Product Type: Indesit Hotpoint Dishwasher
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The Indesit IDS105 - My New Best Friend!
Indesit IDS105 Freestanding Dishwasher White
Member Name: jo1976
Indesit IDS105 Freestanding Dishwasher White
Date: 09/11/10, updated on 10/10/13 (566 review reads)
Advantages: Consistently good cleaning performance, range of programmes, well built
Disadvantages: Instruction manual is a little vague
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.
Summary: Recommended for households were space is a priority
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