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KitchenAid Superba KUDE70FXSS 24" Built-In Dishwasher Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The KitchenAid Superba KUDE70FXSS is a large-capacity machine that will handle a large household's dishwashing needs. At 40 decibels for the normal cycle, this model is advertised as KitchenAid's quietest. A flat and removable utensils tray slides in above the top rack, creating a third washing level; if the silverware is placed in this tray, the silverware basket can be removed from the lower rack, creating more room for dishes. This unit also has hidden controls and a bar handle for a sleek exterior, a delay-start feature, fold-down tines and a two-position upper rack. In addition to a stainless steel exterior, this model comes in a panel-ready version, to create a custom built-in look with the addition of a panel that matches the kitchen cabinets.

Models: KUDE70FXSS (Stainless Steel), KUDE70FSPA (Panel-Ready)

Prices

(Prices as of 09/1/2012)
Panel-Ready Stainless  Source
$1,749$1,799MSRP
$1,530$1,750Best Buy (Shipping/Delivery typically $0-$70)
$1,700$1,750Sears (Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$1,574Lowe's (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping)
$1,574Abt Electronics (Typical shipping/delivery $0-$78)
$1,525$1,570AJ Madison (Shipping/delivery typically $99-$198)

Additional Costs:

$0-$200+Shipping/delivery (it can cost $0-$25+ to have the old appliance hauled away)
$0-$150+Installation, with no modifications to existing hook-ups and cabinets
$150-$2,000+Installation, if water/electric lines must be added or cabinetry modified)
$10-$30Dishwasher installation kit (hoses, etc. -- typically required)
$80-$340+Extended warranty, depending on retailer, terms and length

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 34.5"
Width: 23.88"
Depth: 27.5"
Weight92 lbs.
Capacity16 place settings
ColorsStainless Steel, Panel-Ready (to match cabinets)
Decibel levelManufacturer's estimate: 40dB for KUDE70FX series and 43 dB for KUDE60HXSS
(Average levels: 50dB normal office noise; 80dB typical alarm clock)
Energy Star QualifiedYes (meets EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency); rated CEE Tier II (meets higher standards by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency -- Tier III is the most energy efficient)
Estimated Cost Per Year$30 with electric water heater, $22 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $20-$50)
Cycles6: ProWash, heavy duty, normal, light/china, 1 hour wash, rinse only
Additional Settings6: ProScrub (36 jets in back lower rack), HiTech Scrub, Sani Rinse, Top Rack Only, ProDry (dishes will be dry at end of cycle), 4 hour delay start, cancel/drain
ControlsElectronic touch, hidden on top door edge
Sensor WashYes
Silverware basketExtra-large basket with covers that separate the silverware, including special slots for chopsticks
FilterManually clean, triple filtration
Tub heightTall tub
Tub materialCommercial-grade stainless steel
Rack materialNylon
Other Features2 cup shelves
Culinary tool rack in upper rack creates 3rd level
2 fold-down tines on upper and lower racks
2-position adjustable and removable upper rack
Rinse aid dispenser
Rinse aid dispenser
Warranty1 year limited; 5 years limited racks, electronic controls; lifetime limited tub, door liner

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at KitchenAid.com.

What People Are Saying:

Consumer Reports recommended the KUDE70FXSS in 2012, rating it excellent for washing and energy use, very good for ease of use and good (a somewhat mediocre ranking) for noise levels. There are only a few user reviews online; they are primarily positive, and tend to give this dishwasher either high or low marks, without any in-between. A majority like this machine, saying it cleans well, is easy to load with a variety of dishes, the racks glide smoothly and the unit is so quiet they sometimes have to check that it's running. Many praise the third-level culinary utensils rack. Those who dislike this machine complain that it's hard to load and doesn't clean well, and report ongoing repair problems.