Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dishwashers: Compare


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Pros
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; optional heated dry is convenient when drying plastic items; American made
ENERGY STAR® certified; excellent cleaning/drying performance; relatively quiet; sleek, attractive design; custom panel option; extremely flexible rack design that can fit up to 16 place settings; automatic water-softening system; well-respected brand; very flexible "delayed start" options
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; exceptionally quiet operation; good cleaning performance; adjustable dishrack system; attractive, modern design; concealed control panel with child lock
Cons
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
Expensive; filter requires regular manual cleaning; very short limited warranty (1-year)
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)
14
16
14
Price (MSRP)
$535 - $739
$1699 - $1899
$575 - $750
Warranty
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 (+ 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
1-year limited warranty
Overall Width x Depth x Height (Range)
23.88" x 24.5" x 33.88" - 34.5"
23.56" x 22.44" x 33.73" - 36.35"
24" x 25" x 34" - 35"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
49.5"
44.44"
49.25"
Weight (est.)
92 lbs
120 lbs
78 lbs
Cleaning Technology
It features a 5-level direct wash system, 2 spray arms and a self-cleaning filter with 4 stainless steel blades.
It is designed with 3 spray arms and a triple filtration system.
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 - "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 5 wash cycles - "Pots & Pans", "Normal", "China & Crystal", "SaniWash" and "Rinse & Hold". It also has 2 options - "Turbo Mode" (reduces the cycle time by 30%) and "Intensive Mode" (heavy wash on lower rack, gentle wash on upper rack).
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 it is optional.
It features Miele's SensorDry technology, which automatically adjusts drying time based on internal humidity and temperature conditions. It also has a CleanAir™ Drying System, which prevents outside air from contaminating dishes. Lastly, it is designed with AutoOpen™ that automatically opens the door at the end of the cycle.
"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 Maytag estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 90 to 250 minutes
Miele does not provide approximate cycle times for different wash programs, but Consumer Reports indicated a "Normal" cycle on the previous model would run for about 150 minutes.
Cycle times vary, but Frigidaire estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 105 - 130 minutes.
Delayed Start
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle by 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Yes, you are able to select a specific time that you would like the cycle to begin up to 24 hours in advance.
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle between 1 hour and 24 hours.
Rack System
It has 2 Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket in the lower rack.
It has a 3-tier dishrack system with Miele's FlexiCare Premium basket configuration and 3D Cutlery Tray (on top).
The SpaceWise® Organization system features 2 dishracks made with Nylon TufRacks™ for enhanced durability.
Control Panel
Exposed
Concealed
Concealed
Power
It uses 294 kWh/year. Maytag estimates it could cost about $31 a year to run.
It uses 285 kWh/year. Miele estimates that it will cost about $30 a year to run.
It uses 280 kWh/year. Frigidaire estimates that it will cost about $30 a year to run.
Noise
53 dB
Miele does not provide decibel levels for any of their dishwashers, but some sources say Q3 rating = 44 to 46 dB.
51.0 dB
Exterior/Finishes
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Custom Panel (G 5675 SCVi)
Clean Touch Steel™ (G 5675 SC SF)
Stainless Steel
 
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