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The dishwasher we own at home is a godsend, especially during the working week and the model we own is a Beko DWD4311S.
We have owned this dishwasher for around 3 years now and it is used around 3-4 times a week. Not once since we have owned the dishwasher, have we had any problems with it. It has never failed to work and it has never got clogged or blocked, or needed anything mechanical doing to it whatsoever.
This is a full sized dishwasher so you would need a decent space in your kitchen to be able to house this dishwasher. If you are limited on space, there are slim-line versions available.
The machine is all silver with a control panel at the top. You really can't go wrong when using this as the controls are really basic and easy to understand. On the left of the machine at the top, you have a dial which has the numbers 1-4 circulated around the dial. Next to this is a description of what each number gives you. You have four choices of four different washes which are pre-wash, rapid, economy and intensive, and they are all different temperatures too. I don't feel the need for a pre-wash and stick to the middle of the road 'economy' wash, unless I have a lot of items in which case I might for an intensive wash, but this is very rare.
On the far right of the machine, you get your on/off power button which is self-explanatory. You get a start button which is located next to the dial which is also your cancel button. To cancel, you hold the button down for 3 seconds. Next to this button, there are four indicator lights next to the words on/off, wash, dry and end. This is a really handy feature as it shows at what point your dishwasher is in the cycle. That is everything on the control panel part and each bit has a description next to it and you really can't go wrong with using it.
Whilst in use, the dishwasher is a bit noisy, though this is only during the wash part, and is completely silent during the drying bit. A general economy run from start to finish takes just over an hour which I believe to be about average, though as this is the only dishwasher I have ever owned, I have nothing to compare it too.
The inside of the dishwasher is very user friendly too. It has two pull out sections for you to place your items into. The top drawer is for cups and glasses, and the larger bottom section is where you place all your crockery such as plates and bowls, as well as any pots, pans and dishes. There is also a little cutlery basket too which is really handy as without this, all your cutlery would fall through the holes. You can customise the drawers to suit your individual needs as many of the holders lift up and down so you can lift them to hold plates, and lower them if you need that particular section for pots and pans which I find really useful. There is a plastic screw off lid at the bottom of the dishwasher which houses the salt. This is again a very simple process and takes no time at all to refill.
I find the space inside rather deceptive as you can fit much more in than you would first imagine. The type and quality of the tablet you purchase certainly has a say in how clean your items are at the end of the wash, but if you purchase a good quality tablet, you are guaranteed to get a good clean with this dishwasher.
As said, we purchased ours around 3 years ago now and at the time of purchase we paid £249 and it has proven to be good value and we have certainly had our money's worth out of it. Electrical appliance companies are forever upgrading to newer models, so if you wanted this exact model now, I think you would struggle to purchase it but a similar full size model from Beko nowadays seems to be around the £220 mark and if they are as good as this one, then I would certainly say they are worth this money.
Over all the years we have owned our dishwasher, I have never experienced any problems with its usage or reliability. It is ridiculously simple to use and has never given us any problems at all. Yes it is a little bit noisy during the main wash, but nothing to write home about and once you have heard it a few times, you just get used to the noise - a bit like you would your washing machine and so if that's the only issue we have had with our dishwasher after all these years, I think we have done pretty well and so it gets a thumbs up from me.
So when we moved to our new house last December, there were conveniently two gaps left under the work benches in the kitchen left from the previous occupants; obviously one for the washing machine, but with one toddler and another on the way, my wife and I quickly decided a dishwasher would be an essential purchase!
This Beko DWD 4311 won't break the bank; we got ours from an online retailer for a more than reasonable £195 with delivery (not installation mind) and I figured after checking a few reviews that you couldn't go too far wrong at that price. This model is free standing, making installation a doddle (although I fell on the side of caution and hired a plumber to fit it you could manage yourself) and in plain, neutral white, this will fit in to a variety of kitchen designs without being too obtrusive.
The dishwasher is elegantly simplistic (which I like); you won't find loads of complicated options for advanced features or programs, this machine is geared for as little fuss as possible. You get four presets covering the various degrees of how severe the clean is to be: 'rapid', 'economy', 'quick and clean' and 'intensive'. In short, these programs relate to the time and temperature the dishwasher cleans at. I find you rarely have to change the presets from the third option, 'quick and clean', which runs at 60 degrees and last about 55 mins. This preset always leaves glasses pristine clean and only really heavily soiled plates may need another quick spin (although this is probably just me being lazy and not rinsing them thoroughly enough before putting them in the machine). If you made a large dinner and have some stubborn pots and pans to wash, just stick it on intensive and forget about it and this gets the job done.
The loading on this machine is really impressive, you can cram absolutely loads in there. It has folding support rods that can allow more space for large bowls if you require it, and on the second tier that are also foldable racks to free up space for more plates and cutlery if you require. In short, we can entertain on an evening and get everything we need in here to not have to worry about coming down to a bomb site the next morning.
The machine is super efficient on the energy fronts, with an AAA rating, so I don't worry about having to give it a spin a couple of times a day if needs be. The only thing to watch out for is that the machine suddenly out of the blue started to leave residue on some of the glasses on the 'quick and clean' wash. After scratching my head for a while as to why this was suddenly occurring, I tried refilling the dishwasher salt compartment (I'd only done this once when we first got the thing) and, hey presto, everything was coming out spotless again. So in short, as long as you look after the dishwasher as the instructions advise, you should be set up with this machine.
So overall, I'm more than happy with this product. I feel dishwashers are something of a one trick pony overall; manufacturers can dress them up with a lot of fancy looking and complicated features, but at the end of the day you simply want one that you can throw all your dirty glasses and cutlery in, switch on, leave and come back to find it all magically spotless again. This Beko machine will do that for you every time and that's why I'm coming on here to give it a hearty two thumbs up from me!
We got this dishwasher at around £230 with a 1 year guarantee, after having to leave our other one at our old house.
It comes with 4 different settings: rapid 35 degree C; Economy 50 degree C; Quick and clean 60 degree C; and Intensive 70 degree C.
Its total size is 85.0(H) x 59.8(w) x 59.8(d)cm, with 2 racks, 1 on the top and 1 on the bottom. On each of the racks you are able to adjust the plate racks if you want to put pans or any bigger objects in.
It comes with a cutlery basket too, with different sized holes for different size cutlery. The problem we found with this is some of our cutlery did not all fit, as the smaller holes seemed to out number the bigger holes, therefore we had to improvise and actually cut some of the smaller holes into bigger ones.
The dishwasher leaves it's contents shiny and clean- we usually use the 4th setting; however, we have noticed that it can sometimes leave certain foods still on; for example if we have not rinsed a spoon with mayonaise on.
A further problem we have found is that when emptying the dishwasher, there can be a build up of water on top of the lids of cups and glasses (obviously you turn them upside down).
Some positives with the dishwasher is that it is actually very quick (especially with the 30 minute quick wash) and it is also very quiet. Furthermore, our old dishwasher used to take quite a while to cool down- sometimes burning our hands when emptying; however this dishwasher does not take long to cool down at all.
I bought this Dishwasher online in a last minute panic as needed had agreed to have 17 guests for Christmas day! I was a bit reluctant as not sure of Beko as a brand, but with a week to go before Christmas, this was all I could get to be delivered in time for day! Have had it now for 4 months, it works brilliantly. I only really ever use the lowest temp cycle, and everything (except maybe stuck-on lasagne or Yorkshire pud tins) come out sparkling. I had one problem with some of the top shelf items not being cleaned properly, I then realised it was because you can lower the top shelf for the big wine glasses etc, it meant the lower arm was being caught on the lower shelf big plates so not turning on the wash! So now I just put my high stuff on the lower shelf! The cutlery holder is versatile, giving you more room on the bottom shelf if you wish. Also, it is so quiet, sometimes I have to go near to it to check it is on! Well recommended. This is the 1st review I have ever written on an item I've bought because I am so impressed with the value of product.
I've had this dishwasher for two months and was a god send after the last one which leaked and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to my kitchen. The stylish sleek design and the anti-flood device was the first thing that appealed to me about this dishwasher. I needed something reliable as i did not want a repeat performance of the last one. I found that after shopping around a bit, this dishwasher was reasonably priced at £229 from currys. Not bad for the amount of work it does. The machine seems very powerful and gets the dishes clean without having to initially rinse them before putting them in. It has 5 different programmes. One of which is a rapid wash cycle which really is very quick. Even on this setting the pots still come out sparkling. To be honest, i only ever use the first two cycles: quick wash and economy and they always do the job fantastically. It is very easy to use and you literally just turn the knob to the desired cycle and switch it on. The control panel features indicator lights to know what cycle you are on. The baskets are very spacious and the top one is adjustable. I've found this very handy as it enables you to put larger pans or trays in there with ease without having to fight to get the drawers open. It has a cutlery basket which is also sturdy and robust. It has also a very good hot air drying system which means dishes come out ready for the cupboard.
On top of all this the dishwasher has an economy rating of A so doesn't make a huge impact on your electricity bill. Before buying this dishwasher, i'd never heard of this brand but would definately buy it again.
This is also on Ciao under the username of supersweep.
Growing up, I had one very important chore in the house. If I close my eyes I can still hear my mum shouting down the stairs of a morning: "Empty the dishwasher!". So since leaving home many years ago, I have never had a dishwasher and this has never bothered me - I guess in part due to bad memories of having to empty the family one, a chore I truly hated. So I have never felt any need to have one of these pesky machines in my life.
Then I moved into a new house to find there was a) a space for a dishwasher and b) no draining board. So I felt that it was time to let go of the past and finally bite the bullet. So I did a quick search online and chose the Beko DWD4311. It looked simple enough and was around the £200 mark - as I had never bought or owned a dishwasher before I really had no prerequisites other than price, so this was as good an option as any for me.
"You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!" everyone said when I told them we'd finally ordered a dishwasher. "You'll never be without one again," they added. Come on you lazy people, I thought. It's only a dishwasher!!! Washing up isn't that bad!!!
So eventually the dishwasher arrived into a house filled with indifference towards it. But as I unwrapped it, I started to feel a slight warm glow towards it. The thing I liked initially about the dishwasher is its appearance - it's very simple. No complicated display featuring millions of buttons and switches and dials and knobs - just one dial, one large power button and one small start button. So far, so good, I had to admit. I also discovered that the dishwasher had four cycles:
1. Rapid 35 degrees
2. Economy 50 degrees
3. Quick and clean 60 degrees
4. Intensive 70 degrees
These descriptions are all on the front panel of the dishwasher and the dial simply points to each of these four options. Realising now that part of my reluctance to get a dishwasher was the thought of yet another confusing gadget in the house, I found this simplicity very reassuring and I knew I would have no problems operating it. Other than the simple functions at the top, the rest of the dishwasher is plain white and very easy on the eye. The dishwasher also has excellent green credentials - not, I must admit, a huge priority for me but an added and welcome bonus nonetheless.
After installation, the first cycle required an extra litre of water which was very easy to add to the machine. I also popped a dishwasher tablet (ooh! something new to review on dooyoo!) into the little compartment inside the door, snapped it shut and chose to give cycle 2 a go.
All very simple so far, and I was pleased that the dishwasher is really quiet other than the occasional gurgle. Actually you would hardly know it's running which is great.
And the results? Ah - so now all is clear - literally. This is why people have dishwashers! Things are actually clean - really clean! No tea stains on mugs and spoons, no water marks on the cutlery, no pasta left on the plates - everything is just squeaky, sparkling clean!
So yes I am a convert ... and after a mere month or so with my lovely Beko I have definitely seen the light and know that I would hate to be without a dishwasher again. Isn't it great to finish dinner and just bung the plates in the machine!? I have tried all four cycles and they are all equally effective, although I tend now to stick to the economy cycle which seems to do the job perfectly.
Although I have nothing to compare it to, I am extremely pleased with my new dishwasher. It is very simple to use - with just four cycles operation is very easy, the machine runs quietly and the results are sparklingly clean. I have washed all sorts of items with all manor of stuck-on food and have had no problems at all. My only slight complaint is that, despite the drying cycle, I do find that some plastic items (such as my little girl's plates and bowls) aren't completely dry. A minor complaint though and easily resolved with a quick flick of the tea cloth.
So overall, I'm converted.
If you are interested in this dishwasher, do make sure you do a search online as prices do vary.
Dimensions: Height 850mm, Width 598mm, Depth 598mm
Technical stuff for those who are interested:
Energy rating: A
Noise level: 49 dB(A)
Consumption per cycle: 1.05 kWh/15 litres
12 place settings
Programme sequence indicator lights
Rapid 30 minute wash
Super fast full load A rated wash programme - Quick & Clean in 58 minutes
4 wash programmes / temperatures
Height adjustable upper basket
Folding plate supports in lower baskets
Removable cutlery basket
Short name: Beko DWD4311