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      10.09.2011 10:23
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      Very economical dishwasher that is reliable and looks good.

      I have had my dishwasher for several years now and it has never really let me down. I'd go as far to say it has been the most reliable dishwasher we have ever had!

      We don't have enough room in our kitchen for a full-sized dishwasher, so this was perfect. It takes 8 place settings and also has enough room for larger pots and pans. The top rack is adjustable, to lower it if needed, and it has a drop-down rack for things like long knives. It looks smart and is easy to keep clean.

      The machine is very economical to use and has 4 settings including economy and fast wash. It heats up pretty fast and I find that it cleans the dishes really well, even using cheap dishwashing tablets and glasses come out gleaming. It dries the dishes well too. The dispenser for salt is easy to access, as is the one for rinse-aid and there is a guage for the rinse-aid to tell you when it is empty. I do wish there was one for the salt though. Removing the filter to clean it is pretty easy too.

      If I have one bug-bear it is the opening catch. Sometimes the door does stick and if you put too much pressure on the hand-pull it cracks. We have had to have the front facia replaced a couple of times because of this. Also, the plastic cutlery tray has gaps that allow knives to fall through the bottom at times, and this affects the washer blade at the bottom. If that gets caught on something it won't rotate and the plates don't clean as well.

      That said, our dishwasher has only broken down mechanically once since we have had it and it does get a lot of use. I do try to maintain it by using the recommended salt, rinse-aid and cleaners though. If you are looking to buy a slimline dishwasher I would certainly recommend this model.

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      10.08.2009 22:43
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      Great for the price

      Great dishwasher for the price, very neat and clean looking with easy to use display. The IDL 40 is quiet and, considering it's slimline size, very spacious. The four settings are more than enough for any kind of clean, although the washing time can seem a little too long; the 'Time 4 You' setting alone takes over an hour, and the 'Eco' wash even longer. In spite of this, the dishwasher delivers great quality cleaning, although this is also dependent on which cleaning product you use with it. It is also very reliable and well manufactured, and as a professional plumber I found it very easy to install. I was also impressed by the quality of the unit as a whole for the relatively low price paid. One hiccup is that very occasionally the compartment door holding the cleaning tablet will fail to open and thus the dishes end up just getting washed in hot water. Also, the cups or dishes in the tray directly below the compartment tend to catch the falling cleaning tablet and prevent a proper wash. These are rare occurrences though, and all in all this is a fantastic dishwasher for the price.

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        13.07.2009 20:31
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        excellent for the money

        This was the first dishwasher I ever bought, I purchased it from Tesco Direct as this was the cheapest at the time. I wanted one for a long time but didn't have a kitchen big enough to even fit a slimline one in. After some rearranging of my kitchen I eventually got it in. I am really pleased with my choice. I had researched it well on the internet and thought this was the best buy for my budget. A lot of the reviews for other slimline models said that big dinner plates would not fit in, not a problem with this model as the top rack is adjustable. Not that I have had to do anything to it as I have had no problems in fitting any dishes in. I even get my pans and over trays in. It just takes a bit of getting used to loading it. The various cleaning settings as already described are great. I have used them all for different reasons. I have soaked pans, quickly washed less dirty dishes but my normal setting is the time for you. I don't have to turn it on too often and am its great when having family round for dinner. My partner plumbed the dishwasher in with no problems.

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          26.05.2009 13:34
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          great priced, great machine

          I love this machine - despite its shortcomings!
          Yes, I was a dishwasher virgin. After years of my partner insisting on manually washing up, I finally put my foot down and ordered this dishwasher from John Lewis (£190). It is a basic model - but I like this about it - turn the dial, press the button and it does the job. I don't want to be digitally programming it - and then having to train partner and daughter to do it. I mostly use the eco function because I hope it is the most environmentally friendly one. Unfortunately, I am usually in bed before it has finished its cycle after supper. This means it is still in a sort of standby mode all night (not very eco?).
          For three of us in the house it means filling it either once or twice a day - depending if we are out or in most of the day. I do find filling it a bit of an art - which I think I have mastered - but the other two haven't (sigh, will this mean a training session?). I have some Denby plates but they are a bit too fat for the slots provided for plates. I also have some slimmer crockery - and that fits in much better. I have found one area in the dishwasher that does not seem to be great (top back) often the bowl placed here has bits on it.
          However, I find that the general quality of most of my dishwashed pots is good - in fact much, much, better than washed by hand. I find that, generally, the more you try to ram into it the less good the finish.
          The top tray sometimes comes off its rails when pulled out -but it is very easy to put back on. The filter thing is easy to take out and rinse - and the dishwasher still smells great (some people complain that their dishwasher has an odour after a while).
          I'm often forgetting items - and its easy to open the door and slot them in any way through the cycle.
          After using many white items, non of them are perfect. This item is certainly good enough.

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          05.03.2009 21:39
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          good all rounder for the money

          I have had this dishwasher since October last year. So far it has been reliable and gives great results if you select the correct setting for the dishes. I have the same problem as londongirl in that my bowls do not fit in very well (small diameter, but deep bowls) and I agree that the drawers are quite flimsy, but so far I haven't actually encountered any problems.

          The machine itself is very quiet and I find that the four settings are ample to suit the day to day washing-up in a 2 person flat. The eco setting does take a long time (2 hours 25 minutes), so I often find myself being not so 'eco' and opting for the faster 'time for you' or just running it overnight.

          My machine was installed by a plummer, but it all looked very simple and the tubes extended well to reach the sink waste pipes and there was plenty of electrical leading to reach the avaliable plug socket.

          The machine is pretty stylish and would blend in well in most kitchens-I would certainly recommend it for a budget washer-upper!

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            25.01.2009 22:17
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            I have had this dishwasher for a couple of weeks now so can't talk abuot long term reliability but will review what i know about the dishwasher so far.

            I bought mine from John Lewis for £189. The dishwasher is slimline and takes 9 place settings. This is fine for plates that stack easily etc, however other crockery I have put in does not seem to stack very well with the dishwasher's basket layout and 2 bowls i have seem to take up a huge amount of space and have to go on the top rack with cups as they don't fit between the spacers on the bottom rack where they are supposed to go.

            The dishwasher looks neat and tidy and not particularly flash but looks smart enough in any kitchen. It has very basic functions on the front which to be honest is what you expect with a budget model and all I wanted it for really.

            There are 4 programmes including - time for you (which actually takes a long time!), an eco programme which uses less energy but equally takes i think about an hour and a half or more and the rapid and dry function which is so far what i have used every time. This programme takes only 40 minutes and doesn't mess about with cold rinses, it washes at a low temperature but then rinses with hot water at 60 degrees and the plates and other items have come out sparkling clean every single time.
            The manual states that this programme should only be used for items that have gone in the washer recently (ie no dried on stuff) however as there is only me in my flat i have been using this programme with plates in from the day before and have no problems what so ever and it definately comes out cleaner than washing up by hand.

            So far so good for a budget model. The only other thing i dislike apart from the fact my bowls don't fit into it very easily is the drawers do not slide out very easily at all and do not feel as if they are very well made.

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            This 45cm slimline dishwasher in white with 8 place settings and 4 programmes with wash temperatures from 45 to 70 degrees / It features a height adjustable upper basket with wash phase indicator lights and rapid dry / Short name: Indesit IDL 40