LG LDF8072ST Review
Featuring an impressive range of features, the LG LDF8072ST falls short on efficiency and performance.
The first thing we noticed about the LG LDF8072ST was the cluttered control panel. At first glance, it looks difficult to figure out, but for a machine that has so many features and wash options, it’s really about as simple as it can be. In fact... that's probably an apt assessment of this product in general.
Aside from the wash options, the LDF8072ST is a solid machine, if a bit expensive and erratic. It also well designed, with an extremely high capacity (thanks to the cutlery rack). Our biggest complaint regards its inconsistency, specifically with efficiency and cleaning performance. For those who are concerned about cost, the $1,200 price tag may be an insurmountable barrier. And we’d have to agree.
Design & Usability
The LDF8072ST is a tastefully designed machine that delivers a somewhat clunky user experience.
This stainless steel model has a very traditional design that should be familiar to anyone who has owned a dishwasher before. The matching stainless interior holds two main racks, plus a cutlery rack. Unfortunately, they all felt rather flimsy and the cheap wheels came off the track without much provocation. The top rack features a series of blue latches and holders that did little more than get in the way. The angle and placement of the tines was also somewhat unusual, forcing us to rethink our traditional dish loading pattern. The bottom rack is highly adjustable, and features a metallic front handle and a collapsible cutlery basket that breaks down into three smaller units.
The control panel looks daunting, what with all the doodads and curlicues, but the touch response is accurate and reliable. Our main beef with the control panel is its lack of intuitiveness. You’ll have to consult the manual to figure out which button or logo means what. We also really like the blue back-lighting, and the timer is a much appreciated (yet under-utilized) bonus—what's more, it’s accurate.
The array of wash options and features is so extensive that it feels somewhat like a smokescreen for the middling performance.
There are six cycles in the LDF8072ST: Steam Power, Steam Dual (which washes the upper and lower racks with different spray intensities), Steam Delicate, Normal, Quick & Dry, and Quick. While that's a pretty big number of cycles, the array of extra options is so large that they're difficult to keep track of. You can adjust the spray intensity (soft, medium, and strong), set a delay of up to 19 hours, or activate the extra dry (adds 30 minutes of extra dry time), sanitary (heats water to 160 degrees), or extra rinse (adds another rinse to cycle) functions.
If that's not enough, there are several additional wash options, too: a rinse only (simply rinses dishes to be washed later), an Eco option that uses less water, and a half load setting (washes just the upper or lower rack). There are also a number of other goodies, unrelated to washing, such as a child lock, a digital time display, and LG's Smart Diagnosis for any troubleshooting needs that may arise.
It won’t knock your socks off, but it shouldn’t disappoint you either.
Most of the LDF8072ST’s performance issues had to do with inconsistency. Across multiple passes, the cleaning power seemed to fluctuate—an issue that only gets worse if you don't clean the filter regularly.
Clearly the best performer, the Steam Power cycle adds (you guessed it) steam for a superb clean. While it was far from perfect, most of our stained dishes still came close to completely clean. The Steam Power cycle will cost you a bit more to run, but if this isn’t a concern, we’d recommend using it for even slightly larger-than-normal loads.
It's all downhill from there, though. Since the Quick Cycle consumed more than nine gallons of water, we expected some shiny dishes. Unfortunately, none of our test stains were completely washed away. Because this cycle is less efficient than the Normal wash and only slightly less time-consuming, there really aren’t many reasons to run it. The Normal wash is a better choice: while still disappointing, it is more efficient. It left some food particles floating around inside the dishwasher, and none of the stains were completely removed, either; it sounds worse than it is, as it essentially delivered low- to mid-range performance. Trouble is, that doesn't jive with the price tag.
Lots of control over a machine is only as rewarding as its base performance, and this machine is found wanting.
The LDF8072ST is all about you, in that it puts a high level of control in your hands. You can opt for the simple default settings, but what’s unique about this machine is how much you're able to control individual cycles, customizing them to suit your needs.
That said, the base performance of this dishwasher just isn't worth a $1,200 price tag. If you can find it on sale, it may be worth a closer look; the best we could find, though, was just $1,100, a discount that's too shallow to make it worth your attention.
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