Kitchenaid Superba

by Shannon
(Michigan)

I bought the Kitchenaid Superba dishwasher seven years ago after researching the available units on the market. I chose the Kitchenaid Superba model because of the features, price, and reliability of the brand. I needed a reliable dishwasher that was sturdy and would stand up to abuse from children and heavy washing. The Kitchenaid Superba has been very reliable so far.


We have had only one mechanical problem since we bought it in 2001. The water inlet valve is worn and needs to be replaced. This repair is inexpensive and we will be doing it ourselves after we get the part.

The dishwasher does wash dishes very well and it is easy to use. I am able to wash pots, pans, and baby bottles easily. There are several cycles available to choose from and I am able to do all types of loads from heavy washing to quick rinses. The front panel has the controls on it at the top of the door and the cycles are set by pushing buttons. The only thing I dislike about the dishwasher is the location of the on and off buttons.

They are located right on the front of the dishwasher door and are within extremely easy sight and reach of small children. If the off button is pushed while the cycle is running it resets itself and you can not turn it back on at the point in the cycle where it left off. The only option you have is to restart the dishwasher from the beginning.

Overall, I like the dishwasher and it has been reliable for our household. I would buy it again.

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Aug 12, 2011
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Died before it should have
by: Anonymous

I have owned the Kitchenaid Superba for about 8 years. It suddenly started to leak at the end of the wash cycle (woke up to a large amount of water on the kitchen floor) and at the same time it stopped drying and the cycle time has increased from about 90 minutes to over 4 hours. Decided to go shopping for a new one rather than get it repaired. I went to several different stores who tried to push Kitchenaid on me. All of the sales people said it should have lasted at least 10 years. I paid about $800 for it when I bought it. It was trouble free until now, though it was a bit noisier than I would have liked and did not fit my new dinnerware very well.

Mar 08, 2011
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genius design
by: Anonymous

I have a Kitchen Aid Superba Dishwasher, it must be around 12 years old.

It is not the most beautiful dishwasher I have ever seen, it really shows its age with pop-out push buttons and a silver finish that has lost its sheen. However, I will not part with this dishwasher for the newest Bosch on the market.

Growing up my family always had dishwashers that left annoying spots on all the glasses. This machine does not leave spots on anything! I ran out of no-spot addititve a few times and still did not experience spots.

It also gets all my dishes clean every time! There is NEVER a dish that comes out of the machine with caked up food on it, or a stain from sauce or anything.

As much as I would like a sleek looking dishwasher in my kitchen that would look modern and erase those "ew, that's your dishwasher!?" looks off of friends and neighbors faces, I refuse to part with this machine. I know a sleek new machine may NEVER wash dishes the way this little work a holic does the job!!

Who ever designed the Kitchen Aid Superba Dishwasher was a genius. The only thing I don't like about it is it is not efficient as far as how much stuff you can cram in there, like the newer machines. It has a top and bottom shelf and the top shelf is kind of high up so you can put glasses in, but not small dishes. Small price to pay for a machine that really gets the job done.

Oct 23, 2009
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The Kitchen-Aid Superba is the best dishwasher I have ever had
by: Anonymous

Pros
- Its beautiful
- it gets your dishes clean even when you don't rinse well first
- there's plenty of space on the top tray
- it is very quiet

Cons
- the space of the bottom tray


The Kitchen-Aid Superba is the best dishwasher I have ever had because it works hard enough so I don't have to. I am not a woman who enjoys housework, and I will do just enough to keep my neat nick husband happy. Enter in Kitchen-Aid Superba dishwasher.

I love this machine because, in addition to being beautiful in all of its stainless steel glory, it also gets your dishes clean even when you don't rinse well first! There is one trick I had to learn about my Kitchen-Aid dishwasher, however. I have to feed it the stuff that makes the glasses not spot or guess what? The glasses will spot.

The only other negative aspect of my dishwasher is that I have to be careful about the height of the plates I put in the bottom tray. If I put my taller plates, we're talking 14 inch plates here, in the middle of the bottom tray, the sprayer thing that turns around and flings water during the cycle won't work because it will hit the plates.

When I use said plates, I just make sure they are in the end slots of the tray and all is well. Another great feature of my Kitchen-Aid is that it is very quiet. I can turn it on and still watch my favorite TV show or a movie without having too much noise from the dishwasher. The last aspect of my dishwasher I will cover is the spaciousness of the top tray.

I can put four full-size red-wine glasses as well as a couple martini glasses in the top rack and have room left for ice cream bowls to boot. All in all I will give my Kitchen-Aid Suberba dishwasher a score of 5 out of 5!

Oct 14, 2009
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generally dissatisfied
by: Steve

Installed in 2004. Quiet, but several costly repairs. Seems to be easily clogged by debris; the food grinder broke after a couple of years leading to poor cleaning until it was repaired. Generally dissatisfied with its reliability/ability to clean and am looking for a new dishwasher.

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