Whirlpool WDT790SAYW Review
The Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAYW: so average we hardly noticed it.
The Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAYW is as plain vanilla as they come, and we're not talking about its white exterior finish. Sure, this dishwasher has a couple of interesting features and wash options, and its performance is just north of acceptable. But when it comes to overall appeal there's not much to distinguish the from a crowded field of competitors. With a $699.00 MSRP it isn't cheap, but you might be able to pick one up on sale for around $590.
Design & Usability
For $100 more, you get a stainless steel exterior
While the WDT790SAYW lacks a stainless steel exterior, the front is white enough to match an igloo. It will also look good in some kitchens. For the same price, the machine also comes in black, and a stainless steel model can be found for an extra $100. The controls are hidden on the top of the machine.
The wash tub is stainless steel, and inflexible racks (seriously, they're entirely fixed) fit ten full place settings plus a serving setting.
This is a pretty basic dishwasher
An Overnight Cycle is the main feature on this dishwasher. It takes six hours, but it uses very little water and electricity when compared to other cycles. If you like to run the dishes while you sleep, you might as well choose this option.
There's also a Sanitize feature, a four-hour delay, and a top rack wash. One wash cycle is sensor-based, and changes up the timing of a wash depending on the level of dirt in a load.
Uneven cleaning depending on the cycle
The Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAYW is all over the map. While the One-Hour Wash is—shockingly—an hour in duration, its performance was bad to the point of being useless. The Normal and Heavy washes performed much better, but they weren’t stellar—or quick.
Averaged over the course of a year—with the Normal cycle chosen 50 percent of the time—we calculated that the WDT790SAYW will cost roughly $27.40 to operate, which is pretty good by almost all industry standards.
Not bad for a mid-range dishwasher, but there are better options out there
The Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAYW is an efficient, modestly designed dishwasher with so-so performance. While we appreciate the price (we found it online for less than $500) and variety of extra wash options, the performance and design were basically okay.
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