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KitchenAid Architect II KDTE334D

KitchenAid Architect II KDTE334D Review

Dishwashers

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Best Feature:
Quiet with impressive cleaning power
Worst Feature:
Moderately expensive
Best Uses:
Quiet dishwasher for households with families
Pricing:
$1049 - $1149
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Price
ABT
$1,149.99

Overview

We give the KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTM354D dishwasher an A-. We were impressed that this Energy Star® qualified dishwasher had such impressive cleaning power. It is also exceptionally quiet with great useable capacity for a more reasonable price than the Miele. However, it did lose a few points because, as a brand, KitchenAid has only received average scores when it comes to reliability and overall customer satisfaction. With that said, this model has received excellent feedback from customers online and is similar in features to the newer KitchenAid KDTM354DSS model, which is currently ranked #1 by Consumer Reports.

You can see how the KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTM354D compares to other dishwashers in our Dishwasher Review.

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The KDTE334D comes in a Stainless Steel, White or Black finish.
The spray arms and spray jets provide an exceptional cleaning performance.
From the concealed control panel, you can program a wash cycle, delay the start of a cycle or set the child lock.
The KDTE334D dishwasher is Energy Star® qualified.
The detergent and rinse aid dispensers are located on the dishwasher door.
The model number is located on the right inside wall of the dishwasher.
The adjustable upper rack of the KDTE334D has a plastic cup shelf with stemware holders and 4 clips to hold lighter items in place.
The upper rack also features a cooking utensil holder to allow for more useable capacity.
The KDTE334D dishwasher features a three-rack storage system.
The lower rack of the KDTE334D dishwasher features sliding tines, a full-length (non-splitable) silverware basket and a Culinary Caddy®.
The utensil tray above the upper rack.

 
This Product
Best Budget Dishwasher
Overall Score
74%
71%
64%
Our Awards
Best Budget Dishwasher
Date Reviewed
September 2014
September 2014
March 2013
Pros
Exceptionally quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; flexible rack storage system; child lock
Relatively quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; child lock; well-respected brand
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; optional heated dry is convenient when drying plastic items; American made
Cons
Some complaints about dry cycle
Some complaints about dry cycle; complaints about lower rack falling off hinges and being poorly designed; stainless steel finish not smudge-proof
Some issues with control panel breaking after the 1st year; dishrack system doesn't offer much loading flexibility; some complaints about the wash cycles being long; control panel doesn't display time remaining countdown
Type
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Capacity (place settings)
14
14
14
Price (MSRP)
$1049 - $1149
$535 - $739
$535 - $739
Warranty
1-year limited warranty for parts and labor, a 5-year limited warranty for parts only and a lifetime limited warranty for the stainless steel tub and inner door liner
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper (+ 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper (+ 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
Overall Width x Depth x Height (Range)
23.88" x 27.5" x 33.5" - 34.5"
23.75" x 24.63" x 33.5"
23.88" x 24.5" x 33.88" - 34.5"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
49.5"
unknown
49.5"
Weight (est.)
unknown
90.8 lbs
92 lbs
Cleaning Technology
It features a triple filtration system, two spray arms with pressurized spray nozzles and ProScrub® technology (40 spray jets targeted at the back of the lower rack).
It has a dual filtration system, 2 spray arms and a 5-level wash system.
It features a 5-level direct wash system, 2 spray arms and a self-cleaning filter with 4 stainless steel blades.
Wash Cycles / Options
It has 6 cycles including “ProWash™”, “Tough”, “Normal”, “Light”, “Express Wash” and “Rinse Only”. There are also 4 options that you can use including “Heated Dry”, “ProScrub®”, “Hi Temp Wash” and “Sani Rinse®”.
It has 5 cycles including "Power Scrub", "Normal", "Delicate", "Quick" and "Upper Only". It also has 3 options including "Sanitary", "Extra Rinse" and "Extra Dry".
It has 6 wash cycles - "JetClean® Plus Steam", "Auto Clean", "Normal", "Light", "Quick Wash" and "Rinse Only". It also has 3 options - "ToughScrub™", "Hi Temp Wash" and "Steam Sanitize".
Dry Cycles
It features a "Headed Dry" option.
It only features an air dry option.
"Heated Dry" is the default, but it is optional.
Cycle Times (est.)
A normal wash cycle should run around 120 minutes.
A normal cycle should run around 141 minutes.
Cycle times vary, but Maytag estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 90 to 250 minutes
Delayed Start
Yes, you can delay the start of a cycle by 4 hours.
Yes, you can delay the start of a cycle by up to 19 hours.
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle by 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Rack System
It has a 3-tier rack system with nylon coated racks for additional durability and and KitchenAid’s SatinGlide® Max technology in the upper rack.
It has a 2-tier rack system with nylon coated racks and features LG's EasyRack Plus system.
It has 2 Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket in the lower rack.
Control Panel
Concealed
Exposed
Exposed
Power
It uses 260 kWh/year and KitchenAid estimates that it will cost around $31/year to run.
It uses 279 kWh/year and LG estimates that it will cost around $27/year to run.
It uses 294 kWh/year. Maytag estimates it could cost about $31 a year to run.
Noise
45 dB
48 dB
53 dB
Exterior/Finishes
Stainless Steel (KDTE334DSS)
Black (KDTE334DBL)
White (KDTE334DWH)
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Cleaning Technology

Energy Star® qualified, the KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTE334D is a standard size, built-in dishwasher. It will use about 260 kWh/year and KitchenAid estimates that it will cost around $31/year to run (estimate based on an electric water heater, four loads/week and average electricity prices from 2007). It features a triple filtration system with self-cleaning capabilities that helps to maintain clean dishwater thus improving the overall cleaning performance of the machine. It also has two spray arms with pressurized spray nozzles and ProScrub® technology, which uses 40 spray jets targeted at the back of the lower rack to eliminate the need to scrub or soak dishware with baked-on food residue. The KDTE334D also has ProWash™ technology that uses sensors to detect the load size and soil level/toughness in order to adjust the wash cycle accordingly.

The spray arms and spray jets provide an exceptional cleaning performance.
The spray arms and spray jets provide an exceptional cleaning performance.
Credit: Mary Griffin

In terms of wash cycles, the KitchenAid KDTE334D offers 6 cycles including "ProWash™", "Tough", "Normal", "Light", "Express Wash" and "Rinse Only". There are also 4 options that you can use including "Heated Dry", "ProScrub®", "Hi Temp Wash" and "Sani Rinse®" (an NSF certified sanitization step). A normal wash cycle should run around 120 minutes.

From the concealed control panel, you can program a wash cycle, delay the start of a cycle or set the child lock.
From the concealed control panel, you can program a wash cycle, delay the start of a cycle or set the child lock.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Rack System

The KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTE334D dishwasher can accommodate up to 14 place settings. It has a three tier rack system with nylon coated racks for additional durability and KitchenAid's SatinGlide® Max technology in the upper rack for making smooth, easy adjustments to the entire rack. In the upper rack, there are two rows of foldable tines, one plastic cup shelf (with four stemware holders), four clips for securing lighter items and a utility basket. The upper rack also moves up and down, so you can make room for oversized items in it or below it. The utensil rack above the upper rack offers additional useable space, but it can be removed if you need to fit larger items below. In the lower rack, there is one row of sliding tines, a full-length non-splitable silverware basket and Culinary Caddy® utensil basket.

The KDTE334D dishwasher features a three-rack storage system.
The KDTE334D dishwasher features a three-rack storage system.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Features

The KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTE334D has a completely stainless steel tub that offers better drying performance and improved energy efficiency as compared to plastic because stainless steel is a better conductor of heat. The dishwasher has a concealed control panel where you can program a wash cycle, delay the start of a cycle by 4 hours and check the status of a current cycle. The dishwasher also features a child control lock, so you can make sure that little hands won't accidentally open the door mid-cycle and get water all over the floor. Additionally, the dishwasher can be programmed not to emit a beeping sound when a cycle has completed. In terms of overall noise level, the KDTE334D features KitchenAid's Whisper Quiet® System and operates at an average decibel level of 45 db.

The detergent and rinse aid dispensers are located on the dishwasher door.
The detergent and rinse aid dispensers are located on the dishwasher door.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Exterior Style

The KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTE334D comes in a Stainless Steel (KDTE334DSS), Black (KDTE334DBL) or White (KDTE334DWH) finish, but it cannot be fitted with a custom panel. As mentioned, the control panel is concealed, so the dishwasher has a sleek, streamlined appearance that should blend well in almost any kitchen style.

The KDTE334D comes in a Stainless Steel, White or Black finish.
The KDTE334D comes in a Stainless Steel, White or Black finish.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Brand Reputation

In the 2014 J.D. Power & Associates survey of dishwasher customers, KitchenAid received average feedback in terms of customers' "Overall Satisfaction". It received above average feedback when it came to "Performance & Reliability", "Styling & Feel" and "Features", but it only received average ratings for "Ease of Use" and below average ratings for "Warranty" and "Price". However, a very similar model to this one has received the highest possible ratings from Consumer Reports as of August 2014 (earning an 85/100). The Consumer Reports test found that its washing performance and energy use were "excellent", and its noise level and ease of use were "very good". As a brand, KitchenAid received average ratings from Consumer Reports for its reliability. This particular model comes with a 1-year limited warranty for parts and labor, a 5-year limited warranty for parts only and a lifetime limited warranty for the stainless steel tub and inner door liner.

User Feedback

The KitchenAid Architect® Series II KDTE334D dishwasher is mainly sold at independent dealers, so it hasn't received as many online reviews as dishwashers sold at major home improvement retailers. However, the vast majority of reviews we did see online were positive. For example, it has received a 4.4/5 (57 reviews) on pcrichard.com and 88% of those reviewers indicated that they would recommend the dishwasher to a friend. Most reviewers were very happy with the dishwasher's overall cleaning performance and noise level. There were a few complaints that dishwasher didn't dry effectively, but most people felt the dishwasher did a good job considering its energy usage.

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