Pros: Quiet operation, huge capacity, easy to use, uses much less water than my old one
Cons: Takes a long time to complete cycles
This is an amazing dishwasher! It senses how dirty your dishes are and adjusts the cycle to get the cleanest dishes possible. How it can tell how much soil is in the water escapes me, but it does according to the manual. It will heat water that is not up to proper temperature for cleaning and super heat water for sanitizing if desired. It uses much less water than my old model.
At first I had trouble loading the shelves because I was so used to my old racks where I could put two layers of coffee mugs on the bottom rack. Now I have to put all glasses and mugs on the top rack which works well, too. We were concerned whether our stemmed wine glasses would fit on the top rack so we took our glasses to the store to try them out. They fit. The racks have a hump between the tines which confused us when we first saw them, but they allow the glasses and mugs to be loaded on a slant so that water does not pool on top.
When we first loaded our plates on the bottom rack, the dinner plates shifted when we closed the door. Then we realized that large plates should be loaded to the rear of the rack and then this did not happen. The space between the bottom and top rack is huge so you can load large platters or pots without having to adjust the racks, which you cannot do anyway.
The dishwasher holds 14 place settings! With just two of us left in the house, it means that we only do dishes a couple to three times a week. We do rinse our dishes so that the soil does not dry on before we wash them or cause an odor, but we are not fussy about getting everything off.
The inside is stainless steel. The salesperson said this made the washer even quieter as there is more insulation. It truly is quiet. At first I wondered if it was even turned on. Drips from loading dishes do make the inside of the door look soiled as opposed to my old white interior. But the stainless steel keeps the heat better than vinyl and so I do not use the heat setting during the dry cycle. Dishes are dry but some little bit of water may remain on the bottom of the glasses (which are upside down on the rack) in the depression. The heated dry cycle is said to cost just pennies according to the manual if you prefer to use that.
The controls are easy to use and remembers your last setting if you just push start. If you leave the door unlatched for a long time rather than pushing in the door to latch tight, a light will flash to tell you that the memory is no longer working so you have to set your cycle again. The panel where the controls are gets fingermarked from each time you open the door but is easily wiped clean.
The silverware basket is huge with a hinged lid on part of it for keeping small items inside or sliding knives through the lid to keep them separated and safe. It is located on the side of the bottom rack so to access the whole basket you have to pull out the rack. I did prefer my old basket being in the front of the rack but am getting used to it. It is removeable to empty clean items.
I do like the dishwasher overall and would recommend it.