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Thermador Emerald DWHD440MFM Dishwasher Review

Form and function without sacrifice

Credit: Reviewed.com / Johnny Yu
February 18, 2016
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There are several variations of the Thermador Emerald DWHD440MFM. These include the Thermador Emerald DWHD440MPR and Thermador Emerald DWHD440MFP. They are very similar to the Thermador Emerald DWHD440MFM in most respects.

By the Numbers

All said, the Thermador Emerald DWHD440MFM is a fine dishwasher. Its Pots & Pans cycle truly shined, its Normal cycle was decent, and its water and power usage are pretty average. According to our numbers, this Thermador isn’t just a pretty face.

Cleaning Performance

The Pots & Pans cycle is the Emerald’s strongest cycle. It removed every stain we threw at it, including the notoriously difficult burnt cheese. Redeposit was virtually undetectable, and the whole ordeal only took 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Normal wasn’t quite as strong. This is the cycle you’re expected to use most often, and from our tests, we found it to be very good at what it does. However, we spotted many instances of redeposit as well. To avoid this, your best bet would be to scrape some of the stickier, leafier stains off (no need to rinse) before loading them into the wash.

Finally, we have the Quick cycle, which really lives up to its name. Clocking in at just 36 minutes, this is a great way to get clean dishes in a pinch. Unfortunately, it did a poor job cleaning our dried-on, baked-on stains, and nothing save for the egg stains came out perfectly clean. It will do a fine job against light food stains that haven’t been sitting out too long, but not much else.

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Drying Performance

Most of the dishes we loaded came out bone dry after a Normal run, and the ones that weren’t only had a few droplets left. However, this only applied to the porcelain and metal items. The plastic ones we loaded were noticeably moister than the others.

Understandably, the drying performance dipped in the Quick cycle, but not too sharply. Although very few items came out completely dry, they were still fine to immediately eat off of or to stow away in a cupboard. Again, the plastic items fared worse, and they all needed to be towel-dried before putting them away.

Efficiency

Based on our readings, the DWHD440MFM’s estimated annual utility cost is close to average, at $31.62. The Normal cycle used a surprisingly low amount of water (Only 2.26 gallons!), but it also used 0.90 kWh of power, which is a bit on the high side. This is generally true for the other cycles: Water usage is minimum, but power consumption tended to be higher than average.

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