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GE Monogram ZDT800SSFSS Dishwasher Review

Pretty and powerful, but lacks some options found in other high-end dishwashers

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By the Numbers

Data and numbers are a thing of beauty, but they don't get nearly as much attention as actual beauty. That said, we were pleased to find that the GE Monogram ZDT800SSFSS isn't just pretty to look at: Its numbers were also drop-dead gorgeous.

Performance

Unblemished by redeposit

GE Monogram ZDT800SSFSS—Cheese After Heavy Cycle
Burnt cheese remains after a run of the Heavy cycle. View Larger

The ZDT800SSFSS gave impressive cleaning scores all around, with nearly every item coming out spotless after both Normal and Heavy cycles. The common meat, egg, and milk stains were no match for either cycle, but the most impressive result after repeated rounds of testing is the lack of redeposit.

A few issues kept the ZDT800SSFSS from perfection. For one thing, the Heavy cycle could not quite cut it with the burnt cheese stain. While prewashing is generally not necessary with modern dishwashers, some stains require a bit of scraping beforehand.

One other problem we found is actually something we've been running into with recent GE dishwashers. On the upper rack, the corners are practically "dead zones": items loaded there never get enough water, so they come out dirtier than items placed right next to them. This uneven coverage means you'll have to be careful with how you load the dishwasher.

Efficiency

Good efficiency, if you don't mind wet dishes

We've estimated that the ZDT800SSFSS will cost around $27.06 a year to run. A vast majority of the time, you will be using the Normal cycle, which takes 0.58 kWh of electricity and 4.03 gallons of hot water. On the occasions you need to break out the Heavy cycle, you're looking at using 0.78 kWh of power and 6.62 gallons of water.

GE Monogram ZDT800SSFSS—LCD Screen
The ZDT800SSFSS's full-color LCD screen View Larger

One thing to note is that the heating element is never engaged by default on any of the ZDT800SSFSS's cycles. This means if you like to have the dishwasher dry your dishes instead of letting them air dry, you're going to see an increase in cycle duration and electricity usage.

Capacity

Give it a ten… place settings, that is.

There's enough room in the ZDT800SSFSS to hold ten place settings and a serving setting. The interior is quite flexible, with a wide array of foldable tines, a cutlery basket that splits in three, and adjustable height on the top rack. Even without a third rack, chances are that you won't feel like you're missing out.

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