KitchenAid Architect II K SERIES
KUDK03IT Built-in Dishwasher
KitchenAid in recent years have begun to produce several lines of larger appliances to throw their hat into the ring if you will with giants like Maytag and the more recent entrant, LG.
But how does their KitchenAid Architect II K Series, built-in dishwasher match up to the stiff competition?
KitchenAid Architect II K SERIES KUDK03IT Built-in Dishwasher
With its depth of 24 inches it makes the Architect II highly competitive space wise and it is electronic in nature with simple to use push pad buttons and for the energy conscience it offers up an economy mode as well as air drying your dishes (which, depending on your detergent choices, can cause massive spotting).
The KitchenAid Architect II is built-in so you must take into consideration the customer service and repair track record as replacing the unit can be a real burden to a homeowner, but apartment buildings are beginning to swear by them for their size, ease of use, cost and sound reduction that is built into the units.
The actual list of amenities included in the construction of the KitchenAid Architect II is not as varied as one would hope and is pretty standard fare for every other dishwasher out there on the market.
It is, however, one of the cheapest ringing in at under $600.00 but the old saying also applies: you get what you pay for. The features of the KitchenAid Architect II are as follows:
- Electronic Touch Keypad System
- Air and Economy Drying
- Built-In Food Disposer
- 4 Washing Cycles (Light or China, Heavy Duty, Rinse Only and Normal)
- Stainless Steel Interior
- Energy Star Rated and Qualified
- The Door is Semi-Integrated
- Sound Insulation
- Under 8 Gallons of Water Used in Each Washing
- Lightweight at Only 95 Pounds
As with any appliance of this type of the customer reviews and feedback can be as varied as the day is long and everything must be taken into consideration when purchasing an appliance of this magnitude.
KitchenAid Architect II K SERIES Customer Opinions
We will look at the pros of the unit first.
It is fairly lightweight at 95 pounds and that means you can maneuver it yourself in most cases and would only be a two person job to move it into the home or transfer its location.
It provides only four functions of dishwashing cycles but they are the four cycles everyone uses the most. The interior is a stainless steel construction making it resilient to bacteria growth which is especially good considering the food particles that can be left behind.
The KitchenAid Architect II is a built-in system that does include a food disposal system which flushes food particles into the drain connector and down the sink to be disposed of. You can choose if you wish to dry your dishes with the heat option or let nature take its course.
There is a sound buffering insulation installed on the unit which dulls the sound.
The KitchenAid Architect II can handle large capacities and large pots and pans with ease and it even easy enough for young children to run.
With every good word about a unit there are bound to be bad. Customers, though happy with the sound insulation, claim that albeit quieter than some models the KitchenAid Architect II is still fairly loud when it begins its initial washing cycle.
The Architect II does have a vent in the back so that must be taken into consideration when installing the unit – this is the case of all American made dishwashers.
European styles do not have vents. It is also said by about 25% of customers that the unit does not clean well but this could simply be due to having an older version of the unit.
The electronic control panel has a tendency to peel off and the material is fairly resilient to tape and glue. Customers were also mad when they found out that KitchenAid had be bought out several years ago.
Those who had older KitchenAid appliances from one to two decades prior that last twenty or more years were finding that the new ownership had cut corners and the new units were blowing internal fuses, the innards got gunked up or just stopped working all together. Leaking has also been a problem cited by some customers.
All in all the KitchenAid Architect II is a decent dishwasher for the money, but you do get what you pay for.
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