PERFORMANCE - 79%
FEATURES - 67%
NOISE OUTPUT - 68%
DESIGN - 71%
PRICE - 77%
The low price of the Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18" Built In dishwasher is the first sign of the lack of features and technologies used in designing it. Still, it manages to clean the dishes very well, so it's an option worth analysing.
Not one of the most advanced dishwashers available, the Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18″ built in model still manages to offer great results in washing dishes of all shapes and sizes thanks to the adjustable interior racks and the 6 washing cycles. Although the initial price of $799 is low as it is, you can have this dishwasher for less than that if you pay attention to the online discounts available.
If you like to keep your appliances simple, the Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18″ is exactly what you need. The versatility is brought by the three color choices that allow you to integrate the dishwasher to your kitchen interior. You can choose either a white, a black or a stainless-steel model, each completed by a stylish top-mounted control panel with ready-select controls that enable you to operate the unit with a light touch.
You will never have to worry about the energy and water consumption with this dishwasher that only requires 280 kWh/ year and less that 4 gallons of water per washing cycle. Another advantage is the UltraQuiet 3 sound package that eliminates the noise during operation so you won’t be disturbed by the sound of dish-washing. Still, the 55 decibels sound level is higher that in most of the other models, so it might not be silent enough for some of you.
The interior is made of high-quality stainless-steel that is more durable and germ-proof than other materials, considering that this unit doesn’t sanitize at very high temperatures. The upper rack is 8” tall and the lower is 10” tall in order to accommodate large and oddly-shaped dishes. There is also a silverware basket to hold the cutlery and utensils in place, so you will be satisfied with the interior of this dishwasher.
The number of 6 washing cycles available are suitable for normal, light, and heavy loads of dishes, as well as for delicate Chinaware. Still, the lack of some important cycles such as a pan and pots one, an extra rinse for very dirty dishes or a quick rinse cycle for lightly-dirty dishes takes from the convenience of the dishwasher. A good feature is the possibility of choosing one of the 4 wash levels that ensure a thorough cleaning regardless the level of dirt. The Delay Start feature allows you to set the device to start in 2 or 4 hours so you can arrange your schedule the best way you like while the Heated Dry option makes sure the dishes are completely dry and ready to store away at the end of each washing cycle. There is an air dry option available so you can limit the energy use.
The rinse aid indicator light announces you when you need to fill the rinse aid compartment while the control lock feature makes sure you don’t accidentally operate the dishwasher. You will notice the lack of a cycle status light indicator that will let you know the length of the washing process, as well as an end-of-cycle signal to alert you when the cycle is over and you need to remove the dishes from the dishwasher.
You can easily fit this 34”H x 18”W x 23” of D dishwasher into your kitchen cabinet in order to create a neat design, just make sure you leave room to open the door that adds another 23” to the depth of the unit. The interior is very spacious and allows many adjustments so you can use the dishwasher on any type and size of dishes.
The overall impression of the Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18″ built-in dishwasher is a nice unit that offers satisfying results without being a top-edge presence in your kitchen. The versatile design makes it easy to match to any kitchen interior and the user-friendly interface ensures smooth handling for the best dishwashing results. Still, the short 1-year warranty is far from being attractive and is an aspect that makes this dishwasher’s reliability questionable.
- Easy to load, easy to use
- Energy-efficient operating
- Useful child lock to prevent unwanted use
- Short warranty
- Lacks multiple additional features