Electrolux EIDW6105GS Review
Everything is average except for the price.
When it comes to that professional, competent look, the Electrolux EIDW6105GS (MSRP $1,449) certainly delivers. But while this dishwasher might look like something you would see in a restaurant’s kitchen, you might want to think twice before putting it in yours. Our tests revealed that this expensive appliance’s cleaning power lags behind other machines in its price range. It does come equipped with a few neat features, but overall, the EIDW6105GS feels like an average dishwasher at an above-average cost.
Design & Usability
It's a little shy about opening up...
The EIDW6105GS nails the industrial look. The stainless steel front is unblemished by any buttons or displays and features a thick, protruding handlebar. However, the spring-loaded door has a few usability issues: it feels very heavy, and doesn’t stay open on its own unless the lower rack is rolled on top of it to hold it down. This is very inconvenient when loading the top rack.
The interior is also stainless steel all around, and each rack has plenty of supports for dishware. We were able to snugly fit 11 place settings and a serving setting inside the EIDW6105GS. The top rack can be lowered or raised to accommodate tall items, and there are two rows of collapsible tines on each of the racks. For added flexibility, there’s a large cutlery basket and two smaller ones, and you are free to hang them anywhere on the lower rack or remove them entirely.
The EIDW6105GS's control panel is located at the top edge of the door and is hidden under the counter when the door is closed. The buttons aren’t very responsive, and they don’t protrude visibly or click audibly when pressed. The only feedback you will get comes from the blue indicator lights above each button. The tiny text makes the whole control panel look very cramped, as if each button is fighting for territory in that limited space. Lastly, the whole panel has a glossy surface that is prone to smudges. Ours was completely covered in fingerprints after the first round of testing.
It remembers all your favorite settings.
The EIDW6105GS doesn’t have any surprises with its cycles and extra wash options, but it still covers more than just the basics. Your cycle choices are Auto, Heavy, Normal, Quick, and Rinse, which lets you handle most loads. All cycles have a heated drying phase at the end by default, so your dishes don’t come out dripping wet. You can override this by selecting the Air Dry option. You also get some options for raising the wash temperature: Hi Temp and Sanitize. Finishing off the list are a delay feature (which can be set for two, four, or six hours) and a control lock.
While none of those are groundbreaking, the EIDW6105GS does feature the rare ability to save your wash settings. The Favorite button lets you set a specific combination of wash cycle and wash options to be saved and recalled later. This is convenient if you find that you frequently use Air Dry with your Normal cycles, and would like to access this setting at the push of a single button.
It sacrifices accuracy for speed.
Simply put, the EIDW6105GS works quickly, but not thoroughly. The good news is that every cycle is fast, even with drying times included. The Heavy cycle, which can take as long as three hours on other dishwashers, clocked in at only 2 hours and 14 minutes. However, the spinach we loaded somehow found its way to every other item, even glasses and mugs that were placed on the top rack. This is a textbook case of redeposit: when food gets cleaned off of one dish and stuck to another during the wash.
Outside of the redeposit problems, the cycles did a fairly good job with stain removal. Some test stains were left behind, even on the Heavy cycle, but there’s enough cleaning power here for the average buyer. The problem is you can get comparable cleaning results from dishwashers that cost half as much. Even with our heavy test stains, other high-end dishwashers we've run leave fewer traces of food behind.
The EIDW6105GS’s Normal cycle used less than three gallons of water, leading to a very efficient wash. This was offset by the heavy water and energy consumption of the Heavy and Quick cycles. We calculated that the annual running cost of this dishwasher is $32.22.
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Before You Buy
Others have done better.
While the EIDW6105GS is not a bad dishwasher, we’re having a hard time justifying its price tag. Even though it has a heavy, industrial look, a three-piece cutlery basket, and a Favorite cycle setting, these are not features we can’t find elsewhere. Its only redeeming quality is that all the cycles are fast, but this is offset by lackluster performance. In terms of cleaning power, this pricey appliance lags behind the Bosch SHE8PT55UC, which should be amongst your top choices if you’re shopping for something top-of-the-line. If you absolutely need that blank, stainless steel front, the KitchenAid KUDS30FXSS will have you covered, and it’s even $400 cheaper.
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