Samsung DMT800RHS Review
Slow and steady cleans the dishes.
Like an office worker who spends most days on Facebook, but really comes through at crunch time, the Samsung DMT800RHS is a hard worker——when it wants to be. If you have the patience for a Heavy Duty cycle that's more than 2.5 hours long, cleaning performance is pretty decent.
You may elect to hire a less erratic worker to clean your dishes. Its $949 MSRP is frequently discounted to around $800, and for that price, you can buy slightly quicker dishwashers that are a bit more consistent.
Design & Usability
A unique hybrid control panel and room for lots of dishes
Though dishwashers that hide their controls are slightly less user-friendly, they remain popular. That's because front controls, though more accessible, interrupt the unified look of a dishwasher's front panel. The Samsung DMT800RHS has a control panel with a display that spills over onto the front of the machine, offering all the inconvenience of hidden controls with all the visual dissonance of a glossy black island in the middle of a sea of stainless. We think it's an unfortunate choice.
Drop the door and things are a little more traditional, with room for 11 place settings. If required, the upper rack can be removed and the upper wash arm replaced with an included spray for washing very large items—a pretty unique feature.
Lots of cycles, but few features
There are no real customization features on this dishwasher: you can’t change the wash level or other options except by choosing a different wash cycle or one of the other features.
Luckily, the six wash cycles on offer provide a good range of options from quick cycles for small, lightly soiled loads up to large, heavily soiled loads and pots and pans. There are a handful of other wash options, including a sanitize mode, start delay and a half wash for a small load that uses less water and electricity.
If you're willing to wait—and pay—for the best results, you'll find this machine is an effective performer.
The Samsung DMT800RHS offers a wide range of cycles with very different speeds, from the just-over-an-hour Quick+ to the nearly three hours of the Pots & Pans cycle. Overall, we found excellent performance from this dishwasher, with most of the cycles more or less effectively removing the food stains from our test dishes. Stains rarely migrated from dirty dishes to clean ones, though some of the most stubborn, baked-on food particles remained behind.
Not surprisingly, the longest cycles performed the best, with the Pots & Pans cycle getting dirty dishes the cleanest. This Samsung is a quiet dishwasher, though, so it's likely you won't even notice how long it takes.
For an average user, this dishwasher would cost about $38.09 a year to run, which is a few dollars higher than similar models we have looked at. If your water and energy costs are high, this could be a deal-breaker.
The Samsung DMT800RHS is a perfectly adequate dishwasher for an attractive price.
If you're not thrown by its half-hidden control panel, you may want to consider the Samsung DMT800RHS. Though it takes its time to get the job done, and though it isn't the most efficient machine we've tested, we were pleased with its performance in our tests.
About the only serious issue with this dishwasher is the stiff competition in the $800-$1,000 price range. There's no real compelling reason to buy this Samsung if other washers out there get dishes even marginally cleaner for the same price.
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