Frigidaire Gallery FGID2466QF Dishwasher Review
Low on cost, but not on options
Although the Frigidaire Gallery FGID2466QF (MSRP $649, on sale around $480) has the pricetag and interior design of a lower-cost dishwasher, its abundance of wash options elevates it a step above economy class.
Compared to other Frigidaires in the Gallery line, this particular model is a straight upgrade of the FGBD2438PF, and is also similar to the FGID2474QS—except it swaps the 2474's stainless tub for plastic.
In our lab tests, we found that the FGID2466QF does a decent enough job cleaning dishes, but had some issues with water filtration. If you tend to put heavily soiled dishes in your dishwasher, you'll likely encounter redeposit—the unsightly mess that occurs when food particles are sprayed onto other plates, instead of going down the drain.
Design & Usability
Hides its imperfections well
The FGID2466QF looks great from the front. A protruding, transitional-style handlebar smoothly slants outward from an all-stainless door. The controls are all hidden on top of the door, and no logos or other markings interrupt the aesthetic.
Once you open that door, though, you’ll quickly find this Gallery's interior to be rather dull. The control panel itself, while responsive, lacks any pizazz. Gray plastic coats the interior walls, and an exposed heating coil—useful for quick drying but potentially harmful for plastics on the lower shelf—juts out of the bottom of the tub. The blue trim on the excellent OrbitClean spray arm is the only oasis in a colorless desert.
In terms of the functionality of all those interior fiddly-bits, the FGID2466QF can only be considered adequate. There aren’t very many adjustable parts, so you’re out of luck if you find your bowls too deep or your plates too thick. Using our standardized dishes for capacity testing, we were able to fit 11 place settings and 1 serving setting, but it sure wasn’t easy.
Lastly, even though the three-piece cutlery basket provides some flexibility, its middle section doesn’t have slots for keeping your silverware separated. While many users find the slots inconvenient to load and unload, keeping your spoons from spooning means they actually get clean.
Fine-tune your wash settings
If nothing else, the FGID2466QF sure gives you options. There are eight wash cycles to choose from, including a My Favorite cycle, which saves a cycle-plus-wash option configuration for easy recall later.
Default settings on each of the aptly named cycles do their jobs well enough, but the myriad wash options let you customize them even further. After picking a cycle, you can choose from three different wash pressures, three different wash temperatures, and three different drying methods.
Rounding out the already long list are a couple more creature comforts: 1-24 Hour Delay to postpone a wash, and Child Lock to prevent curious kids—or significant others—from starting or interrupting a cycle.
When we put this Frigidaire through our battery of stain removal tests, we noticed that it was very good at cleaning off the original food stains we baked and dried on to dishes. However, it did a poor job keeping those stains off, and we frequently found spots of food particles on dishes that were clean to begin with.
This phenomenon is known as redeposit, and usually indicates poor filtration. We spotted it in varying degrees on each of the cycles we tested. Both the Normal Wash and Power Plus cycles, which are the two cycles where cleaning power is especially important, exhibited visible levels of redeposit.
With a 2-hour Normal Wash and a Power Plus that clocked in at a little under 3 hours, the Quick Wash is a welcome option for when you need dishes done fast. It finished in a brisk 33 minutes, but did a far worse cleaning job than the other two cycles. Best to use this one for light stains only.
Our meters found the FGID2466QF also uses more water than other dishwashers currently on the market, with Power Plus draining more than ten gallons per wash. This added up to an estimated annual cost of $39.08 per year, which is above the $29-30 range we see in other machines. The dollar amounts aren't that intense, but if you live somewhere there's a drought, keep that in mind.
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The FGID2466QF comes with a standard one-year warranty, during which Electrolux (Frigidaire’s parent company) will pay all repair and replacement costs for any defective parts.
Why We Like It
Good for a stainless kitchen upgrade
For all its faults, the stainless steel FGID2466QF is still a very solid dishwasher given its low upfront cost. It is right in the middle of two other dishwashers in the Gallery line: the FGBD2438PF and the FGID2474QS. While not worth it for the full asking price, the FGID2466QF is much more tempting when you find it on sale.
One crucial advantage the FGID2466QF has over other dishwashers hovering above economy grade is the fact that this Frigidaire disguises itself so well. If you’re shopping in this price range, it's nice to have an option that actually looks good. You’re not only getting an appliance that can reliably clean your dishes, but one that just might boost your home's resale value.
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