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Perhaps due to the price tag on this model (ouch!)…perhaps due to the fact that it is not widely available, either in stores or on the internet (though it can probably be placed as a special order in home improvement stores)…we could only find a handful of reviews on this KitchenAid KDFE454CSS.
Overall, this dishwasher promises to be perfect for you. It looks fabulous in the kitchen, has multiple loading options, and ample room for multiple place settings. It is also very quiet (though not necessarily silent).
But the problems found with this model were common ones to KitchenAid models in general. The control panel (thanks to its placement on the front of the unit) was very sensitive to even the slightest touch, and as a result, washes could be started by accident very easily. Also, thorough drying seems to be lacking. Even with the longest wash and the dryer set to “heat,” there is still water present on the top of cups, on the walls, and at the bottom of the tub.
Lastly, many of the wash cycles can be extremely long, making consumers question how that could possibly considered “energy efficient.”
What does this mean for you?
In short, if you have $1500 to spend on a state-of-the-art dishwasher…with bells and whistles that can make even the Space Shuttle jealous…it would probably be better spent on a more readily available and widely tested model.
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On the KitchenAid website you can find additional images, the Product Owner’s Manual (PDF), Wiring Diagram, Installation Instructions, Product Specifications Sheet, as well as the Energy Guide.