KitchenAid built-in dishwasher: Easily keep your dishes clean with this built-in dishwasher, which features a ProScrub option with 40 targeted spray jets that remove stuck-on foods. Express wash cycle gets things finished quickly when you have other things to do.
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Electronic tap-touch controls let you choose between your many options with ease.
Converse with friends and family in the kitchen
39dBA operation keeps disruptive noises to a minimum.
Accommodates dishware of various sizes
3rd rack offers a simple solution for odd-shape utensils, long spatulas and more. The adjustable middle and removable bottom racks allow flexibility.
Immaculate and efficient cleaning
3 wash arms and up to 40 spray jets provide cleaning power.
Energy Star Certified
Dishes are ready to be put away almost immediately
Heated dry option works quickly.
Offers heavy-duty and delicate cleaning
6 wash cycles include ProWash, which determines the amount of cleaning needed for you, and Express wash, which finishes quickly. A stemware holder keeps glasses in place.
Dishwasher hookup kit is sold separately and is not included.
Required for Installation: All dishwasher purchases require a dishwasher hookup kit be purchased from Best Buy. Without a hookup kit, your installation will not be completed. Find a hookup kit in the accessories section on this page.
Free delivery on appliance orders $399 and up
Dishwashers require special installation, which is not included with delivery. Call 1-888-BEST BUY (1-888-237-8289) to find out more and to purchase installation.
Required parts sold separately
Find essential parts for installation in the accessories section on this page.
Sub-optimized for Quiet at Cost to Other Features
Posted by: PickyBuyer2 from: on
We got real focused on the ultra-quietness of this unit...and it really, really is super quiet when washing (fill and drain just as loud as any other). I also loved the "cabinet-style" rack runners, which were the highest quality and strength of any we had seen. But just like any time you focus on one or two features, the others may suffer. While it does have heated dry (unlike the comparable Bosch), it is too short and not hot enough, so it never dries completely, especially plastic. The cycles are too long (needed to clean effectively due to the wimpy wash power (to keep the noise low). The third rack is not usable with regular utensils because it lacks the long flexible fingers to hold them in place like the Bosch. This unit has short, hard, stubby tangs that are too small to hold anything in place. With the middle rack in the lowered position, we can't get our dinner plates in the lower rack. With the middle rack in the upper position, we can't get tall glasses in it. The end-of-cycle signal is too quiet to be of any use. The "barbell grade" stainless steel handle looks totally out of place and inappropriate for a kitchen; belongs in a gym.
30 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Hang on to your old machine if you can
Posted by: Alr213 from: on
We replaced a 15 year old machine with this one after reading reviews and looking at test ratings. First, know that all machines made today have to meet government "efficiency" stands, which means that they run three times as long as your old machine and use half as much water. No kidding: takes about 3 hours to run a normal cycle, more if you "sanitize." This unit is indeed whisper quiet, though, so you don't notice it running all that time. We decided on this unit vs. a Bosch because you can't get a heating element in a Bosch any longer. As far as cleaning results, not as good as the machine it replaced. The machine cleans by running longer cycles with dirtier water, so set your expectations. While most dishes come clean, every load has more than a couple that aren't. We're still playing with arranging the dishes and trying different detergents; maybe we'll hit the sweet spot. And even with the heating element, there's always moisture and wet dishes. Still, buy this one if you need one. The EPA has proposed new rules that will require future machines to use even less water and power. One can only imagine the results those will produce.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Expensive and disappointing in every way
Posted by: Scott from: on
1. Does not match my existing Kitchen Aid appliances
2. Large glasses do not fit in the glass tray due to 3rd shelf
3. Spreading silverware on top shelf is time consuming. It is faster to wash them by hand! If they aren't perfectly placed they don't get clean, especially spoons.
4. 6th months after purchase it stopped working.
5. Buttons on top are difficult to press - half the time the dishwasher doesn't even start
7. On a positive note, it is very quiet... so quiet that we can't tell it has started (but half the time it doesn't even start).
6. Customer service for the repair is terrible. We've been in an automated loop for almost an hour.
At this point I don't even care that I have warranty. Who is going to refund the lost time i will have for the next week for handing washing dishes for a family of 5? Not to mention taking time off work twice for the repairman who inevitably have to order a part. I invested in a $1,200 dishwasher because i wanted it to WORK! I absolutely hate this dishwasher and am seriously reconsidering an investment in remodeling my kitchen with new Kitchen Aid appliances. If you are going to market high-end appliances then they should jolly well PERFORM!!!!!!!
27 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Dishwasher is meeting my performance expectations!
Posted by: Brian106 from: on
I spent a significant amount of time researching dishwasher models to replace the 6 year old Samsung that was in our house when we purchased it but was working very poorly.
I decided on the KitchenAid kdte254ess based on the reviews and trade-off of cost versus performance/features.
It has been 3 weeks since install and I have been very pleased with the dishwasher. It is extremely quiet, does an excellent job cleaning the dishes and I have been surprised at how well it dries the dishes given a few of the reviews that indicated drying problems.
We did remove the 3rd rack from our dishwasher since we have tall plates on the lower rack and tall glasses on the 2nd rack that prevent use of the 3rd rack but I expected that would be the case when we purchased it. If we ever replace our large plates with something smaller I can reconfigure the racks and use the 3rd.
The one surprise is that depending on the options I select for a cycle, it can take up to 4 hours to finish. While I don't find that a problem for our household it does seem excessive.
I can't comment on long term performance since it has only been 3 weeks, but I am very pleased with this purchase so far.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: IssyJoe from: on
After many years and many dishwashers, I had become accustomed to the noise of cleaning dishes drowning out conversations, television, music, etc. NO MORE! This dishwasher is stunningly quiet, as in you won't even know it's on. There's no compromise in cleaning either- everything is spotless after running, even when only using the regular cycle. Highly recommended!
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Best Dishwasher Ever!!
Posted by: Rmadrid from: on
I absolutely love this dishwasher! I have a large family so capacity is a big deal. I can lower the glass rack to fit tall glasses and my plates will still fit in the bottom. The shallow upper rack allows me to wash all my silverware in the top, so I removed the silverware basket from the bottom giving me even more space for bowls and large items. The dishwasher is so quiet I can not hear that it is on. The indicator light is blue when washing, red for drying and white when cycle is finished. This is one of the few higher end dishwashers that still has a heating element. My dishes always come clean and I am able to pack it with more dishes than any other dishwasher I've ever had. I also have real hard water but this dishwasher leaves absolutely no residue behind. This is honestly the best dishwasher I've ever used. The installers were great too. They were very polite, prompt and professional. They cleaned up after themselves and were careful to make sure they didn't damage my wood floors or cabinetry. The sales team at BBuy were fabulous as well. I must've looked at every dishwasher 50db and lower in the store. They really helped me make a decision that suited my needs the best, pointing out things that I would've never thought of. Overall, I could not be happier with my experience.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Erni2015 from: on
Very modern with touch panel and special features. Silent work, you can't hear it functioning. Best buy installation was good .
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Excellent Initial Quality from KitchenAid
Posted by: NatureBoy from: on
I hesitate to give 5 stars, but 4 wouldn't be fair to this darn near flawless dishwasher! Installed by Best Buy Delivery one month ago. Requires getting used to the different height setups and standard issues with making sure the wands can spin when loaded etc. The 3rd rack is great when needed. The smooth-glide drawers are the BEST. So much smoother than any of the other brands. Cleans my dishes completely but does take a long time depending on the cycle. Very aesthetically pleasing. I really like being able to raise/lower the upper rack. That is a very handy feature. Highly recommend this model. Was somewhat expensive but Best Buy customer service used a coupon code from my email to give me 10% off so that made it slightly less expensive. If I had it to do over again, I would more than likely pick the exact same dishwasher. Go into the nearest Best Buy or appliance shop and "feel" the merchandise. You should be able to tell the quality difference just by opening and shutting doors & sliding baskets in/out. Ultimately that's how a landed on this model in particular. And Best Buy gave me the best price!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
So Quiet. Does Not Dry
Posted by: TandC from: on
We purchased this dishwasher because of the high ratings. Only had 9 days but have used about 6 times.
1. Very quiet!
2. Cleans well
3. Love the 3rd rack
4. DOES NOT DRY WELL!!!! Thinking about returning this. Not as much work to hand dry if you do it right after the cycle ends due to the heat. If you leave dishes in thinking they will dry, they won't.
5. Very nice design. Bought the slide in range (LOVE IT) to go with and was going to get the fridge (great design!) to match but need to see if the drying issue can be resolved. I called Kitchenaid and they said something about it taking a cpl of months and then the problem will go away. Not sure I want to take that chance.
6. Best Buy customer service has been excellent but it would be more helpful if they had more info regarding some of the common issues.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Does not clean dishes & greasy residue in filter
Posted by: Reviewer from: on
Does not clean dishes. Greasy residue in filter after every load...even after washing a box of brand new dishes. Told by service tech dishwasher is working properly and I just need to clean out filter after each wash. He said residue was soap and hard water. This residue gets on the dishes. If filter is not cleaned after every wash, it starts to smell bad. I've had 3 service techs out. Each says they have not seen this before and tell me the dishwasher is working properly. Very disappointed for a $900 dishwasher that I now have to wash dishes by hand. I will never buy Kitchen Aid again.