Summary: Although Kitchenaid and Whirlpool share some components there are unique differences that make a Kitchenaid a Kitchenaid. Kitchenaid uses a larger heating element and a different controller, It has a rope and pulley system for the door, it has four stainless steel spray arms. I do not understand why people give so much money for pricey foreign models, many of which do not even have a heating element for drying.
Summary: Love this dishwasher. So quiet, you have to listen to make sure its on. Dishes come out sparkling. Hint: before you turn it on to clean, run the faucet that is attached to the dishwasher til water is hot. This cuts the time dishwasher is running. I love it and I always trust the Kitchenaid name.
Summary: I have been running this machine for several weeks, and have been very impressed. When researching dishwashers, I narrowed my choice down to the KichenAid brand based on quality for the price, and I am glad I made this choice. I almost went for the next model up that was supposedly quieter and had several more cycle options.