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I always feel that writing a review of a type of appliance that you have not much experience with (i.e. you used just one or two models ever) is a bit problematic. What if I consider something a major fault without realising that they are ALL like that, and my gripe should be with a type of a device rather than a particular model?
And it's thus with this caveat that I am going to review the dishwasher I have been using since we rented a fully furnished house we are staying in now.
It's an Indesit machine which supposedly makes it a budget brand, but I am a bit dubious about what it actually means. Sometimes ''budget'' means no-frills, and sometimes it means low built quality and low reliability.
I can't quite judge the reliability or built quality of this dishwasher as it comes with the house. It does have a crack on the top and a cracked corner of the door, so the plastic seems a bit flimsy, but I don't know what actually inflicted that damage - maybe it was dropped in transport or something?
To the functioning, though.
It has five wash cycles that are selected using a circular dial. There is also a wash progress indicator, a rest button and a on-off button. That is good. I like simple devices with even simpler interfaces, and by simple I don't mean streamlined beauty that keeps you guessing what's what, I mean clear functionality with obvious mappings of each control to a function. This dishwasher has that, although the cycle description on the door is a bit vague and I had to dig for a manual to know what ''time for you'' or ''eco'' means - and they meant different things to what I suspected.
This brings me to cycles, which this dishwasher has five of: intensive, the aforementioned time 4 you and eco, rapid 25' and soak. I used all of them and for my purposes the choice is between intensive, which uses a 40C pre-wash, 65C wash and 70C rinse (as well as two cold ones) and eco, which uses two cold pre-washes, 50C wash and a 65C rinse. The Time4You cycle is supposed to be the 'normal' cycle but frankly it washes only once at the same temperature as eco while rinsing at 70C, so from the point of view of energy use the eco cycle is much preferable as as it gives more washing and rinsing at lower temperatures. I can't see an advantage of using this, unless somebody wants the cycle completed quickly (but then they may as well hand-wash) as the Time4You takes less than 90 minutes and the eco cycle - almost two and half hours.
I tested all the cycles with my normal type of dishes - cooking pans, oven dishes, plates, bowls and tea and coffee cups and the results on the intensive and eco cycles were similar, while the Time4You was little poorer. Overall though, I am not that impressed with the washing results of this machine: unless I clean the filter roughly every two washes, and/or heavily rinse/scrape all the dishes, there is residue on the top-rack items.
The Rapid 25' cycle is utterly useless in normal life, though I can imagine using it for example after a party when you used a lot of glassware or cups but nothing is actually dirty.
My main gripe is that there is no way on any of the cycle to switch off the drying. The Rapid 25' has no drying, but as it's otherwise useless for washing normal dishes (ie not just cups and glasses and cleanish plates), it doesn't help. The only way to avoid the (completely unnecessary) expense of having your dishes bake after they get washed is to catch the machine after it pumped the water out, switch it off and open the door. I really wish there was a way to switch it off for every cycle - just like you can hold spin for any cycle in most washing machines.
The other think I would welcome is ability to adjust the temperature of the rinse, or have a cycle with cold rinses only. Maybe the harsh detergents use in dishwashers necessitate hot rinsing?
The manual had no indication of the water use for each cycle, our property has a private and unmetered supply - and we live in Scotland which certainly doesn't lack water - so water usage is of no concern, but I assume that Time4You cycle would be the best if you wanted to save water. I wish there was information on energy use as my musings above are just guesswork based on temperatures.
In all cases I always use two tablets of the Finish stuff for the main wash, as one doesn't seem enough at all. The drawer for pre-wash detergent is small and gets clogged up easily, so I just put an extra half tab in the body of the machine instead.
All in all, I think this dishwasher does what it says on the tin, but isn't particularly impressive: quite possibly in this case you get what you pay for.
Indesit IDL 530
5 Wash settings - Intense, Time for you, Eco, Rapid 25 and Soak.
Measurements -85x60x60 cm
Energy efficiency - A
Energy consumption - 1.02 kWh per wash.
Water consumption - 18ltr
Price and quality spec of this product is what drew us to choosing this particular model for our familys needs.
We have had it for some time now and its still going strong, its had its moments such as random faults but this has usually been solved by simply cleaning out the filters which due to the simple and easy to use design was a very quick to complete job.
It has a very good size area for putting the dishes in with its two draw system and also has a designated holder for the cutelry. It boasts options for a variety of configurations for plates, pans and mugs.
I find it to be a really useful bit of kit, bought for a good price and find it both easy to maintain and easy to use although i do recommend you use a dishwasher cleaner once in a while to keep it fresh and free from limescale cause thats whats seems to cause faults to occur more frequently.
I seem to be in disagreement with other reviewers as regards the indesit IDL530. I already owned a dishwasher which I had had for about five years with no problems( Unfortunately I can't remember the make) when it finally gave up the ghost. As usual these things never break down when your finances are ok.
I bought this machine in John Lewis for £130 it was an item that had been returned (now I know why) it had a years guarantee with it.
I have not had major problems with it, just small niggles, I find it difficult loading it, don't seem to get so much in it, and quite often when I open it I find the soap tablet still in one piece and the dishes not looking as clean as they should be. I have to hold my dinner plates forward whilst pushing the bottom tray in and then push them back otherwise the spray arm gets caught on them. it has put me off buying another indesit.
I have now lived with this dishwasher for 2 years. In that time it has performed well with just 2 small faults. Firstly, it displayed an error message quite randomly which has now gone away (completely unexplained). Secondly, a small piece of the plastic that forms the top of the door has snapped off (but I'm just going to blame my wife for that as she is a little heavy handed).
The machine itself is very simple to use and cleans all manner of plates, dishes and pans without fuss. I know Indesit's are cheap but ours has performed well and it was the cheapest available when we bought it. Simple to install, simple to use. There are limited functions and programmes, but we have found there are enought for your everyday needs.
Clean your dishwasher regularly (using a proper dishwasher cleaner) and it will clean faultlessly. We have found that a good quality dishwasher tablet will also make a difference (but even the best all-in-one tablets works better with separate salt).
Had a new kitchen fitted so I thought I would get a dishwasher to go in it, I never had a dishwasher before so I did a bit of research before I bought one which was good value for money, Had mine for about 18 months now and haven't had any problems with it what so ever, there are only a few buttons on it so it is very easy to use, it has 5 different cycles so you can use the one best suited to you I partically like the rapid cycle because it still cleans them well but it only takes about 30 mins, have found that if you don't clean the filters that it doesn't perform as well as it should so its a good idea to clean them regulary....all in all I am very happy with mine and would recommend it to anyone on a tight budget
For this price bracket, this dishwasher represents good value for money.
Problems found after VERYextended usage (in a VERY hard water area) is the spraybar sometimes becomes clogged with debris (as any machine can), plus the cutlery tray suffers some degradation with some of the plastic breaking off -- which can allow cutlery to drop through and can impede the lower spray bar) . However in fairness, some of this could be because over time, sharp knives placed blade down can cut up the floor of the cutlery tray - I am just saying what's happened to my machine (not a scientific test, but a typical user experience)
To get best performance it is necessary to do a good clean of the filters every few weeks (similar to other makes) , plus ideally use a dishwasher cleaner cycle to remove all limescale. Reliability to date has been excellent, but if the dishes are very dirty, combined with a lack of filter cleaning, residues can become evident after the drying cycle. A little bit noisier than some of the top brands - but then a lot cheaper too.
Overall for under 200 quid, it does what it says on the tin and is a good buy vs some of the machines far more expensive. Generally only use 1 setting for "everything" for day 2 day items - and without too many twiddly bits and extra buttons - there seems less to go wrong than some of the more complex machinery on the market. Happy with mine.
The Indesit 23 in / IDL 530 Free-Standing Dishwasher has 5 wash programs / Short name: Indesit IDL 530