KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS Review


KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS KitchenAid
KUDE40FXSS

Architect Series II
Place Settings: 15
Width: 24"
Discontinued
Jets
Sanitize
Cycles

11

& Options
Energy

279

kWh Per Yr
Water

882

Gal Per Yr
Sound

46

dbA
Cost

$1399

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs two major features to help get your dishes clean - jets and a sanitizing option. High pressure spray jets blast away food particles and stubborn deposits. A sanitizing rinse option then eliminates most bacteria.
Cycles BETTER - Total cycles and options is 17% higher than average and ranks in the top 35% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. Enables you to choose the most appropriate functions for 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 279 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water FAIR - Estimated annual water use is 17% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 45% of new dishwashers for FAIR water consumption. It uses about 126 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Sound BETTER - Ranks in the top 10% of new dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression with sound levels that are 10% lower than average. It is 5 dbA quieter than average (a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher).
Cost POOR - Ranks in the bottom 10% of new higher-cost dishwashers for POOR affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1399 is 67% higher than average. The KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS is priced about $557 more than average.  


KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware and Dish Jets - The KUDE40FXSS model includes high-pressure spray jets that can scrub heavily soiled dishes and silverware. Jets are positioned to help loosen and remove dried-on food deposits.
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 KUDE40FXSS sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Includes a sanitary cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Water temperatures reach approximately 150-degrees to help disinfect your dishes.
Cycles &
Options
11 Cycles & Options - Total cycles and options is 17% higher than average and ranks in the top 35% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. Enables you to choose the most appropriate functions for 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 KUDE40FXSS 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 Cup / Stemware Shelf - Includes an additional shelf for stacking coffee mugs or to secure delicate stemware. Nice feature that allows you to load lots of glasses to help with your after-party clean-up.
Silverware
Basket
Premium Silverware Basket - The silverware basket has extra features such as being movable, dividable, or fitted with covered slots. A flexible silverware basket makes loading or unloading the KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS a little easier.
Utility
Container
Utility Container - Includes an extra utility basket or tray for utensils and cutlery. Good for odd items that don't fit in the silverware basket such as grill tongs, butcher knives, stirring spoons, and more.
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
15 Settings - Number of place settings is 9% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BEST 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 KUDE40FXSS additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
46 dbA - Ranks in the top 10% of new dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression with sound levels that are 10% lower than average. It is 5 dbA quieter than average (a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher).


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS 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
279 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 279 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water
Rating
882 Gal - Estimated annual water use is 17% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 45% of new dishwashers for FAIR water consumption. It uses about 126 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Energy
Saver
Energy-Saver Cycle - The KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or a shorter time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water and energy.
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
Delay Start Option - Includes an energy-saving option to run the dishwasher overnight or during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Or simply run while you're gone.
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 0.78.


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 KUDE40FXSS 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 KUDE40FXSS 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 $1399 - Ranks in the bottom 10% of new higher-cost dishwashers for POOR affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1399 is 67% higher than average. The KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS is priced about $557 more than average.  


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