KitchenAid KDTM384ESS Dishwasher Review
Go ahead. Tap on that glass.
This is a review of the KitchenAid KDTM384ESS, part of the KitchenAid Architect II Series. We conducted extensive lab tests on the KitchenAid KDTM354DSS, which is the same dishwasher without an exterior window. You can expect identical performance from the two machines. For more information, read our review of the KitchenAid KDTM354DSS.
The KitchenAid KDTM384ESS shows off some of the world's best dishwasher innovations, including the Clean Water Wash micro-filtration system. Every dishwasher equipped with this feature has done exceptionally well in our lab tests at keeping nasty food particles from settling on otherwise-clean dishes. But the KDTM384ESS isn't just high-tech parts and brilliant engineering: It looks and feels like a premium appliance.
Like other new KitchenAid appliances, it has a thick, knurled handlebar with bold, red endcaps. The door feels sturdy, if a bit heavy, and it stays in any position you leave it in. The racks glide smoothly, the movable parts all snap with a satisfying click when you adjust them, and the control panel is simple and responsive. It's everything you should expect from an upper-tier dishwasher.
This video was recorded inside the KDTE304DSS, which is a previous KitchenAid dishwasher from the Architect Series II line.
You'll know at first glance what sets the KDTM384ESS apart from its predecessors: It has a window. That tinted piece of glass is complemented by a row of interior lights, which turn on when the door is open or when a cycle just finished. This allows you to peek inside the dishwasher without opening the door but, sadly, there's no manual toggle for the light.
Although there are a handful of other dishwashers with a window, such as the Kenmore Elite 14823, this KitchenAid is relatively affordable. With sale prices around $1,079, the KDTM384ESS is one of the cheapest windowed dishwashers currently available. If this is a design feature you know you want, you'll be hard pressed to find a lower price.
For much more information, refer to our full review of the nearly identical KitchenAid KDTM354DSS.
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