The DWL2825SDSS sports stainless steel at a palatable price.
For an MSRP of just $499, the Haier DWL2825SDSS offers a decent clean with plenty of wash options to satisfy most user needs. While it's not the prettiest or most efficient dishwasher we've come across, it's the cheapest stainless option we've seen. If initial purchase price is your biggest concern, this one might be worth tracking down.
Design & Usability
This Haier DWL2825SDSS is designed so as to preclude confusion about buttons and gizmos, dagnabbit!
The design of the DWL2825SDSS is more about pragmatism than aesthetics. A shiny, black, flimsy-looking control panel sits above dull, dark stainless. The entire exterior completely omits the "Haier" name—an interesting branding decision, considering this is one of the first dishwashers the company has imported to the US. Read into that what you will.
Open the door and you'll find the wash tub interior is also covered in stainless steel—a design element that helps expedite the drying process in this case. Unfortunately, the lack of overall soundproofing means even a stainless interior doesn't do much to dampen the noise. This dishwasher is loud—not deafeningly loud, but it’s noisier than your average modern machine.
The bottom rack includes 10 rows of tines (10!), two of which can be collapsed to make more room for bulkier dishes. They are all evenly spaced and sensibly positioned, which certainly contributes to the machine’s high load capacity. While the four rows on the upper rack are less impressive when it comes to flexibility and capacity, we certainly didn’t have any problems. It's a standard layout, and we don’t imagine you’ll have any problems either. The cutlery holder felt a little cheap but it served its purpose, namely to hold silverware and utensils. It is also removable, to accomodate large, bulky dishes.
Nothing stands out and nothing is missing... except maybe a delay option.
The DWL2825SDSS includes four main washes, plus a Rinse & Hold cycle intended for prepping dishes for washing at a later time. The customization options are indistinguishable from the wash options, as they are all add-ons to individual cycles. They’re pretty run-of-the-mill: High-Temperature Wash, Sanitize Rinse, and Heated Dry. The only thing missing is a delay option, but for the price, it’s hard to complain. Aside from the rinse cycle and status display, that's all there is.
Since Haier is relatively new to the dishwasher game in the US, the DWL2825SDSS may be hard to find. It may also prove difficult to obtain parts locally.
Overall wash performance was only frustrating in its inconsistency; most of the cycles were fairly quick to complete.
While some dishes in certain cycles—whether Speed, Normal, or Pots & Pans—came out shining and nearly perfect, others were downright filthy. Since we followed the manufacturer's instructions regarding dish loading, this indicates a spray pattern design flaw.
The Normal wash was probably the most inconsistent, but effective on the dishes that did come out clean. Conversely, the Speed Cycle was more consistent than anything else, but the worst cycle in terms of overall cleaning; we’d only recommend using it for very light wash loads.
You get more than you pay for... though with such a low price tag, that's not necessarily saying much.
The DWL2825SDSS’s greatest feature may be its price. With an MSRP of $499 and sale prices that fall far below that, it offers a solid (albeit inconsistent) clean, decent efficiency, a stainless steel interior and exterior, high dish capacity, and enough wash options to satisfy most cleaning needs.
It should be noted, though, that none of the features are particularly impressive. You're getting a budget dishwasher, and it is what it is.
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