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Frigidaire Gallery FGID2474QF Dishwasher Review

Impressive cleaning. Impressive value.

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By the Numbers

Whenever we see a unique feature like OrbitClean, we're always interested in seeing how it affects test results. For the Frigidaire Gallery FGID2474QS, the results appear to be cleaner dishes with less redeposit. That's very good news.

Performance

Where did all the spinach go?

Frigidaire FGID2474QS—OrbitClean
The circular wash arm is called OrbitClean. View Larger

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.

Efficiency

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.

Frigidaire FGID2474QS—Green Light
This light comes on when the FGID2474QS is finished with a cycle. View Larger

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.

Capacity

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.

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