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KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher review

With a list of impressive features and results, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher can easily rival its more expensive competitors.

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher Review
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Our Verdict

Practical features like the Express Wash, ProWash, and a stainless steel, Printshield finish adds credibility to a dishwasher that delivers superb results for the price. The KitchenAid Top Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher is ideal for families or those with busy schedules.

For

  • Third rack adds 35% more space
  • ProWash cycle adjusts cycles for soil level
  • PrintShield finish resists fingerprints

Against

  • Less advanced features
  • Long washing cycles

Set in a durable, stainless steel tub, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher looks sleek, with a generous interior space accommodating up to 14 place settings. Its third level rack adds 35% extra room for those bulky items and long utensils, and it also has folding tines and a handy silverware basket.

It has five cycles (Express Wash, Normal, Prowash, Rinse Only, Touch), and several program options. The sanitize option is ideal for reducing bacteria at a high temperature and optimum drying results. You can choose between heated dry or energy saver, which is the 'no heat' dry option.

Its stainless steel design looks sleek and contemporary for any kitchen style, and the PrintShield finish guarantees no fingerprints or unsightly marks are left on the surface.

KitchenAid has been a reputable American home appliance brand since 1919, so you can expect reliability and quality, which makes this one of the best dishwashers in our roundup. 

Compared to more expensive brands of a similar spec, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher is reasonably priced. 

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher: Features

Considering it’s not a high-spec model, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher does offer a number of innovative features.

Notable ones include the ProWash option and Express Wash Cycle to add convenience. The ProWash determines the ideal cycle for the soil level, and adjusts in real-time to get better cleaning results. And if you don’t have hours to spare or have only lightly soiled items, the Express Wash is ideal for cleaning in less time.

Another handy feature is the 8-hour delay start that enables you to preset the dishwasher to run while you’re at work or sleeping at night.

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher: Specs

Dimensions (WHD): 24 x 34 x 24-inches
Control location: Top hidden controls
Noise rating: 46 dBA
Holds: 14 place settings
Racks: 3
Cycles: 5
Energy star rated: ENERGY STAR qualified for yearly energy savings. Energy efficiency of Tier I
Extras: 3rd rack adds 35% more loading capacity
Warranty: 1-year warranty

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher: Design

Designed in a sturdy stainless steel tub with top controls and pocket handle, this model has a quality finish and looks more expensive. Equally, the stainless steel interior is stain and odor resistant and designed to keep in the heat to improve drying performance. This also comes in black but expect to pay more.

Flexible loading options provides ample space for up to 14 place settings, with a third level rack to increase space by 35%. The SatinGlide Max Rails make it more smooth and durable when pulling out a rack with a heavy load. This also adds a premium quality to the finish. 

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher

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The most impressive of all however, is the PrintShield finish that ensures surfaces are completely fingerprint-proof and smudge resistant. This is ideal for households with small children, and will cut out the elbow grease!

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher: Performance

The KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher performs just as well as its competitors. Even the toughest of food stains left on dishes or utensils came out completely spotless with no residue.

The top controls are simple to operate, and the range of settings gives you more flexibility. The versatile loading options are handy for large families, and the third level rack provides more space for a heavy load.

The ProWash setting is particularly useful for adjusting the cycle to match the soil level, which is more energy efficient.

Bear in mind, cycles can take a long time, with the Normal wash taking two hours, and Heavy Wash/Dry setting taking about three hours. However, the saving grace is the Express Wash that efficiently washes in just one hour.

At 46dBA, this model is incredibly quiet which is ideal for a quiet evening indoors or if you want to have a conversation.

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher: User Reviews

The great cleaning results and sparkling dishes and glassware impressed the majority of buyers for the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS. Although, many have said the washing cycles are too long and they prefer the Express Wash for a quick, one-hour cycle. 

Users liked the attractive look of the stainless steel design, and the fact that it was so quiet you could hardly hear when once it’s on.

The spacious and flexible interior was another winner with one user saying the handy third level rack was ideal to wash baby bottles.

Perhaps the feature that most impressed was the fingerprint-proof and smudge surface, which proved popular among families with young children. Great results and good value for money were also highlighted.

Should you buy the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS Dishwasher?

If you’re after an inexpensive dishwasher that delivers similar results to a high-spec model, this is a great choice. We’re impressed by its quality design, flexible loading options, practical functions and more importantly, performance.  From heavy-duty stains to lightly soiled, dishes and glassware consistently come out sparkling clean, with no stubborn water stains. 

The advanced heat/dry feature enables enhanced drying, so you can easily unload and quickly put away.  

While it does have longer running cycles, the Express Wash efficiently cleans within one hour, saving you time and energy consumption. Not forgetting the added perk of the PrintShield surface, to eliminate those unsightly fingerprints and marks.   Overall, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher is an all round performer, ideal for families or busy households with practical needs.

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