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A stylish addition to the kitchen
Member Name: Bunterbee
Advantages: An indispensable time and labour saving device
Disadvantages: Hard to tell when it's finished
My Electrolux dishwasher came as part of a package built-in with kitchen units supplied by Wickes - so obviously the price paid reflects the choice of specific casing (and whatever offers on combined purchases Wickes have on at the time). Obviously (since we bought it) we thought the overall price was reasonable.
The integrated option does look attractive in the kitchen - the wooden door is identical to all the other kitchen units apart from a horizontal rather than vertical handle - because the dishwasher door swings down as opposed to a sideways swinging cupboard door.
My previous dishwasher had been a stand-alone unit and one advantage of this (not thought of by me until afterwards) is that you can readily see from the indicator lights when the wash cycle has finished. If the buttons and leds are hidden away behind a wooden door you can't, especially (though a point in its favour) as this machine is very quiet in operation. There is an audible end signal of several (again rather quiet) beeps but that's only useful if you happen to be in the kitchen when it sounds. So, there are pros and cons to having everything hidden away - on balance I'd say it's worth it.
In terms of wash efficiency the machine does what's expected of it. I use the 5in1 dishwasher tablets rather than separate powder, salt and rinse-aid, and found on the first few washes that cups and plates weren't coming out completely dry - filling the rinse-aid dispenser cured this but it's an extra chore and wasn't necessary with my previous dishwasher when using 5in1 tablets.
Capacity and loading also seemed slightly inferior to my old machine. It's a full-size model but soon gets full with the cups, plates, dishes etc from just two people - I'd imagine a big family would need to do repeated washes.
I haven't found anywhere to safely load large kitchen knives either, where my old machine had a knife rack this only has a cup rack.
On the plus side this device undeniably works and does the job quickly and quietly. The controls - found on top of the door after opening it - are extremely straightforward offering a choice of heavy, normal or light load, plus economy or rinse-only cycles. Build quality is solid and plumbing-in only needs a cold water supply. The manual is written in a straightforward and understandable manner.
Summary: Not perfect, but well worth considering
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