Perhaps the lesson of this review should be you get what you pay for. I am not sure if this is the cheapest of the Frigidaire models but I suspect it was at the time the most inexpensive of stainless steel models at the time. This one came with our first house that was spruced up to sell in 2010. I believe the house was renovated in February and we bought the house in April, so a year and a half after it was purchased the motor blew, or six months after the one year warranty lapsed. Water would fill and drain from the unit but dishes would be cleaned, soap would be unused and the arms where not spinning even though we checked to make sure they were unobstructed. We called a repair man and he verified that the motor was getting power but dead, which is what pushes the water through the unit and thus spins the arms. The dishwasher repairman said in his opinion Frigidaire is the worst of the bunch for brand reliability and Whirlpool is the best. A cheap Whirlpool would be better than the highest end Frigidaire dishwasher. Consumer Reports seems to confirm this. He also said that replacing the motor would not be wise since most likely something else will break shortly. Oh joy! Beware this model I would say. I didn't find this model rating anywhere else including CR. As a side note, when buying a house you may want to look up the price of the current new appliances so that you can estimate the worth of these bonuses before considering what you will pay for them. Noise Level Very loud. You can hear it from upstairs. Is this normal? Cleaning Time Seems to take a long time no matter the setting choice. Loading Flexibility Relatively flexible. Except for your tallest of pots. Performance Load order and tilt of dish or pan seems to impact its performance. Having a very dirty dish and not putting it on the pots & pans setting may lead to spreading the filth around the dishwasher instead of cleaning it. Design It's stainless if you are into that kind of thing. Rack layout seems to be a good design. A titled basket for the cooking utensils would be a great addition to this unit or any unit. Do they have that anywhere? Durability Broke after a year and half.
Holly Springs, NC