GE Monogram ZDT870SSFSS Dishwasher Review
Can you think of what's missing? We can't.
If there's such a thing as a luxury dishwasher, it's the GE Monogram ZDT870SSFSS (MSRP $1,799). This machine has it all: good looks, quick cycles, incredible cleaning power, a boatload of cycles and wash options to choose from, interior lights, and a full-color LCD screen. OK, one more: It has its own theme music! Near-perfection comes at an unsurprisingly high price, though, and this is also one of the most expensive machines we've ever tested. If your tastes tend toward the expensive, then this is the dishwasher for you.
Design & Usability
Dishes after dark
Monogram is GE's luxury brand, and the ZDT870SSFSS fits in just fine. Like the Bosch SHE8PT55UC, it's equipped with a third rack for holding silverware, a dividable cutlery basket, and interior lights. The ZDT870SSFSS's interior lights are really bright, and strategically placed on the tub's ceiling and on the side walls. You could do your dishes in a dark room if you wanted to.
The ZDT870SSFSS dishwasher also brings in some of the features we appreciated on other GE products: The bottom of the tub has a reversing wash arm to help with coverage, and the sides of the tub are lined with more spray jets. Finally, embedded on the top rack, you'll find four nozzles pointing straight up. If you've been following GE's latest dishwashers, you'll instantly recognize these as bottle wash jets, designed specifically for cleaning inside containers.
You'll have no trouble with loading the ZDT870SSFSS or starting a wash. The control panel, hidden on the top of the door, houses a bright, full-color LCD screen and responsive mechanical buttons (as opposed to touch-controls). The interior is spacious enough to fit ten place settings and one serving setting. It also proved very flexible, with many rows of collapsible tines on the upper and lower racks and a silverware basket that can be split into three parts.
But wait! There's more!
If you are prone to decision paralysis, this might not be the dishwasher for you. The ZDT870SSFSS gives you a whopping seven cycles to choose from: the familiar Normal, Heavy, Light, Express, Rinse, and AutoSense cycles, and the not-so-common eWash—an efficiency-focused cycle that uses only about two gallons of water.
Once you've selected your cycle, it's time to customize. The ZDT870SSFSS lets you add a 30-minute PreSoak to break up tough stains, activate the Bottle Wash jets on the top rack, raise the temperature of the wash through Boost Temp or Sanitize Temp, or opt only to wash the upper or lower racks for half-loads. By default, the dishwasher shuts off the drying option and lets dishes air dry naturally, but you can engage Power Dry or Max Dry if you want to hurry things along.
Some staple features round out the list. A Control Lock blocks out inputs so you can clean and wipe the buttons without engaging any of them, and a Delay option lets you postpone the start of a cycle for 1-12 hours. The ZDT870SSFSS also has Energy Smart, a feature that automatically delays cycles until local energy demands are low. You need to be living in an area with smart meters from your electric company to use this, though.
Very little room for improvement
We were pleased to find that the ZDT870SSFSS had some substance to back up those features. The Normal cycle was thorough enough to remove every trace of meat, egg, and margarine, while leaving only minuscule amounts of oatmeal behind. More importantly, almost every item was completely devoid of spinach particles—lesser machines tend to pick up the baked-on, leafy bits and spray them to other dishes. The only flaw we spotted was the lack of coverage on the upper rack. Items placed near the corners tended not to be as clean as ones placed closer to the center.
The Heavy cycle delivered close to flawless results, doing even better than the Normal cycle's near-perfect results. It did more than just avoid spraying the spinach around—this cycle cleaned off over 98% of the green stuff entirely. Even baked-on lasagna and burnt sugar were no match for this cycle. It only faltered with burnt cheese, leaving visible chunks of the tough stain behind.
The Express cycle sacrificed everything for speed. Clocking in at 30 minutes, this cycle's cleaning results were similar to what we usually see from the Normal cycle of an entry-level machine. Many of the meat, egg, and margarine stains were gone, but the thicker, stickier stains such as oatmeal and dried milk were left behind. Still, we can't complain about that quick cycle time.
With an estimated yearly cost of $25.95, the ZDT870SSFSS is pretty light on the utilities. The dishwasher's fast cycle speeds may play a factor in the low costs: The Normal cycle took only 1 hour, 40 minutes, while the Heavy took was over in 2 hours, 20 minutes. The less time spent washing translates to fewer resources being used.
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Why We Like It
It has everything.
There's only one reason not to buy the GE Monogram ZDT870SSFSS: the $1,799 price tag. Clearly, this is a luxury item, and its price may be a barrier for most consumers. But if cost is no object for you, this machine has it all—even its own theme music.
A step below the Monogram would be the GE Profile PDT750SSFSS, which costs $500 less. Of course, being a trimmed-down version, it's missing some of the fancier stuff. For instance, you won't find a full-color LCD screen or bright interior lights on the Profile, and the Profile doesn't have a symphony orchestra backing it up. But both machines are equipped with GE's Bottle Wash jets, and they're both great at cleaning dishes. As shining examples of high-end dishwashers, you can't really go wrong with either choice.
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