GE GDF520PGD Review



A real find at the low end of the price range for anyone needing to load the equivalent of up to 16 full place settings, the GE GDF520PGD comes with three spray arms, a steam prewash, and four wash cycles. It does the job well, but grumbles about the silverware basket crop up in user reviews.

GE GDF520PGD reviews are generally upbeat about this inexpensive dishwasher. Users mostly approve of the cleaning action, noting that it quietly and efficiently washes away food residues. The steam prewash, which keeps prerinsing at the sink to a bare minimum, is a particularly welcome feature, according to reviews at Sears. Many like the capacious interior and the option of placing the silverware basket in the door or the lower rack.

That said, the positive commentary is slightly offset by a variety of critiques. Some GE GDF520PGD reviews at Home Depot, for example, grumble about a very long start-to-finish cycle and dishes and glassware that are still wet even after the heated-dry. Some reviewers also say the rack layout is inefficient, making it hard to load bowls and pots. Mounting the silverware basket on the rack interferes with the soap dispenser, the critics continue, and when placed in the door, the silverware isn't exposed to enough water for thorough cleaning.

Unlike other dishwashers in its class, the GE GDF520PGD (starting at $359, AJ Madison) boasts three spray/wash arms (the third is located above the upper rack) and dedicated silverware jets. There are four wash cycles in addition to a steam prewash, sanitize, and temperature-boost options; users can also choose heated or no-heat dry. A sensor monitors the goings-on and adjusts water and temperature levels accordingly. It features a hard-food disposer and a 2/4/8-hour delay start. Maximum capacity in this tall tub dishwasher is 16 place settings. It earns an Energy Star and a noise rating of 54 dBA. Available finishes are white, bisque, black, and stainless steel.

Not awesome, perhaps, but definitely worth the price. The GE GDF520PGD does what it's meant to do.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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