PERFORMANCE - 82%
FEATURES - 64%
NOISE OUTPUT - 72%
DESIGN - 67%
PRICE - 86%
We like this dishwasher because it is very simple, yet it can handle most of a person's dish-washing needs.
No matter how sophisticated they are, dishwashers are never fully perfect. When you wash the dishes by hand, you can see exactly how dirty the dishes are and you know how hard you must wash them in order to clean them perfectly. This seems to be something that no dishwasher can do. Or is it? The Whirlpool WDF320PADW with AccuSense Soil Sensor claims to do just that: it checks how dirty the dishes are and adapts the washing program accordingly. Some people might say that this will only drive the dishwasher to consume more water and energy in order to wash the dishes properly, but on the plus side, the dishwasher will also know when your dishes are only slightly dirty and don’t need to be washed too much. Moreover, aside from the miracle AccuSense Soil Sensor, this dishwasher comes with numerous other features meant to ease your life.
This dishwasher has a 13 place settings capacity. It features a plastic tub divided with the help of two vinyl racks and a full-length non-splittable silverware basket. The upper rack features a 1-5″ cup shelf. While running, the dishwasher is reasonably quiet, having a maximum decibel level of 55. In order to protect its interior components, the dishwasher also comes with a removable water filtration system. The unit features 3 main cycles (1-hour wash, normal wash, and heavy wash) and several options such as 4-hour delay, heated dry, high-temperature wash and control wash. We like the fact that the dishwasher has minimalist designs, although we would have preferred hidden controls. The dishwasher is available in 5 finish choices: black, black & stainless, biscuit, universal silver, and white. It has an estimated yearly cost of $31, when used with an electric water heater, or $22 if it is used with a gas heater.
The AccuSense Soil Sensor is by far the most impressive feature. The sensor determines how soiled the dishes are and it makes the necessary adjustments in order for all the dishes to come out spotless. This feature only applies to the Normal Cycle. The 1- Hour Wash option is another interesting feature, especially for people who are always in a hurry, as this feature gets the job done in half the time of a normal cycle. Since most people like their routines, we find it pretty helpful that this unit remembers the last cycle that you select and automatically chooses it the next time you want to wash the dishes. The high-temperature option, the heated dry option, and the heavy wash cycle are also useful features meant to ease your dish-washing chores.
The Whirlpool WDF320PADW with AccuSense Soil Sensor is reasonably compact, considering it 13 place settings capacity. It is 34 1/2 in. high, 24 1/2 in. deep and 23 7/8 in. wide. With the door open at 90 degrees, the unit is 49 1/2 in. deep.
One of the main reasons why people choose Whirlpool dishwashers is due to the fact that they trust the brand. According to a leading consumer magazine, no other brand has had fewer repairs in 18 years. The fact that it is designed and assembled in the USA is another plus. This is a quality guarantee but it also means that in case you do experience problems with the dishwasher, you will encounter no problems in finding replacement parts without spending too much money. Costing only $429.00, this dishwasher will get the job done, although we personally prefer a few more convenience features.
- Only 2 racks, none of them adjustable, nonsplitable basket
- Only 3 wash circles
- No delicate glassware or china cycle
- No sanitary option
- Big capacity
- Energy Star Qualification
- Low price