Fagor LFA65ITX Review
The Fagor LFA-65 IT X may as well have come from Mars.
For all our dishwasher tests, we use the same standard recipes to get our dishes dirty, then see how well a machine does at getting those stains off. This Fagor failed almost all of those tests miserably.
It didn’t do a very good job of actually removing stains, which makes it kind of useless...
The Quick Wash barely counts as a wash. If you’re okay with manually scrubbing your dishes after each wash then full speed ahead! But if you’re a human being who likes to buy appliances that actually work then you’ll probably loathe this wash cycle. To be fair, we haven’t come across many dishwashers with a high-performing Quick Cycle, but given our list of grievances with this machine it’s difficult to find forgiveness.
The "Super Intensive" Heavy Duty cycle was even worse. Each dish, including the clean dishes that get loaded alongside the dirty ones, needed to be washed by hand afterward.
Only the Normal cycle performed well. Really, it did. No joke. It even did well on our strenuous lipstick test, in which we dab a coffee mug with glossy lipstick.
Extremely efficient, with no water waste
Power usage was pretty average, with the main cycles consuming between 0.6 and 1.3 kWh—not great, but not bad. This made for an electricity cost that ranged from 6 to 14 cents per wash. Much of this energy is used to heat water to considerably high wash temperatures.
The Fagor also barely used any water. More importantly, the volume of water was fairly consistent across all wash cycles. From the Quick Wash to the Super Intensive Cycle, the machine consumed 2.21 to 3.1 gallons of cold water. This averages out to a water cost of just 1 cent per wash, which is very good.
We should mention, however, that Fagor doesn’t seem to get the difference between a hot and cold water connection. Or maybe they do and just didn’t think to, you know, tell… anyone. Because the installation manual was mum on this, we had to call the Fagor customer service hotline, which was met with this reassuring answer: “Uh, cold water? I think it was cold… Yeah, cold water…” Gee, thanks!
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