Fairly good (for this generation of dishwashers)
Short version: This is a decent unit for this generation of dishwashers. You need to be especially careful with the leveling feet during installation (read on to learn from my mistake). The bottom rack is a little funny but once you learn to work with it, it can actually be pretty helpful. Also, understand that modern dishwashers use less water, less energy, and more time. The countdown timer is a great feature to help you plan around long cycles. There is a one hour cycle, but the water temperature does not increase to compensate for that--it's actually lower, according to the manual. Things generally won't get as dry as in older dishwashers. All in all, it's a good value, but you need to be aware of these things. Looking at reviews of higher end models, I found that cycle time and drying performance don't really get better at higher price points, so you have to accept that. That said, we had a long hunt for a new dishwasher, so if you're in our shoes, read on and learn from our experience.
Long version: We had a long hunt for a new dishwasher, so if you're in our shoes, read on and learn from our experience. We were replacing a competitor's machine that had nice features and lasted ten years. While this machine doesn't quite have all the features we were looking for, it's good enough so far and after weeks without a dishwasher, we're going to thank God and be happy with what we have.
I thought a competitor's machine at the same price point was better built; however, it would not power on, so we returned it. Providentially, --one-- of these happened to be available in black about an hour away in a different state. Competitor had only stainless steel and my wife preferred black to match the rest of the appliances (see note).*
A few things to note:
Appearance: Black is good (again, see note). The scoop handle is good if you have small kids who like to climb :)
Features: The *countdown timer* is perhaps the best feature! We loved it on our old model, and it is increasingly rare on new models! A timer is very helpful for planning. It is accurate and tells you exactly how long each cycle is. Very helpful. The AutoSense cycle can shave a few minutes off the projected time, but otherwise it is quite accurate.
The *plastic tub* is good. It seems that all stainless steel tubs have insulation panels made of an emulsion of latex and bitumen bonded to the outside of the tub. We have a known latex allergy in the family, so that broke the deal.
The *cutlery basket* is small, but you can fit many pieces using the covers with holes provided that your utensils fit. Our fork handles are a bit wide, but they can be pushed through. The *third rack* is an option, but so far we have found that we don't need it. It also doesn't look terribly deep.
The *lower rack* has oddly spaced tines on the back row which are good for plates but make bowls and smaller things awkward.
The *sanitize feature* is good to have, but there's a caveat: it applies both steam at the beginning and a sanitizing hot rinse at the end. Before purchasing, I thought that Steam and Sanitize were separate options. Had I known they were combined, I might have made a different decision. I would prefer to save time and energy by just getting the sanitizing rinse at the end. If I want things sanitized, I'm going to put them in pretty clean. A sanitize cycle takes a long time, and I'm not going to risk things coming out dirty. The functions should be separated. I can see situations where you might want steam without sanitizing (soiled cookware, for instance, since it's going to sit for a while and then be heated), and most of the time I want sanitizing without steam on the front end.
Performance: Others have said that it doesn't clean well. I can't speak to this because we scrape and rinse before washing for a few reasons. (1) Any cycle longer than the one-hour cycle (which has a lower wash temperature) takes a long time to run, and I don't have time to take chances. (2) I don't want to have stuff hanging out in the filter between filter cleanings, and I don't want to clean the filter every day. (3) I don't expect water to scrub like a brush; all I expect of a dishwasher is to deliver microscopic cleanliness through detergent and hot water--sanitized if I want it. I'm not shooting dishwasher commercials in my kitchen. That said, things come out pretty dry on the sanitize cycle without adding a dry cycle. On the the AutoSense cycle, the dry cycle adds about 64 minutes, and things come out pretty dry. The DryBoost adds more time.
Quality: *Leveling feet*: One thing you must know before installation is that the wooden frame in the packing crate is attached to the frame of the dishwasher by the *leveling feet.* The instructions say to lay the machine on its back to remove the feet and frame. Be careful, because the leveling feet will be bearing the weight of the machine. You need to transfer the weight to something else so that the leveling feet are relieved. I accidentally re-threaded the rear leveling feet at an angle because the steel frame is so thin. It works and it's level, but the rear feet contact the floor at a slight angle, so it's not ideal. Also, some other things made installation quite difficult. Compared to the competitor's unit that ended up not working, a few steps made installation difficult. The mounting brackets were particularly hard to attach because they need a lot of force to thread them through. You should use a nut driver, but I ended up using a small wrench around a drill's nut driver attachment, and it worked. Some reviewers said that some units came with incorrect door seals installed, causing water to leak. We don't appear to have this problem, although the lower rack rolls in and out over the lower door seal, which may create accelerated wear over time. I've read a lot of dishwasher reviews this summer, and I'm not sure if others said it was loud. Just to be clear, I did not install the toe kick because I want to see leaks immediately. It's very quiet even without the toe kick.
*(If you have kids, you want black. I prefer white because it feels to me like home. I don't know why stainless steel is the current fashion, but it strikes me unfinished, industrial, and cheap--not like home, and not very pleasant. Regardless, both white and stainless steel will show marks and nicks that you need not worry about. Black will hide them. You do not want black stainless steel, which is just an easily scratched black film over stainless.)
Originally posted on www.ge.com
Yes, I recommend this product