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EdgeStar DWP61ES Countertop Dishwasher Review$389.00
Cycles took a little longer than the countdown screen promised, but the discrepancy wasn't huge. The shortest cycle -- Speed -- took 53 minutes, while the longest -- Heavy -- took about an hour and 43 minutes.
In order to see what kind of cleaning power a dishwasher packs, we place standardized stains on our dishes. Unless you bring your dishes straight from the table to the dishwasher without scraping or rinsing them, the dishes you wash will never be this cruddy.
Even in the face of filth, however, the Edgestar DWP61ES did an admirable job getting dishes clean. We'd recommend placing all dishes with their dirtiest side facing the spray arm, and not putting anything in the rear corners where very little got clean.
Quick Wash Cycle
After 53 minutes, dishes emerged fairly clean. The EdgeStar had no problem with tea or egg stains, but oat flakes stayed stuck onto the cereal bowls we washed, and some minced meat was left behind as well. Still, for lightly soiled loads, this would be a perfectly adequate cycle.
Normal Wash Cycle
The Edgestar DWP61ES did a little better job on the normal cycle. It took almost an hour and a half, but got off all the minced meat and a lot more of the stubborn spinach stains.
Heavy/Pots & Pans Wash Cycle
Because the Edgestar DWP61ES's interior is so small, we could only wash pots and pans on this cycle. After a wash, there was no trace of baked-on lasagna or burnt creme brulee, but some cheese did stay stuck on one pan.