This Maytag Performa portable dishwasher is a great appliance at a reasonable price. We bought ours because we rent a house that is too old to install a dishwasher. I was quite skeptical when my husband brought this appliance home because I assumed it would only clean mild to moderately dirty dishes. I was surprised when I put it to the test with spaghetti for a family of six! The only reason this appliance does not get a '10' is because it isn't as quiet as I thought it would be. This is not a big issue, as I run it at night while my children sleep. All around, though we've had ours for about two years and have had no problems! Noise Level As I stated, I expected the appliance to be quieter, as advertised. Since we have a small house with an open floor plan, I as hoping for less noise so that I could run the dishwasher during the day. This isn't the case, however. I use it at night though with no issue. Cleaning Time The Maytag Performa takes around two hours to complete a cycle. This isn't an extremely long time, but it is not for the impatient. This is not a major issue for myself, but could be for other consumers who have a limited amount of time to complete their chores. Loading Flexibility I believe that the loading flexibility is pretty average for this appliance. Considering it is small and portable, space is going to be limited. I have no issue with washing dishes for a family of six and unless it is a major holiday, I only run my Maytag Performa once a day. Performance I am very impressed with the performance of this machine. My dishes come out clean every time I use it. I have only had a couple of issues in two years, and those were due to food that happened to stick to a particular pan while cooking. Again, this is a fabulous appliance at this price and I was quite surprised. Design The dishwasher is lightweight and easy to maneuver. I like that it has a smooth counter-like surface that makes it blend in with the rest of my kitchen. The design is also uncomplicated and pretty much fool-proof. Durability I have four children under the age of six, and none of them have managed to damage my dishwasher! I have not had any malfunctions, repairs, or other mechanical issues either.