We always clean our dishes off well before putting them in the dishwasher and they still come out dirty. I don't think this cleans at all. I can usually feel an oily film on the dishes and see streaks. This came in the home we bought but, I would never buy one otherwise. Noise Level I would say this is a pretty loud machine. We can hear from other rooms when it changes cycles. Cleaning Time Out of dishwashers I have used in to he past, I feel this one takes a long time to clean and doesn't even do the job. Loading Flexibility I think the versatility for loading different dishes is pretty decent. Some of the wires on the bottom can be flipped down and the silverware containers can be removed. Performance By the time you get your dishes clean enough to be put in the dishwasher, you no longer need a dishwasher. Design I don't like the black plastic at the top. I think it gives it a cheap look and feel. Durability Ours still runs but, I can't say it ever actually worked for the purpose its made.