Fagor LFA-75IT Panel-Ready Dishwasher Review
Custom panel on a budget
By the Numbers
Features like foldable tines, custom panels, and interior lights are all window dressing. What matters most in a dishwasher is how well it cleans. After running it through our tests, the Fagor LFA-75IT proved to be a competent, efficient machine that’s on par with other similarly priced models.
Redeposit was no problem for the LFA-75IT. In all of the cycles we tested, we never saw instances of food particles getting spread around to other dishes. However, we did notice a common problem with all the cycles: water coverage. Specifically, items loaded on the rear corners of the upper rack did not get as clean as other items, something that hurt the LFA-75IT’s scores.
As an everyday workhorse cycle, the LFA-75IT’s Normal is nearly flawless. Except for the aforementioned coverage issue, this cycle removed nearly every stain we loaded into the tub. The cycle ran for 2 hours and 12 minutes, which is a little longer than we like, but this won't matter if you're the kind of consumer who runs the dishwasher overnight.
The Heavy cycle handled everything except burnt cheese, leaving close to 40% of that particular mess behind. Interestingly, this cycle was faster than Normal by about 9 minutes, but its heavier water and electricity usage means you might not want it to replace the Normal cycle outright.
The LFA-75IT’s Quick cycle cleaned surprisingly well for a fast cycle. We normally expect these types of cycles to handle only light stains, but the Quick cycle even made short work of dried oatmeal. The only problem we encountered was the average cycle time of 1 hour and 19 minutes, which really stretches the definition of “quick.”
The LFA-75IT’s cycles use very little power compared to other dishwashers currently on the market. Quick cycle uses 0.50 kWh of electricity and 4.8 gallons of hot water, Normal uses 0.41 kWh and 3.85 gallons, and Heavy uses 0.80 kWh and 6.75 gallons. The total estimated cost is about $25.30 each year for utilities, which is a good $4-$5 below average.
With no adjustable tines and a nearly square cutlery basket sitting awkwardly in the middle of the lower rack, loading the LFA-75IT was tricky. We were able to fit ten of our standardized place settings and one serving setting in the dishwasher, but we imagine that consumers won’t always have such carefully curated loads.
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