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KitchenAid® 24'' 5-Cycle/6-Option Dishwasher, Architect® Series II - Stainless Steel

Model # KDTE554CSS

 4.0 out of 5 (95 Reviews)

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The AquaSense Recycling System allows this dishwasher to use 33% less water 2 without sacrificing the cleaning and drying that makes KitchenAid the industry's best performing dishwasher brand 1 . Our ProScrub® Option is an ideal solution for casserole dishes and other large platters that require concentrated cleaning. And the ProWash cycle gives you a one-touch solution for getting exceptional cleaning for every load.


  • AquaSense™ Recycling System
  • ProWash™ Cycle
  • ProScrub® Option
  • Heat Dry Option
  • Concealed Controls
  • Whisper Quiet® System at 41 dBA
  • SatinGlide® Max Upper Rack
  • Fold-Down Tines in Upper and Lower Racks
  • Fold-Down Shelf with Stemware Holders
  • 4-Hour Delay Option
External Dimensions
Maximum Height 34 1/2
Minimum Height 33 1/2
Height 34 1/2
Width 23 7/8
Depth 24 1/2
Depth With Door Open 90 Degree 49 1/2
Key Features
AquaSense™ Recycling System - Uses up to 33% less water without sacrificing cleaning and drying performance. Water from the last rinse is used to pre-rinse the next load. Fresh water is used to finish the cleaning cycle.
ProWash™ Cycle - Determines the ideal cycle for washing dishes based on soil level and then makes real-time adjustments to achieve the best cleaning performance
ProScrub® Option - Uses 40 targeted spray jets at the back of the dishwasher to help eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing.
Heat Dry Option - Delivers the best drying by activating a recessed heating element at the end of the cycle.
Concealed Controls - offers tucked away controls on top of the dishwasher door, providing clean, uninterrupted front panel lines that help you match other stainless steel appliances.
Whisper Quiet® System at 41 dBA - Offers premium sound insulation that makes it convenient to operate day or night, including when you entertain.
SatinGlide® Max Upper Rack - Creates a smooth, premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack, particularly with heavy loads. Adjusters make it easy to raise or lower the rack while the rails help keep the rack solidly on track.
Fold-Down Tines in Upper and Lower Racks - Help improve cleaning performance. Two rows of tines in the upper rack adjust in two positions and one in the lower rack will adjust in one of three positions so water can clean inside deep or wide dishes.
Fold-Down Shelf with Stemware Holders - Provides extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups, wine glasses, or long items such as utensils and spatulas.
4-Hour Delay Option - Allows you to set the dishwasher to start at a more convenient time.
Configuration and Overview
Tub Material Stainless Steel
Rack Material Nylon
Water Filtration System Removable Filter
Upper Adjustable Rack 2 Position
Capacity 15
Control Type Electronic
ADA Compliant No
Energy Star® Qualified ENERGY STAR® Qualified
CEE Tier Tier I
Cycle and Options
Number of Wash Cycles 5
Cycle Selections Heavy, Light/China, Normal, Quick Wash, Sensor Wash
Option Selections 4 Hour Delay, Heated Dry, Hi Temp Wash, Lockout, Sani Rinse®
Tub Material Stainless Steel
Rack Material Nylon
Upper Rack Extras 2-Cup Shelves with Integrated Stemware
Lower Rack Extras No
Silverware Basket Type Large In the Rack Basket
Decibel Level 41

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out of 5 (95 Reviews)

74% of reviewers recommend this product.

So quiet you think it is not working

Submitted by Rob Scot - 9/7/2017

This dishwasher was purchased to replace a "high end" model from another manufacturer. The old machine was only three years old when it stopped working and a repair could not be made. We are very happy that we picked the KitchenAid as a replacement. It is much quieter and does a better job of getting the dishes clean. We would not hesitate to recommend KitchenAid!

Yes, I recommend this product

Nice and quiet!!

Submitted by Jack - 9/3/2017

So far it's been great and so quiet I had to open the door to see if it was working!!

Yes, I recommend this product

Love the color and features

Submitted by Edgar - 8/30/2017

Excelente product

Yes, I recommend this product

Excellent dishwasher

Submitted by Shopped Around - 8/27/2017

My old dishwasher stopped working and I had to search for a new dishwasher fast. Checked the reviews and this one got great ratings. It's been working great since I bought it a month ago.

Yes, I recommend this product

The best we have

Submitted by RunningJane - 8/6/2017

We have dishwashers in 3 different homes and this one is by far the best. You can hardly hear it. It is super silent. Everything is dry, even Tupperware. Glass is crystal clear.

Yes, I recommend this product

Quality and silent

Submitted by Maria Lahullier - 7/28/2017

I bought it 3 weeks ago and I'm feeling very happy. Clean and silent. Very Good

Yes, I recommend this product

It just works and that's what I need.

Submitted by Duckman - 7/19/2017

Mostly buy Whirlpool Gold line of appliances. This is my first KitchenAid. Matches very well in our kitchen. Quieter than the last also. That's a big bonus. All the basic features (which is what we mostly use) work very well. My only minus is the silverware tray is in the bottom rack rather than on the door like our last one. It does take up some space we could use for dishes. Very minor nit.

Yes, I recommend this product

So So

Submitted by Kfunky - 7/17/2017

I bought this a couple of weeks ago and am not happy with the top rack loading. It is not easy to load glasses. They are not sturdy and tend to wobble and I am afraid they will break during washing.

No, I do not recommend this product

Nice features

Submitted by MEL - 7/17/2017

Lovely, very quite

Yes, I recommend this product

Good, quiet washing

Submitted by Henry - 6/25/2017

It is incredibly quiet, but takes a much longer time than the one replaced, also a Kitchen Aid. That's a fair trade-off, and it does a good washing job. It should have a rinse only cycle like the last one for rinsing now, washing maybe tomorrow.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Theresa - 6/15/2017

Quiet wash cycle and spotless dishes. Previous dishwasher was not a KitchenAid and lasted less than 2 years. The repairman said get a KitchenAid and so glad we did!

Yes, I recommend this product

Love my new dishwasher!

Submitted by Valeria - 6/9/2017

I am extremely satisfied with my choice of a KitchenAid dishwasher. I always do a lot of homework before making a major purchase. I read consumer report talk to friends and read reviews online I was also very comfortable with the KitchenAid name because I am very pleased with the mixer that I have owned for more than 10 years. This dishwasher looks beautiful in my kitchen, it fits with my other high-end appliances, and does an amazing job on my dishes.

Yes, I recommend this product

Really quiet

Submitted by Snooky - 6/9/2017

I bought this two weeks ago and really love it.

Yes, I recommend this product

Continued issues

Submitted by Bill the Chief - 5/26/2017

we bought this for use in a fire station, and the first one didn't drain or pump or work correctly. Looked up reviews and found a lot of people having the same issues. Had it replaced, and same problems (note: water pressure good, water heated, etc.). would not clean or drain properly. On our third one, hoping for the best.

No, I do not recommend this product

Very quiet

Submitted by Avalanche - 5/19/2017

Was every placement to a previous KitchenAid. It is even quieter and has a dry cycle that does not melt plastics. Also has one-touch control which is an improvement over previous models.

Yes, I recommend this product

Bad Kitchen Aid Product

Submitted by Clay H - 5/14/2017

M# KUDS301XWH1 - I'm very disappointed with the quality of this kitchen aid dishwasher. I have had two majior failures, the first being a failed pump and the second being a total electrical failure in the unit. There is power to the washer, but no function of the washer what so ever. Way to many problems with kitchen aid in this short time period. Back to washing by hand.

No, I do not recommend this product

Not a fan

Submitted by Clownfish - 5/4/2017

Runs twice as long as my old dishwasher. The plastic comments all break. The soap compartment stopped opening and dishes don't washed.

No, I do not recommend this product

Great Appliance!

Submitted by Ruth - 5/2/2017

I wanted top of the line! It is quiet, sturdy and fits everything for a family of 3! Great buy!

Yes, I recommend this product

Quite machine

Submitted by Happy wife - 5/2/2017

Ok did a lot of research on this and got what I wanted and couldn't be happier. Works great.

Yes, I recommend this product

Problem with upper rack- broken 2 times in 4 years

Submitted by Nancy AZ - 4/22/2017

The dishwasher performance is fine. My issue is there is a part in the upper rack that has broken 2 times in less than 4 years. The first time it was within a year so Kitchen Aid sent a repair person. It now broke the week before Easter. Kitchenaid CS stated they would mail me a part overnight and 2 weeks later I still wait and can not use the upper rack of my appliance. It is not even 4 years old!!! I am beyond disgusted and will never purchase another Kitchen Aid dishwasher again. My Lesser expensive prior machine lasted 14 years with zero issues. This item does not live up to quality I have always known to be for Kitchenaid

No, I do not recommend this product

Very quiet

Submitted by JW - 4/22/2017

Works great

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Features

Submitted by Dan - 4/6/2017

So far I am very happy with my new dishwasher. Wash cycles are on the log side which is not an issue since I typically run overnight.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Midwest Kid - 3/22/2017

We have had this unit for only a couple of weeks. The fist thing we noticed was the substantial construction of this unit. The quality of the materials is a major improvement over our past washer. The few washing experiences we have had this far are very positive . Happy thus far, hoping it has a long life!

Yes, I recommend this product

Super quiet

Submitted by Henry - 3/17/2017

So quiet I can hardly hear it running. Excellent cleaning.

Yes, I recommend this product

So quiet I don't know it is on!

Submitted by Evelyn - 3/14/2017

I have had this dishwasher for a month and it amazes me as to how quiet it is. I have to really listen to know it is running. I have only tried the normal cycle to date so I have not yet had to test its full capacity. The dishwasher has all of the cycles I need.

Yes, I recommend this product

Kitchen Aid diswasher

Submitted by Hockeyguy - 3/9/2017

The dishwasher is fine, but there was a promotion for a $100 installation rebate. We filled out the form completely, inside the promotion time frame, and it was denied. We have appealed already, only to be ignored. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth with Kitchen Aid

No, I do not recommend this product

This replaced a 1 year old Kitchen Aid (KUDE70FXSS)

Submitted by Geronimo - 3/8/2017

SO after 3 major repairs to replace everything (literally) except the shell of the model that preceded this, Kitchen Aid finally agreed to replace that lemon with this about 14 months after I bought the other one. Unfortunately the other one had a slow leak that caused moderate damage to my brand new hardwood floors, cabinets, drywall, and basement ceiling. In addition, while they replaced the unit with this model that seems far better, I had to pay for installation of this unit. I can say with certainty that this model is far better than the previous one, but you really must do four things to get decent results: 1. rinse dishes in sink before loading; 2. use rinse aid; 3. run your tap water on hot for a minute before starting so that it pulls very hot water into the machine at the start of the cycle; 4. use Pro Scrub and Pro Dry. I like the company a lot but am not at all convinced that their manufacturing, even after returning to the US, is what it used to be. I have every reason to believe it is far better than Samsung or LG but not the KitchenAid your parents bought.

Yes, I recommend this product

Love it!

Submitted by Bev - 3/8/2017

My glasses sparkle when they come out of the dishwasher. I also love how quiet it is.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Noise hater - 3/2/2017

Very quite

Yes, I recommend this product

Top rack lowers. Silverware is separated by each.

Submitted by Sherry - 3/2/2017

I have had my dishwasher about 3 months and am very pleased. It washes very well even on quicker cycles. And it dries very well unlike some other higher brands. Also I heard some of the newer machines had funny smells. Mine does not. Love it. Would definetly recommend it. .

Yes, I recommend this product

Love the dishwasher!!

Submitted by Teri - 2/23/2017

This dishwasher is so quiet, I never know it is running when I am in the same room. It has lots of room for dishes and large pans. Everything seems to come out very clean.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great dishwasher

Submitted by Yort - 2/21/2017

We bought this a month-and-a-half ago and have been very pleased. Would definitely recommended

Yes, I recommend this product

Quit and cleans great!

Submitted by Marysville dad - 2/18/2017

Bought a couple of weeks ago and it has worked awesome, cleans dishes that would come out of my old dish washer dirty. Great features and soooo quite.

Yes, I recommend this product

Very quiet. Great Machine!!

Submitted by Kevin - 2/14/2017

Bought this at a great price. Very easy install. Quiet as heck. Gets dishes very clean.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by commador - 2/11/2017

a great dishwasher. cleans the dishes! very quiet! and is a attractive appliance.

Yes, I recommend this product

Perfect dishwasher

Submitted by Riffhd - 2/11/2017

Very happy with preformance so far...

Yes, I recommend this product

Best dishwasher I have ever owned

Submitted by Groffy - 2/6/2017

I am so impressed with the cleaning of the dishes how easy it is to load and the great capacity. Easily the quietest best dishwasher I have ever owned

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Dishwasher

Submitted by Mike - 2/2/2017

Very pleased with this dishwasher. So quiet that you do not know it is running! Dish racks easily handle any type of load. Best dishwasher we have ever owned.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by hatethisdw - 1/31/2017

There are only 2 cycles on this dishwasher worth using, quick or heavy duty. Those cycles work OK. A dishwasher priced over $1000 should do better than just OK. The other cycles wash dishes over and over in dirty water which is gross and ineffective. No water is saved if you have to run the dishwasher a 2nd time. Beware of electrical gremlins with this model. Have had the dishwasher for less than 1 month and already have had to reset the computer 3 times when the dishwasher just turns on a clicks. Resets after power is removed for 30 minutes and then works until the next time. Kitchenaid service is unhelpful. This model is overpriced and unreliable. Look elsewhere.

No, I do not recommend this product

best dishwasher i've owned

Submitted by jimbo - 1/31/2017

best I've had and this is the 4th one in this house

Yes, I recommend this product

sleek design, lots of features

Submitted by Domestic Diva - 1/31/2017

Much more quiet than my last washer. Very attractive. I like the idea of reusing water from the prior final rinse to save energy and resources, but I wonder if that could make the washer smell mildewy eventually. I've only owned the machine a couple of weeks, so it's too soon to know. Takes much longer to complete a wash cycle than my old machine, but that is part of the energy savings process. However, there is a fast/1 hr wash setting if needed. Prior reviews complained about the top rack falling out. So far I have not had that problem, but I haven't attempted to adjust the rack height.

Yes, I recommend this product

Love it!

Submitted by Susan in Big D - 1/29/2017

So spacious and quiet!

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by April - 1/26/2017

It does an amazing job

Yes, I recommend this product

So far really good

Submitted by Mike the train man - 1/25/2017

This is my second KitchenAid Dishwasher. This one is so quiet and seems like it has so much room. Does a great job of cleaning my dishes.

Yes, I recommend this product

elegant design, quiet performance

Submitted by Savvy Shopper - 1/24/2017

So far so good. I had read some reviews about the top drawer collapsing, so I am wary about that, but in the week that I've had this model it is performing just fine! The cycles are a little lengthy, compared to my prior washer, but I believe that is standard for the newer, more energy efficient models. Part of this model's efficiency comes from re-using the rinse cycle water from the prior cycle as the source of water for the first cycle of the subsequent load. I am hoping that feature doesn't cause the unit to smell mildewy after time. As stated, so far none of these concerns have come to pass in this first week...just something for the perspective buyer to consider. Lastly, having the buttons on the top edge of the door makes it easy to accidentally press something when you are simply opening the door to load dirty dishes, but it is simple to press stop/cancel when this happens.

Yes, I recommend this product

Very pleased

Submitted by Susan in big D - 1/22/2017

This dishwasher is so roomy and quiet. Love it!

Yes, I recommend this product

Cycle panel is helpful

Submitted by Annie - 1/20/2017

My last dishwasher was a Kitchen Aid and I considered it quiet. This one is more so!

Yes, I recommend this product

Quiet & Clean.. yeah!

Submitted by Colorado Jeff - 1/19/2017

Great machine! It's super quiet and the glassware comes out spotless. I'm a fan!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Machine

Submitted by Denise - 1/16/2017

Excellent dishwasher! Very quiet and cleans fantastically!

Yes, I recommend this product

Quiet, very Quiet. Our dishes and Glassware is Clean Again

Submitted by Roberto - 1/16/2017

The old fellow couldn't get the job done anymore and we were tired of dirty dishes and glassware after running the cycle. NO MORE. The KA works great, is up to date and fits in perfectly with our stainless stove and refrig. I installed it myself with no problems (I have the tools and experience: disclaimer) and we enjoy it. Add in the several features like a spray for pots and pans and it has all we were looking for.

Yes, I recommend this product