GE GDF510PSDSS Review
A simple, run-of-the-mill dishwasher that's cheap to buy and cheap to run.
While the GDF510PSDSS did not give us much to be excited about in the design and usability departments, our testing revealed a couple of great things about this dishwasher. Even though its scores were pretty average and also unexciting, we learned that this machine has a low annual cost and fast cycle times. So despite the limited adjustability and wash options, the GDF510PSDSS may actually be a perfect fit for people who are just looking for a simple, low-cost dishwasher.
Redeposit keeps this dishwasher from perfection.
The GDF510PSDSS did OK on our stain tests. While far from perfect, it also didn’t leave an egregious amount of soil behind. What we found was that this machine has some problems with redeposit. Otherwise spotless dishes with their original stains removed, such as eggs, milk, or meat, would have tiny specks of spinach or oatmeal stuck to them from other dishes. Most machines have trouble with removing baked-on spinach, and it’s the same story here. One of the reasons we set up such an impossible task is so we can see if the dishwasher would spread the spinach to the other items inside the tub.
The GDF510PSDSS’s Heavy cycle did a better job than the Normal, while taking nearly twice as long. The redeposit issue was still present, but to a far lesser extent. This cycle actually managed to remove over 99% of the spinach stains. Our suggestion for getting that up to 100%: scraping your plates or letting them soak for a while before loading them in.
Low cost to run, provided you leave the drying option off.
As a result of not having heat dry as a default, the GDF510PSDSS has faster cycles and a lower cost per run than many other dishwashers. A Normal cycle will cost you about 12 cents, and a run on the Heavy cycle will be about 20 cents. Even though there is no Quick Wash option, the Normal cycle only takes around 86 minutes, making it a passable option for when you need a fast cleaning job. In total, our calculated annual cost for running the GDF510PSDSS is $29.47, which is below average. Of course, all these figures take into consideration that no drying cycles were selected. For the convenience of dry dishes at the end of a run, your cycle times and cost will increase if you engage the Heat Dry.
Perfect ten, but the lack of adjustability gave us trouble.
We were just barely able to squeeze ten place settings and a serving setting in the GDF510PSDSS. Part of the challenge was the lack of adjustability of the racks. The fixed rows of tines did not leave too many places for us to fit the large serving dishes, and some of the place settings had to be shifted to accommodate. It was like a sliding block puzzle, but we did fit the tenth place setting, earning this dishwasher a perfect ten score.
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