KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS Review
Good things come to those who wait.
Easily found on sale for less than $700, the no-frills KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS displayed average energy efficiency and acceptable cleaning performance. Unfortunately, it lives by the theory that good things come to those who wait, as the most effective cycles require more than three hours of washing. It also lacks many common customizable features, and doesn't have any automatic sensor-based wash cycles.
Design & Usability
Looks nice outside, but the racks are a bit cramped.
The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS has no visible controls on its front panel. Only a KitchenAid logo and a brushed stainless handle interrupt a stainless steel exterior. To choose a cycle, you'll need to open the door and consult the panel on top. The design gives the washer a clean look, but you'll need extrasensory powers to figure out just what the washer is doing if the door is closed.
With the door open, you'll notice a stainless interior that helps to speed up drying and quiet the sounds of whooshing water inside the machine. We found that the KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS could hold up to eight place settings plus serving dishes, which is a little below average for a dishwasher. The top rack got cramped quickly, and the bottom rack’s ability to hold more large plates was hampered by a third row which seemed suitable only for holding saucers.
No automatic wash, few options to add to existing washes.
The usual suspects are present on the KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS: Normal, Quick and Heavy Duty. There’s no option for an “automatic” or load-sensing wash, though, like those found on some more expensive units. There are also no options to build a customized wash cycle, nor is there an automatic load sensing wash. However, it's possible to select a heated dry, a high-temperature scrub cycle or a "rinse only" cycle for dusty dishes. Instead of a cleanable filter, the KUDC10FXSS features a "chopper" for grinding up food waste particles. It doesn't require cleaning, though it makes for a bit of a noisier wash.
For spending your time, you get extremely clean dishes.
We've learned that most quick cycles are useless on dirty dishes, and that's certainly the case here. The Normal cycle was pretty good, though it left some food behind and took over three hours to finish. We were quite impressed with the Heavy Duty cycle, as well: dishes emerged spotless, even though it took even longer—three hours and 19 minutes, to be specific.
Be careful: If you leave the heated dry on, it'll not only add time to your wash, but it may essentially "bake" waste food particles that remain at the bottom of the dishwasher. It's an unpleasant smell, and difficult to clean. A year with the KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS should set you back a combined total of $37.76. That’s assuming that 50 percent of your washes are normal, 25 percent are light and 25 percent are heavy. Your mileage may vary.
A good clean, but lots of drawbacks.
With an MSRP of $849 and a sale price that regularly falls below $700, the KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS is a mid-range dishwasher with good cleaning performance. It lacks automatic cycles, however, and takes a very long time to get dishes clean. You'd be better off with a similarly-priced machine that cleans as well in far less time.
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