The KitchenAid KDTE334GPS dishwasher(available at Home Depot for $848.00) is loaded with features: a third rack, two spray arms, bottle jets, adjustable racks, tines and shelves that fold down, and lots of room for silverware and utensils. It is a gorgeous and quiet machine that would class up any kitchen.
However, after a week of testing we've found that it's just not that great at removing food stains. It's not terrible by any means, but considering the high price and what you can get for the money from other brands, you'd want to be totally in love with the look and feel of this KitchenAid before buying it.
It's also slow, though that's hardly a deal-killer in dishwashers. In our tests the Normal cycle took almost three hours, and the heavy (Tough) cycle lasted over four hours. The drying time definitely played a role there. But if you’re the "set it and forget it" type, you can put the delay on two, four, or eight hours, run the dishwasher while you’re asleep or at work, and the slow cycles won’t bother you.
If you’re the "set it and forget it" type, you can set the delay, and run the dishwasher while you’re asleep or at work, and you won’t notice the slow cycles.
Good design and plenty of features
Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel with an industrial look, and an attractively textured knurled handlebar, this dishwasher would be a great fit for a new or remodeled kitchen. If your design style is more on the cutting edge, you might prefer to buy the black stainless steel (KDTE334GBS) model.
The look is sleek. Controls are on top, and the KitchenAid badge is located near the bottom of the door, so it’s barely noticeable.
Inside, the shining stainless steel helps keep things quiet—at an amazing 39 dBA, it’s hard to tell that the machine is on. The upper and lower filters also work to minimize sound. (As with any dishwasher, remember to clean them regularly to avoid food particle redeposit.) There are two spray arms to make sure every dish is sprayed, and the one in the bottom has four jets.
After a dinner party, you can fit service for 12 in the interior. Cutlery slides neatly into the angled slots in the silverware basket, and there’s room for more in the third rack. That rack is flat, so it can't hold bowls or ladles, the way more modern third racks do.
A moveable utility basket, good for pacifiers, measuring spoons and the like, may be useful if you attach it to the side of the lowest rack, opposite the flatware. But you may never use it.
For whatever shortcomings this dishwasher has with cleaning dishes (we'll get to that in a moment), it dries them better than most. It uses both a fan and a heated metal rod at the bottom to get it hot and dry inside before the cycle is over. The ProDry and Extended ProDry options focus on drying, but even the quick cycle (Express Wash) gets the dishes nearly 100% dry without ProDry or Extended ProDry engaged.
Of course, the primary job of a dishwasher is getting the dishes clean, and there was some room for improvement there. It was especially evident in our spinach food stain test. If you purchase this dishwasher, commit to scraping and rinsing before you load and you’ll get better results.
The heavy cycle does the best job cleaning. The quick cycle actually did a better cleaning job than the Normal cycle, while taking a little over an hour.
We estimate an average utility cost of about $31.00 to run this dishwasher for a year.
What users say
Owners who wrote reviews really like this dishwasher, and 94% recommend it. Almost every posting is filled with praise for its near silent running and thorough drying. A few posts talk about the dishwasher’s high price and long wash cycles, and we also saw mention of the need to rinse the dishes before washing.
KitchenAid provides a one-year warranty on both parts and labor, and warranties the parts for five years. The stainless steel tub and interior door liner have lifetime warranties.
The Bottom Line
If your top priority is buying a great looking, practically silent dishwasher, the KDTE334GPS might be on your short list. The main issues we encountered in our testing, long cycles, and spinach left on dishes won’t affect everyone. But we think you can get better value for your money.
At this price point, you’re in Bosch territory. Bosch dishwashers are famous for their quiet operation. They provide powerful cleaning, good drying, deeper third racks, and, like this KitchenAid dishwasher, they’re made in America.
Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.
We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.