Product Type: Beko Hotpoint Dishwasher
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"Dish Washn't " What I Planned!
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: Salt dispenser fiddly
I never really had myself down as a "dishwasher person". My usual system of getting my husband to do the job was completely satisfactory to me. I never really saw the need to buy a dishwasher, concluding that they took up too much kitchen space, cost a lot to run and took ages to do a job that would normally take a couple of minutes.
Despite this, I always noticed that people who own dishwashers claim that they can't live without them, I suppose a bit like life before other appliances that we now all take for granted such as washing machines. It's funny how a machine or appliance evolves from being a luxury item, to something that everyone owns (take computers for example!).
*How I Ended Up With a Dishwasher*
So, with a dishwasher so low on my list of priorities, how did I end up with one? Well, I moved house recently and the seller was unable to take the dishwasher with him to his new flat, so I ended up with it! For the first few days, I didn't actually bother with it, and then, faced with a mountain of washing up one evening, I finally decided to take the plunge and give it a go....
*The Beko DWD5410*
This model comes in two colours, either white or silver, as noted by either a W or S at the end of the model number. Apart from the colour, the two machines are identical.
The machine is a Beko, which I had mixed feelings about. I reviewed my Beko fridge freezer not long ago and it wasn't a glowing review. It didn't last long at all. In contrast, I also have a Beko washing machine, which is fantastic, so I was hoping the dishwasher would be more like the latter than the former.
The control panel on the front of the dishwasher is very simple. It consists of a dial and two buttons. That is all. The dial sets the wash programme, the large button is the power button and the smaller button starts or stops the wash programme.
*Working the machine*
As I am a complete novice when it comes to dishwashers, I downloaded the user manual for the model, which was available via the Beko website. The manual explained that as well as detergent, I would need to purchase rinse aid and dishwasher salt. The machine has two LEDs on the front which indicate that the level of rinse aid or salt is too low and the machine will not work until these are topped up. Many dishwasher tablets today contain rinse aid, so Beko recommends that only basic detergent is used in this machine, rather than tablets containing salt and rinse aid.
The door of the machine opens downwards and the receptacles for the detergent and rinse aid are inside the door. I had to flip up a panel and pour in the rinse aid, which is only a couple of quid from the supermarket. Once the rinse aid receptacle is full, the clear indicator turns dark. The rinse aid only needs to be topped up every 40-60 washes and you can vary how much is dispensed by using the dial. In hard water areas, you need to turn the setting on the dial higher.
Next to the rinse aid receptacle is the detergent compartment. I just pop a dishwasher tablet in and flip the door shut. Easy! Dishwasher tablet vary wildly in price. The basic ones cost about £2 for 40, the eco ones are about £4 for 20 and the top of the range ones cost about £10 for 30, so dishwashing can be an expensive business.
The last item I needed to remember was salt. Salt is needed to soften the water. The receptacle for the salt is a bit trickier to locate. It is actually inside the dishwasher itself, on the bottom. I had to reach in and unscrew it and pour the salt in using a funnel. It is important to buy proper dishwasher salt and not table salt. The machine takes about 2kg of salt, but this lasts a long time. I found this job fiddly and messy and the salt was going everywhere. There should be an easier way.
There are 5 wash programs in all.
1. Pre wash with no heat.
2. Rapid 35 degrees
3. Economy 50 degrees
4. Normal 60 degrees
5. Intensive 70 degrees
I have not found any need to use any program other than number 3, which has been adequate for my needs.
*Loading the Machine*
The machine has capacity for 12 place settings, which is more than enough for most families. I tend to load it up throughout the day, starting at breakfast and then run it after tea in the evening.
The top of the dishwasher is for cups and large items. I can load 6 cups down each side, but I can also put cups next to them, meaning I could get 24 cups on the top tray (If I had 24 cups!). I Use the large item section for things like pans or trays.
The bottom section has segments for plates at the front and bowls at the back. You just stand the plates up in a row. This section also has a removable basket for cutlery, which I find very useful.
There are certain rules for loading the dishwasher. You must not obstruct the spinning washer blades and all cups must be placed in the dishwasher upside down, or they will fill up with water. I know this sounds obvious, but I actually made a mistake with this!
Then you just flip the door shut, press the start button and that is it. The machine rumbles around for an hour or so and then the contents are nice and shiny. I actually read that using a dishwasher can work out cheaper and uses less water than washing up items by hand, but I suppose this would depend on the circumstances of the household. This particular model is AAA rated, so I don't worry too much about it using up too much energy.
Other than keeping the salt and rinse aid topped up, the only other maintenance is to check the 3 internal filters every few months or so and to wipe the machine down with a damp cloth. When it is not being used, it is a good idea to prop the door slightly ajar with a tea towel to prevent odours.
*Am I converted?*
Well, reluctantly yes! I am using the dishwasher every day and I love it! I find it saves me a lot of time, and as I suffer from eczema on my hands, it is a lot kinder to my skin than using rubber gloves.
The machine is pretty reliable, although I do find that occasionally it can be a little glitch or quirky. For example, sometimes it seems to take hours to wash the dishes and at other times it seems to be over in less than an hour. The end result is the same, so I am not overly concerned.
Another slight gripe is that occasionally, there appear to be grainy, sandy deposits on some of the cups. This only happens very occasionally and if I put them through again, they come out sparkling clean. I'm not sure of the reason for these deposits though.
In conclusion, I really like my Beko dishwasher. It is easy and simple to use and saves me quite a lot of time in the kitchen, although, to be perfectly honest, I still view it more of a luxury item than an essential.
I paid £100 for this second had, but I believe a brand new dishwasher costs about £400, which I consider quite expensive
Summary: I could get used to this....
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