Product Type: Beko Hotpoint Dishwasher
Newest Review: ... 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 ti... more
Will this bargain-bin priced dishwasher leave you gleaming?
Member Name: KennyG5000
Advantages: Simple preset system, great results on the wash, cheap
Disadvantages: Not too feature heavy if that is your thing
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!
Summary: I like my appliances to be easy to use and work well; this scores heavily on both those fronts
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