Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dishwashers: Compare


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Pros
Exceptionally quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; well-respected brand
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; optional heated dry is convenient when drying plastic items; American made
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; exceptionally quiet operation; good cleaning performance; adjustable dishrack system; attractive, modern design; concealed control panel with child lock
Cons
Somewhat expensive; warranty sold separately
Some issues with control panel breaking after the 1st year; dishrack system doesn't offer much loading flexibility; some complaints about the wash cycles being long; control panel doesn't display time remaining countdown
Many complaints about manufacturing quality, the dishwasher being repair-prone, soap dispenser door not opening properly and the lower rack falling off its tracks easily; manual filter needs regular cleaning; some complaints about the bottom of the silverware basket wearing out; uncovered heating element; a few reports that the dishwasher isn't flush with 24" cabinetry
Type
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Capacity (place settings)
12
14
14
Price (MSRP)
$1,132
$535 - $739
$575 - $750
Warranty
5-Year In-Home Master Protection Agreement ($349.99) or 3-Year In-Home Master Protection Agreement ($219.99)
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper (+ 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
1-year limited warranty
Overall Width x Depth x Height (Range)
24" x 24.9" x 33.5" - 35"
23.88" x 24.5" x 33.88" - 34.5"
24" x 25" x 34" - 35"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
49"
49.5"
49.25"
Weight (est.)
88 lbs
92 lbs
78 lbs
Cleaning Technology
It features UltraWash® (a triple filtration system), 360° PowerWash™ Plus and TurboZone® (6 pressurized, rotating spray jets).
It features a 5-level direct wash system, 2 spray arms and a self-cleaning filter with 4 stainless steel blades.
It has a 5-level direct wash system, 2 stainless steel spray arms and a dual stainless steel filtration system.
Wash Cycles / Options
It has 6 wash cycles - "SmartWash™", "Pots & Pans", "Normal Wash", "China Gentle", "1 Hour Wash" and "Quick Rinse". It also has 5 options - "TurboZone®", "High Temp", "Sani Rinse", "Smart Dry" and "Top Rack Only".
It has 6 wash cycles - "JetClean® Plus Steam", "Auto Clean", "Normal", "Light", "Quick Wash" and "Rinse Only". It also has 3 options - "ToughScrub™", "Hi Temp Wash" and "Steam Sanitize".
It has 6 wash cycles - "PowerPlus®", "Normal", "Light", "Energy Saver", "China Crystal" and "Rinse Only". It also has 2 options - "Sanitize" and "Hi-Temp Wash".
Dry Cycles
"Heated Dry" is the default, but you can also select "Smart Dry", which automatically adjusts the dry cycle based on internal moisture readings.
"Heated Dry" is the default, but it is optional.
"Heated Dry" is the default, but you also have an "Air Dry" option that is more energy efficient and won't damage delicate plastic items.
Cycle Times (est.)
Cycle times vary, but Kenmore estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 150 - 190 minutes.
Cycle times vary, but Maytag estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 90 to 250 minutes
Cycle times vary, but Frigidaire estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 105 - 130 minutes.
Delayed Start
Yes, between 1 and 12 hours (1-hour intervals).
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle by 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle between 1 hour and 24 hours.
Rack System
It features a Smooth Motion Rack™ system with two nylon racks.
It has 2 Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket in the lower rack.
The SpaceWise® Organization system features 2 dishracks made with Nylon TufRacks™ for enhanced durability.
Control Panel
Concealed
Exposed
Concealed
Power
It uses 260 kWh/year. Kenmore estimates that it will cost about $31 a year to run.
It uses 294 kWh/year. Maytag estimates it could cost about $31 a year to run.
It uses 280 kWh/year. Frigidaire estimates that it will cost about $30 a year to run.
Noise
39 dB
53 dB
51.0 dB
Exterior/Finishes
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Stainless Steel
 
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