GE PDW9980NSS 24 in. Built-in Dishwasher Reviews
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GE PDW9980NSS 24 in. Built-in Dishwasher

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Does not clean dishes!

Jul 18, 2007 (Updated Jul 18, 2007)
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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Pros:It's quiet.

Cons:Does not clean dishes. Poor rack design.

The Bottom Line: I would not recommend this dishwasher for the simple fact that it does not clean dishes.


My new (i.e., within 3 months) dishwasher does not adequately clean the dishes. On average, it leaves about 20% of the load dirty. It also says that pre-rinsing is not necessary; however, if you do not pre-rinse (and sometimes pre-soak), that 20% increases dramatically. I used to throw everything and anything into my old dishwasher and it would come out clean. Now, I end up washing 1/2 of my dishes because I know they won't come out clean. And many of those that I do put into the dishwasher need to be re-cleaned when I take them out. So, although they advertise as energy-efficient, we waste water pre-rinsing and re-washing our dishes.

The rack is also not designed properly: It takes a lot of finessing to get the plates to sit in properly on the bottom rack. You also have to be careful when loading the utensil rack on the bottom. For safety reasons, I put my knives pointed side down. However, the holes in the utensil rack are on the larger side, so if one of the knives slips through the hole, it can easily stop the arm from spinning; therefore, not cleaning any of the bottom dishes.

Basically, although the outside design of this dishwasher may look nice, the inside is poorly designed. I would not recommend this dishwasher to anyone! It is definitely not worth the price and I am sorely missing my old dishwasher!


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 1200

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