Fagor LFA65ITX Review
The Fagor LFA-65 IT X may as well have come from Mars.
In the early 1950s, Martians landed on Earth and bestowed mankind with a curious little machine; it was called “dishwasher.” Some say it was the perfect home appliance, capable of cleaning the most soiled kitchenware and fine china. However, the celestial technology was found to be too great for our puny human minds to comprehend; many a scientist went mad trying to unlock the mysteries of its washing prowess.
Recently, a team of Spanish manufacturers attempted to recreate “dishwasher,” but their efforts were met with abject failure. Not only did their machine fail to even approach the glory that was the Martian dishwasher, it also failed to live up to consumer standards. This is that machine.
Design & Usability
An industrial exterior with a control panel that may literally be from out of this world.
The front is one of the LFA-65 IT X’s few attractive design elements. The stainless steel, angular handle and lack of frontal controls offer a tasteful display for most kitchens—traditional or modern. The Fagor logo on the bottom of the door looks a bit tacky, though, and some consumers may be wary of the conspicuously thin door.
We spent several days trying to decipher the control panel, which appears to be written in Mayan glyphs. Ultimately, we came up with some sort of message involving the Kennedy assassination and a Nevada moon landing simulation. But we didn’t pay that any attention because we’re in the business of reviewing dishwashers.
Seriously, though, the symbols are counter-intuitive to the point of being silly, and they’re not even labeled, meaning you’ll need to consult the equally vague, grammatically offensive instruction manual to figure out what they mean.
Inside, things get a little easier. There's a stainless tub and two racks that aren't tremendously easy to load, plus cutlery baskets that like to slide around, unanchored. You can fit ten place settings in there.
Nothing to see here really.
The LFA-65 IT X offers a few extra features, including a rinse option, a single rack wash (top or bottom), and a delay (three, six, or nine hours). While the single rack wash is an interesting idea, the LFA-65 IT X’s selection of features is somewhat bare.
Stick to the Normal cycle, or you'll be sorry.
The Quick cycle was all quick and no wash and the Heavy Duty cycle sprayed tiny bits of spinach and oatmeal and tomato sauce throughout the entire wash load. Then, when the dry cycles engaged, all these tiny new stains baked onto the dishes and created a massive headache for everyone involved.
The one redeemable aspect of the Fagor LFA-65 IT X’s wash performance was an exceptional Normal cycle. There was no particle spattering, and even the dishes that were not completely clean weren't filthy.
In fact, the Normal wash was a bit… too good, drawing our suspicions that this machine really was designed by Spanish scientists trying to replicate alien technology. That would explain the inconsistency, and the odd little icons on the control panel. It all makes so much sense now!
Overall, cycles were generally quick and scorching hot. At least all those leftover food particles will be sanitized. Still, the dishwasher remained efficient: based on an average of using the Normal cycle 50 percent of the time, the LFA-65 IT X will cost roughly $24.40 a year to operate. This is very impressive considering how hot this machine gets.
An odd choice
After a week of stringent testing our initial hunch remains: The Fagor LFA-65 IT X was built by Spanish engineers attempting to replicate alien dishwasher technology. The only problem is that the device they created isn't so much a dish washer as dish recirculates-filth-rather-than-cleaning-it-off -er.
Unless you're obsessed with little-known European appliance manufacturers, there's little compelling reason to choose the Fagor LFA-65 IT X over any other dishwasher out there.
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