Product Reviews (3)
KUDT03FTSS Kitchenaid vs. Bosch and Miele
Strengths: Extremely quiet. Reasonably priced. Food grinder on bottom of unit.
Weakness: Need to clean smudges off with kitchen towel - no biggie. Make sure you use rinse aid to keep dishes clean. Make sure to separate utensils in the basket.
My dishwasher pump broke and I researched dishwashers on cyberspace. I found that the Bosch had very high marks and went to Lowes and another appliance store. When I was at the appliance store, the salesperson told me that the Bosch did not have a heating element. In other words, the dishes are dried manually. Many of his customers were unhappy. If you can run the dishwasher at night and wait until morning, this is not a major issue. This is a major concern for me because I have a family of five and sometimes do two loads a day.
When the serviceman came to install the Kitchenaid, he told me that you should only use a teaspoon of liquid detergent. Do not overfill because the dishes won't get clean (they will only encounter bubbles) and you must use the rinse aid in order for the dishes to be clean. He also told us that the Bosch would not have fit under our kitchen counter due to height. So if you are interested in Bosch, make sure you have enough room under counter.
I really like the Kitchenaid for several reasons. 1) I love the stainless steel look... Modern and clean. 2) It is extremely quiet (50 db) just like the Bosch and Miele. 3) It has an automatic food grinder at the bottom of the unit. Unlike the Miele and Bosch which have filter system and you sometimes have to clean out the food yourself. 4)The Kitchenaid is a larger unit that the Miele and still has the same number of racks. Just like the Miele, it has an extra rack for utensils (in case of parties, etc).
I also recommend you purchase the extended warranty so that if anything does go wrong, it doesn't cost you an "arma dn a leg". I did. Also, the Kitchenaid is American made and the parts will be easier and quicker to get than the european made models (Miele and Bosch) -- 14 days.
The only small problem I have had is that some of the utensils have had food on them after the cycle was completed. The basket has little holes for you to insert each utensil in. I think the one or two spoons were too close together in the basket.
The Bosch was about the same price but I was really concerned about the drying. The Miele is top of the line but smaller and is basically the same. It is also $3-400 more than the other two units. All in all, I feel that the Kitchenaid is an excellent dishwasher for the money!!
By hlevitt - Jun 3, 2008
Strengths: Model is very quiet and cleans the dishes very well. I love the third shelf for utensils - it's worth the extra money! The food grinder works great - no more pre-rinsing!
Weakness: I really don’t dislike anything about this dishwasher. If I had to pick one weakness, the regular wash cycle could be a little shorter (but there’s also a short wash cycle to choose.)
I highly recommend this dishwasher to anyone! This is the best dishwasher I’ve ever owned. I love the third shelf and recommend buying the top end model for this feature alone! The design of the baskets is good. It cleans very well, even without pre-rinsing your dishes.
By johnspd - Jun 24, 2008
I love this dishwasher!
Strengths: It is really quiet.
I have this dishwasher for about a week. It is very quiet as it claims. Dishes come out very clean. I didn't really have that much silverwares but I still used the top rack for big knives a couple of times. No problem there. The adjustable middle rack is awesome! It allows you to fit bigger pots in the dishwasher. One thing about it, like other stainless steel appliances, is that fingerprints stay. What I do is I put a kitchen tower on the handle and use the handle with the towel to close the door instead of just putting on the corner to close it.
One more little thing - I put a cutting board at the bottom rack to wash. Didn't realize that I put it behind the dishwasher soup holder. It prevented it from opening it all the way and the soap didn't get used. Had to washed it again by placing the cutting board else where. So make sure you don't put tall plates or cutting board behind the soap holder.
By QueenQoo - Jan 7, 2008