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Frigidaire FGBD2431NF Review

The Frigidaire FGBD2431NF is unattractive, inefficient and cheap.

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Introduction

The Frigidaire Gallery FGBD2431NF may be the flimsiest-feeling dishwasher we’ve reviewed. We're usually not ones to judge a book by its cover, but on top of its cheap exterior this machine is inefficient and does a poor job of actually cleaning dishes, despite its third spray arm.

However, it is very cheap: lower than $370 on sale, and loaded with features that the sub-$300 machines lack. We know it'll get thrown into apartments filled with "builder's package" appliances, and for consumers on a budget it may actually be a decent option. Just know you're getting what you pay for.

Design & Usability

It's up to you whether the stainless front is class or crass.

Though stainless steel is still the go-to appliance finish, the gratuitous use of stainless reminds us of conspicuous consumption and the housing bubble. In this case, the shiny plastic control panel couldn't contrast more with the stainless on the front of the dishwasher, and the whole effect is—in our opinion—an example of trying too hard, like when someone uses obscure words they don't quite understand.

The shiny plastic control panel couldn't contrast more with the stainless on the front of the dishwasher. Tweet It

That's just our opinion, though. If you've already got stainless in your kitchen and need a budget dishwasher replacement in a pinch, this one might just fit the bill. The next-cheapest stainless models with hidden control panels cost about $100 more.

Inside, stainless is conspicuously absent. A plastic interior means less-effective drying and a louder wash. At least the fixed tines on the two racks can hold up to 10 place settings in total.

Features

No, it wasn't exposed to nuclear waste—that third arm is supposed to be there.

There are dishwashers that sell for under $300, but they lack the features present in the FGBD2431NF. Tweet It

Yes, there are dishwashers that sell for under $300, but they lack the features present in the FGBD2431NF: Sanitize, Air Dry, Hi Temp Wash, Rinse Only and Delay Start (two, four, and six hours). A status display indicates the stage in the wash cycle (Washing, Drying, Clean, Sanitized).

A Top Only cycle takes advantage of the third spray arm, mounted on the top of the tub, and is useful if you only have a few dishes to wash.

Performance

The Normal wash is decent, but overall the FGBD2431NF is pretty slow, lacks a quick cycle, and is just underwhelming.

When it comes to efficiency and wash performance, most of our frustration stemmed from the Heavy Wash, which clocked in at more than three hours and left plenty of waste food still attached to plates. Yuck. The Normal cycle took an hour and 46 minutes, getting big stains off but redepositing small particles of food on formerly clean dishes. A pre-rinse would help, but your water bill may slowly eat up the money you saved by buying a cheaper dishwasher.

Speaking of your water bill, this dishwasher isn't as inexpensive to run as it is to buy. If you've got an average household with average energy costs, you can expect this machine to cost roughly $35.57 per year to operate. We've seen some that cost around $25, so remember that over the course of five years this machine will cost you an additional $50.

Conclusion

If upfront cost really matters, you could do a lot worse than this dishwasher.

Easily found on sale for under $370, the Frigidaire FGBD2431NF comes with more features than the bare-bones specials you'll find in the sub-$300 range. There's even a stainless exterior, though some may see that as a detriment rather than a benefit.

When it comes to cleaning, the FGBD2431NF is so-so. Avoid the time-consuming and ineffective Heavy Wash cycle and you'll be fine as long as you don't try to get your absolute filthiest dishes cleaned in a hurry. If this Frigidaire is all you can afford, it's not a bad choice, but an extra $100 or so opens the door to a number of better machines.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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