Product Type: Beko Hotpoint Dishwasher
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Beko's DWD4310W - A dishwasher worth keeping an eye on
Member Name: Pontyender
Date: 07/02/11, updated on 09/02/11 (789 review reads)
Advantages: Washes & dries well with care; Adjustable baskets for large plates
Disadvantages: No Salt/Rinse Aid LED
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.
* I have also written this review on Ciao
Summary: Will perform highly for you with a lot of TLC, but don't expect any prompting
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