Electrolux EIDW5905JS Review
For close to a grand, we were hoping for something a bit better than adequate.
If the Electrolux EIDW5905JS were a person it’d be a bodybuilder. With its sturdy handle and rigid steel finish, it looks like it's competing for Mr. Universe. That said, we suspect this dishwasher might be taking some performance enhancing pharmaceuticals, since the muscular look is barely skin deep. When it comes down to performance, brute strength is simply absent.
Its $999 MSRP and $899 sale price puts the EIDW5905JS in the same weight class as some far more competitive dishwashers. We suggest you watch the whole competition before making a choice.
Design & Usability
Powerful looks belie a relatively weak wash.
Something about the front, with its rigid handle and off-color top trim, evoke power and control. And it feels as sturdy as it looks. On top, hidden away, is the full set of controls. As with professional bodybuilders, it’s okay to be in awe.
Inside, there's a stainless tub, a removable filter and room for eleven place settings with space to spare. The cutlery basket seemed a bit large for our taste and took up more space than necessary.
A few extra features, but nothing special.
The EIDW5905JS includes a high-temperature wash and a sanitize feature. Both features essentially perform the same function; they merely differ in the peak temperature they reach. The Hi-Temp option heats water to approximately 140ºF in the main wash and 150ºF in the final rinse.
We did a test of the Sanitize option on a Normal Wash and found it reached sufficiently high temperatures to kill bacteria (158.9ºF); most bacteria succumb at around 155ºF. However, this option also prolonged the cycle by nearly half-an-hour, and also consumed roughly 1.5 more gallons of water and 0.22 more kWh.
There's also a rinse cycle, which is used to clean off loose food soils in preparation for a more complete wash at a later time; a sensor-based Auto cycle; an optional air dry and a six-hour delay start setting.
Shirks away from the real heavy lifting
The progress of dishwasher technology has led to a sacrifice of speed in favor of performance—a fair trade, by most accounts. However, the EIDW5905JS is generally a fast machine. At 31 minutes, it truly lives up to the idea of a “Quick Wash” (unlike so many of its competitors). The Normal and Heavy Washes were also relatively fast, clocking in at 93 and 134 minutes, respectively. On all cycles, it handled small- and medium-sized stains like a champ. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to redistribute and bake on larger food particles, a phenomenon known as redeposit. If you scrape or rinse your dishes before washing them, it shouldn't be as much of a problem.
Based on an average of using the Normal Wash 50 percent of the time, this makes for a running cost of $33.05 per year. While this isn’t a bad figure, per se, it definitely isn’t great. Given the machine’s decent performance and impressive design, we had higher expectations.
Other dishwashers are stronger performers.
The Electrolux EIDW5905JS is a forcefully designed monolith of a dishwasher. Everything is focused on functionality and elegant simplicity, with a sturdy stainless steel construction to boot. But while it pleases the eye and cooperates with your hands, it’s less impressive when it comes to efficiency and performance; it’s not bad, it’s just sub-par for the near $1,000 price.
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