Doesn't Whirlpool own Kitchen Aid? It's similar to Toyota owning a Lexus.
From what I recall when buying Appliances years ago...Whirlpool products went by the following..
Whirlpool, Whirlpool Gold, Kitchen Aid.
I went with Kitchen Aid and my dishwasher broke down after a year. I now have Whirlpool appliances and their quality is much better. No issues at all.
That's why we bought an extended warranty. We got what basically is the same Kitchen Aid model that broke down after 8 years because we really liked it---when it was working.
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