First time of buying a Smeg appliance and so far not good. Before buying this unit I read some quite good reviews on line, I bought the item form RDO for £299. Their service was quick with a good delivery company used. However my dishwasher was faulty on delivery, the error code says the heating element is not working, 1 week wait for an engineer. Looking at the machine it has very basic controls, and none of the plate racks fold down so big pans will be difficult. Smeg set themselves up a premium brand, but i do not see this as a premium product as the branding would have you believe. As this is a fully integrated unit I was surprised the front was not completely flat so this makes putting the integrated door on more difficult to align. On the plus side the extended warranty was only £29 for a year and based on the experience so far I might need it as I don't see this machine lasting.
I fitted this myself to the kitchen door that was part of the Homebase range I'd chosen. The instructions were fairly straight forward for a competent DIYer and it was definitely easier to fix than some of the other integrated appliances I chose.
There's 5 or 6 cycle settings though you can't manually select the temperature. But there is a rinse setting for glasses, an economy setting and a heavy wash cycle for saucepans and ground on dirt.
Cleaning wise it's great and far more effctive than others I've owned. And if it starts to smear (after the 3 years I've had it I'd expect it every now and again) you just remove the arms and stick some wire through to clean them out and it cleans as good as new again. Another positive is the flexibility of the space which features a fold down ledge on the top drawer and removeable cutlery holders for when you need to load bulky items. It's also very quiet so ideal if you have an open plan layout.
On the negatives it doesn't have a time delay mechanism which is something I do miss having had one on previous models. And though I like the neat way the controls sit on the top edge of the door, the black trim has cracked on mine after 3 years so that is disappointing.
I'd get the same model again which is the best endorsement I can give.
Please note I also have listed this on Ciao Jenny76
Last time round I reviewed my fridge freezer which was bought for me by my mum when I moved into my new place and it look's great but to compliment it I wanted to try and keep all appliances the same so when it came to buying a new dishwasher I looked for a SMEG and in no time at all after searching online I found the perfect one which was not only very stylish and sleek but was fitted so I could simply integrate it into my kitchen units with the front still visible as to match my fridge freezer. After paying £330.00 online it was delivered and installed for me free of charge within 7 days of ordering.
Having not had a dishwasher before I loaded it up with loads of different plates and cups to see just how well it worked. I inserted a washing tablet into the drawer inside and closed it up and turned it onto a normal wash. The controls on the front of the machine make selecting the right wash cycle very easy they are all displayed and have the corresponding symbols in the manual for recognizing the difference between pan washing and dishes etc. There are nine settings in total for all different jobs from stubborn dirt that is dried on to a light wash for the less dirty job's this also saves on electricity not that this is to much of a problem as the machine is A rated in the energy scale. Once I turned it on I was very suprised as it ran almost silent which makes a change when it comes to kitchen appliances.
After a while a ping sounded to let me know that my wash was ready and I opened up and was very pleasantly surprised the dishes were fantastically clean, so much so that they looked like new and not only that but they were all dry and ready to be put away. There are two sliding wire trays for putting your dishes in each with different sections for plate's pans and even cutlery. I have now owned this machine for 9 months and have had no problems with it at all and it still cleans all my dishes to perfection. After reading peoples comments it seems I am very lucky with my appliances working well but in the next few reviews I will change your opinion on this as I have also owned a few duffers in my time.
With this washer there are also five different temperature settings again all of which are explained in the manual and when to use them. The instruction manual is very easy to follow and well laid out into sections relating to the different operations of the machine. As for the look you can also buy this machine in white and silver but I went for the black fronted one as it matches my fridge freezer. It is not a slim line dish washer as many people have so hold's a lot more in the way of washing but be warned you will need a space 60cm wide and the housing unit to hold it as it is not free standing.
The machine work's in a very good way the water is evenly spread around through a rotating arm which sprays at high power from above reaching all the nook's and cranny's and powerful enough combined with heat to remove the most stubborn stains and stuck on food. The water feed into it is cold so no problem's there and is heated to the correct temperature within the machine itself before being applied to your washing up. Be warned as I have found following the instructions for setting's is important as I have broken a few dishes where I have guessed the right setting and got it wrong.
I would defiantly recommend this dish washer to anybody considering purchasing as it is a top brand for the same price as you would pay for the likes of Hotpoint etc. I got an extended warranty through SMEG for free to three years from one year such is their confidence in their product's and have not had to call on this at all yet, fingers crossed it stays that way for the next few years. The cheapest I have found it available at the moment is £323.00 but I am sure if you have a really good look around you may even find it cheaper. I hope you have enjoyed my review and I look forward to reading some other peoples now this review is finished.
The DI612CA is has an AAB energy rating, and features 5 wash programmes and 4 temperatures, salt and rinse aid indicator lights, user-friendly graphite baskets and a three stage removable filter for simple and thorough cleaning / This high quality appliance also incorporates the unique orbital wash system which consists of a double spray arm with contraction rotation, which ensures an even distribution of water / Short name: Smeg DI612CA