Whirlpool Gold WDF730PAYW Review
The Whirlpool WDF730PAYW is a blindingly white, cheaply designed—yet affordable—addition to the Gold Series.
Talk is cheap; science is not. That’s why our reviews are all based on raw, field-tested data. Read on to see how the Whirlpool WDF730PAYW fared in our performance, efficiency, and capacity tests.
While the 1-Hour Wash was "meh," the Normal and Heavy cycles were clear powerhouses.
As mentioned in the body our this review, the Heavy cycle was the highest performer. This is somewhat rare because it’s the only cycle we test with additional stains—and it handled these test with great aplomb! Sorry, I love that word and wanted to shoehorn it into a review.
The most notable example of the heavy cycle’s prowess was its handling of the burnt cheese test. On the first pass it completely removed every trace of the cheese, which almost never happens. On the second, it still removed more than 95 percent. It also scored perfectly in our baked-on oatmeal, baked-on egg, burnt sugar, tea and margarine stains. Even the spinach test, which is specifically designed to fail, neared perfection.
The Normal cycle was also impressive, but a bit more inconsistent. In one pass it scored perfectly in our milk, tea, egg, oatmeal, and margarine tests, but on the other pass it only scored perfectly on our oatmeal test. We recommend cleaning the filter frequently to avoid soils being sprayed throughout the interior of the machine—a common occurrence, but one that was less an issue with the WDF730PAYW.
Somewhat on the efficient end, the WDF730PAYW is not likely to rack your utility bill.
The WDF730PAYW seemed to fall right in the 50th percentile in our efficiency testing. There was nothing exorbitantly wasteful about this machine, but it’s also not going to win any environmental awards.
Our tests showed the Normal wash consumed 1.09 kWh per cycle, for an energy cost of 11 cents. The 1-Hour Wash and Heavy used 0.35 and 1.12 kWh, respectively. This makes an electricity cost of 4 to 12 cents.
In regards to water, we found the Normal cycle used a measly 2.85 gallons of hot water—for a water cost of roughly 3 cents per wash—but the Heavy wash drained 7.67 gallons, making for a water cost of 7 cents. Interestingly, the 1-Hour Wash used as much as 5.09 gallons.
In all, this makes for a total cost per wash of 11 cents on the 1-Hour Wash, 15 cents on the Normal, and 22 cents on the Heavy. All this data calculates to an estimated yearly operating cost of $32.98—a perfectly reasonable figure.
A not surprising and completely expected capacity score
Not surpassingly, the WDF730PAYW was utterly standard in regards to its dish capacity. We were able to fit 10 place settings, including a serving setting, which is perfectly adequate for almost all domestic dishwashing needs.
For your information, a place setting includes dinner plate, bread plate, fruit bowl, glass, saucer, mug, dinner fork, knife, and two spoons; and a serving settings includes platter, serving bowl, fruit bowl, and three serving utensils.
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