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LG Fully Integrated with Display Dishwasher in Stainless Steel
Twenty years ago, I would have never considered buying a large appliance, such as a built-in dishwasher, from a relatively new manufacturer. What about the track record? What about repairs? What if the company disappears? So, it took some changing on my part to give the green-light to purchasing the new LG fully intergrated with display dishwasher (model LDF7811) a few months ago.
I know I have mentioned this dishwasher in other hubs, but I wanted to give it its own space because it has proven to be such a great dishwasher, well designed, efficient, a very tall tub (12 inch plates can be put in bothe the upper and lower racks), and, very notably, QUIET!
This is the first dishwasher that I have found that lets the consumer pick the force of the spraying water that cleans the dishes. There are options for a sanitary rinse and an extra rinse. We sometimes have many loads each day. There is a lot of cooking, and ten for dinner is not uncommon.
User Evaluation of the LG Dishwasher
We scrape our dishes quickly before loading them into the dishwasher, but we do not rinse them. We've had this policy through the lives of other dishwashers. For our vintage 1994 Maytag, it meant that I would often have to take the spray arms out of the machine and use either tweezers or some other device to get bits of stuck food from the orifices on the spray arms. It seems small bits of plastic wrap along with fibrous vegetable parts would often get caught in the little holes. (I wondered what was the source of the small bits of plastic wrap for years. All that I can think of is that we often put plates of food in the microwave, and perhaps small pieces of the plastic wrap that we use to cover the food tears and then is removed from the plate by the washing action of the dishwasher.) Of course, the cleaning power of the machine is really hurt if too many of the jets are clogged, and no water is running through them. The jets on the LG are larger, so little pieces have not gotten caught. I have not had to clean the spray arms of debris once. The self cleaning filter works, too, so there is no need to clean a filter -- as is required on a Bosch dishwasher (and here, I note that friends who have Bosch dishwashers seldom clean the filters as often as needed).
Unlike most dishwashers that are covered with an exposed piece of sound insulation, the LGs have an outer shell which covers the insulation. This made for a tight fit, width-wise (and required some sanding) but I suppose that it is also responsible for the low noise. Check the dimensions of your opening.
Rack arrangement is dependent on the kinds of dishes and glassware the consumer puts into the machine. Our plates fit well, as do our glasses. The tines are movable in the bottom rack to leave a completely flat surface, but we have never used that feature.
The cycles are LONG -- even the quickwash is an hour and a half! This is a result of the water eficiency because the top and bottom racks are washed separately. I do wish there were an option for a faster cycle -- even at the cost of using more water. (By the way, this is something common to newer dishwashers).
- XL Tall Tub cleans up to 16 place settings at once
- Design-A-Rack System allows for maximum loading flexibility
- Adjustable Upper Rack allows storage of 12" plates in the upper rack
- Folding Tines & Removable Tines make instant room for larger items
- 3-1 Cutlery Baskets can be snapped together or separated for placement in either the Upper
or Lower Racks
- Stemware Holder secures wine glasses, goblets and champagne flutes but also doubles as a
double decker rack for storage of smaller cups
Performance and Conservation
- Premium LoDecibel Quiet Operation
- SenseClean Washing System
- 6 Wash Cycles with 3 Spray Arms
- Sanitary Cycle
- Half Load Cleaning
- Multi-Level Water Direction
- Detergent and Auto Rinse Dispenser
- Slim Direct Drive Motor
- Water Heater
- Disposer/Self Cleaning Filter
- Delay Start up to 12 hours
Style and Design
- Semi-Integrated Electronic Control Panel
- Visible Digital Status Display
- Premium Color Palette of Stainless Steel, White and Black with Pocket Handle
- Stainless Steel XL Tub
- Nylon Coated Racks and Tines with rounded tips
Two Years Later: Bad News Update
After one year, the LG dishwasher failed. Water was remaining in the bottom of it. Readout codes appeared on the LED screen. I called the 800 number for repair. The first person took a long time to come and seemed not to knw anything. I called LG for another repairman. This one, The 'Best Appliance Guy, was well spoken, but after replqacing the pump, the machine still did not work. After one month, LG replaced the machine. I thought I just had a the rare bad experience. After one year, the s econd macine stopped working (pump problems and the button for the extra rinse ande sanitary rinse did not work. The Best Appliance Guy returned, told me that the seals of the pump had disintegrated and that it was difficult to get another pump. That was after three visits. So, I replaced that dishwasher with a Whirlpool GU3600XYST. The fact that the LG failed twice is so sad. When it worked., it was impressive, but to fail twice, beyond an easy repair, at such a high price, is inexcusable.