24-Inch
KitchenAid KDTM704ESS Dishwasher

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KDTM704ESS
This KitchenAid fits a standard 24"-wide opening and has
  • an adjustable upper rack.
  • a self-cleaning filter.
  • a stainless steel interior.
  • hidden controls
  • adjustable tines.
  • ample flatware slots.
  • motorized wash arm.
  • Energy Star certification
  • a third rack.
Description
This KitchenAid fits a standard 24"-wide opening and has
  • an adjustable upper rack.
  • a self-cleaning filter.
  • a stainless steel interior.
  • hidden controls
  • adjustable tines.
  • ample flatware slots.
  • motorized wash arm.
  • Energy Star certification
  • a third rack.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Washing

Washing

Assessed by running the sensor, normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load of dishes with baked-on food.

 /  5
Drying

Drying

Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load.

 /  5
Energy use

Energy use

The normal cycle is used for the yellow energy sticker. Our score is based on the selected wash cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.

 /  5
Convenience

Convenience

Is based on useful features such as adjustable racks and tines, removable racks, third racks, and special wash zones for example that clean bottles, silverware, or hard-to-clean items.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Considers convenience of controls, the ability to hold extra place settings and oversized items such as platters up to 13-1/2 in. long and Pilsner-type glasses up to 10 in. high.

 /  5
Cycle time

Cycle time

Based on running the washing test cycle to clean a full load with high temperature options selected (if available).

 /  5
Water efficiency

Water efficiency

How efficiently a machine uses water

 /  5

About

The KitchenAid KDTM704ESS is part of the Dishwashers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Dishwashers models like the KDTM704ESS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Washing Assessed by running the sensor, normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load of dishes with baked-on food.

Drying Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load.

Energy use The normal cycle is used for the yellow energy sticker. Our score is based on the selected wash cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.

Features

Ample flatware slots

Ample flatware slots

Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.

Yes
Adjustable upper rack

Adjustable upper rack

Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.

Yes
Adjustable tines

Adjustable tines

Most models hold cups and glasses on top, plates on the bottom, and silverware in a basket. Features that enhance flexibility include adjustable tines, which flatten areas to accept bigger dishes, pots, and pans. A "yes" here indicates adjustable tines on at least the top or the bottom rack.

Yes
Displays remaining time

Displays remaining time

A digital display lets you know how much longer the dishwasher will take to complete the chosen cycle. Rotary dials or status bars generally give an indication of the stage the cycle is in, less precise but still helpful.

Yes
Door lock

Door lock

All dishwashers automatically shut off when the door is opened during operation, so water won't flood out. A few models have door locks that prevent children from opening the dishwasher and touching sharp objects or hot surfaces.

Hidden controls

Hidden controls

Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.

Interior material

Interior material

A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.

stainless steel
Requires custom door panel

Requires custom door panel

Some dishwashers lack a finished front-door panel, so you must furnish your own at an additional cost. This lets you match the dishwasher's panel with your kitchen cabinetry, or to choose a stainless-steel front. Many models with finished fronts also let you add custom panels to change the finish.

No
Stainless/SS-look option

Stainless/SS-look option

Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.

Self-cleaning filter

Self-cleaning filter

A filter that cleans itself is convenient but can add to noise. While most mid- to high-end dishwashers come with filters that require periodic manual cleaning, a few newer high-end models come with self-cleaning filters that use micro-filtration rather than macerators.

Yes
Sensor

Sensor

A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we've found this isn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.

WiFi

WiFi

This feature offers remote access through a wireless network. The specific functionality varies by model but can include options like problem detection and start/stop or cycle selection choices.

No