The Frigidaire Gallery FGID2474QF (MSRP $693) not only looks good, but our tests showed that it can clean dishes remarkably well. If you buy it, you definitely won't feel like you're settling.

For under $700, you get a dishwasher that's stainless steel inside and out. It also comes equipped with Frigidaire's superb OrbitClean circular spray arm, and plenty of settings for wash pressure and temperature. For dishwashing micromanagers, this Frigidaire is a dream come true.

This video was recorded inside the Frigidaire Gallery FGID2466QF, but it has the same OrbitClean spray arm as the FGID247QF.

Where did all the spinach go?

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It's rare that a Normal cycle on a sub-$800 dishwasher can get rid of most of our baked-on spinach stains, but the FGID2474QS's Normal Wash did exactly that. Many entry-level and budget dishwashers end up spraying the green stain all around the tub, but this cycle removed 99.41% of the stain entirely.

Power Plus took things to the next level, further improving on the same stains used in the Normal Wash while also perfectly removing all traces of burnt cheese, burnt sugar, and baked-on lasagna. Some high-end dishwashers we've tested can't even do that.

The Quick Wash cycle took only 30 minutes, but lacks the same cleaning power as the other two cycles we tested. It performed especially poorly with dried milk stains, leaving as much as 18% of it behind. In general, this is the cycle to avoid except for the lightest of stains.

Green means done.

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Devoid of branding or logos, the FGID2474QF's stainless steel front will fit into any kitchen. Not only does this give it a clean look, but the flat, even surface is easier to clean, as well. Do keep in mind that Frigidaire's so-called "smudge free" stainless trends a bit darker than other manufacturer's metallic finishes, though.

A blank front means no external display, but the FGID2474QF beams a green light on the floor when a cycle is complete.

The interior hosts Frigidaire's OrbitClean circular spray arm. It spins at the end of the washarm on a secondary axis, like a planet's moon, and helps clean items that are hidden away in corners.

There are many dishwashers that allow you to adjust the height of the upper rack, and the FGID2474QS is no exception. However, this Frigidaire lets you do it without levers, buttons, handles or switches—you simply lift the entire rack until it clicks in place, and lift it again to lower it.

The upper rack has a few unique features. Like the pricier Electrolux EI24ID50QS (which is made in the same factory as this Frigidaire), silicone supports keep glasses and mugs from sliding around, and a set of flexible vinyl stemware clips firmly grip your delicate glassware. In total, we were able to fit 11 place settings and a serving setting inside the FGID2474QF.

So many choices!

Some people are control freaks, but rarely does a dishwasher give them the opportunity to change how their dishes get cleaned. The FGID2474QF has three settings for wash pressure (Scour, Surge, and Spray) and three options for wash temperature (Sanitize, Hi Temp, and Normal).

You can also set whether the machine will dry dishes using a heating element or a fan. The latter allows for an accelerated air dry that won't melt your plastics.

And we haven't even gotten to the cycles: Power Plus, Normal Wash, Quick Wash, China Crystal, Energy Saver, and Rinse Only. Between these cycles and the wash options, there is a combination for every kind of load. As an added bonus, the FGID2474QF's Favorite Cycle lets you save one of those combinations for easy access.

Right in the middle

Although we noticed that the Normal Wash used 0.89 kWh of power, which is slightly higher than the average everyday cycle on other dishwashers, the overall annual utility cost is still around average. We estimated the FGID2474QS will cost you $28.08 a year to run.

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For comparison, Power Plus used 1.03 kWh of power and Quick Wash used 0.31 kWh of electricity. Water usage is a bit on the low side for each cycle: Normal Wash used 2.44 gallons, Quick Wash used 3.97 gallons, and Power Plus used 6.8 gallons.

Simple, easy height adjustment

There was enough room inside the FGID2474QS to hold 11 of our standardized place settings and a serving setting. The height adjustment mechanism for the upper rack really stood out for us while we were loading this Frigidaire. The upper rack can be lifted to accommodate taller items on the bottom rack, and it clicks firmly into place without levers or switches. Flexible stemware clips and silicone supports also help with the loading process.

Nuke it from Orbit!

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Thanks to OrbitClean, the FGID2474QF delivered a very strong cleaning performance without using any more water than the average dishwasher. We also noticed that on Normal Wash and Power Plus, there were virtually no instances of redeposit—the official name for when food gets washed off dirty dishes and onto clean ones during a wash.

In fact, the Normal Wash removed most of the spinach we use to test for redeposit. Even the sticky oatmeal and dried milk stains were almost completely gone. The Power Plus cycle did even better with these stains, as well as with the burnt sugar, burnt cheese, and baked-on lasagna we threw at it. It was as if the food stains were obliterated with a tactical orbital bombardment.

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The Quick Wash took exactly 30 minutes, living up to its name, but the results were nothing like a precision strike. Some fast wash cycles can get away with tougher stains, but the FGID2474QF's Quick Wash can really only handle light stains.

As far as efficiency goes, the FGID2474QF is about average in water and power consumption. We estimated a total annual cost of $28.08 a year to run this Frigidaire.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

A fashionable exterior hides powerful performance.

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It can be difficult to find a dishwasher that offers superb cleaning power, customization options, and an inoffensive design for under $700. That's why we wholeheartedly recommend the Frigidaire FGID2474QF.

If the Whirlpool WDT710 series doesn't have enough features for you, this Frigidaire is a great step up.

Only slightly more expensive than our best budget pick, the FGID2474QF adds extras like silicone stemware holders, an auto-adjust top rack, and a stainless steel interior. You can customize a wash or leave it alone, and you even get two options for drying dishes.

On top of all that, it does a great job cleaning, too. That's why this Frigidaire gets our recommendation.

Meet the testers

Johnny Yu

Johnny Yu

Staff Writer

@ReviewedHome

Johnny Yu writes news, features, and reviews for Reviewed.com. He graduated from U-Mass Boston with a Bachelor's in Social Psychology and spends much of his free time expanding his gaming horizons. Sometimes, he does his laundry at work.

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Johnny Yu

Johnny Yu

Staff Writer

@ReviewedHome

Johnny Yu writes news, features, and reviews for Reviewed.com. He graduated from U-Mass Boston with a Bachelor's in Social Psychology and spends much of his free time expanding his gaming horizons. Sometimes, he does his laundry at work.

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