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I have recently replaced my Belling IDW604 dishwasher after it broke down for the third time in 18 months. My feelings on this dishwasher are mixed, for reasons that I will explain. I know when I bought it 2 years ago it cost be £359.00, but it is currently available from Currys (www.currys.co.uk) for £299.99. Although this seems like a decent price for a dishwasher, because of the fact that it has broken down on three occasions, I can't really recommend it despite the reasonable price.
In terms of its size, the dishwasher is acceptable and it is a suitable size for my family of six people - although I would need to put on several washes a day. The organisation of the dishwasher is fairly standard with two shelves that slide in and out with slots for dishes and bowls incorporated in both the top and bottom shelf, and a cutlery box on the bottom shelf. On the top shelf there is also room for cups and glasses. I can fit in everything that I would want to fit in. Parts of the rack can be adjusted depending on your need, but these adjustments are not really necessary or helpful in my opinion.
As with most dishwashers, there are various wash cycles to choose from, namely normal wash, rinse and hold, intensive wash, economy wash, glass / delicatates. I would generally stick with the normal wash because this tended to suit my needs fine. I would occasionally use the intensive wash but, to be honest, didn't really see any difference between the results of the intensive and normal wash cycles. There was also the option of a half load option but again I never really had the need to use this but it was still good to have it as an option.
My concerns with this model are not to do with how well the dishwasher washes. It actually seems to wash dishes well and while there may occasionally be items that are not washed completely on the first cycle, this tends to be items such as baking dishes which are very caked. However, I do have issues with the fact that on three separate occasions the dishwasher would just stop working mid-cycle and then stop working completely.
Overall, while this dishwasher works well when it is working, it is not reliable and so for this reason I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Absolutely useless. We purchased just over 12 months ago and the engineer has been out 5 times, all different faults. I was offered an extended warranty but I refused, I cannot take more time off work for this piece of c@ap
Paid 500+ euros - it does not wash properly or consistenly, it is especially poor with cleaning glasses - the bottom rack (used for plates etc.) is especially weak and slip off the sides when slidng into machine when full - it will not slide into sides of the dishwasher if large plates etc. are inserted (is then too heavy) and there are no proper guide rails and wheels (on bottom rack) bend - Now on a 2nd machine in les than 4 years - now this also has stopped working - Also there is often a display error as in E3, E4 or E5 or simply just stops at start or near end of wash cycle. There are certain switches that may cause the E4 error e.g. the water-level check or water leakage etc. but are not so accessible. So either buy a really cheap machine or a more expensive brand/model - neither option could work out as bad as this has. My mother and sister-in laws dishwashers that have worked 2 or 3 times as long and washed far better with much more intense use (large family gatherings etc.) than I have or tried to use it for.
I have absolutely no technical expertise or ability, I have written this review purely from how I have found the dishwasher over the past year. The technical specification etc is available on the product description, or can be viewed at the manufacturer's website www.belling.co.uk
I have had this model of dishwasher for 12 months now and to date I have no complaints. I have found the machine to be reliable and delivers on its promises. We are a family of 5, that is 2 adults and 3 children so we do generate quite a large amount of washing up during the day. Generally I use the dishwasher each day for the dishes from the breakfast and dinner, we are usually at work during the day so there are not too many lunch time dishes, except at the weekends and I still do only one wash a day.
This is a fully integrated dishwasher from Belling. I bought this as a replacement for the original dishwasher that was installed with my kitchen. My husband installed the appliance himself and had no problems with connection or with the attachment of the external door, the external door slots onto the front of the dishwasher. There are two shelves in the dishwasher, both are retractable and the cutlery holder sits in the bottom shelf.
I have found the machine very easy to use, with the controls located inside the top of the door. I usually use the economy cycle, this lasts just over an hour and have found my dishes to be satisfactory when the cycle is finished. The only slight quibble I have is that you really need to leave quite a gap between each dish to ensure thorough washing and clearing of debris. This does reduce the capacity slightly, but even with this I do find that it washes our daily dishes.
The cutlery basket can accommodate up to 72 individual items in the three rows, what I have done is to remove the plastic slot piece from one of the rows, this allows me to put cutlery items that are a bit wider into the basket. This leaves me with 48 spaces for the rest of my cutlery and I have found this to be more than sufficient.
I have used dishwasher powder, tablets and liquids and found them to all work quite well and they are all held in the same small compartment. I generally use the economy brands of dishwasher such as Daisy or shop own brands and have found no reduction in the cleaning ability of the machine. I still have to add salt and rinse aid but have found no real difference in the amounts I use. The rinse aid just goes in the same compartment as the powder and the salt is added through a screw top in the bottom of the machine, but they are easy to add. There is a measuring gadget included with the machine so you add the correct amount of salt.
There are five programmes, including economy that can be selected, there is also a half load option. The machine can also be programmed to come on after a delay, so I can load it and leave it ready to come on in say one hour's time. I generally use the economy cycle and always wash a full load. When the cycle has finished the machine makes 8 loud beeps.
Generally when the cycle has finished and the dishes have cooled I find that the dishes are quite well dried I only have to wipe off the residue of water from any dishes that have recesses or dimples where the water can pool. The bottom shelf/drawer/basket has an adjustable row that can be flattened down, I have found this to be useful for when I need to wash cooking trays or larger casserole dishes.
The main reasons I bought this model were price and the capacity. I have found the machine to be reliable and overall I am content with how it has performed. I bought this machine a year ago and oaid £299 for it. The machine is a little noisy, but not unbearably so, I can put the washer on at night and it does not annoy me when I am sleeping.
I would recommend this dishwasher, it is a good all round performer.
If this is all you can afford, I recomend you save for a bit longer!
I was unfortunate enough to buy a new house with the kitchen fitted with Belling appliances; all are poor with designers not appearing to consider anything beyond how they look.
The dishwasher is now 3 months old and had 2 engineer visits. The last was to replace the heating/ drying element.
Washing is poor, with glasses usually coming out less clean than they went in (especially the outsides). Lower tray cleaning requently results in cereal bowls having to be washed by hand.
Compared to previous AEG or NEFF washers, this is poor at washing, difficult to fill efficiently, noisy and unreliable.
Bad design in other appliances resultsin a fridge that will not fit typical fridge items, a hob that has the rings so close that saucepans do not fit.
I am currently thinking I will replace the dishwasher, 2 ovens, a hob after only 3 months. A new fridge has already been bought!
The Belling IDW604 Built-in Dishwasher has 5 wash programms / Short name: Belling IDW604