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Post# 975966   12/29/2017 at 09:02 (297 days old) by sngencarelli (Pennsylvania)        

Hi Everyone,

Hope that your holidays are going well!

I have always appreciated vintage KA dishwashers.. My grandparents had a KDS-17 in their home and it was a workhorse. I've owned Bosch, GE Profile, and a Miele dishwasher in my previous homes. In my current home, I have a newer GE dishwasher which I chose because it was most "like" an older dishwasher in that it has a food disposer and not a filter that needs to be constantly cleaned.

I've been toying with the idea of adding a 2nd dishwasher in my kitchen for parties/holidays/etc. My GE does a good job, but as is the case with any modern dishwasher, it's cycle times are usually in the range of at least 1:45-2 hours. I also miss the older rack designs which seemed to allow for easier loading.

All that being said, I've been causally looking online for vintage KA dishwashers. My preference was always for a KA Hobart machine but I've come across a good looking/good condition more recent KA machine. I can't find too much about it other than a manual online which seems to date it to the early 90's. The model number is: KUDA230YWH which I believe was from their "Architect" line. The manual seems to show the standard KA features - adjustable racks, familiar lower wash arm, etc.

So the million dollar question... Do you think this is a good machine as it still retains the Hobart influence or should I be searching for something a bit older?

Thank you!

Post# 975998 , Reply# 1   12/29/2017 at 13:12 (297 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Some here would say that the KD-23 machines offer the best of both worlds:  They still maintain most of Hobart's build quality, but they are the first KA dishwashers to employ the improved Whirlpool "power module" pump system.


The styling of the Architect control panel differs from the other series 23 machines, but mechanically they're the same.  There seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it opinion on the Architect styling, which was intended to have the panel blend in better with cabinet drawers that might be adjacent to it.


As long as it's reasonably priced, like $100 or less, in proper working order, and you like the look of the machine, I'd say go for it.

Post# 976052 , Reply# 2   12/29/2017 at 20:51 (296 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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They are great machines. I've got 2 of the Superba machines in the 23 series--one of the traditional panel style and one Architect (in black). Should you find yourself in dire need of one, my Architect version is sitting unused in my dining room currently...!

Post# 976282 , Reply# 3   12/31/2017 at 09:49 (295 days old) by sngencarelli (Pennsylvania)        

Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll let you know if I pick it up!

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