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The pint-size dish-washer we got really is very powerfully. We've yet to be disappointed by what it keeps managing to do for us. We had to go for a half-sized one because there's simply no room for a full-sized unit in our kitchen. So now it's nestled inbetween the sink and the oven. Routing the cables was a personal nightmare but once done and running it worked just dandy.I exected that with only beig haf the size it would be useless. But no, it's great for my partner and myself and hopefully it'll manage well with the baby that's coming along soon. The only real downer with this is that it cost more than many full-sized dishwashers would and all for the priviledge of having a smaller unit.
My kitchen is quite small and was already crammed full of appliances, floor space was really at a premium, so I had little choice about which dish washer to buy. It had to be a slim line model and the Zanussi D30 which I have, was pretty much the only one available at the time I needed to buy it. This appliance is only about 45cm wide, where as a standard dishwasher would have been about 60cm and just wouldn't fit in the little bit of space I had available. I find that it is plenty big enough for all the crockery and cutlery that a family of 4 generates in a day, although I do choose to wash pots and pans by hand. The dishwasher is quite flexible... You can chose washes for Heavy, Normal or Light Soil. You can select temparatures of 55 70 or 50, the usual tempature being 65. There are facilities for Quick Wash and a Rinse and Hold programme. With this selection of choices, it is possible to chose the best wash each time you use the machine... For example you can have a very vigorous wash at a high temperature, for very dirty loads, or a gentle, low temperature wash for delicate loads. I have had the dishwasher for about two and a half years now, and had a couple of problems. A plastic fitting came off the spraying arm, and couldn't be replaced, a whole new arm had to be fitted. And a piece of plastic has come off the bottom of the cutlery basket, which means I can't use that section, or things fall through! The machine does seem to use a lot more salt than my old dishwasher did, and I need to keep it topped up regularly or the wash really suffers. But there is a light on the front of the machine to show when I need to add salt, which is handy. There is no indication when the Rinse Aid needs filling though, and I have yet to be able to work out when I need to do so, consequently I top up as and when, and usually lose quite a lot of product, when I overfill it.
The performance of the dishwasher is fine, perfectly adaquete, it is just a shame that there are some niggly problems...overall it would not stop me buying another Zanussi dish washer, but I would definitely take out extended insurance again, to avoid the possiblity of high repair or replacement bills.
Short name: Zanussi DS30