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KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub
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Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub

Model# KDTM354ESS
Store SO SKU# 1001409401
  • Clean Water Wash System removes food particles from wash water
  • PROSCRUB option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing
  • Advanced PRODRY system offers a recessed heating element and fan
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Product Overview

  • Clean Water Wash System removes food particles from wash water
  • PROSCRUB option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing
  • Advanced PRODRY system offers a recessed heating element and fan
This KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher comes with breakthrough Ultra-Fine Filtration that continuously cleans the wash water for superior performance, even with the heaviest loads. It also features a ProScrub Option that uses 40 targeted spray jets to make quick work of stubborn messes. The Advanced ProDry option delivers the best drying performance by circulating the air from a heating element, so your dishes come out dry and ready to use or store.
  • Concealed, tap touch controls are located on top of the dishwasher door, giving the front of the dishwasher clean, uninterrupted lines
  • Quiet sound package at 44 dBA allows you to run the dishwasher without disrupting your home
  • Large, tall tub interior provides the space and loading flexibility for 15 place settings
  • Clean Water Wash System continuously removes food particles from the wash water for excellent performance; plus, there's no need to ever remove and clean the filter
  • PROWASH Cycle determines the ideal cycle for washing dishes based on soil level and then makes real-time adjustments to achieve the best cleaning performance
  • PROSCRUB Option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing with 40 targeted spray jets that help remove stubborn messes like seared or baked-on foods
  • ENERGY STAR qualified by exceeding minimum federal energy efficiency standards
  • Durable stainless-steel tub provides quality craftsmanship combined with the beauty of stainless steel to help withstand the test of time; it resists streaks, stains, and odors while retaining heat to help improve drying performance
  • Detergent and rinse-aid dispensers automatically add measured amounts for better cleaning and reduced potential for spots on your dishes
  • 2 fold-down cup shelves with integrated stemware holders provide extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups, wine glasses or long items such as utensils and spatulas
  • SATINGLIDE Max Rails (upper rack) create a smooth, premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack, particularly with heavy loads
  • Sliding tines in the lower rack provide the ideal fit for deep and narrow dish sizes; the adjustable tines let you customize spacing between rows
  • Removable utility basket in the upper rack provides a dedicated space for small items such as small lids and utensils
  • Advanced PRODRY System delivers the best drying performance without rinse-aid using a recessed heating element and a fan to draw moisture out of the wash tub giving you better drying results
  • Express Wash quickly and effortlessly handles the heaviest soils, even stubborn baked and seared-on messes, in less time
  • New dishwasher connection kit is required for installation and will be offered during appliance checkout
  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs

Product Overview

  • Clean Water Wash System removes food particles from wash water
  • PROSCRUB option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing
  • Advanced PRODRY system offers a recessed heating element and fan
Model #: KDTM354ESS
Internet #: 206156695

This KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher comes with breakthrough Ultra-Fine Filtration that continuously cleans the wash water for superior performance, even with the heaviest loads. It also features a ProScrub Option that uses 40 targeted spray jets to make quick work of stubborn messes. The Advanced ProDry option delivers the best drying performance by circulating the air from a heating element, so your dishes come out dry and ready to use or store.

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  • Concealed, tap touch controls are located on top of the dishwasher door, giving the front of the dishwasher clean, uninterrupted lines
  • Quiet sound package at 44 dBA allows you to run the dishwasher without disrupting your home
  • Large, tall tub interior provides the space and loading flexibility for 15 place settings
  • Clean Water Wash System continuously removes food particles from the wash water for excellent performance; plus, there's no need to ever remove and clean the filter
  • PROWASH Cycle determines the ideal cycle for washing dishes based on soil level and then makes real-time adjustments to achieve the best cleaning performance
  • PROSCRUB Option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing with 40 targeted spray jets that help remove stubborn messes like seared or baked-on foods
  • ENERGY STAR qualified by exceeding minimum federal energy efficiency standards
  • Durable stainless-steel tub provides quality craftsmanship combined with the beauty of stainless steel to help withstand the test of time; it resists streaks, stains, and odors while retaining heat to help improve drying performance
  • Detergent and rinse-aid dispensers automatically add measured amounts for better cleaning and reduced potential for spots on your dishes
  • 2 fold-down cup shelves with integrated stemware holders provide extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups, wine glasses or long items such as utensils and spatulas
  • SATINGLIDE Max Rails (upper rack) create a smooth, premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack, particularly with heavy loads
  • Sliding tines in the lower rack provide the ideal fit for deep and narrow dish sizes; the adjustable tines let you customize spacing between rows
  • Removable utility basket in the upper rack provides a dedicated space for small items such as small lids and utensils
  • Advanced PRODRY System delivers the best drying performance without rinse-aid using a recessed heating element and a fan to draw moisture out of the wash tub giving you better drying results
  • Express Wash quickly and effortlessly handles the heaviest soils, even stubborn baked and seared-on messes, in less time
  • New dishwasher connection kit is required for installation and will be offered during appliance checkout
  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs

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Name Front Control Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher in PRINTSHIELD Stainless with PROWASH Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with ProScrub
Brand KitchenAid KitchenAid KitchenAid KitchenAid
Ratings (44) (2091) (3116) (1976)
Dishwasher Size 24 In. 24 In. 24 In. 24 In.
Door Style Front Control Top Control Top Control Top Control
Height - Maximum (in) 34.5 34.5 34.5 34.5
Hard Food Disposer or Filtration Filtration Filtration Filtration Filtration
Dishwasher Features Delay Start Option,Filtered Water,Heated Dry Automatic Temperature Control,Delay Start Option,Hidden Controls,Sensor Wash,Sound Reduction System Cycle Status Lights,Delay Start Option,Filtered Water,Heated Dry,Hidden Controls,High Temperature Wash Option,Self-Cleaning Filter,Sensor Wash,Sound Reduction System 3rd Rack,Cycle Status Lights,Delay Start Option,Heated Dry,Sensor Wash,Sound Reduction System
Tub Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Depth - Door Shut (without Handle) (in.) 24.5 24.5 24.5 24.5
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Specifications

Dimensions

Cut-Out Front to Back Width (in.)
24
Cut-Out Height (in.)
34
Cut-Out Left to Right Length (in.)
24
Depth - Door Shut (with Handle) (in.)
27.5
Depth - Door Shut (without Handle) (in.)
24.5
Depth With Door Open 90 Degrees (In)
49.5
Dishwasher Size
24 In.
Height - Maximum (in)
34.5
Height - Minimum (in)
33.5
Product Depth (in.)
24.5
Product Height (in.)
34.5
Product Width (in.)
23.88

Details

Amperage (amps)
15
Appliance Type
Dishwasher
Color/Finish
Stainless Steel
Color/Finish Family
Stainless Steel
Control Type
Touch
Custom Door Panel Ready
No
Decibel (Sound) Rating
44 dBA
Decibel Rating
44 dBA
Delay Start Option
Yes
Dishwasher Cycles
Pots and Pans,Quick Rinse,Quick Wash
Dishwasher Features
Automatic Temperature Control,Delay Start Option,Hidden Controls,Sensor Wash,Sound Reduction System
Dishwasher Rack Configuration
Lower Rack- Fold Down Tines,Lower Rack- Removable,Lower Rack- Silverware Basket,Removable Silverware Basket,Stemware Holder,Upper Rack- Adjustable,Upper Rack- Cup Clips,Upper Rack- Fold Down Tines,Utensil Separator
Door Style
Top Control
Energy Consumption (kWh/year)
270
Energy Efficiency Tier Rating
Tier I
Hard Food Disposer or Filtration
Filtration
Number of Cycles
6
Number of Place Settings
15
Product Weight (lb.)
104lb
Rack Material
Nylon
Returnable
Non-Returnable
Silverware Basket Location
In Rack
Sound Rating Range (Decibels)
Quietest 0-50 dBA
Steam Function
No
Tall Tub
Yes
Tub Material
Stainless Steel
Voltage (volts)
120

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed,NSF Listed,cUL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
1-year Limited Warranty (parts & labor), 5-year Limited Parts Warranty on nylon dish racks and electronic controls, Lifetime Limited Warranty on stainless steel tub and inner door liner

Specifications

Dimensions

Cut-Out Front to Back Width (in.)
24
Cut-Out Height (in.)
34
Cut-Out Left to Right Length (in.)
24
Depth - Door Shut (with Handle) (in.)
27.5
Depth - Door Shut (without Handle) (in.)
24.5
Depth With Door Open 90 Degrees (In)
49.5
Dishwasher Size
24 In.
Height - Maximum (in)
34.5
Height - Minimum (in)
33.5
Product Depth (in.)
24.5
Product Height (in.)
34.5
Product Width (in.)
23.88

Details

Amperage (amps)
15
Appliance Type
Dishwasher
Color/Finish
Stainless Steel
Color/Finish Family
Stainless Steel
Control Type
Touch
Custom Door Panel Ready
No
Decibel (Sound) Rating
44 dBA
Decibel Rating
44 dBA
Delay Start Option
Yes
Dishwasher Cycles
Pots and Pans,Quick Rinse,Quick Wash
Dishwasher Features
Automatic Temperature Control,Delay Start Option,Hidden Controls,Sensor Wash,Sound Reduction System
Dishwasher Rack Configuration
Lower Rack- Fold Down Tines,Lower Rack- Removable,Lower Rack- Silverware Basket,Removable Silverware Basket,Stemware Holder,Upper Rack- Adjustable,Upper Rack- Cup Clips,Upper Rack- Fold Down Tines,Utensil Separator
Door Style
Top Control
Energy Consumption (kWh/year)
270
Energy Efficiency Tier Rating
Tier I
Hard Food Disposer or Filtration
Filtration
Number of Cycles
6
Number of Place Settings
15
Product Weight (lb.)
104lb
Rack Material
Nylon
Returnable
Non-Returnable
Silverware Basket Location
In Rack
Sound Rating Range (Decibels)
Quietest 0-50 dBA
Steam Function
No
Tall Tub
Yes
Tub Material
Stainless Steel
Voltage (volts)
120

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed,NSF Listed,cUL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
1-year Limited Warranty (parts & labor), 5-year Limited Parts Warranty on nylon dish racks and electronic controls, Lifetime Limited Warranty on stainless steel tub and inner door liner

Questions & Answers

Is the count down timer visible when the door is closed?

Asked by: Laura
no
Answered by: Hideho
Date published: 2018-03-01

What's the difference between this one and the KDTM354DSS?

Asked by: Victor
Still trying to understand this myself. The KitchenAidTeam answer is misleading - what is 'improved performance'? Despite the implications, it certainly isn't regarding energy use, given that the newer ESS model uses 270kWh per year, vs 260kWh per year for the older DSS, according to KitchenAid's own literature on their site. The only differences I see are design (including the loss of the external display on the ESS,) as well as the ESS being 1dB louder (44 dB vs 43 for the older DSS.)
Answered by: rd2018
Date published: 2018-06-03

Kitchenaid what is the difference between this model and this KDTE334GPS model please. I want a t...

Kitchenaid what is the difference between this model and this KDTE334GPS model please. I want a third row is that not available in this model? Then there is the dBA what number are we trying to achieve?? I see that one of these models has 39 dBA while the other is 44. Thank you in advance for your attention in this matter..... sincerely new customer
Asked by: savage
KDTE334GPS has a fan-enabled drying system to eliminate or reduce the need for a rinse agent. It has the 3rd rack. KDTM354ESS has a similar drying system but does not have the 3rd rack. The lower the dba number, the quieter the machine. It's really about your preference with the level of sound.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2018-02-13

Is this dishwasher fingerprint proof

Asked by: Kris
No
Answered by: Ivan
Date published: 2018-02-08
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Customer Reviews

Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2091.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one you want. This is a lengthy and detailed review on the Kitchenaid model KDTM404EWH3 (white). Pour yourself a glass of wine before proceeding. I’ve long since lost my fascination with stainless steel appliances. So when it was time to remodel the kitchen, I decided to go with white. Believe it or not, stainless steel will go out of fashion one day. If you don’t think so, think about this: I’m old enough to remember when fashionable appliances used to be avocado green, brown, burnt orange, harvest gold, and almond. Lately I see that Black Stainless is gaining in popularity. I wonder what the next trendy color or finish for kitchen appliances will be? Perhaps something with a romantic, Italian-sounding name, like “Roman Bronze”, “Corsican Copper”, or maybe “Venetian Verdigris?” If you start seeing these names on appliances, just remember where you saw them first. After weeks of research, why did I decide on this model instead of something else? Take a sip of wine, and let me break it down for you: Washing: If you’re looking to replace your old dishwasher, the first thing you should know is that newer models take longer to wash and dry a load of dishes than they used to. In some instances, it may take as long as four hours. Four hours? Well, it won’t necessarily take that long. But it could, depending on whether or not you select options like sanitized wash, sanitized rinse, extending drying, etc.). It also depends on the amount of dirt on your dishes (the dishwasher can adjust cycle times depending on how dirty the dishes are). Cycle times on newer dishwashers also take longer because of water and energy restrictions that didn’t exist when your old machine was built. Since newer dishwashers aren’t allowed to use as much water as they used to, they now run for a longer length of time. I know that sounds counterproductive. But newer machines are more efficient and use less electricity than older models. Kitchenaid uses a total of three (3) wash arms on this model. The bottom wash arm is motor driven, and it doesn’t look like any other wash arm I’ve seen in any other dishwasher. It might be said that the design of the lower arm is a marketing gimmick. However, I can’t argue with the fact that the dishes come out clean. This dishwasher does an excellent job of washing the dishes. But I think it’s important for you to understand how I use this machine. I usually don’t accumulate enough dishes in one day to do a full load. Therefore, I use the “Rinse Only” cycle on a daily basis, and I delay running a wash cycle (with detergent), until I have enough stuff for a full load (usually two or three days). Unlike some people, I don’t pre-wash my dishes (with detergent) in the sink before I put them in the dishwasher. I scrape or wipe off what I can, and I let the dishwasher do the washing. I also wash my dishes promptly after eating, so I have no idea how well this dishwasher works when washing dishes that sat overnight. Water Quality/Detergent: I have hard water. All of my glasses and flatware are covered with a white film. When I bought my new Kitchenaid dishwasher, I was determined to solve this problem once and for all. I installed an under-sink water filter on the hot water line to the dishwasher, switched to Cascade Platinum pods, and started using Lemi Shine Booster once or twice a week. I don’t know if it was the water filter, the Cascade Platinum Pods, or the Lemi Shine that did the trick (or maybe it was the combination of all three). But after several years of being annoyed by white film, my dishes finally look clean. Drying: Perhaps more than another other reason, the majority of complaints about newer dishwashers is that they don’t dry the dishes very well. Many dishwashers no longer use a heating element to dry the dishes. In the interest of energy conservation, some only offer condensation drying. Kitchenaid has a feature called ProDry. It uses a heating element in conjunction with a fan. During the drying cycle, the heating element cycles on and off, and a fan blows moist air out of the dishwasher (the air exits near the bottom of the door, on the left side). This process dries the dishes very well (be sure to use rinse aid). Wash Cycles & Times: I usually use the “Normal Cycle”. In my experience, this cycle takes about 2 ½ hours (with ProDry selected). I say “about”, because wash times are affected by the water temperature entering the machine, as well as the amount of soil on your dishes. There are numerous other cycles on this machine, including a High-Temp Wash, a Sanitized Rinse, Express Wash, and ProScrub (for things like dirty casserole dishes). When I’m in a hurry, I use the “Express Wash” cycle. Express Wash is the shortest wash cycle available, and it takes just under one hour to wash (but not dry) the dishes. Adding ProDry to the Express Wash adds an additional hour (two hours total). The “Rinse Only” cycle takes about 15 minutes. Note: To see all the cycles, times, and temperature options for this machine, go to the Kitchenaid website and download the owner’s manual. Not all options are available with all cycles. For example, you can’t select a sanitized rinse when selecting the Express Wash cycle. Wash Baskets: The upper and lower wash baskets on this dishwasher are deep. And they glide very smoothly on ball bearings. In fact, they glide easier than any dishwasher I’ve seen at any price. Also, unlike my old dishwasher, the lower rack won’t slide out so far that it jumps off the track. Note: The upper rack adjusts for height. However, be aware that if you lower the upper rack all the way down, the upper wash arm (or the upper rack itself) may come in contact with large plates in the bottom rack. This is to be expected. There’s only so much room in a dishwasher. If they made it any taller, it wouldn’t fit under your kitchen counter. Third Rack: This model has a third rack at the top of the dishwasher. While I was doing my research, I wasn’t really sure that I’d use it. But now I use it all the time. And I much prefer to use the third rack for flatware instead of the silverware basket. Using the third rack keeps all of your flatware separated, and it’s easier to see and find everything when you’re putting stuff away (see the attached photo on the best way I've found to load your flatware). If necessary, the third rack can easily be removed and reinstalled in just a few seconds (no tools are needed). Note: The third rack is not very deep in height. But it’s deep enough for flatware, cheese graters, potato peelers, and large kitchen spoons. Forget about using the third rack for bowls, or for anything more than about one (1) inch in height. Filter: This model has a self-cleaning filter. There’s nothing to clean or take apart. Noise: It’s very quiet, but it’s not 100% silent. I can hear it hum when it’s running. However, I never knew a dishwasher could be this quiet. Door Latch: No levers or latches. Just a gentle push to close the door. Door Handle: The door handle on this dishwasher is a solid piece of metal. It feels very substantial, and contributes to the overall feel of quality. At each end of the handle is a red medallion, engraved with “Kitchenaid 1919”. If you don’t like the Red on Red medallions, Kitchenaid offers two optional medallions at their website for purchase (Chrome with Red letters, and Black with Red letters). Controls/Digital Display: All of the controls on this dishwasher are located on the top edge of the door. There are no buttons to press. All functions are operated by capacitance touch (like the glass display on a smart phone). Simply lay your finger over the desired function, and a light will illuminate to verify your selection. This dishwasher has a digital display. As you select the different cycles and options, the display shows you the estimated time to do a load of dishes (remember, the actual cycle times will vary). Depending on the depth of your kitchen cabinets (and the amount of overhang of your countertop), the digital display may or may not be visible when the door is closed. In my case, I can just barely see the display well enough to see how much time is left on a cycle. Once you’ve made your washing and drying selections, select “Start”. At this point, the display will begin counting down…4, 3, 2, 1. You have about three seconds to close the door after pressing “Start”. If you need to open the dishwasher for any reason during the wash cycle, select “Start” again, and close the door. The dishwasher will resume where it left off. You also have the option to cancel a cycle that has already started, select a new cycle, or to drain away any water that might be in the tub. This machine also has a delayed start feature, which delays a cycle for 1 to 24 hours. Other options on the control panel include a child lock function, as well as the ability to turn off sound (beeps). Please download the manual for this model to see all of the available functions on the control panel. Cycle Status: There’s a small light on the front of the dishwasher (just to the right of the handle). It’s very visible when the door is closed. The light is blue when the dishwasher is washing, red when it’s drying, and white when the cycle is complete. Final Thoughts: If you’ve made it this far in the review, your wine glass should be empty by now. Don't rely solely on online reviews. Go to the stores, and bring some of your dishes along for a test fit. Slide the baskets back and forth. If you don't like what you see, it's better to find out now than after it's been delivered and installed. A dishwasher is something many people use every day. You don't want to get stuck with something you don't like. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The window is great and it cries! The window, the whole reason I bought this thing, cries like a baby from the top seal. It's like it feels my pain for making this purchase. I can't rate any other feature because it's broken from the factory which makes it unusable. I'll see if they fix it properly. What company allows a dishwasher to leave the factory leaking? Doesn't leave confidence for the rest of my Kitchen Aid Kitchen.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great unit I replaced my dishwasher about a month ago and really like the cleaning an drying this unit provides. And it is very quiet. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one you want. This is a lengthy and detailed review on the Kitchenaid model KDTM404EWH3 (white). Pour yourself a glass of wine before proceeding. I’ve long since lost my fascination with stainless steel appliances. So when it was time to remodel the kitchen, I decided to go with white. Believe it or not, stainless steel will go out of fashion one day. If you don’t think so, think about this: I’m old enough to remember when fashionable appliances used to be avocado green, brown, burnt orange, harvest gold, and almond. Lately I see that Black Stainless is gaining in popularity. I wonder what the next trendy color or finish for kitchen appliances will be? Perhaps something with a romantic, Italian-sounding name, like “Roman Bronze”, “Corsican Copper”, or maybe “Venetian Verdigris?” If you start seeing these names on appliances, just remember where you saw them first. After weeks of research, why did I decide on this model instead of something else? Take a sip of wine, and let me break it down for you: Washing: If you’re looking to replace your old dishwasher, the first thing you should know is that newer models take longer to wash and dry a load of dishes than they used to. In some instances, it may take as long as four hours. Four hours? Well, it won’t necessarily take that long. But it could, depending on whether or not you select options like sanitized wash, sanitized rinse, extending drying, etc.). It also depends on the amount of dirt on your dishes (the dishwasher can adjust cycle times depending on how dirty the dishes are). Cycle times on newer dishwashers also take longer because of water and energy restrictions that didn’t exist when your old machine was built. Since newer dishwashers aren’t allowed to use as much water as they used to, they now run for a longer length of time. I know that sounds counterproductive. But newer machines are more efficient and use less electricity than older models. Kitchenaid uses a total of three (3) wash arms on this model. The bottom wash arm is motor driven, and it doesn’t look like any other wash arm I’ve seen in any other dishwasher. It might be said that the design of the lower arm is a marketing gimmick. However, I can’t argue with the fact that the dishes come out clean. This dishwasher does an excellent job of washing the dishes. But I think it’s important for you to understand how I use this machine. I usually don’t accumulate enough dishes in one day to do a full load. Therefore, I use the “Rinse Only” cycle on a daily basis, and I delay running a wash cycle (with detergent), until I have enough stuff for a full load (usually two or three days). Unlike some people, I don’t pre-wash my dishes (with detergent) in the sink before I put them in the dishwasher. I scrape or wipe off what I can, and I let the dishwasher do the washing. I also wash my dishes promptly after eating, so I have no idea how well this dishwasher works when washing dishes that sat overnight. Water Quality/Detergent: I have hard water. It’s not unusual to see crusty mineral buildup on the end of my faucets. And all of my glasses and flatware are covered with a white film. When I bought my new Kitchenaid dishwasher, I installed an under-sink water filter on the hot water line to the dishwasher, switched to Cascade Platinum pods, and started using Lemi Shine Booster once or twice a week. I don’t know if it was the water filter, the Cascade Platinum Pods, or the Lemi Shine that did the trick (or maybe it was the combination of all three). But after several years of being annoyed by white film, my dishes finally look clean. Drying: Perhaps more than another other reason, the majority of complaints about newer dishwashers is that they don’t dry the dishes very well. Many dishwashers no longer use a heating element to dry the dishes. In the interest of energy conservation, some only offer condensation drying. Kitchenaid has a feature called ProDry. It uses a heating element in conjunction with a fan. During the drying cycle, the heating element cycles on and off, and a fan blows moist air out of the dishwasher (the air exits near the bottom of the door, on the left side). This process dries the dishes very well (be sure to use rinse aid). Wash Cycles & Times: I usually use the “Normal Cycle”. In my experience, this cycle takes about 2 ½ hours (with ProDry selected). I say “about”, because wash times are affected by the water temperature entering the machine, as well as the amount of soil on your dishes. There are numerous other cycles on this machine, including a High-Temp Wash, a Sanitized Rinse, Express Wash, and ProScrub (for things like dirty casserole dishes). When I’m in a hurry, I use the “Express Wash” cycle. Express Wash is the shortest wash cycle available, and it takes just under one hour to wash (but not dry) the dishes. Adding ProDry to the Express Wash adds an additional hour (two hours total). The “Rinse Only” cycle takes about 15 minutes. Note: To see all the cycles, times, and temperature options for this machine, go to the Kitchenaid website and download the owner’s manual. Not all options are available with all cycles. For example, you can’t select a sanitized rinse when selecting the Express Wash cycle. Wash Baskets: The upper and lower wash baskets on this dishwasher are deep. And they glide very smoothly on ball bearings. In fact, they glide easier than any dishwasher I’ve seen at any price. Also, unlike my old dishwasher, the lower rack won’t slide out so far that it jumps off the track. Note: The upper rack adjusts for height. However, be aware that if you lower the upper rack all the way down, the upper wash arm (or the upper rack itself) may come in contact with large plates in the bottom rack. This is to be expected. There’s only so much room in a dishwasher. If they made it any taller, it wouldn’t fit under your kitchen counter. Third Rack: This model has a third rack at the top of the dishwasher. While I was doing my research, I wasn’t really sure that I’d use it. But now I use it all the time. And I much prefer to use the third rack for flatware instead of the silverware basket. Using the third rack keeps all of your flatware separated, and it’s easier to see and find everything when you’re putting stuff away (see the attached photo on the best way I've found to load your flatware). If necessary, the third rack can easily be removed and reinstalled in just a few seconds (no tools are needed). Note: The third rack is not very deep in height. But it’s deep enough for flatware, cheese graters, potato peelers, and large kitchen spoons. Forget about using the third rack for bowls, or for anything more than about one (1) inch in height. Filter: This model has a self-cleaning filter. There’s nothing to clean or take apart. Noise: It’s very quiet, but it’s not 100% silent. I can hear it hum when it’s running. However, I never knew a dishwasher could be this quiet. Door Latch: No levers or latches. Just a gentle push to close the door. Door Handle: The door handle on this dishwasher is a solid piece of metal. It feels very substantial, and contributes to the overall feel of quality. At each end of the handle is a red medallion, engraved with “Kitchenaid 1919”. If you don’t like the Red on Red medallions, Kitchenaid offers two optional medallions at their website for purchase (Chrome with Red letters, and Black with Red letters). Controls/Digital Display: All of the controls on this dishwasher are located on the top edge of the door. There are no buttons to press. All functions are operated by capacitance touch (like the glass display on a smart phone). Simply lay your finger over the desired function, and a light will illuminate to verify your selection. This dishwasher has a digital display. As you select the different cycles and options, the display shows you the estimated time to do a load of dishes (remember, the actual cycle times will vary). Depending on the depth of your kitchen cabinets (and the amount of overhang of your countertop), the digital display may or may not be visible when the door is closed. In my case, I can just barely see the display well enough to see how much time is left on a cycle. Once you’ve made your washing and drying selections, select “Start”. At this point, the display will begin counting down…4, 3, 2, 1. You have about three to close the door after pressing “Start”. If you need to open the dishwasher for any reason during the wash cycle, select “Start” again, and close the door. The dishwasher will resume where it left off. You also have the option to cancel a cycle that has already started, select a new cycle, or to drain away any water that might be in the tub. This machine also has a delayed start feature, which delays a cycle for 1 to 24 hours. Other options on the control panel include a child lock function, as well as the ability to turn off sound (beeps). Please download the manual for this model to see all of the available functions on the control panel. Cycle Status: There’s a small light on the front of the dishwasher (just to the right of the handle). It’s very visible when the door is closed. The light is blue when the dishwasher is washing, red when it’s drying, and white when the cycle is complete. Final Thoughts: If you’ve made it this far in the review, your wine glass should be empty by now. Don't rely solely on online reviews. Go to the stores, and bring some of your dishes along for a test fit. Slide the baskets back and forth. If you don't like what you see, it's better to find out now than after it's been delivered and installed. A dishwasher is something many people use every day. You don't want to get stuck with something you don't like. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One minus and some pluses The dishwasher does not hold as many plates as my last one did. My dinner plates are deep and they fall over each other if they are placed next to each other. We have to place salad plates in between the dinner plates to keep them from falling over. This is really annoying, and I would not have bought it if I had known it. Now the pluses: The dishwasher is very quiet and does a better job cleaning than my last Kitchen Aid. The top pull out drawer is GREAT for shish kebob skewers!! (and knives, etc.) I would warn a friend about the plate issue if they asked. If their plates were flat- it would work. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Happy! My new KitchenAid Dishwasher is amazing. It washes exceptionally well. It's whisper quiet. The door closes solidly and feels like quality. When I open up the dishwasher after a load is finished the interior sparkles like a diamond. The ball bearing racks are a pleasure to use. Loading and unloading is a breeze. I love it! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super quiet, cleans great, a bit hard to load Overall amazing!! The only complaint is the middle rack only has 2 positions to load to, if washing water bottles and plates the top position won’t fit bottles and the lower position causes the rack to hit the plates. It’s also hard with any sort of taller cups. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from plates sparkle I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS DISHWASHER. PLATES AND CUPS COME OUT SPARKLING CLEAN EVEN DEEP CUPS! SILVERWARE ALSO! THIRD RACK IS VERY HELPFUL BUT COULD BE ALITTLE DEEPER OR ADJUSTABLE. OTHER THAN THAT MY DISHS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS CLEAN. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-01-01
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