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KitchenAid 6-Cycle KDFE104DSS Review

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PROS / This KitchenAid dishwasher offers high capacity for different-sized dishware. With fold-down tines and adjustable racks, you can transform the dishwasher to hold everything.

CONS / The unit uses more energy than other dishwashers on our lineup with longer cycle times.

 VERDICT / While this dishwasher costs a little more to operate than others on our comparison chart, it offers a wide selection of cycles, wash options and capacity.

The KitchenAid KDFE104DSS dishwasher effectively cleans dishes with its cycle options. With an annual operating cost of $31, it costs slightly more to run than the other units on our best dishwasher lineup. The dishwasher is certified by ENERGY STAR and features eco-friendly wash and dry options. However, the unit has longer cycle times, with the normal cycle running for 150 minutes.

  1. Estimation of yearly operating cost based on use with an electric water heater.
    Lower is better.
  2. 7 KitchenAid 6-Cycle
  3. $32
  4. $31
  5. $27
  6. Category Average

This KitchenAid dishwasher has six wash cycles including express wash, light, normal ProWash, rinse only and tough. You also can add wash options to your cycle like a high-temperature wash or sanitizing rinse. The dishwasher has zones that use high water pressure for your heavily soiled dishes, and it has the option to only wash the upper rack. However, the unit lacks a hard-food disposer.

This built-in dishwasher also employs eco-friendly wash cycles and drying options. The ProWash cycle determines which cycle to use based on the amount of soil on your dishes. This option saves both energy and water. The dishwasher also has several dry options including heated, fan and air dry.

This KitchenAid dishwasher has several features that make it easy to use. With fold-down tines, adjustable racks and several convenience options, this dishwasher is simple to run. The unit holds 14 place settings on its two racks. The dishwasher has a delay-start option, so you can set your dishwasher to run at a later time, but you can only set it for four hours later.

The dishwasher runs at a quiet decibel. At 46 decibels, you can barely hear it when it's running. The stainless steel interior helps insulate the noise. It has three spray arms and a manual filter that you have to clean yourself. This stainless steel dishwasher’s controls are located outside of the unit, and you can select this dishwasher in a variety of colors. It has a recessed handle as well.

KitchenAid offers a strong warranty with its product. The company covers the dishwasher’s labor and parts for one year, and the racks and electronics for five years. The tub and door liner get a lifetime warranty. You can contact the company by phone, email or live chat.


The KitchenAid KDFE104DSS dishwasher has several wash cycles and options to help you effectively clean your dishes. With adjustable racks and fold-down tines, you can adjust your dishwasher to suit your dishes. While it has longer cycle times and a slightly higher annual cost, the energy-efficient options help the dishwasher use only the water and energy that it needs to clean your dishes.