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A Review of Jenn-Air vs KitchenAid Dishwashers

October 5th, 2011 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

We have posted KitchenAid vs Bosch in terms of our best selling brands, but KitchenAid vs Jenn-Air is more interesting.

Jenn-Air and KitchenAid have similar stories.  KitchenAid was purchased by Whirlpool in the 1980s by Hobart.  Hobart was primarily a commercial dishwasher manufacturing company, but had recently purchased Chambers company for cooking.  The original KitchenAid dishwasher tub was porcelain before Whirlpool invested in stainless

JennAir was originally an independent company manufacturing mostly downdrafts.  They were also purchased by Maytag who relabelled the porcelain Maytag dishwashers with the Jenn-Air logo.  When the moribund Maytag company was sold to Whirlpool in 2003, Whirlpool changed the dishwasher to all stainless

As it turns out, they share more in common than a tub

Let's look:

jennair dishwasher JDB3200AWS


kitchenaid dishwasher KUDE40FXSS

Jenn-Air JDB3200AWS $599


 KitchenAid KUDE40FXSS $1099


  • Both are integrated
  • Both have stainless inside and outside
  • Both have the same features

Similar features include:  Disposer/shredder ring, sani rinse and adjustable rack as well as cycles


The difference: The KitchenAid has an adjustable top rack and a price premium of $500 (must be a gold covered rack). They are similar, because Jenn-Air and KitchenAid are the same dishwasher.

As I first wrote this in 2011, you want to buy whichever is cheaper or in a package buy the one with the similar handles and better overall rebates

For differences between features, brands and terms of dishwashers, consider downloading our Dishwasher Buyers Guide.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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