KitchenAid KDTE404DSS Review


KitchenAid KDTE404DSS KitchenAid
KDTE404DSS

Architect Series II
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $1249
Jets
Sanitize
Cycles

12

& Options
Energy

270

kWh Per Yr
Water

632

Gal Per Yr
Sound

42

dBA
Cost

$1249

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


KitchenAid KDTE404DSS


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs two major features to help get your dishes clean; spray jets and a high-temperature sanitizing rinse. High pressure spray jets blast away food particles and stubborn deposits. A sanitizing rinse option then eliminates most bacteria.
Cycles BETTER - Cycles and options are higher than average and ranks in the top 25% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. More options enable you to better choose the most appropriate functions for your family's particular dishwashing needs.
Energy BETTER - Estimated annual electricity use is 1% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This KitchenAid dishwasher is projected to use 270 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water BETTER - Annual water usage of 632 gallons is 14% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 99 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound BEST - Quieter than average. Operating sound levels of 42 dBA are 7.9 dBA lower than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the top 5% of quieter dishwashers for BEST noise suppression. A 10 dBA decrease in sound is like being twice the distance away.
Cost POOR - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1249 is 52% higher than average. Ranks in the lower 15% of new higher-cost dishwashers for POOR affordability. The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS MSRP is about $426 higher than the average new dishwasher.  


KitchenAid KDTE404DSS Dishwasher

KitchenAid KDTE404DSS



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the KitchenAid KDTE404DSS. Spray jets are available on about 40% of new dishwashers and are effective on loosening baked-on food or grease from silverware, pans, and dishes.
High
Temp
High-Temp Wash Option - Includes the option to select a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water combined with the right detergent and softened water can help loosen dried-on, baked-on food deposits and produce clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this KitchenAid model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening tough food deposits from silverware and dishes.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Water is delivered from three spray arms in the bottom, middle, and top of the dishwasher. Allows streams of water to saturate dishes from many different angles and directions. More wash levels promotes more thorough cleaning.
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
Sanitize Sanitize Capability - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to achieve a minimum 99.999% or 5-log reduction of bacteria using ANSI 184 standards. Final rinse temperatures reach at least 150 deg F to sanitize cookware.
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help remove food fragments and keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About one-third of new dishwashers are equipped with a hard or soft food disposer.  
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Most homes with hard water have a whole-house softener so integrated models are only available on a few dishwashers.  


Convenience Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 20% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack design that can be used for cups and smaller items such as flatware or utensils.  
Spray
Arms
Spray Arms - Uses a superior rotating spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms deliver water to more interior areas and angles. Doesn't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Adjustable - One or more of the racks can be adjusted to move up, down, and/or tilt. Adjustable racks allow you to create additional room to fit in larger pots, pans, or irregular items. Provides flexibility for clean-up after parties.
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - None of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Removable racks are only found on about 30% of new dishwashers and provide flexibility for special occasions when you need to wash extra large cookware.  
Place
Settings
14 Settings - Number of place settings is 1 higher than average. Ranks in the top 35% of new dishwashers for BETTER plate and cookware loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply want to save money by running the dishwasher less often.
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Some of the divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down. Helps secure items, and provides greater flexibility with making space for larger cookware that won't fit in-between or above the tines.
Concealed
Element
Concealed Element - Heating element is concealed or recessed a safe distance away from the lower dish-rack loading area. Helps prevent accidental melting of plastic dishes and utensils that sometimes fall-through the tines in the lower rack.
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top edge of the door for a clean, seamless look from the front. About 50% of new dishwashers are fully integrated. Personal choice.
Display No Digital Display - The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS does not include a LED digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other information. Can be helpful to monitor wash status, but most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. About 90% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings to differentiate between them.
Energy
Rating
270 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 1% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This KitchenAid dishwasher is projected to use 270 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water
Rating
632 Gal - Annual water usage of 632 gallons is 14% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 99 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The KitchenAid KDTE404DSS allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or shorter wash time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water, energy, and money.
Half
Load
No Half-Load Option - No option to save water and energy by washing just a half-load in either the upper or lower racks. You can still be eco-friendly and save money by at least waiting for a full, complete load before running a wash cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - The dishwasher can be programmed to run at a later time during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Also convenient to operate the dishwasher while the family isn't home.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model meets or exceeds federal Energy Star criteria with a 0.81 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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