I'm quite a fan of dishwashers. It's quite odd to say that about an inanimate object but I am. They are generally efficient and effective, get the job done, no messing about. I could say another thing about my kids washing the dishes. 2 hours later and I come out with dirtier dishes than before AND a messier kitchen. The mothers of the world will understand.
Anyway to the point at hand, I bought this dishwasher after a reccomendation from the suppliers in the store I bought it in. I don't usually go by what salespeople tell me, after all they are sales people and they are trained to sell. Right?! But I was in bad need of a new dishwasher & at that point any opinion would have me sold. I was told that it's wash performance was superb, 10 to none and it was even energy efficient, saving me on my electricity bills. Who doesn't want to hear that?
After a few testings on my fave dishes (I had a few mini heart attacks thinking my china was broken) I was happy enough. It did the job I asked of it so I was happy out. It is generally a quiet machine compared to others I have had which you can hear humming from upstairs. You wouldn't even think it was on. For a family of 5 also it is very accomodating. I generally only do two loads a day (full) so it is quite spacious for a large family who eat alot!! I did get slightly confused at first with the different buttons and what does what. There are buttons for a full clean, for a rinse, for a dry, there are timer buttons also and an energy saving wash which is actually the same as a normal I think, it does the same job. But it only takes one reading of the instructors manual and away you fly. Maybe for somebody who uses a dishwasher less, it would take more time to get used to but I use my own everyday without fail so I got used to it quite quickly. It takes over an hour and a half to do a full load, complete wash and dry which I actually find a small bit long...especially when you run out of cups or spoons and have to wait over an hour for them. Not a life changing disaster but can become annoying at times.
Overall a good purchase, handy for a busy family who do full loads of washes a lot.
As I have said before, getting shot of old kitchen equipment is like a murderer trying to dispose of a dead body, a furtive lumbering act that involves a lot of dragging and jarred fingers as the deadweight is dumped in a ditch somewhere in the still of the night to avoid suspicion and the tipping cost for heavy white goods. Under all these new environmental laws you are charged proper money to get rid of busted fridges and dishwashers and so lots of them end up fly-tipped, costing yet more money to the council. Surely if you could get rid of stuff like fridges and dishwashers for free then it would cost the council less in the long term? In fact why not offer deals with the company that delivers your new one to get rid of the old one so to encourage responsible waste disposal? We have a graveyard of the stuff up the top of our garden, rusting fridges standing like headstones to that unloved domestic waste, still polluting the atmosphere wherever they may lie.
The dishwasher is the most expensive piece of kitchen decadence in the west, apart from those automatic utensils the middle-class love to buy and never use - like the automatic apple peeler and the yoghurt maker, for example. It's not easy to teach the help how to use those things you know. Well, they don't speak English do they? Anyhow, the Indesit IDS105 got the nod in the Ellis household and was employed as the house dishwasher for the foreseeable future. £400 was the budget and that would only have got us an illegal Pilipino housemaid for two months and so we went with this slim line instead, coming in just under the four hundred at £272 from Comet. Once it was waddled into place by the delivery guys (ironic, as they waddle too) and the lino was ripped yet again by the same delivery guys we set about stuffing everything in it and pressing some buttons.
The volume inside caters for around twenty plates on one side on the bottom layer and various size casserole dishes on the other half with wider stands, plus the cutlery tray, which is a oblong like perforated plastic thing that drains the water out through the holes....in theory. You must check the tallest plates don't catch the spinning plastic blade atop their tips that distributes the water and cleaning stuff. The above tray caters for cups and glasses and your small sweet dishes and odds and ends. You then need something called a female to empty it. They don't just empty by themselves you know! In fact it may be useful to get the female to fill the dishwasher too so to save time.
There's a couple of basic programs to use although the little draw to put in the dishwasher powder and washing up liquid must be done eatly, making it hard to close the little plastic seal. The program for a big wash takes about an hour and the stuff fairly clean and dry when you get them out. You have to get the mix of powders just right to get the perfect wash and that comes with experience. The cutlery thing tends not to allow the knives and forks to be washed correctly and so have the tea towel handy to pick of any missed bits.
Maintenance wise you must clean the filters out. All that food you didn't scrape off the plates has to go somewhere and it can easily bung up the escape pipes. If you dishwasher is leaking from underneath it's probably because you have congealed food goo rotting up your pipe guys. That salt also encrusts in the various in and outlets and it saves you a big bill if you stay on top of that. It's a yucky job so when the misses has watched Eastenders then get the marigolds out and away she goes. We did actually have a problem where the water wasn't running in and the dishwasher was running and so ready to burn the motor out. Unblock it! You don't want some fat repair guy pulling your unit out and ripping yet more lino and then charging you another fifty quid.
At £272 it's probably top end cheap but so far we haven't had to call out the repair man. The guarantee looks solid although I wouldn't waste your money on a warranty as that's really all about the commission for the salesperson. All white goods are designed to fail anyway, a collective cartel insuring consumers are forever buying more stuff instead of paying to fix the old stuff, these thing priced around making a profit from the warranties and the fact the repair is so expensive so you buy again. Most smart dooyoo girls out there will have married a DIY guy who can fix things.
I bought this dishwashing machine and within a year cracks developed from the handle, down the middle of the door. 2 smaller cracked also developed on the corners of the machines main body.
Indesit's customer services were extremely unhelpful. I had purchased the machine in Germany before we moved back to the UK, but from a UK army base shop. They still refused to fix the machine, despite it being only 10 months old when the problem started. They said they would send out a indesit engineer at my expense! So the machine is now covered in cracks, one of which I often cut my finger on as it starts at the handle and there is no way to get the door open without putting your fingers on the crack, which is actually pretty sharp.
The top rack where you would put cups and glasses is much too high, you cannot put wine glasses in and close the door. They just won't fit unless you put them sideways which then means they don't get cleaned.
The machines actual performance is relatively good. It has 5 different wash settings. There is a soak setting and a rinse setting plus 3 different proper cleaning settings.
The first setting is a quick clean which you should only really use if the dishes have been very lightly usef. Anything dried on will not come off by using the quick wash.
The second setting takes well over an hour to complete but gives a much better clean, pretty much everything other than the dreaded dried on weetabix will come off using this cycle.
The intensive cycle will get rid of anything but takes 2 hours. So isn't really worth using unless you have a lot of dried on weetabix!
I would never, ever, buy another indesit product. The quality is clearly very poor and their customer services are quite possibly the worst I have ever come across.
The Indesit IDS105 slimline dishwasher is designed for people with smaller kitchens, but who dont want to compromise on quality when it comes to getting your dishes clean.
It has a width of 45cm, is available in white, and is energy-efficient A rated. It has many features including 10 place settings, and has five washing programmes, including a quick wash programme. It has an LED display which makes operating the dishwasher easy.
After years of washing dishes by hand i thought it was time to invest in a dishwasher. I was attracted to the indesit 1DS105 dishwasher origionally as it seemed to have everything i wanted, and was also very good value for money at £239.99.
this dishwasher was very easy to install in our small kitchen, looks great and has a large capacity for a slimline model, so no second load is needed in our small family. it is very quiet, you will hardly notice its on which is always good. everything comes out nice and shiny and im very impressed with it. It is so simple to operate and i don't know where i'd be without it.
The disadvantages would be the drying of the dishes which is not very thorough, but this isn't a major problem for me. And this dishwasher really isn't suitable for a larger family as you would probably need to do two loads a day.
I would reccomend this dishwasher to anybody who has a smaller kitchen but who wants a great performing dishwasher as this one hasnt let me down yet.
Shortly before becoming a family of five, my previous dishwasher decided to pack up. (My previous dishwasher was a manual version, more commonly known as 'my husband.') The difficulty we faced was that our kitchen is fairly small and, even after removing a row of drawers to accommodate it, we only had enough room for a slimline rather than a full size dishwasher.
After exploring the slimline options in both Comet and Currys, we settled on this Indesit model, the IDS105. We paid £205 from Laskys online, including delivery, which was considerably cheaper than the cost in store so well worth shopping around.
The IDS105 is quite a plain white dishwasher with all of the buttons and dial at the very top. It is a fairly neutral, inoffensive looking appliance which should blend into most kitchens although it does come with instructions to integrate this into a fitted kitchen, if preferred. I'm happy that it fits in well in our kitchen without needing to be hidden away. As a slimline model, this is only 45cm wide so easier to squeeze into more compact kitchens like ours.
As we had never had a dishwasher before, my husband had to buy a basic plastic attachment from B&Q to connect this to the waste pipe leading from the kitchen sink. He's not the most confident DIYer but managed this with ease. The dishwasher comes supplied with a lead to connect the dishwasher to the water supply but, due to the distance from our sink, this wasn't long enough for us. It wasn't a major problem and a longer lead only cost us a couple of pounds. With the longer lead, he was able to set this up easily.
As this was all new to us, we were excited about the prospect of having a new 'toy' and actually sat down to read the instruction manual for a change! I was a little bit disappointed to discover that the booklet supplied was a generic guide to all Indesit dishwashers, rather than specific to our model. This meant that there were places where features were referred to 'where appropriate' and we weren't always certain whether they applied to our particular model or not. It was also unclear whether we needed to connect this to the hot or cold water supply as this was pretty vague. From our limited knowledge of dishwashers, we believed that they are usually connected to a cold water supply but the IDS105 has an eco-setting and we were under the impression that it used hot water as a way of saving energy. After some debate, we decided to connect it to the cold water supply and it is certainly functioning okay!
Aside from this confusion, the dishwasher was easy to set up and connect, although I would have preferred the instruction manual to have been specific to our model as this would have removed some of those ambiguities.
The dishwasher comes with a standard 12 month manufacturer's warranty and I was pleased to discover that Indesit also offered a free five year parts guarantee with this model. I was on the phone to the Indesit helpline registering our purchase as my other half was still plumbing it in! Unfortunately, this additional guarantee is not really worth having as, to qualify, you have to pay an extortionate call-out and labour charge to an Indesit engineer each time you make use of the guarantee. This offer turned out to be a thinly disguised opportunity to try and flog me an extended warranty which, at £100, was half as much as we had paid for the dishwasher itself so did not appear to be particularly good value to me.
Prior to ordering this online, we viewed this in store to make sure this would withstand daily use and my tendency towards heavy-handedness! With regular use this has proved to be as robust as it looks. The door feels reassuringly solid but is actually quite lightweight and is easy to open and close single handed. It also doesn't do any serious damage to a three year old when opened on their head. (Welcome to my world!).
There are two wire baskets fitted to store all the dirty items. Both baskets seem to be made of sturdy hard-wearing plastic and glide easily in and out for stacking and emptying. There is also a separate and removable cutlery basket which can be repositioned to maximise the use of space inside. This claims to be a '10 place' dishwasher which, in practice, means we can fit a generous combination of dinner plates, side plates, pots and pans in there. The top basket is deep enough to allow us to use this for an overspill of breakfast bowls and saucepans too so it is certainly a versatile model.
This is a modern 'A' rated appliance which is fortunate for financial as well as environmental reasons as we use this on a daily basis, often twice daily. It also uses less water per use than some traditional models which would be beneficial to households on a water meter, as well as those of us concerned about the impact of these appliances on the environment.
===Ease of Use===
Having never used a dishwasher before, I found this to be fairly straight-forward and largely self-explanatory with a simple on/off button and single dial to select the appropriate wash programme. Amongst the features that this boasts is an 'LED indicator.' Before seeing this in the flesh, we assumed this would be a timer indicating how long was left on the programme. The three green LED lights do give some limited indication - showing that the programme has started, the drying cycle is in use and programme completed. There is also a red warning light to indicate low salt levels which lights up at the end of the cycle as a reminder to top up the salt. (Although I'm surprised by just how little salt and dishwasher rinse aid this model actually gets through.)
Like a washing machine, the five programmes available are printed next to the numbered dial so it is easy to select the relevant mode. The settings available are Intensive, Normal, Soak, Eco and Rapid. Whilst the settings might appear self-explanatory, I'm not sure what the difference between an Intensive wash and the Soak setting actually is, for example, nor when I would be better off choosing an Eco rather than a Rapid wash. The instruction manual is, again, rather unhelpfully vague in that respect.
For that reason, over the last few months, I have tended to use just three of the available settings. Most washes I use the 'Normal' programme, as we usually have a good mix of heavily and lightly soiled plates and pots in there. This cycle takes around two hours to complete, including the drying stage. Thankfully, after such a long cycle the results are impressive and I rarely have to return anything to the wash.
I use the Intensive programme usually after a Sunday roast when I add various Pyrex roasting dishes and heavily soiled items. The programme takes a similar length of time to complete and again produces impressive results.
I only use the Rapid wash setting occasionally when the load is made up of only lightly soiled plates. This setting takes just 35 minutes to complete and I was a little dubious how this would perform as it almost a quarter of the time of the usual settings. Surprisingly, this has also produced impressive results and nothing has needed to be re-washed. I wouldn't consider using this setting for heavily soiled items though as it would be a false economy to have to return things to be washed again.
===Overall Cleaning Performance===
Overall, this dishwasher has performed consistently well across a number of settings with various types of loads. I don't need to soak or rinse any items before loading - I simply scrape away any food residues, just as I would do for hand washing - and this model copes with everything that I throw at it, even those dirty roasting dishes! Any food residues are contained within a removable and washable filter at the base of the machine and I empty this after each use. I do only use premium dishwasher tablets (either Fairy or Vanish) so this may have some impact but I am certainly impressed with the cleaning perfomance overall.
If space was not an issue, we would certainly have chosen a standard sized dishwasher rather than this compact model. As a family of five, we need to use this about twice a day, especially if we have used pots and pans during cooking. This is not an ideal dishwasher for a large family, simply due to the capacity, but would be a great buy for single people or couples or as an option for families like us, where the space available dictates the size of the dishwasher.
I'm certainly very happy with the cleaning performance and build quality of this dishwasher overall and would highly recommend it. Like most 'luxury' items, now that we have used one we couldn't imagine life without one - well, I could, but it would be a miserable one spending a lot more time at the kitchen sink than I'd like to!
Edit: January 2013, this dishwasher is still functioning perfectly without any issues so it has certainly been money well spent.
Alright, me and my wife needed a dishwasher because, as hard to believe as it might sound, we both never owned one before and the Indesit IDS 105 literally changed our habits and, with them, our lives. Unfortunately being the first dish washer we own I have no way to directly compare it to other models, but I can assure you that this machine is really incredible and after years and years of manual dish washing I'd find myself hardly getting back to that... We can finally have the kitchen clean and tidy in a matter of a few minutes and I'm not kidding. No need to repeat the technical specs that are vastly available on the overview so I'll report only my main personal impressions.
The Indesit IDS 105 takes a very modest space but can clean a lot of stuff and I believe you can fit this dish washer in most kitchens. For instance ours is seriously tiny but we didn't have any issues. If you like me are on the "green side" of the fence (or simply are worried about increasing your electric bills...) it's probably relieving to know that there are 5 modes to wash your dishes including the "Quick Wash" and all of them are guaranteed to be energy-efficient to the highest standards. As a matter of fact we didn't notice any major increases in our bills.
Recommended to everybody without any exceptions.
Indesit 10 Place Slimline Dishwasher
We took delivery of this dishwasher almost a month ago now, and we are very pleased with it overall so I have decided to make it my come back review as I have not written one for some time. We ordered it from Laskys as when we did a search for this particular model (we had been to a couple of electrical shops previously to select the exact model we wanted but then ordered it online as I find you can normally save quite a bit this way) Laskys came up cheapest and included free delivery. I also found a voucher code APPLIANCE3 for a further £6.15 discount and I had already logged in through a cashback site and saved a further 3.5%, so all in all I think I got a pretty good deal.
The main reason for selecting this model originally was the width of the appliance. The dimensions are (in mm): 850 x 450 x 600, with 450 being the width, our utility area has a space 460mm wide next to the washing machine and tumble dryer so this model fits in perfectly. Another factor was the energy rating, I always buy A rated appliances now when replacing old ones, as I can't see the point in buying anything else and wasting electricity, this model is A rated for energy consumption and for wash performance and drying efficiency also, so this had us interested straight away. Other technical details include the average water consumption per load, which at 10 litres is not bad at all and the noise level is 53 dB, which is not bad at all if you are wondering, it is a lot quieter than our old dishwasher (a 10 year old Hotpoint) which sounded like it was trying to escape once it got going.
The Indesit IDS105S has 10 place settings as a guide, people rarely use full place settings these days as a rule (we don't anyway) but it allows roughly 10 large plates and 10 small, a few glasses/cups and a couple of pans, as well as cutlery, there are three of us (although one is quite small it has to be said) and we put it on roughly every other day, it is noticeably smaller than a full size dishwasher if you see them side by side but we are used to a slim line model anyway so it seems normal to us, and it has to be said it seems pretty spacious inside really. There are 5 programs, including a pre-rinse cycle and a quick wash although we normally use the eco-wash setting as it uses the least of everything and to be honest we have not had any problems so far on this cycle, other than heavily soiled pans which probably needed hand washing really anyway. There are wash phase indicator lights on the panel so you know where it is up to, there is a salt level indicator which will be handy if you use it, a cutlery basket (I think most do now) and the top basket is height adjustable which can come in handy. The drying method just uses residual heat as I think most dishwashers do and this works better if you leave the door ajar when the cycle has finished to allow the steam to escape.
In Use Overall
This dishwasher is quite stylish and modern looking, it is finished in silver which I think is a bit nicer than white and it seems quite slick next to our washing machine and tumble dryer which are a few years old. Inside it is surprisingly spacious really for a slim line model, as I have said previously we only put it on every other day as a rule and we use quite a lot of kitchen ware every day. The adjustable top basket is a handy feature, we didn't have anything like that on our old model and it has been handy sometimes for large pans or large wine glasses. It is also extremely easy to use, when it was delivered I plumbed it in in the place of our old one and when putting it on for the first time I did so without reading the user manual (I realise this is what all men do with new appliances), and have not yet felt the need to read through it as using it has been self explanatory so far.
When it is running you can hear it going but it is much quieter than our old model and so it is almost like silence to us now. We normally use supermarket own brand dishwasher tablets and so far we have not had any problems with things coming out with dirty marks on them, other than a couple of pans and dishes that we didn't really expect to clean really. Our pots come out clean and dry every time and I have to say the cleaning performance is as good as the A rating they have given it, if I were to score it out of 10 I would honestly give it a 10 so far, our old dishwasher used to send at least two items out still dirty every load so it is really refreshing to not have to worry about this any more. Glasses come out well rinsed and pretty much unmarked, they still need polishing if you are fussy (as I am when doing a dinner party) although for everyday use they are fine.
The build quality is very good, the dishwasher seems very solid and well built, the baskets are pretty sturdy too, and the door has a nice solid feel when using it as have the controls. It is good looking and does the job it is there for very well so far, it is fairly quiet in use and so overall I would definitely recommend this dishwasher. The only downside really, I suppose, is the fact that it is a slim line model, if we had a bit more room we would obviously go for a full size dishwasher, however this is not really an option for us and if it is a slim line model you are after then I can recommend this model very highly.
Thanks for reading, also on Ciao, John
The Indesit IDS105W Freestanding Dishwasher is smart in its slimline design and efficient in performance / With its triple A rating for energy wash performance and drying efficiency this Dishwasher will be a great benefit when it comes to reducing those ever increasing electricity costs / Add to this the fact that it consumes just 10 litres of water and uses 0.92kwh of energy / With a 10 place setting and height adjustable top basket this model has great flexibility when it comes to washing larger items such as pots and pans / Features include Pre Rinse Eco Intensive and Rapid Wash programmes / The Rapid wash is particularly useful and only takes 35 minutes to wash a full load / The noise levels of this appliance have been measured at 53(db) meaning that you do not have to worry about the machine disturbing you or your family / A normal conversation between people stretches from 60(db) to 70(db) meaning the sound of this particular machine is discreet. /