GE GDT695S Series Dishwasher Review
Decent on its own, better as part of a package
About the GE GDT695SMJES
At about $810, GE's special slate finish will cost about roughly $100 more than white or black, and is the same as stainless.
About the GE GDT695SSJSS
At about $810, a conventional stainless steel finish will cost about roughly $100 more than white or black. It's also the same price as GE's special slate finish.
About the GE GDT695SGJWW
At about $720, the basic white model costs the same as black, and about $100 less than stainless or slate.
About the GE GDT695SGJBB
At about $720, the basic black model costs the same as white, and about $100 less than stainless or slate.
The new GE GDT695S series dishwasher (MSRP $799-$899) is a solid, middle-of-the-road appliance that serves up some useful features for a moderate price. It’s not going to win any awards for style, and it’s not the best choice for someone on a tight budget, but those that need to match a complete GE kitchen suite should be happy with it.
Not only do you get old-school tech, such as the hard food disposer, but you also get modern perks like bottle jets and a third rack. However, in terms of actual cleaning capabilities, this dishwasher left us wanting more.
While we could easily recommend a better machine for the price—these models sell for between $720 and about $800 depending on your preferred finish—GE fans will appreciate what this machine has to offer… especially if they're looking to get a complete kitchen package.
Design & Usability
The thick, chunky handle that’s a hallmark of GE’s style is present here, as are racks that feel sturdy and an easy-to-use control interface. And you should be set with whatever color fits your kitchen—it’s available in white, black, stainless, GE’s special slate finish, and even black stainless… supposedly. The 695SBLTS exists on the manufacturer website, but unlike the other models we can’t seem to find it for sale anywhere at this time.
On top of all those finishes, the GDT695S series offers the following:
• A stainless steel tub with a noise rating of 45 dBA
• A small indicator light above the handle that changes color when a cycle is running or has finished; the controls are otherwise hidden on top
• Four cycles — Normal, Light, Heavy, and AutoSense
• Cycle features — Delay (up to 12 hours), Steam, Temperature Select (Boost and Sanitize), and Heated Dry
• An option to wash the upper or lower racks only
• Hard food disposal with removable filter
• Four bottle jets on the top rack, plus two rows of stemware holders
• An adjustable upper rack
• Two rows of adjustable tines on the lower rack
• A standard 1-year limited parts and labor warranty
While new GE Profile models also get the fantastic Deep Clean silverware jets, you won’t find that here. Even so, it’s a versatile machine with some useful functionality—especially that option to wash only one rack’s worth of dishes.
For all of its features, however, we found the cleaning prowess of this machine to be just so-so. The Normal cycle did well—it had a hard time tackling our bowls of spinach, the most challenging stain in our arsenal, and we noticed a few trouble spots near the extreme sides of the racks where water had a tough time penetrating.
Light had a hard time with pretty much everything except meat and egg—we noticed substantial amounts of spinach, oatmeal, and milk left behind. The Heavy cycle came closest to cleaning all our dishes, and had just a little trouble with our burnt cheese.
We don’t use optional heated drying for our tests, and noticed that most dishes were still damp 30 minutes after the end of each cycle. If you turn that feature on, you should notice a distinct improvement, but it’ll mean the dishwasher will eat up more energy.
What GE seems to be doing well with their newer models like this one is ramping up cycle speed. Normal took about 87 minutes on average, while Heavy ran for just two hours and 19 minutes.
Decent, but Not Our #1
If you need a GE dishwasher to match your GE kitchen set, then the GDT695S series dishwashers are a solid bet. While they may not clean a whole lot better than GE’s budget option, perks like a third rack and reasonably good sound proofing makes this a decent choice.
Sure, the price tag of about $720 or $800—depending on this finish of your choice—may seem a bit steep compared to some of our favorites considering the issues we had with raw cleaning power. But all in all, it’s nothing too outrageous.
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