KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS Review


KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS KitchenAid
KUDC10FXSS

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24" Built-In
MSRP: $899
Hi-Temp Cycles

7

& Options
Energy

288

kWh Per Yr
Water

860

Gal Per Yr
Sound

52

dbA
Cost

$899

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning GOOD - Uses a high-temperature wash cycle to help get your dishes clean. Very hot water is the key to breaking-down grease and cleaning dishes. Does not include a sanitizing option that is now available on most new dishwashers.  
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is 26% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
Energy GOOD - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This KitchenAid dishwasher is projected to use 288 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water GOOD - Estimated water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star projects it to use 4 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 860 gallons annually.  
Sound GOOD - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  
Cost GOOD - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for overall price. The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS should be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the KUDC10FXSS model. Jets are featured on about 35% of new dishwashers and are effective on dishes with baked-on food or grease.  
High
Temp
High-Temp Option - Includes the option to choose a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water is one of the most important ingredients for dissolving hardened food and producing clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening baked-on or dried food deposits.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Standard number of wash levels that allow 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 KUDC10FXSS sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - No option to run a sanitary wash or rinse cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Sanitize cycles are available on over 80% of new dishwashers.  
Cycles &
Options
7 Cycles & Options - Number of cycles and options is 26% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
Food
Disposer
Built-In Food Disposer - Includes a built-in food disposer that helps keep the wash water clean and free of debris. Minimizes the number of food particles that can deposit on dishes or cling to glasses.
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Integrated softeners are only found on about 10% of new dishwashers.  


Drying Ratings
Heated
Dry
Heated Dry - Includes an option to dry the dishes faster with an internal heating element. Heated drying can also help to reduce spotting on dishes and especially glassware. Available on most new dishwashers.
Tub
Material
Stainless Steel Tub - Stainless steel interior dries dishes faster and more efficiently through natural processes. Stainless steel retains heat and condenses water; properties not found with plastic tubs.
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent contact with plastic dishes and accidental melting.  


Loading Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack that can be used for cups and smaller items.
Spray
Arms
Towerless - Uses a superior spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms provide more wash levels and don'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 for larger items. Provides flexibility for family gatherings.
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - The racks cannot be removed. Little less convenient for those occasions when you have huge items that won't fit with both racks installed. Only about 30% of new dishwashers have this feature.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down to help secure loose dishes or create additional horizontal space for larger items. Provides greater loading flexibility.
Cup Shelf No Cup / Stemware Shelf - Does not have an additional cup shelf that provides extra room to stack more glasses and coffee cups or to secure stemware. Available on most new dishwashers.  
Silverware
Basket
Standard Basket - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS uses a basic silverware basket that is found on about 30% of new dishwashers. Some premium baskets can be split into two sections or moved to different areas inside the dishwasher.  
Utility
Container
No Utility Container - Does not have an extra utility basket or tray like 70% of other new dishwashers. These extra baskets and trays can store larger items that don't fit in the standard basket.  
Detergent
Dispenser
No Detergent Reservoir - Uses a standard detergent dispenser that you fill each time you run a cycle. Less than 5% of new dishwashers have reservoirs that can hold multiple cycles of detergent.  


Capacity Ratings
Place
Settings
14 Settings - Number of place settings is 2% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new dishwashers for BETTER loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply like to run the dishwasher less often.
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
52 dbA - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. Over 80% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings.
Energy
Rating
288 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This KitchenAid dishwasher is projected to use 288 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water
Rating
860 Gal - Estimated water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star projects it to use 4 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 860 gallons annually.  
Energy
Saver
No Energy-Saver Cycle - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS has no option to select a quick-wash cycle that uses lower temperatures or less water when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Available on about 60% of new dishwashers.  
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 rack. You can still be eco-friendly by waiting for a full load before running a cycle.  
Delay
Start
No Delay Start - One of the few dishwashers with no option for programming the dishwasher to automatically run during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often significantly lower.  
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Super-efficient dishwasher that is qualified Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model exceeds the federal Energy Star criteria with an Energy Factor rating of 0.75.


Style Ratings
Exterior Stainless Steel - Stainless steel door panels are currently the most popular style and provide a sleek, modern look. Stainless steel is durable and fashionable, but takes a little more effort to keep clean.
Interior Stainless Steel - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS stainless steel tub and door lining is stain-resistant, rust-resistant, durable, and less likely to absorb odors. Steel's natural condensation property also helps to dry dishes faster.
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top door edge for a clean, seamless look from the front. Currently the most popular door style.
Display No Digital Display - The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS does not include a digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other wash status information. Most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Cost Ratings
MSRP $899 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for overall price. The KitchenAid KUDC10FXSS should be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


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