With this dishwasher you don't have to wash your dishes before you run your dishwasher. If you rinse them fairly well they will get clean very well. Noise Level For some reason this dishwasher sounds like a train running in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is steps from the TV room and just a few more to the bedroom it sometimes become a hardship to do anything in the house when running the dishwasher. It has a great delay feature though, so I try to set it to run when we either aren't home or asleep with the bedroom door shut. Cleaning Time This seems to have a VERY long cleaning cycle. Because of the noise I try to run it when we aren't present but that becomes very difficult because of the extreme cleaning time involved. Loading Flexibility This dishwasher has average loading flexibility. There is really nothing special about it, but it does have places for dishes and cups and small items. Performance The machine gets the dishes clean. Even though it is loud it does a fine job of getting everything clean. I like being able to put something in here that has just been rinsed, run it three days later and have it come clean. Design The design is just a basic dishwasher. It gets the job done but it's not super fancy. Very good at getting things clean though. Durability We have owned the dishwasher for five years and it still gets the dishes as clean as it did the first day we used it. Very durable and reliable.