We bought a KitchenAid KUDPO1ILBS3 stainless steel dishwasher for $900 from Sears on 5-26-04. My father had worked in the restaurant business for many years and always had good things to say about Hobart. My Mother had a Kitchenaid mixer that lasted about 35 years and I bought her another one to replace it. I had always thought of Kitchenaid as top appliance brand. From day one this unit failed to wash dishes properly. Regardless of the cycle used all the dishes require extensive handwashing prior to being inserted in the machine. There was often a gritty texture dried on the dishes that I had to soak in a sink of water to remove. I use the recommended JetDry and I have tried a variety of dry dishwasher detergents and cycle combinations but the results are the same. I have tested the hot water temp and it is at the recommended level.
This dishwasher just doesn't wash your dishes clean! After less than a year, the little spring that puts the tension on the door latch lever broke. It didn't seem to affect the latching of the door itself, so no repair was done. As with so many once great American brands, the brand has been compromised and diluted leaving the field to superior imported brands.
This Kitchenaid dishwasher has been the most unsatisfactory appliance purchase of my life. I would give anything to have my old GE back and $900 in my pocket.