Blomberg DWT24100SS Dishwasher Review
You should get to know this Blomberg
The Blomberg DWT24100SS (MSRP $650) is a high-powered cleaning machine, with as much muscle as other dishwashers that cost twice the price. It's lacking in options and flexibility, and its front-facing control panel might turn some buyers away. Still, this machine will get the job done quickly and efficiently. At the end of the day, isn’t that all we want?
Design & Usability
The biggest name you've never heard
You may have never heard of Blomberg appliances, but the company is only a new kid on the block on this side of the Atlantic. They're manufactured by Arçelik, a Turkish company with a huge presence in European kitchens and laundry rooms. Other European brands owned by Arçelik include Beko and Grundig.
When it comes to design, the stainless DWT24100SS's control panel is certainly unique. Buttons stay depressed when pushed, and the control panel glows orange.
That display tells you a lot: how much time is remaining in a cycle, what wash cycles and options you’ve selected, and when to refill your rinse aid. One unfortunate aspect of the display, though, is that there isn’t enough room to show the full name of each wash cycle. Instead, as you’re selecting what kind of wash you want, the display will show P1, P2, P3, or P4, which respectively translate to Quick Wash, China/Crystal, Regular Wash, and Pots & Pans Plus. There’s a cheat sheet printed directly on the door above the LCD, but it’s still an annoyance.
We found that the DWT24100SS’s stainless steel interior has enough room for ten place settings and one serving setting. However, none of the supports can be adjusted in any way. The only thing that can be adjusted is the top rack’s height, but the process involves pulling the whole rack entirely off its track. The silverware basket is unique in that instead of hanging off the sides, it can go almost anywhere in the middle of the lower rack. It also has slots for keeping your silverware separated.
The basics are covered, but it still feels lacking.
There aren’t very many cycles and options to choose from on the DWT24100SS. The basics are covered by the four cycles mentioned earlier: Quick Wash, China/Crystal, Regular Wash, and Pots & Pans Plus. A Half Load option will cut down water and energy use for a cycle if you do not have a full load, and a Tablet option is designed to improve washing performance when using all-in-one tablets instead of powder or liquid detergent. The Delay option on this machine is pretty robust, and can be set in 30-minute increments for up to 9.5 hours.
Despite those choices, a couple of common options are noticeably missing from the DWT24100SS: Sanitize and a control lock. While the Pots & Pans cycle got hot enough in our tests to sanitize dishes, there's no way to add that function to other cycles. A control lock isn’t strictly necessary on many dishwashers, but the DWT24100SS has front-facing buttons, including one that pauses a cycle. Being able to lock the controls would prevent anyone from accidentally interrupting a wash in progress.
Fast and efficient: just the way we like it.
Across the board, the DWT24100SS offered up the kind of impressive cleaning performance that we rarely see from a mid-range machine. It barely flinched at any of the stains we threw at it, no matter how tough or greasy. Most importantly, the DWT24100SS had no problems with redeposit—when food gets washed off one dish and gets stuck to another.
The DWT24100SS’s Regular cycle took two hours, which isn't bad at all. However, the Pots & Pans Plus cycle, which is designed for heavier stains, also clocked in at around two hours. That's even better. Both cycles cleaned exceptionally well. But if you really need a fast clean, the Quick Wash will deliver; it was over in just 26 minutes.
Strong cleaning scores are sometimes accompanied by terrible efficiency scores, but that didn’t happen here. The DWT24100SS’s estimated annual utility cost is about $27.32, which is about $5 below average. In short, this dishwasher can accomplish a lot using very little.
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Why We Like It
Heavy on power, light on features, easy on the wallet
The DWT24100SS is an affordable dishwasher that does what it’s designed to do, but has no room for extra amenities. If raw cleaning power is what you’re interested in, then this affordable Turkish titan should be on the top of your list.
If it's adjustability you want, you might consider the Frigidaire Gallery FGHD2465NF. The Frigidaire offers the same cleaning power and folding tines, but lacks the wash efficiency and stainless steel interior of the DWT24100SS. Regardless of which you choose, both machines are great examples of how we envision the ideal mid-range dishwasher: less concerned with bells and whistles and more focused on getting the job done.
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