Here’s a Samsung dishwasher, the DW80K7050US, that’s quiet, great looking, well priced, and boasts unique features. We spent a week testing it in our labs and, despite a few concerns, found a lot of positives. (Still trying to figure out which dishwasher is best for you? Take a look at our in-depth dishwasher buying guide.)
If baking casseroles is a regular part of your cooking routine, our tests showed that you’ll be able to get those dirty baking pans really clean, even without soaking them first. Although this isn’t the quietest dishwasher on the market, at 44 dbA, it’s as hushed as many Bosch models that cost nearly twice as much.
With its hidden control panel and comfortable, rounded handle, the DW80K7050US is a real looker. The model we tested in our labs was stainless steel inside and out, but if you’re going for an edgier look, the black stainless exterior model—the DW80K7050UG—adds drama.
On both, the control panel glows with a subtle blue light when a cycle is running. Unlike higher-end Samsung dishwashers, which have a WaterWall sprayer that moves from back to front, this model has a traditional rotating spray arm.
This dishwasher rocks so many useful features, it’s hard to know where to begin. Here’s what it offers:
• Five cycles including Auto (using a sensor), Normal, Heavy, Delicate, and Express 60 and a Rinse only cycle, good if you’re not able to run a full cycle for some time, and you don't want food stains stuck onto the plates.
• StormWash, with a “red zone” on the bottom rack that has a dedicated water spray for cleaning greasy, grimy pans
• Autorelease, which opens the door at the end of the cycle to let in air, for faster drying. The only other dishwasher that does the same thing is an $1,800 Miele.
• Stemware holders on both sides of the middle rack
• Retractable tines, and a removable set on the bottom to make room for larger dishes and pans
• A third rack that’s not deep enough for a ladle, but can hold small bowls and any flatware that doesn't fit in the two-part cutlery basket
That's a lot of features for a dishwasher that costs so little. Unfortunately, when it came to cleaning performance, we have a concern: spinach.
Because it tends to clog a dishwasher's filter, baked-on spinach is one of the toughest tests we put to dishwashers in our labs. The DW80K7050US struggled with it.
The good news is, this machine slayed meat, milk, and oatmeal in the Normal cycle. And the Express 60 cycle unexpectedly surpassed Normal on cleaning spinach, though it had a little trouble with milk and meat. The Heavy cycle did well on everything but burned-on cheese, but the StormWash feature will take care of that.
In terms of efficiency, you’ll spend only $26 a year on average to run this dishwasher.
What the users say
Owners have mixed feelings about this dishwasher. Judging by user reviews, only about 75% of them would recommend it to a friend—a lot fewer than most major appliances. Most of the positive reviews mentioned its quiet operation. A comment we saw a few times concerned the door frame not being flush, and we also read about wheels on the racks breaking soon after delivery.
The bottom line
If you want a new dishwasher that looks impressive and cleans lasagna pans well, this quiet and affordable Samsung could work for your kitchen. The third rack has its own water spray, and the flexibility of the setup lets you arrange your dishes in a way that works best for you.
The performance was all right, as long as you give spinach dishes a good scraping before you load them into a Normal cycle. And on sale, you can scoop up the dishwasher for under $600.
For comparison’s sake before you buy, take a look at the LG LDF5545ST. No, it doesn't have as many features—but it cleans impeccably, and earned two of our coveted badges—Editors’ Choice and Best of the Year.
Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.
We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.