GE Profile PDT760SSFSS Dishwasher Review
A truly great dishwasher, but its little brother is a better value.
We knew GE was doing something right when we tested the PDT750SSFSS, so we were very eager to see what the next step up, the PDT760SSFSS (MSRP $1,599), would bring to the table.
The two dishwashers are nearly identical, and not just on the outside. They both have side wall jets, a reversing four-blade wash arm, and bottle wash jets, which have all appeared in GE's latest top-of-the-line dishwashers.
So why does the PDT760SSFSS cost $300 more than the 750? Well, it offers a third rack, and our tests showed slightly improved efficiency and stronger cleaning performance. GE also says the 760 has a noise rating of 40 dB, compared to the 750's 42 dB. In our opinion, the 760 is the dishwasher to buy if money is no object. But we think the 750 is still the better value.
Design & Usability
The differences are hard to spot.
If you put the PDT760SSFSS next to the PDT750SSFSS and leave the door closed, there is virtually no way to tell them apart. Both feature the GE Profile design language, and that's a good thing: We're fans of the stealthy front-facing LCD screen that looks like a decorative silver strip when not in use, and we also like the top-mounted mechanical buttons and full-color LCD screen at the center of the control console.
Inside, the PDT760SSFSS features a three-piece cutlery basket, a four-bladed wash arm that dominates the bottom of the tub, side walls loaded with rows of spray jets, and blue-capped Bottle Wash nozzles on the top rack. The only visible difference between the PDT760SSFSS and the PDT750SSFSS is the third rack, a feature which we think does not make up a $300 price difference.
Both dishwashers have a similar racking arrangement, and they were both able to hold ten of our standardized place settings and a serving setting. The top rack has two height settings to accommodate tall items. Unlike some lesser dishwashers that offer variable heights for the top rack, the PDT760SSFSS doesn't require you to pull the whole apparatus off its rails to make the adjustment.
Even the cycles and options are the same.
There is literally no difference between the PDT760SSFSS and the PDT750SSFSS when it comes to cycles and wash options. That said, this dishwasher is equipped to handle every sort of load, with a whopping seven cycles to choose from: Light, Normal, Express, Heavy, eWash, Rinse, AutoSense. Their names are pretty self-explanatory, with eWash being especially noteworthy for using less than two gallons of water for a light wash.
We found that the cycles on default settings did a fine job, but you can customize your wash with options like PreSoak, Temp Boost, Sanitize, and Power Dry. There's also a setting to wash only the lower or upper rack if you don't have a full load. Finally, some more common features include a 1-12 hour start delay, a control lock, and smart grid compatibility.
A marginal improvement
The pricier PDT760SSFSS outperformed the PDT750SSFSS in our tests, but only barely.
The Normal cycle proved nearly perfect at removing our test stains. Nearly all the dried and caked-on food was washed off and drained away through this GE's hard food disposer, and none of it got stuck to other dishes during the wash. The only problem we ran into was poor coverage on the top rack—glasses loaded in the corners of the top rack would often still be dirty after a cycle, even when the items around them were pristine. That's been a common theme across GE's newer dishwashers.
That coverage issue carried over to the Heavy cycle, and it was the only major black mark on the cycle's score. The Heavy cycle completely removed the milk and egg stains, and even scored highly with burnt cheese and burnt sugar—two of our toughest stains. Combining this cycle with the PreSoak option should remove just about anything while saving you the trouble of scraping your plates beforehand.
Express takes a lightning-quick 30 minutes to run. While great for light stains, this cycle couldn't handle dried milk or oatmeal, which is unsurprising. With the Normal taking around 1.5 hours and Heavy taking about 2.5 hours, the PDT760SSFSS is a fairly speedy machine overall. It also uses less water and electricity than the average dishwasher, and we estimate the yearly water and energy costs to total $23.76 for the average consumer—about $5 less than the average dishwasher we've tested.
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Why We Like It
You may pay a lot, but you will get a lot.
$1,599 is a high price to pay for a dishwasher, but the PDT760SSFSS proved to be fast, efficient, and powerful in our tests. On top of that, it includes luxury features like a third rack as well as bottle wash jets. The stainless steel helps it blend in with most kitchen designs, and its capacity and flexible racks make loading easy.
However, an internal candidate is a strong competitor. The GE PDT750SSFSS shares nearly every feature with the pricier 760, but sells for about $300 less. Yes, the 760's third rack is a nice feature, and 2 dB marks the difference between a whisper and silence. Still, we'd be willing to overlook both of those advantages to save that kind of money. If you want one of the best dishwashers on the market, buy the PDT760SSFSS. But if you want one of the best values, stick with the 750.
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