My last flat had the Smeg DD410W1 installed and I was shocked to find that it costs in the region of £545 to purchase. This certainly makes it one of the most expensive dishwashers I have ever used - a bit of a Porsche! - but is it worth the money?
-- The Brand --
Smeg is certainly a more luxury brand in home electrical appliances and the name to me carries certain requirements - quality and style being forefront. The dishwasher is clearly labelled a Smeg - think of it as a bit of a kitchen designer brand, but one which is available in most high street white goods stores and online.
-- Looks --
This is a partially integrated dishwasher, so the door was matched to our kitchen. The upper section is styled in white (again to match the kitchen - you can also get this in black and stainless steel).
The Smeg DD410W1 has no digital panel, but the selection is shown by green lights on the button which looks quite smart. There are six buttons on the front on/off, and five variable temperature settings - Eco 30 degrees, then 45, 55, 65 and 70. The lights indicate whether it is running a programme or a rinse aid, or a salt clean.
The DD410W1 is pretty roomy inside with two wide trays styled in dark grey plastic coated wire racks, with a light grey removable cutlery tray. It has ten place settings so is certainly a family dishwasher as opposed to a single person or compact.
-- Use --
As you would expect it's very easy to use, in fact it is a pleasure to use. It's so large you can stack in four saucepans, six plates, a frying pan, glasses, cutlery - basically everything we use for dinner and dessert for six. I use the Eco setting at 30 degrees as it's cheaper on the electricity and better for the environment and use Finish dishwasher tablets and each item came out sparkly clean.
The dishwasher is quite quiet at 50 decibels, as it was integrated, I could hear only a quiet swooshing in the kitchen, certainly a bearable sound. It gives a long beep when the cycle is finished - I usually put it on overnight, so the crockery and utensils are dry and cool by the morning - otherwise I simply pulled down the door and let them air cool by half pulling out the wire racks.
-- Recommend? --
It's a difficult one because as I had no problems with it as a dishwasher, it did everything you could expect it to, I've used dishwashers at half the price (indeed, purchased one at a mere third of the price) which are just as good. If you have a catering establishment and are looking for a long lasting dishwasher, then maybe the Smeg is built to last a bit longer than a cheaper one (this is opinion only however as I've never had a dishwasher die on me). Overall I can only rate this as I find it - and that is a quality made, attractive and functional dishwasher - however I shall knock a star off as I can't really find a reason to justify the price.
Short name: Smeg DD410W1