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I never wanted a dishwasher when I was younger and it wasn't until my daughter and her fiance came to live with us bringing my grandson who is now one and a half, as there are now five of us in the house the washing up soon mounted up and so I decided to invest in a dishwasher and this is the one I bought.
A Zannussi electrolux ZDF 2020 model and I have now owned it for around eight months.
It cost me £264 from Comet in our local town and they delivered it free and installed it for us, the water pipes were included in the price and they connect under the sink and the outlet pipe goes into the drain pipe that goes outside.
This fits nicely under my kitchen cabinets and is (H)85.0 x (W)60.0 x (D)61.0 , it is a front loading dishwasher and the door pulls down so that you can load your pots and pans into the two sliding shelves which are inside the dishwasher.
It's an energy rating AAA so doesn't use a lot of water or electricity to do the dishes and there are a few different settings on the dial that you can chose from to wash the dishes.
It has a economy wash which takes around 30 minutes and there are five different settings you can chose from on the dial and the ecomony setting takes 30 minutes, I keep it on this setting as it is the quickest wash, but are other programmes like prewash, rinse and half load.
It dries the dishes at the end of the cycle and they do come out very clean and dry, but you have to stand back when you open the door as the steam from inside comes out as soon as you open the door.
The shelves inside can be adjusted and they have racks that can be folded down when you don't need them or opened out to stand plates in.
It holds twelve plate settings which is a lot of plates and also has a delay start
To operate you just put the dishes into the racks, add a dishwasher tablet or powder into the compartment that's in the door, close the door and put the dial on the setting you want , then push the button to start.
It stops automatically after the cycle you have chose and beeps to let you know it has finished.
It runs quietly and washes the pots and pans efficiently leaving them nice and clean when the wash is done.
You have to rinse the heavy soiled pans before you put them in and also the pans like the frying pan that might have cooking oil in it, as if you put these in without rinsing them first you might get streaks on your glasses that go at the top of the dishwasher.
I find that all types of dishwasher tablets and powder go in this machine and there isn't much difference in the performance of the powders or tablets.
You have a plastic compartment at the bottom to add the dishwasher salt and there is a place where the water drains away that can be undone to clean every time it gets bits of food in it, as it's like a filter that catches the food bits from the plates so that the pipes don't get clogged up, this has to be cleaned regularly as if you don't then your dishes won't come out as clean as they should.
All in all I like this dishwasher it has saved me lots of time and is easy to use.
/ Must Know Information / Dimensions (H x W x D) (cm) / 85 x 60 x 61 / Colour / White / Energy Rating / A / Wash Performance / A / Drying Performance / A / Water Consumption (Litres) / Average 14.3 Litres / Cycle / Energy Consumption (kWh) / Average 1.05 kWh / Cycle / Noise Level (dB) / 51 / Functionality / No. Of Place Settings / 12 / No. Of Programmes / 5 / No Of Washing Temperatures / 3 / LED Display / n/a / Other Features / Salt and Rinse Aid Indicators / Delay start option 3h / Height adjustable upper basket / Foldable plate rack / Foldable cup shelves /