dishes. There is also a recessed heating element to assist the drying designed to run efficiently.

  • PrintShield Finish: KitchenAid's fingerprint resistant stainless steel and black stainless steel finishes have a brushed look that hides prints and smudges.

  • Stainless Steel Interior: All KitchenAid dishwashers have stainless steel interior tubs.

  • SatinGlide Max Rails: Ball bearing glides on the upper rack allow it to pull in and out smoothly, even when heavily loaded. Select models come with glides on both racks.

  • Dynamic Wash Arm: Available on select models. Instead of the typical two or three spray arms, nine independently spinning spray arms spin on three main arms to provide better coverage throughout the interior of the dishwasher.

 

 

 

1. The Basic Model: KitchenAid KDFE104HPS - $899

The KitchenAid KDFE104HPS features a recessed handle and touch sensitive front controls, available in a sleek stainless steel finish that retails for $899. While some KitchenAid dishwashers are only available in a stainless steel and black stainless steel finish, this one is also available in black and white. One premium feature that comes standard on this model is a SatinGlide ball bearing upper rack, which creates a smooth feeling when pulling out the rack, even with heavier loads. Other high-end features include a stainless steel tub and a fold-down shelf with stemware holders.

This KitchenAid dishwasher has five wash cycles, including the ProWash™ cycle, which determines the ideal cycle time for washing dishes based on soil level sensors and makes real-time adjustments to optimize cycle performance. There are also five cycle options, which includes a sanitary cycle (Sani Rinse) that heats the final rinse water to 155 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate 99.999% of bacteria on the dishes.

The KDFE104HPS is quiet at only 46 decibels when in operation, which means that you might hear a bit of swishing if you’re in the kitchen but it’s not loud enough to be much of a disturbance.

 

Key Features:

  • 5 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Rinse Only, Express Wash

  • 5 Options: Heat Dry, Extended Heat Dry, 2-4-8 Hour Delay, Sani Rinse®, Hi Temp Wash

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails

  • Fold-down shelf with stemware holders

  • Filter-Based Wash System (Manual clean filter)

 

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KitchenAid KDFE104HPS - $899

 KitchenAid KDFE104HPS

 

 

2. The Next Step Up: KitchenAid KDPE234GPS - $999

The next KitchenAid dishwasher we’ll look at is the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS, which features a newly styled pocket handle released in late 2017. This model is priced at $999 and is an upgrade in a few ways from the last model we looked at. As of this writing, this dishwasher comes in a PrintShield stainless steel and black stainless steel finish. This makes keeping your appliance looking clean far simpler, especially if there are children running around the house!

The controls on this model are concealed on top of the dishwasher door and the black handle is actually a digital display as well that will show you where the dishwasher is in the wash cycle. Another added feature is a third level rack above the upper rack that can be used for flatware and longer cooking utensils, thereby freeing up space in the lower two racks.  

 

The KitchenAid KDPE234GPS In Action

 

Like the last model, this dishwasher has an adjustable SatinGlide upper rack, similar cycle options, a heated dry option, 46 decibel operation, and filter-based wash system.  However, this model has no stemware holders due to the positioning of the third rack.

 

Key Features:

  • 5 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Express Wash, Rinse Only

  • 5 Options: 2-4-8 Hour Delay, Sani-Rinse, Heat Dry, Extended Heat Dry, Hi-Temp Wash

  • Third level rack

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails

  • Concealed controls with pocket handle

  • Filter-Based Wash System (Manual clean filter)

 

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 KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid KDPE234GPS

 

 

3. The Starter High-End Model: KitchenAid KDPE334GPS - $1,199

Next up, we have the KitchenAid KDPE334GPS. Looking at this dishwasher from the outside, the design is exactly the same as the last one we looked at, featuring the newly styled pocket handle, top controls, and a PrintShield stainless steel finish. Also coming in a black stainless steel finish, this model is priced at $1,199 in stainless steel. This price increase from the last model is accounted for when we look at several improvements on the interior of this dishwasher.

First of all, it contains the ProDry™ system, which utilizes a fan in addition to the standard heated dry system to draw out more moisture at a quicker speed than heat alone and also eliminates the need for a rinse aid. In addition, this model has a bottle wash option, meaning that there are spray nozzles in the upper rack that can be placed inside tall items such as bottles, glasses, and vases to thoroughly clean them. Two rows of fold down tines are located in the upper rack in addition to a utility basket and fold down shelf with a stemware holder.

The KDPE334GPS has a third level rack, filter-based wash system, and the same cycle options as the prior model. Lastly, this KitchenAid dishwasher operates at only 39 decibels, which is virtually silent! You certainly get a lot of bells and whistles with this one.

 

Key Features:

  • 5 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Express Wash, Extra Rinse

  • 6 Options: Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, ProDry™, Extended ProDry™, 2-4-8 Hour Delay, BottleWash

  • Third level rack

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails

  • Fold-down tines and stemware holder in upper rack

  • Utility basket (upper rack)

  • Concealed controls

  • Filter-Based Wash System (Manual clean filter)

 

KitchenAid KDPE334GPS - $1,199

 KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid KDPE334GPS 

 

 

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4. The High-End (and Highest Rated) Model: KitchenAid KDTM354ESS - $1,149

We’d be remiss if we didn’t review the KitchenAid KDTM354ESS, which is consistently rated as one of the best dishwashers on the market by a leading consumer appliance magazine. This model retails for $1,149 and comes with KitchenAid’s professionally-inspired satin-textured handles and is available in KitchenAid’s standard stainless steel or black stainless steel finish.

Two enticing features on this dishwasher that we haven’t seen yet are the Clean Water Wash system and the ProScrub option (pictured below). The Clean Water Wash system utilizes a maintenance-free microfilter to continuously remove food particles from the wash water and eliminates the need to ever remove and clean the filter! The ProScrub option activates 40 targeted spray jets located on the rear of the tub behind the lower rack. This component helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing and proves particularly effective for removing stubborn baked-on foods.

 

See KitchenAid's Wash Action From the Inside!

 

 

The KDTM354ESS also features sliding tines in the lower rack, providing you with the ability to customize the spacing between the rows to accommodate deep and narrow dishes. It also has two rows of fold-down tines on the upper rack and one row on the lower. Combine those features with two stemware holder shelves and a utility basket in the upper rack, what do you get? One versatile dishwasher, that’s what!

This model has a light/china wash cycle setting for your delicate dishes and provides the option to choose a delay start increment between 1 and 24 hours. At 44 decibels, it’s quieter than most dishwashers on the market.  

 

Key Features:

  • 6 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Light, Express Wash, Rinse Only

  • 6 Options: 1-24 Hour Delay, ProDry™, ProScrub®, Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, Heated Dry

  • Clean Water Wash System (Self-cleaning filter)

  • Professionally-inspired design

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails

  • Sliding tines in the lower rack

  • Fold-down tines in upper and lower rack

  • Two fold-down cup shelves with integrated stemware holders

  • Utility Basket (upper rack)

 

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KitchenAid KDTM354ESS - $1,149

 KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid KDTM354ESS

 

 

5. The Luxe Model - KitchenAid KDTM404ESS - $1,399

The last model we’ll look at in these KitchenAid dishwasher reviews is a beast when it comes to maximum spray coverage, the KitchenAid KDTM404ESS. Priced at $1,399, this dishwasher comes in the standard stainless steel finish with the same professionally-styled bar handle as the last model that we looked at. It is also available in black, white, and black stainless steel.

Also like the previous model, this KitchenAid dishwasher operates at 44 decibels, features the Clean Water Wash system, has the fan-enabled ProDry™ system, and contains fold-down tines on both racks. Unlike the last model, this one also has a third level rack and a few other features we haven’t seen on any other KitchenAid dishwashers.

Whereas all of the other dishwashers we looked at feature the SatinGlide rail system on the upper rack and a basic pullout rack on the bottom, the KDTM404ESS features this ball bearing system on both racks, creating a premium feel and ease of use on both levels.

Another unique feature is the Dynamic Wash arm (pictured below), which consists of nine wash arms in one. This design directly sprays water all around the tub including hard to reach places and creates up to three times better coverage than a standard wash arm. One more feature that increases your wash coverage is the ProScrub upper option, which in addition to the same 40 jets at the back of the dishwasher that we saw in the previous model, utilizes two concentrated spray zones in the upper rack for cleaning deep or oddly shaped items. This functions similarly to the bottle jets we saw earlier in the article.

 

KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid Dynamic Wash Arm

 

Key Features:

  • 6 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Light, Rinse Only, Express Wash

  • 8 Options: 1-24 Hour Delay, ProDry™, ProScrub®, Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, Top Rack Wash, Heated Dry, ProScrub Upper

  • Dynamic Wash Arm

  • Clean Water Wash System

  • Third Level Rack

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails (upper and lower racks)

  • Upper rack: stemware holders, fold down tines, light item clips

  • Fold down tines in lower rack

  • Utility Basket (upper rack)

 

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KitchenAid KDTM404ESS - $1,399

 KitchenAid Dishwasher Reviews_KitchenAid KDTM404ESS 

 

 

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That’s it for our KitchenAid dishwasher reviews! Even their more basic models contain a slew of premium features, and depending on your desires, different models may suit you. If you typically do large washes and don’t want to take up too much room with flatware, maybe one of the models with a third rack (#2, #3, and #5)  is the way to go. If you want to make sure water bottles, vases, and other tall items are really clean, you may want the bottle wash spray jets (#3) or ProScrub Upper feature (#5).

Regardless of the model you pick, KitchenAid’s name is synonymous with premium quality in the dishwasher world and all of their machines possess that high standard. We hope these reviews proved helpful in uncovering the best one for your specific needs.

Please leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in December of 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Dishwashers, KitchenAid

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