GE GLDT696TSS 24 in. Built-In Stainless Steel Dishwasher Review
For a mid-range dishwasher the GE GLDT696TSS offers a surprisingly thorough clean—and it's efficient, too.
The Speed cycle soaked up a decent amount of power for a quick wash (0.60 kWh), but it was justified by the performance. The two other main cycles—Normal and Heavy—consumed 0.61 and 0.92 kWh, respectively. None of the extra wash cycles exceeded this amount (which equates to 6 to 9 cents per wash), helping to place the GLDT696TSS alongside other energy efficient dishwashers.
This “not-good-not-bad” theme tends to come up a lot with the GLDT696TSS (except in performance, which is all-around stellar). When it comes to water consumption, this machine requires a considerable dosage—but, once again, not an outrageous amount. The Speed, Normal, and Heavy cycles used 5.89, 4.76, and 6.92 gallons of hot water per wash, respectively. This made for a water cost of 5 to 7 cents per wash.
Yearly Running Cost
Using the Normal cycle 50 percent of the time over the period of a year will yield an overall utility cost of roughly $30.91. This is based on a total water and energy cost of 13 to 19 cents per wash, depending on the cycle. By most standards, this is a fairly efficient machine. Once again, though, it’s not great—just good.
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