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I expected great things of the BEKO DWD4310W dishwasher; maybe too much as we already had two other high performing BEKO appliances in our kitchen.
They always say that first impressions count for a lot. While preparing for its arrival, I disturbed a pipe and its elbow joint in a hard-to-get-to corner of the kitchen and flooded it. Hardly the dishwasher's fault, but it didn't start the relationship on a good footing.
Where it did disappoint was finding that the salt and rinse aid indicators spoken of, were not the front panel LEDs of its predecessor a Whirlpool, but so called 'visual indicators' inside the appliance. This may sound a trivial complaint, but a dishwasher's ability to do its job well depends on the user putting the right thing in it at the right time.
According to the manual, 'a float drops and is no longer visible' near the cap of the water softener when it needs replenishing. After nine months of sticking my head in the dishwasher and squinting until my eyes pop, I'm still darned if I can spot this. The filling of the salt container has therefore been guess work and I suspect we haven't been getting it right, as the glasses did start to go cloudy at one stage.
A dishwasher's ability to do its job well also depends on the user cleaning its filters at the right time. I'll hold my hands up here. Sometimes we have used the occasional food deposits left on items as an indicator that this simple task needed doing.
That's the trouble with dishwashers. A user can get away with some inertia with a washing machine, without there being such a noticeable effect on the washing.
In some respects BEKO have got the design right and in others they haven't.
With the top basket set at its highest position, there is plenty of clearance below the top spray arm for larger plates in the bottom basket, something that wasn't the case with our last dishwasher. However larger glasses do tend to fall over in the top basket due to the sharp angle of the tilt, a common problem with all the appliances we have had.
On the front panel, the on/off button doesn't release as it should when turning off, seeming to stick and taking several attempts to respond. However there are useful progress indicators, a green LED signifying that the dishwasher is still operating and a red LED to show that the cycle has ended.
In caring hands, there is no doubt that this dishwasher washes and dries well, deserving its AAA rating. It's just a shame that the manufacturer hasn't built in some user friendly care and maintenance prompts to make this easier to achieve.
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We bought this dishwasher because we were have a new kitchen and wanted an affordable dishwasher that would lookk good
It has been a great buy..it is quiet and has a fast economy wash option that only takes half an hour . There is plenty of room in the bottom drawer for cutlery and plates and extensive stacking racks on the top shelf for small plates. We bought the silver version as we preferred the look of it to the white one and the other appliances in the kitchen were to be silver and it does look smart in the kitchen
There are minimal controls, making it very easy to use, and there is a useful salt container indicator which is easy to see, showing when more salt is needed.
The only disadvantages are that pint glasses don't fit on the top rack easily so i have started putting the on the bottom rack where i feel that they clean much better as they did on the top rack in our previous dishwasher.I often find that as we don't use the dishwasher every day it switches itself of and if you don't notice you press start it doesn't wash , this has often resulted in me coming back later to find the dishwasher as washed , which i find annoying.
Overall though this is good value for money and a very quiet machine that is good, in particular, for open plan living.
even on hot wash needs 2 cycles on 2nd door and leaks
A few months ago I decided to invest in a dishwasher, I could see little downside other than the initial cost, the time and effort saved would be immeasurable. After asking for advice from family and friends I used an online website to purchase this particular model after hearing very good things about it.
The Beko DWD4310 has 4 wash settings, a prewash designed to pre rinse heavily soiled items, a rapid cycle that is designed to wash plates which are lightly soiled, an economy setting which washes at a relatively hot temperature and the intensive wash which is designed for heavily soiled pans and plates. Indeed, these work well, though the rapid wash and economy wash can regularly leave dirty marks on even relatively clean plates. I therefore use the hottest setting at all times as a precaution which I should not really have to do.
There are two sections, a roll out section for plates which has a divided compartment for cutlery and a top section for cups and dishes. However a problem does occur following an economy or intensive wash. When finished I found that plates, cups and glasses were still too hot to handle even an hour after the cycle is fully complete. I have checked this regularly and it happened each time. So whilst the rapid cycle is inadequate the hotter washes which actually wash the dishes make everything too hot to handle for up to an hour afterwards. Having to always use the hot intensive cycle as the colder cycles do not wash adequately mean this dishwasher cannot win any 'green' awards. The dishwasher is not of amazing quality, as the economy washes don't really wash anything at all.
Ease of Use
Despite some issues wrong with this dishwasher, ease of use is not one of them. As will be mentioned later, cleaning and maintenance is very easy and straightforward. Using the dishwasher is just as easy. From a simple glance it is obvious where to stack items in order for them to be washed correctly, but the manual also describes to optimum way to load the dishwasher. Depending on the dishwasher detergent you use the method of using the dishwasher is slightly different but it is just as easy whatever you use. Simply put the dishes and cutlery into the dishwasher, put in your detergent and turn your dishwasher on the cycle of your choice.
The outside of the dishwasher is white hard plastic but is also very resilient to scratches and bumps. The stainless steel interior is very durable and as of yet the interior of mine has not scratched at all. The wire rack inside feels robust but the individual pegs are easily bent and can be difficult to bend back into position. Despite this the dishwasher generally feels durable and safe.
This dishwasher is good in terms of sound given off, the stainless steel interior ensures that it gives off as little noise as possible. Whilst it is not the quietest dishwasher, it will certainly not give off an unreasonable amount of noise. The hotter washes are generally louder and naturally last longer, but all are relatively quiet.
Value for Money
I was surprised at the low price, at just over £200 for a dishwasher that in theory ticks all the boxes. However as it is not the case it cannot represent great value for money. Whilst, when on the hottest setting, it does its job perfectly this brings up the already mentioned problem of scolding hot plates and cups.
The manual is very detailed and thorough. A troubleshooting guide answers most problems and it fully explains the intricacies of each wash cycle. Also explaining which type of detergents are compatible (most with the exception of cheap powder which contains sand) and how to best stack your plates so everything in the dishwasher is washed perfectly. It is not too lengthy or too short, it is concise and very useful.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The manual instructs you that if used regularly, to put the dishwasher on an intense wash whilst empty every month. The filter should also be emptied on a regular basis, this is easy to get to and easy to wash under the tap to get rid of any solid residue trapped in the filter. Cleaning and maintenance of this dishwasher is very quick and simple.
This dishwasher, like almost all others, has a safety catch on whilst on a wash. Even the most intense wash will not dislodge or move plates/knives that might present a possible accident. However the already mentioned intense wash which is usually needed leaves everything inside at a very hot temperature even up to an hour after finishing. This presents a very possible risk on injury as cups for example are too hot to handle and could lead to a possible accident by dropped it or even burning of the hand. Also, any children who are around may get a nasty surprise, whilst still on a cycle but when very hot air is blown tough to dry the dishes, during this time the dishwasher door can be opened, and very hot steam is released, possibly harming you or any possible children.
Being my first experience of owning a dishwasher this is rather disappointing. Having to use the intense wash as the economical washes do not wash pots to a high quality. This leaves the objects inside to be very hot, almost untouchable when finished even if left for an hour after the cycle has finished. As mentioned, when very hot steam is being used to dry the pots the door can still be opened, leading to hot steam pouring out of the front. Aside from these issues the dishwasher is mostly good, being durable and very easy to use and clean. However the safety concerns that this dishwasher brings means that I cannot recommend this to anyone.
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can't fault this dishwasher, ever been caught out with friends coming over and you haven't set the dishwasher off, this has a great 30 minute cycle which gets the pots perfectly clean and dry, for very dirty dishes the intense wash leaves everything spotless, it even organises your cutlery for you as it has a little grid to divide your cutlery up, i am on a tight budget and this dishwasher is one of the cheapest around but is just as good as top of the range models, the only difference is it is a little louder, but it isn't anything that would disturb you, it has a 12 space setting, and aswell as the fast wash there is an economy wash, it is very easy to use, just has a big chunky dial that is also easy to see, turn it to the programme and press the start button,my daughter can work this one !!!
I have had this dishwasher since January and I must say I am very pleased wit.h it especially as it is one of the cheaper dishwashers. I wanted a energy efficiant dishwasher and this doesnt dissapoint it has a pre wash, a 30 minute wash it also has two longer washes for really dirty dishes and pans which run approx 1 1/2 hrs and 2 but for only lightly soiled dishes and cups the 30 minuts cycle is fine I have saved so much money since owning this I used to own bosch and that took over 2hrs to do a wash. I was very easy to install and is very quiet to run this is a great labour saving device and essential in my household esepecially as I am a single parent of 3 children and dont have alot of spare time to be tied to the kitchen sink when I get home from work I would buy this diswasher again and again
hi i purchased this dishwasher 4weeks ago before this one i had A candy for 7yrs.what a surprise this dishwasher,it was very easy to plumb in we done it ourselves.after only quickly reading through the instruction manual i found it very easy to use .it has 4 programmes which is much easier to understand unlike some more expensive ones.
the wash cycles are from a pre wash to an economy.it's a AAA rating so uses a lot less water and electricity.
when loading the dishes into this machine it is very easy.the bottom has the space for larger items ie. pots and pans which can easily hold 2-3 large pans.you can also place the crockery on the top shelf whist the cutlery goes down on the bottom.
i find this dishwasher excellent value for money with a very good performance.it is very quiet and energy efficient and performance is as good as a more expensive dishwasher.it also has a 12 place setting which is great for a larger family
This is the first dishwasher Ive had and Im very impressed, I got it in the silver colour and unlike my American fridge the silver is easy to clean. It has 4 wash cycles but I only use the hottest as it needs to be on the hottest to get mucky stuff clean, and it does take a while, probably 45 minutes, but thats fine as ive a big family and I always fill it before using it. Its AAA which means its the best enenrgy using one, and I believe you actually save water if you use this when its full rather than four or five sinks of washing up. I wouldnt be without mine now, I only wish I'd have got one years ago when the kids were tiny. Ive had it almost a year now and had no problems apart from the wheels keep popping off, which is a bit of a pain. I got the engineer out to get some replacements as some had snapped and he sent a load of spares as it seems its a common problem.
We needed a new dishwasher and it had to be a built in for our new kitchen also it had to be cheap.
We have had a freestanding Bosch which was excellent.
We needed to use the dishwasher straight away before the work top was fitted and before the door was fitted to the dishwasher. This was a problem. The adjustment on the legs underneath makes it unstable and also the legs don't stay at the height you want them..you end up with a wonky dishwasher. Also trying to load pots into the dishwasher whilst holding the door down with your foot is fun. Its spring loaded and without the 'kitchen panel' fixed to it just springs up. Also the dishwasher itself kept toppling over.
Anyway the door and worktop are now in place and we don't have that problem anymore. The Beko cleans very well and drys better than our old bosch. Only sometimes the pots come out smelling of 'wet dog' which a clean of the filters ( easy) and a 'Finish Cleaner' put through it sorts out.
You don't really need to use any of the other settings other than 'Eco' which we find is fine.
It beeps every 30 seconds when finished until you switch it off
What is it with electrical products. Is it just me or is it that when one product breaks down another one or two soon follow suit. As most of you will be aware if you have read my previous reviews, my washing machine was sent to its maker in the summer of 2007, and just after having this installed, my dishwasher decided to join it in sympathy. Basically the hinges had gone on it, and the door would now no longer close. With two small children about, the risk of the door falling on them was not worth taking, and given the likely cost of repair, it was decided it was time to invest in a new machine.
Before moving into our current house five years ago I had always considered a dishwasher to be a bit of a luxury item, and indeed for many months I continued to wash the pots in the sink, and the dishwasher wasn't really used. The only real exception to this was at Christmas, where if you weren't careful you could literally spend all day washing pots. However, since the birth of our second child just over two years ago, any device which saves a little bit of time is a godsend, and now I am in a situation where I simply couldn't live without my dishwasher. That and the fact that there would be a big gap where the previous machine was located anyway.
~~~~ So what criteria did you look for when deciding which machine to purchase ~~~~~
Although our previous machine was an integrated dishwasher, these tend to be more expensive that stand alone versions, and as we already had a stand alone fridge in the kitchen, it wouldn't make the kitchen look ungainly if we purchased a standalone dishwasher. In addition, we didn't want a condensed machine, as we had a space in our kitchen which we wanted to fully utilise, and also one which would easily accommodate the every day cutlery and crockery needs of a family of four. Cost was also clearly a factor, but for those of you who have read my previous reviews, make was not a particularly important concept for me.
~~~ So which machine ticked all the boxes ~~~~~
Having done a price comparison on various internet sites, the machine which kept jumping out was the Beko DWD4310W, which was a standalone dishwasher in white, which was the same colour as our fridge, was marketed as a 12 Place Dishwasher, which more than fitted the bill for our family of four, and was available from the Co-op Electrical shop for £174.99. Whilst this price didn't include installation, I figured that it couldn't be much more difficult that it was to install a washing machine which even a DIY novice like me had managed to undertake. Whilst not directly relevant to this review, the co-op electrical store also dispose of your old disconnected appliance for a fee of £14.99. So having ordered the machine I then sat back and waited for it to arrive, growing increasingly frustrated at having to wash dishes manually for the best part of a week.
~~~~ How easy was the machine to install ~~~~
Now I'm not sure whether this issue is unique to ourselves, but the water outlet pipe was too wide to fit through the hope which had been drilled in the property to enable the pipe to be connected to the waste pipe. This necessitated me having to cut the end of the pipe, to make it a little thinner, but even then it was still too wide to fit through without a lot of messing about with pushing the old pipe through from outside, inserting this inside the new pipe, getting my wife to hold the two pipes together as tight as she could whilst I pulled the pipe from outside. As I say I'm not sure if this problem is unique to us, but I guess not. Connection to the water hose was straightforward, and for information, the machine is fitted with just a cold water inlet which is more energy efficient.
~~~ So after much cursing and swearing, is there anything else we need to know about the installation process ~~~
The product guidelines advise you to select a pre-wash programme before using the machine for the first time to remove any excess water which may still be in the machine following production testing etc.
The product guidelines also advise you to add 1 litre of water to the salt container before the first wash. However, I found that when I came to add the salt, there wasn't an awful lot of room left to add any salt, so I would be tempted to add the water, run the initial pre-wash programme without salt, and then add the salt when you come to use the machine in earnest.
~~~~ So what are the dimensions for this machine? ~~~~
Height = 850 mm
Width = 598 mm
Depth = 598 mm
The beauty of this machine is that the worktop can be removed from the machine if you have a tight space to work with which then makes the height of the machine 820 mm and the depth of the machine 570 mm.
As you would expect, the machine is supplied with adjustable feet to ensure that it can be perfectly levelled.
~~~ You mentioned salt earlier, do I have to use special salt ~~~~
You should only use special pelletized dishwasher salt to soften the hard water. Other types of salt do not dissolve easily and will damage the appliance.
When the dishwasher is run, the water softener will be full of water, so salt should only be added before you start the dishwasher. There is supposedly a visual indicator so that you can see when the salt dispenser is full, but it is not the easiest thing to actually see. Because the float supposedly drops and is no longer visible when the salt container needs to be filled, if you can't see it at the best of times, you run the risk of operating the machine with no salt in it.
~~~~ Although it's advertised as a 12 place dishwasher, how many place settings can you fit ~~~~
Realistically, I think you would struggle to fit 12 place setting into this dishwasher in one go. However, there is easily enough space for breakfast and dinner pots, with a little bit of space left over. One downside with this machine is the time that it takes to complete the cycles so you wouldn't want to be using it more that you really need to.
~~~~ So how long are the cycles then ~~~~
There are four separate washing functions available with this machine which range from a 14 minute prewash, to a 136 minute economy wash. There is a rapid wash programme which is designed for lightly soiled dishes which lasts thirty minutes, but frankly this programme doesn't work if you have the remotest hint of dried on food on your dishes, and then you have to put it through the full 2 hour plus programme in addition. There is also an Intensive programme which washes heavily soiled dishes. Whilst this takes slightly less time than the economy programme it isn't as efficient.
Because we pretty much use the economy programme all the time, we tend to put the machine on last thing at night, so that when we get up in the morning, the pots have been washed, and have also cooled down.
The other point I would add here, is that the machine is a lot louder than the previous machine which I had, which may be something to consider if you can't shut the door where the machine is located.
~~~~ And what about energy consumption ~~~~
1. Pre-wash Programme
Water (Litres) 4.2
Duration 14 Minutes
2. Rapid Programme
Water 11.8 litres
Energy (kWh) 0.77
Duration 30 Minutes
3. Economy Programme
Water 15 litres
Energy (kWh) 1.05
Duration 136 minutes
4. Intensive Programme
Water 17.5 litres
Energy (kWh) 1.65
Duration 115 minutes
~~~~Overall Opinion ~~~~~
Whilst I have niggles with the machine, particularly with the width of the outlet hose, the difficulty in reading the visual indicator to see if more salt is required, and the length of time of the wash cycle (my previous machine completed the cycle in about an hour and was also a lot quieter than this machine), the quality of the cleaning is second to none, which when all is said and done, is the main function of a dishwasher. In this regard, for the money which we paid, I would highly recommend the machine.
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Short name: Beko DWD4310