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- Electrolux EIDW5705PS
- A serious look, a serious clean, and a seriously high price.
Electrolux EIDW5705PS Review$899.00
A serious look, a serious clean, and a seriously high price.
Imagine spending $50,000 on a car and then finding out it has roll-down windows and a cassette player. That’s about how we feel about the Electrolux EIDW5705PS (MSRP $899). You’re definitely getting an attractive shell and a strong cleaning performance for that price, but it lacks the additional perks that usually come packaged with such a hefty price tag.
Design & Usability
Professional on the outside, but plain on the inside.
Sadly, the professional façade fades away when you open that door. The good news is that the washtub itself is stainless steel, and there's plenty of room. Unfortunately, the racks feel distinctly low-end. They are sticky and stubborn, and lack flexibility. The two rows of tines furthest back on the bottom rack can be folded down, and the top rack can be raised or lowered in case you have a tall item on the bottom rack. There's a pair of fold-out cup shelves, and that's it. There's nothing wrong here, but we were hoping for a little bit more customizability from a machine with such a high upfront cost.
Some interesting naming conventions
To add some customization to your wash, there are a handful of additional options. Hi-Temp Wash raises the main wash temperature, which is helpful in removing tough stains. Sanitize raises the temperature in the final rinse high enough to kill bacteria. By default, all cycles have a heated drying cycle at the end. The Air Dry option will skip that, in case you want to save some energy and shave some time off a wash cycle. Finally, a Delay that can be set from one to 24 hours and a Control Lock round out the EIDW5705PS’s list of features.
The cleaning performance is just shy of perfect.
The EIDW5705PS was a very strong performer, showing that the industrial looks aren’t just for show. Its Normal cycle did an incredible job across all stains, removing 99.7% on all stains except spinach and lipstick. This cycle definitely has regular, everyday loads completely covered. The major drawback? A cycle duration of two hours and 11 minutes, which is a bit longer than we'd like. Users who want a faster run might want to try using Air Dry to skip the drying cycle.
The Quick cycle clocked in at 63 minutes with results that were very similar to the Normal cycle. Even though fast cycles are generally designed with light soils in mind, the EIDW5705PS’s Quick cycle managed to remove 99 percent of the baked-on oatmeal stains, which is a particularly tough test. We were also surprised to find that the Quick cycle used less water and electricity than the Normal, which means this might actually be a better choice for everyday loads. Overall, the EIDW5705PS is a bit below average when it comes to water and energy consumption, with an estimated annual cost of $30.43.
Nothing beats its looks, but there are better bargains.
If good looks and a strong cleaning performance is all you’re looking for, the EIDW5705PS might be a good fit. It has a distinct, industrial design that very few dishwashers match, and can really go a long way to adding a professional look to your kitchen. Its Heavy Duty cycle is also pretty quick, and its Quick cycle is good enough to be used on a regular basis. Still, we can’t shake the feeling that we're not getting our full money’s worth. For $900, we’ve seen dishwashers with cutlery trays, more flexible interiors, and more extra wash options.
There's a similar dishwasher that won't cost as much: the Frigidaire Gallery FGHD2465NF. It also features an attractive stainless steel exterior while being a strong performer, but comes equipped with a wider range of options.