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When I bought my new house in 2010 I was insistent on getting all black 'white' goods, for my kitchen. Fridge freezer, washing machine, cooker and dishwasher. As this was my first house, I needed to buy absolutely everything, so my first attraction to this dishwasher was that it was the cheapest black one available. I bought it from appliances online and they fitted it for me. To begin with the dishwasher worked okay but after not long everything that was 'washed' in the dishwasher was coming out with a kind of crust on it, so everything had to be washed twice. And if it came lut the second time still dirty, we hand washed the stuff, therefore making the dishwadher pointless and very expensive on the water and electricity bills. I imagine this happens because it is a bottom of the range dishwasher, my next dishwasher purchase will definitely be nearer the 300 rather than 100 pound mark to ensure we get quality.
After moving into our first property which already had a dishwasher we quickly discovered it needed to be replaced. Having just moved we didnt have the biggest budget so were looking for reliability and a decent price. I read reviews of dishwashers within our budget and decided on this one.
My husband fitted and set it up himself and found it quite simple.
The bottom draw has two full rows of plate racks. There is also a cutlery basket which fits over a row of plate racks and can be moved around to suit you. The cutlery basket has seven spaces, one large and six small.
The upper draw has a permanent rack on one side a moveable rack on the other side which can be used of laid flat. There is a tray on one side as well for large spoons etc.
Underneath the bottom draw is a screw lid for salt. On the side of the door is the space for the tablet to go which goes it a click down lid compartment. This is also the space to put the rinse aid. On the top lip of the door are all the controls for the dishwasher programmes. There are also two lights to indicate low salt/rinse aid.
On the front of the door is the on/off button and the lights to indicate wash, dry and finish.
I find this dishwasher has lots of space and I am constantly amazed at how much I can fit in every wash. The space between the draws is good and i can fit in tall pans easily. On the downside i find I have to re wash my glasses more often than I would like as they have dried with food residue on it, regardless of the fact it is topped up with salt and rinse aid.
Overall good for the price but dont doubt it will be replaced with a more expensive model in the future.e
On first appearances this Beno dishwasher looks more superficial than functional as it black, shiny and quite stylish. Once it has been installed though, you realise that the beauty is not just skin deep.
I managed to install the dishwasher myself which was very easy and then proceeded to switching it on. At roughly 60cm by 60 cm it can fit in quite a large amount of dishes and still gives them a thorough wash. All the functional buttons except the start button is on the upper lip of the door so that when the door is shut you can't see them. It washes dishes extremely well with minimal noise and vibration. It can wash them in a full cycle of 45 minutes which is very handy when you are doing a christmas meal or something where all the pots are required.
Overall then, it has a good size space for putting dishes into without taking up that much room and not compromising on wash quality. It is quiet, has very little vibrations and is easy to self-install. A great looking bit of kit which i would recommend to anyone looking for a dishwasher around the 200 pound mark.
** Background & Purchase **
We recently moved into our own place and had to go out and purchase a dishwasher, as well as other household appliances. We spent a long time looking various models and brands of dishwasher and finally decided upon the Beko 1530. In October 2010 it cost us 260 GBP from Comet, which was the top end of our budget.
** The Install **
We did the install and set up ourselves, and thankfully it was very easy! The only problem we had was that initially we didn't turn the cold water feed on... Anyway this machine only needs a cold water feed, and has the usual waste pipe. The instructions were straight forward enough for a first time house owner to be able to set up and install!
** The Options **
There are three buttons built into the top of the door, a large power button to the right and two smaller buttons, one for changing the programme the other for selecting half load. It has a variety of options that can be chosen but we mostly use ours on the 1 hour quick wash at 60 degrees Celsius. Other options include Pre Wash (No Heat), Rapid (35 deg), Economy (50 deg), Quick & Clean (60 Deg) and Intensive (70 deg). We use the Finish 3in1 tablets (with Lemon) and have found these to be satisfactory.
** Loading **
It is very roomy inside and has good options for loading, with three separate baskets of different spaced racks. There is a good illustrated guide in the manual with more detail on this topic. Even when fully loaded it cleans to a good standard. However on the 'normal' wash it will struggle with caked on food substances and heavily greased pots and pans. To be fair to it though we should have put it on the higher temperature 'Intensive' setting to begin with.
** Daily Usage **
It is quiet in use, not silent however with the kitchen door closed it can barely be heard in our lounge. It's drying capability is good, and it is wise to follow the advice and leave the door open for 10-15 minutes once the dry cycle has finished, to aid the process. As we live in a hard water area we put salt into the machine, we've had it 6 months and only recently put our second (2Kg) bag in, which I think is reasonable.
** Summary **
It is hard to judge the performance of a dishwasher without seeing it yourself, but in summary this one cleans everything we have given it with the exception of the dirtiest and greasiest pots and pans and when I open the door it smells clean and fresh. I would recommend it to others looking for a budget yet reliable dishwasher.
This machine was bought after looking for the cheapest, quietest, full size dishwasher and it has exceeded all expectations. It is actually a very good looking machine and seems to be exceptional value.
I paid £215.99 from Kitchen Science with £8.64 cashback from TopCashBack
Easy to install it slips into a standard 600mm gap under your worktop, the footprint is square at 600mm and the height 850mm. In case we need to pull the machine out we glued a piece of mdf onto the floor so that it will slide out easily without rucking the lino floor.
The inside is all metallic and very sturdy, possibly the two trays and runners are a bit spindly compared to more expensive models. The cutlery container is also a little flimsy but will be fine if treated with care. These containers do take up room compared to the more modern style of having a separate cutlery tray at the top of the machine.
The front is plain, a slight trendy curve and just an on/pause button and three indicator lights to show the current washing and drying phase and when finished.
The main controls are on the top of the door visible when you open it. Here you set the beast to work.
Progressively press the Program Selection Button to scroll through the choice of five programs namely -
A Cold Pre-Wash; A 30min QuickWash at 35deg; A 136min Economy Wash at 50deg; A 58min "Quick & Clean" Wash at 60deg or a 115min Intensive Wash at 70deg
Press the Half-Load button if suitable. Then press the On/Off Button and shut the door and away it goes. The indicator lights on the front will advise progress
As advertised the World's Quickest Wash really does work and results are perfect, all clean and shiny. As with all dishwashers you are advised to swill plates and dishes off under the tap in the sink before loading, as an engineer once advised me, dishwashers are not waste disposal units.
The machine is surprisingly quiet and that is in a fairly large kitchen with lino floor. It is supposed to be 54db which is not the quietest, according to specs on paper, but it is fine.
Inside on top of the door with the program selection button there are two indicator lights for low salt and low rinse-aid. Salt container is filled through the usual style access in the machine floor, a large easily turned lid to the salt container. The rinse aid is through the usual fiddly access point next to the detergent container. They always have the hopeless visual rinse-aid indicator that is supposed to be dark when full, light when needs filling; just rely on the indicator light coming on.
As we have installed a water softener in the house we are using only half measures of detergent and the standard of washing is perfect. We have loaded it with salt but the machine will draw very little as it won't need any extra.
Economy of the machine is comparable with other more expensive machines and it is supposed to be AAA
In reality it depends what economy you are worried about, electricity or water consumption if you are on a meter. A Quick Wash only uses 0.79KWh and 11.8Ltr water which isn't bad whereas an Intensive Wash burns up 1.67KWh and drinks a startling 17.5Ltr of water which is way out of kilter with the other big names in the dishwasher world. I'll stick to my economical quick washes but every month run an intensive one just to clear the tubes and thoroughly freshen it up.
So overall I'm very pleased and I highly recommend it.
My dishwasher broke down recently and I thought I will buy a cheap dishwasher but wanted specifically a black one. Looked around in many shops like comet, Curry's and online and found this one- BEKO DSFN1530B. I bought mine from laskys online shop for nearly £215 delivered - i got it at this price with their price match service.
My first impression when it was delivered was that it looked fantastic- shiny black with minimal buttons at the front. Most of its buttons are concealed on the inner panel so all you see in front is the 'Start' button.
Grading and performance-
It has the full AAA rating- i.e the best in cleaning, energy and drying performance. Although it isn't the best like Bosch's cleaning but still it works well, does the cleaning well and dries the utensils inside. I did notice that it dries the glassware perfectly well but when it comes to the steel or metallic pans, there is still a fair amount of water droplets on it. But i think this is quite common to all/most dishwashers. I haven't used it that much to see the change in my energy bill but since most of the times I use its economy cycle with temp of 50 deg C.
It has various cycles including a re-wash which helps while using the extra dirty/stubborn food stuck to the pans.
1)Pre-wash- No heat- used to loosen residue. After this pre-wash, a cycle needs to be selected. consumes appro 4 litres of water.
2)Rapid cycle-35 deg C- for lightly soiled dishes. This is a 30 minute programme and there is no drying in this cycle. Just wash-cold rinse and hot rinse. this consumes approx 11 litres of water.
3)Economy cycle- 50 deg C-This is the most economic programme for normally soiled dishes. Does prewash- wash- cold rinse- hot rinse and drying. This takes up about 15 litres of water. This takes 136 minutes
4)Quick and clean- 60 deg C-This takes just 58 minutes and still does a good job for normally soiled dishes. There is no pre wash in this and the rest are the same as economy cycle and takes up only 12 litres of water.
5)Intensive cycle- 70 deg C-This is for heavily soiled dishes. Here the pre wash cycle runs hot water and it also dries the dishes. Consumes 17.5 litres.
There is also a half load facility which is quite handy when the dishwasher isn't full.
Operating the dishwasher-
-Push the on/off button and check the programe indicator lights are on.
-Check the salt and rinse aid level indicator lights.
-select the programme required.
-Press start button and check that the function indicator light comes on
-Close the door and the programme starts.
If you want to change the programme while the machine is operating, just press stop button, open door and select the programme. Interesting thing in this is that the new programme starts from the stage the last programme stopped. this is really great as my previous Bosch one would restart the whole cycle again.
The starter pack comes with a water hardness test strip. Once you know your tap's hardness, you can add salts appropriately.
It has 12 place settings.
FYI- One place setting comprises of a soup bowl, dinner plate, side plate, cup, saucer, glass, 5 cutlery pieces and additional serving utensils.
Noise level is 54db. In ours the noise seems a bit more because of the extended water/drain pipes but otherwise it is pretty manageable.
All the other racks and baskets are flexible and can be placed at different positions.
Overall, I think this is really a good dishwasher for that price range and especially if you are looking for black ones. Definitely recommend this.
Short name: Beko DSFN1530