Dishwashers to Skip

By: Rachel Pierce Email
By: Rachel Pierce Email

Kenmore's Elite Drawer Dishwashers claim they are "ready for what life dishes out."

Consumer Reports wanted to see just how ready. Testers evaluated two double-drawer dishwashers, one from Fisher and Paykel as well as Kenmore's Elite Drawer dishwasher. The dishwashers are pricey. Both retail for a thousand dollars or more.

Consumer Reports' tests of three of the Kenmore double-drawer dishwashers found problems. Sometimes there was standing water left in the bottom of the washer. Ans when the washer did run properly, it didn't do a very good job cleaning.

"There were visible food particles left on the cups and plates. Some of the dishes feel gritty to the touch." said Consumer Reports' Bob Markovich

On the other hand, the Fisher and Paykel did an excellent job cleaning. However it's noisy. Among dishwashers, Fisher and Paykel has had reliability problems, 25% of its dishwashers purchased over the past few years needing repairs.

Tester found the double-drawer dishwashers came up short in another area. The Kenmore can't fit large plates. And while most other washers can easily hold platters over twelve inches, double-drawer washers have difficulty.

For a good old-fashioned dishwasher, one that does an excellent job cleaning, testers recommend a top-rated Kenmore, model 1374. At $650, it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

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