GE PDWT280VSS Review
At close to a grand the GE Profile PDWT280VSS isn't a strong performer.
The GE Profile PDWT280VSS looks kind of grumpy. If you imagine the handle to be a mouth, it appears to be in a constant frown. We were frowning, too, after seeing this machine’s $1,099 MSRP and subpar performance. Sure, there are a few customization options, but these perks are pointless compared to its dismal efficiency scores, scarcity of wash cycles, and mediocre cleaning power.
Design & Usability
An attractive exterior, but nothing special when you open it up
We liked the PDWT280VSS’s sleek stainless steel design, particularly the control panel. The interior is also impressive, with black metal racks and a shiny steel wash tub. The indented lip at the top of the door seems a strange design choice, but the more we looked at it the more it grew on us. Though it follows the design language of the full GE Profile lineup, we can’t imagine a kitchen environment that wouldn’t work for this machine.
The racks featured a single cutlery holder and a sparse layout of tines, though neither inhibited the machine's capacity of ten place settings.
No Quick cycle or rinse, but a steam option.
There are a few nifty customization features. The Steam option, which is neat, adds steam and some 26 extra minutes to cycle times and is intended for heavily soiled dishware. There’s also a Heated Dry feature and an Added Heat option. Finally, with the Delay button you can choose to postpone the start of your wash by two, four, or eight hours.
Relatively quick, relatively inefficient cycles had trouble getting out stains.
The PDWT280VSS didn’t perform poorly, but after our trial washes our dishes still had plenty of stains left over. Although it lacks a quick cycle, the Normal wash performed like one: large blotches of spinach, flakes of dried milk, and faint impressions of oatmeal stuck around after the wash. The Sanitize cycle was a little more competent, but at just under two hours you shouldn’t have to rely on it for a normal wash.
To add insult to incompetence, we calculated that the PDWT280VSS would run up your utility bill by about $37.02 a year based on the costs and wash patterns of a typical user. This is pretty high for a dishwasher, and doesn’t seem justified by the cleaning power.
Trust us: You can do better.
At an MSRP of $1099, the GE Profile PDWT280VSS is anything but cheap. This may not be much of an issue for some homeowners who only want an exterior that matches the other appliances in their GE Profile suite, but don’t be fooled: this washer is an example of why price shouldn’t be gauged as a measure of performance. Unless your idea of a dishwasher doesn't include getting dishes clean, we recommend picking another model—even it doesn't perfectly match the rest of your appliances.
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