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LG vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers: Which Is Better?

Steve Sheinkopf  |  July 01, 2022  |  5 Min. Read

Dishwashers  |  KitchenAid  |  LG Electronics

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For years if you wanted a premium dishwasher, you would look for only three brands, KitchenAid, Miele, and Bosch.

Many brands are out of stock, so you must consider other options.

At the same time, your options have improved. GE Profile and Beko have interesting new dishwashers.

However, LG may have improved significantly over the last two years with new features.

But does it compare against KitchenAid, one of the best dishwashers in the industry?

This article will compare both dishwashers’ washing, drying, and racking features along with reliability to determine the difference between the two brands.

Let’s get started.

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LG vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

dishwashers-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverDishwashers at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

LG Company Profile

LG is a giant conglomerate based in Korea.

They have been the best supplier through the pandemic and subsequent years because they produce more of their own significant components than other manufacturers.

They have also been at the forefront of inverter technology to produce a more reliable motor with fewer working parts.

You will find their better dishwashers under the brand names Studio, Signature, and SKS (Signature Kitchen Suite).

KitchenAid Company Profile

Hobart, the commercial dishwasher manufacturer, first manufactured KitchenAid. In the 1990s, Whirlpool bought KitchenAid.

After losing customers to Bosch and Miele, KitchenAid finally developed better dishwashers with compelling features, as you will see.

Let's compare three of LG’s and KitchenAid’s best dishwashers at multiple price points.

LG LDP6810SS ($899) vs. KitchenAid KDFE104HPS ($899) Dishwashers

LG-LDP6810SS--vs-KitchenAid-KDFE104HPS-Dishwashers

Both have plenty of cycles and options. LG has ten cycles while KitchenAid has six with four options.

Reliability

The following service rates are based on a minimum of 90 units sold and a total sample of over 8,000 pieces. 

Dishwasher Reliability December 2020 to October 2021

  Service Rates
LG 1.7%
Thermador 3.6%
Whirlpool 4.1%
JennAir 5.3%
KitchenAid 5.5%
Miele 8.9%
Fisher & Paykel 9.9%
Bosch 10.1%
Beko 10.3%
Café Appliances 10.7%
GE Profile 12.2%
Asko 12.5%
Samsung 18.5%
Grand Total  12.8%

You are looking at two of the most reliable products sold at Yale, not just dishwashers.

LG’s dishwasher were the most reliable products sold at Yale last year with 1.7% service rate in the first year.

KitchenAid also was excellent at 5.5%

LG had the best last year for reliability overall as a brand. Their inverter motor is the cornerstone of all their appliances.

It runs quieter with fewer contact points and working parts, so it has fewer problems.

Read More: Most Reliable Dishwasher Brands

How They Wash

Dishwashers normally wash dishes with some limited exceptions.

Many dishwasher brands like Samsung, Beko, and LG have reengineered dishwashing.

LG has a "QuadWash," and the oblong-shaped arms will wash in a different pattern to cover more of the dishwasher.

KitchenAid has three arms rotating in a circular pattern like most dishwashers.

Author’s Note: Do you need another pattern, or shouldn't the dishwasher focus on the racks where the dirty dishes are?

Steam

LG-TruSteam-Dishwasher-2022LG Dishwasher featuring Steam Cycle

 

Steam is an important feature in the laundry because it loosens the tougher stains for a more thorough cleaning.

LG added four steam generators in the front of the dishwasher and the door to loosen baked-on food, so you don't have to rewash.

Drying

KitchenAid uses condensation drying, JetDry, and time. You also have the heated dry option.

Adding heat doesn't work as well as directing or pulling cooler air out like other brands or even the better KitchenAid dishwashers.

LG has hybrid condensation drying. It's another new industry term. The dishwasher uses the heat from the wash plus Jetdry and time.

However, it adds a fan to circulate the air inside the dishwasher plus steam to eliminate water spots on your glasses.

Silence Ratings

LG is 44 decibels (dB). Forty-four decibels is the minimum threshold for quietness so that you won't hear your dishwasher in an open kitchen.

KitchenAid is 47 dB, so you will hear it if you are watching TV while the dishwasher is running.

KitchenAid does have their 39 dB model with similar features, the KDTE204KPS, at $1,034.

Third Rack

Third racks have become standard for washing silverware allowing for more room in the dishwasher.

Both dishwashers have a third rack.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is basic in a dishwasher.

You turn the dishwasher on or off from an app on your phone and see the time remaining in the cycle.

A notification will be sent to your phone when the cycle is over.

With a super quiet dishwasher, that notification may prevent you from opening the dishwasher while running.

LG's appliances are all enabled with one of the best smart platforms in ThinQ, while KitchenAid currently has no smart capabilities.

Wi-Fi is not a critical feature for a dishwasher, at least not yet.

LG is developing their service component side where the appliance will diagnose itself, cutting down service time.

That would be huge as it would also eliminate ordering the wrong parts.

LG Studio LSDTS9882S ($1,299) vs. KitchenAid KDTM604KS ($1,304) Dishwashers

LG-Studio-LSDTS9882S-vs-KitchenAid-KDTM604KS-Dishwashers-

This comparison is a bit different. The LG Studio has more features, whereas the KitchenAid is a completely different dishwasher.

Cycles

Cycles are the same in the LG. KitchenAid adds their ProDry cycle.

How They Wash

LG still has their new QuadWash system and steam to help lift tougher stains like their previous model.

KitchenAid advertises four levels of wash action. However, one of those levels is just smaller holes off their larger top rack.

Racking

KitchenAid-Dishwasher-New-Third-RackKitchenAid Dishwasher Top Rack

 

LG still has their adjustable top rack and third rack.

KitchenAid, however, reengineered theirs to be much larger, so you can hold more like smaller cups and plates.

Quietness

KitchenAid now meets the minimum standard of 44 decibels, while LG far exceeds it at 40 decibels.

Drying

KitchenAid-dishwasher-controls-with-prodryKitchenAid Dishwasher with ProDry

 

KitchenAid has ProDrying in this series. It's similar to Miele's of pulling outside air into the dishwasher.

The hotter air inside the dishwasher is attracted to the cooler side and is dissipated as water.

LG uses a fan, steam, and adds heat like the last dishwasher.

Wi-Fi

The LG and Studio dishwashers are similar except for the quietness, aesthetics, and monitoring.

For Wi-Fi, the Studio can be voice-activated, whereas the regular LG cannot.

Warranty

Also, Studio has a full 2-year warranty versus one for the LG. KitchenAid features a two-year warranty.

SKS SKSDW2402P vs. KitchenAid KDTE304LPA Panel-Ready Dishwashers

SKS-SKSDW2402P-vs-KitchenAid-KDTE304LPA-Panel-Ready-Dishwashers-

I added panel-ready options in case you wanted to place a custom cabinet front on your dishwasher.

If you do want to place a custom cabinet front on your dishwasher, these dishwashers have been the hardest appliances to find over the last two years.

Presently, Bosch, Miele, and KitchenAid are out of stock.

Your only available options for a panel-ready dishwasher are Beko and SKS.

We will compare SKS and KitchenAid in the hopes they will be available one day. First, you should know how to buy one.

American vs. European Dishwashers

There are pros and cons to buying one or the other in washing, drying, and racking. You should look at both to see what is right for you except when you are placing a panel on the front.

American dishwashers like KitchenAid, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and Electrolux will protrude from the cabinet.

European dishwashers like SKS, Bosch, Miele, and Asko fit within the cabinet, making it seamless and look like another cabinet.

As I say in other articles, one looks like the cabinet, whereas the other looks odd because it protrudes past your other cabinets.

Differences in KitchenAid and SKS Panel-Ready Dishwashers

KitchenAid is like the 200 series model or the model between the two reviewed.

It has basic racks and regular drying, and a 39 dB silence rating.

SKS is like the Studio dishwasher with steam and a 40 decibel silence rating.

SKS also has a better adjustable rack with a three-year full warranty.

LG vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers: Key Takeaways

At the very least, you can add another brand to your list besides KitchenAid, Bosch, and Miele.

LG adds steam and is one of the best dishwashers under $1,000.

Their dishwasher reliability is significantly better than any other dishwasher on the market.

When the most popular $900 Bosch and Miele dishwashers become available, LG will be competitive.

Their Studio dishwasher at $1,299 does not have the racks of the more expensive $1,449 KitchenAid dishwasher.

Over $1,000, LG’s steam and reliability against the better rack design of KitchenAid’s better model.

What do you think is best?

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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