KitchenAid KDFE104HPS Dishwasher Review
Sleek, effective, and quiet: A KitchenAid dishwasher that checks all the boxes
If you've just about had it with your 10-year-old dishwasher, you'll be pleased to switch it out for the KitchenAid KDFE104HPS (available at Home Depot for $697.50). The look is sleek and modern, and its effective, quiet operation will get dishes clean. The interior is stainless steel, the top rack slides smoothly, and our tests show that the exposed heating rod does a yeoman's job, drying every Normal and Heavy load 100%.
Design and features
No need to worry about smudges on this model—the Printshield finish keeps fingerprints away. The controls in the stylish pocket handle give an upscale look to a moderately-priced machine. The shining stainless interior contributes to a sound rating of 46 dBA—not whisper quiet, but soft enough so that you'll hear only the quietest hum.
You don't get flexible tines on this model, but they're spaced far enough apart that you can arrange dishes the way you want to. And that adjustable top rack is a big help when you're cleaning a tall platter on the bottom. There's no third rack, but the silverware basket is roomy, and its grid spaces them so that every surface can get clean. The wineglass holders convey a touch of luxury.
Pressure controls work well, and they're located in the pocket handle. LED lights display to indicate when the dishwasher is washing, drying, and finished with a cycle. If you have guests over, or you'd prefer to run the dishwasher while you sleep, you can choose the 2, 4, or 8 hour delay.
Probably like most households, you use the Normal cycle every day. But don't ignore the Heavy cycle when you have seriously stained dishes—it will get them totally clean, removing every trace of spinach, melted cheese and lasagna, among the toughest stains. SaniRinse can come into play when someone in the family is sick.
In our lab tests, we saw very good cleaning with 97% of the dishes clean on the Normal and Quick cycles. It took two hours and 41 minutes for the Normal cycle to finish, and 62 minutes for Quick to complete. The Heavy cycle was the winner, with 99.99% of the dishes clean, but it needs four hours to complete.
Drying is perfect on the Normal and Heavy cycles, so there's no need to use a dish towel as you unload.
A one-year warranty on parts and labor comes with this dishwasher.
What the users say
Owners give this model an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on online sites. Almost every one of their reviews mentions the effective cleaning, quiet running, total drying, and beautiful appearance as reasons to love this dishwasher.
The bottom line
After testing it, we believe this KitchenAid dishwasher is a good value. It's moderately priced, cleans well, and every dish emerges dry from the Normal and Heavy cycles. As long as you're patient, and don't mind waiting for it to finish, this dishwasher will take good care of your family's dirty dishes.
If you're looking for a model to compare it to, have a look at the LG LDF5545ST, a winner of our Editors' Choice badge. It's even more affordable, cleans and dries very well, has adjustable tines, and offers eight cycles. Plus, it cleans the dishes in much less time. And don't forget the Bosch 300 series dishwashers. They have the third rack, and are about the same price.
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