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Whirlpool Gold WDF750SAYM

For around $600, this Whirlpool's few shortcomings are unlikely to weigh on you.

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Introduction

With a sleek interface, superior wash performance, and impressive energy efficiency, the Whirlpool Gold WDF750SAYM is a solid option for most home dishwashing needs. While it's not the most intuitively designed machine, that's about the only complaint we have.

We found it on sale for around $600, so it's not only a reliable dishwasher, but an exceptional value as well. Of course, there are still some downs to go with those ups.

Design & Usability

Most of our complaints stem from the machine's actual construction; some elements are unintuitive.

For a machine with a front control panel, the WDF750SAYM's design is surprisingly tasteful. We tend to prefer interfaces located on the top of the door, but this simple front control panel is subtly integrated into the stainless exterior. The interior seems somewhat haphazardly designed, though, and handling is therefore a bit frustrating.

Rapid removal or insertion of the rack caused the wheels to come off track.

Beyond the fact that the six rows of vertical tines in the lower rack are not adjustable, they were placed in such a way that made for an inflexible loading pattern. This reduced its overall capacity and made loading large or bulky dishware more difficult. We also noticed that rapid removal or insertion of the rack caused the wheels to come off track, which is frustrating when trying to start a cycle in a hurry. The upper dish rack was much more user-friendly, even though it also lacked adjustability. The layout design was just more responsive to loading glassware, mugs, and small bowls, even if the rack itself was a bit shaky.

Features

This appliance hosts a standard array of extra features and wash options—not surprising, given the low price.

In addition to the basic 1-Hour, Normal, and Heavy cycles, the WDF750SAYM features an Eco wash that conserves water and energy, as well as a Sensor cycle that gauges the amount of food stains in the wash tub and uses a corresponding amount of water and power to clean them. The customizable wash options include a Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, Heat Dry (Eco or High), and a Delay of 2, 4, or 8 hours. There is also a lock to keep those family members who don't help out with the dishes from interrupting a wash cycle. Each of the wash options can be added to a given cycle, though some restrictions do apply.

Performance

The WDF750SAYM is by no means a quick dishwasher, but its wash performance is admirable.

The true gem here was the three hour long Heavy wash, which aced all our tests. However, the considerable amount of time, water, and energy this cycle demands means you should save it for the filthiest of loads.

The true gem here was the three hour long Heavy wash... save it for the filthiest of loads.

For everyday dishwashing, the Normal wash will usually suffice. We have few complaints, and it took a lot less time than the Heavy wash. If you're looking for speed, there's Whirlpool's 1-Hour Wash. Like most quick cycles, it sacrifices energy efficiency—and sometimes cleaning power—in favor of speed. That said, its performance was somewhat better than others we've tested.

Conclusion

A great bargain buy, as long as you don't mind a less-than-perfect interior layout.

With strong performance across its three main wash cycles, the WDF750SAYM is a pretty nice deal for something with an MSRP of just $749, and sale prices below $600. It includes just enough features to satisfy most alternative washing needs, and it’s also pretty efficient.

If you want a great value, you should definitely take a closer look at this Whirlpool.

Our main concerns are with its usability and general design, as some aspects of the machine were clunky, which made for a difficult dish-loading process. Still, those complaints seem trifling when comparing this dishwasher's price with the competition. If you're in the market for a new dishwasher and you want a great value, you should definitely take a closer look at this Whirlpool.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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