PERFORMANCE - 68%
FEATURES - 60%
NOISE OUTPUT - 60%
DESIGN - 62%
PRICE - 65%
First, you need to realize that the Amana ADB1100AWB dishwasher is a low-cost unit with a limited package of options. Once you get that straight, you could actually find it useful if you want a dishwasher on a budget.
If you have overcome the debate whether or not the dishwasher is a worthy investment, you might be looking for one to fit your kitchen and take care of your dishes without breaking the bank. The Amana ADB1100AWB is what you need if you want a unit that offers the standard washing cycles and doesn’t stand out with extraordinary features that would add to its price. The black version of this dishwasher costs around $399 and there is also a stainless steel version that costs $50 more if you consider that it would be more suitable for your kitchen.
There is nothing spectacular going on about the Amana ADB1100AWB that offers limited dish washing advantages. First of all, the design is very mainstream, the only thing making it stand out is the matte black finish. The black electronic control panel is very easy to operate.
As for installation, connect the dishwasher to a 15A and 120 V power source, preferably one placed near the cabinet. The water pressure should range from 20 to 120 lbs/ sq. in. in order to have the dishwasher running smoothly and you need to use the 90-degree elbow adapter to connect the water faucet and the unit’s water inlet.
In terms of washing options, the offer is limited and sticks to the basic needs of any homeowner. The unit comes with 3 wash cycles that include a Normal one, a Heavy one that uses high-temperature water and an extra rinse to remove heavy grease, and a 1-Hour cycle that cleans a full load faster. Although limited, these washing options manage to cover all your needs and the unit gets the job done impressively well. The unit uses two spinning spray arms that ensure the water gets everywhere inside the tub.
The interior also boasts a simple design and doesn’t offer too much flexibility. There are only two racks made of vinyl and a silverware basket on the lower rack. The best part is that all of them are spacious so you can accommodate around 12 place setting, enough to meet the needs of a mid-sized family. However, none of the racks are adjustable and the silverware basket doesn’t come with slots to keep the cutlery separated.
A disturbing issue related to the interior of this dishwasher is the plastic used for the interior which is not only unattractive but also favors the development of bacteria and is hard to clean. Plus, this makes the dishwasher very noisy, 63dB to be more exact, so it might be a little disturbing to have it running late at night. You can opt for sound insulation that is sold separately and will come in handy in making this dishwasher more silent.
There isn’t much to talk about when referring to the features because it isn’t packed with so many. Aside from the 3 wash cycles, it comes with a heated dry option that uses an internal heater that speeds up the drying process so you can get the dishes out and arrange them in the cabinet. There is no steam option or no sensors to adjust the water and temperature.
Another feature worth mentioning is the Triple Filter Wash System that includes three filters that remove every food particle from the dishes so you won’t have to scrub the food remains off and pre-rinse the dishes. Other than this, the Amana ADB1100AWB doesn’t impress with additional features.
This dishwasher is a regular size unit that won’t turn out to be hard to fit in any kitchen layout. It measures 23 7/8” wide x 25 1/4” deep x 34 ½” high so it is as large as any other dishwasher or washing machine you would choose and it can be installed as an under counter or a built-in unit. The tall tub interior enables for easier loading and unloading of the dishes and allows you to wash more dishes at the same time.
Amana ADB1100AWB is a low-cost dishwasher and isn’t afraid to show it. The low price is visible in every detail from the simple interface to the poorly constructed interior and the few washing options. This is not a dishwasher you would choose for a fancy kitchen or if you want to enjoy the latest technologies, but it also isn’t an expensive model so people with a limited budget will definitely find it useful. The limited 1-year warranty continues the series of arguments that point out the low-cost aspect of this dishwasher, considering that more high-end models come with longer warranty periods.
- Spacious interior
- Low-cost construction details
- Few washing options