Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dishwashers: Compare

Report Card Grade
Product Grade
Product Grade
Exceptionally quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; well-respected brand
Relatively quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; child lock; well-respected brand
Somewhat expensive; warranty sold separately
Some complaints about dry cycle; complaints about lower rack falling off hinges and being poorly designed; stainless steel finish not smudge-proof
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Capacity (place settings)
Price (MSRP)
$535 - $739
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)
Overall Width x Depth x Height (Range)
24" x 24.9" x 33.5" - 35"
23.75" x 24.63" x 33.5"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
Weight (est.)
88 lbs
90.8 lbs
Cleaning Technology
It features UltraWash® (a triple filtration system), 360° PowerWash™ Plus and TurboZone® (6 pressurized, rotating spray jets).
It has a dual filtration system, 2 spray arms and a 5-level wash 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 5 cycles including "Power Scrub", "Normal", "Delicate", "Quick" and "Upper Only". It also has 3 options including "Sanitary", "Extra Rinse" and "Extra Dry".
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.
It only features an air dry option.
Cycle Times (est.)
Cycle times vary, but Kenmore estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 150 - 190 minutes.
A normal cycle should run around 141 minutes.
Delayed Start
Yes, between 1 and 12 hours (1-hour intervals).
Yes, you can delay the start of a cycle by up to 19 hours.
Rack System
It features a Smooth Motion Rack™ system with two nylon racks.
It has a 2-tier rack system with nylon coated racks and features LG's EasyRack Plus system.
Control Panel
It uses 260 kWh/year. Kenmore estimates that it will cost about $31 a year to run.
It uses 279 kWh/year and LG estimates that it will cost around $27/year to run.
39 dB
48 dB
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Product Grade
Product Grade