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I have never been the sort of person that will sit around all day dreaming about things I can never have. I don't want to be queen for a day, or be a movie star, or a famous singer.I am quite happy without all that pomp and ceremony, but there are a few things, a few luxuries that I know I would really like to own one day. I call it my wish list and the more I read about new gadgets and gizmos here on Ciao, the longer it gets.
One of the items that has been on my list for a long time is a dishwasher. I used to tell anyone who asked that I didn't need one,my husband did the job adequately.I said that dishwashers were for lazy people and I didn't see the point in throwing away good money on something I would probebly never use. Funnily enough though, I kept saying these things, but I never took the dishwasher off my wishlist.
Well it's off the list now.Off the list and into my kitchen. My darling husband, the love of my life, has bought me the Indesit D63 Dishwasher.He says that it is ' to make life easier for me ', but I actually think he is sick of hearing the children complain over who washes and who dries.
So here I am ,smiling like a proud new parent , as I talk to you now about the new addition to our humble household.
I have had my dishwasher now for about four weeks.I have tested and tried it, poked and prodded it and now I am ready to report my findings back to you.
The indesit D63 I purchased is 85 cm high, 60cm wide and 60cm deep.I know that probebly doesn't tell you much without a tape measure, but I can tell you that this means that it fitted beautifully under the worktop in my kitchen and is the same size as my fridge which I think is a standard size. This particular model is also available in compact or slimline sizes so don't let the size of mine put you off if you have limited space.
There is only one colour to choose from... White. Great for me, I like white, it matches my other appliances,but not so good for those of you that have some of those new trendy metalic shades.
These products are given grades for performance, the Indesit D63 does really well and recieves (On a scale of A-G....A being the best ) Cleaning Performance....A Energy Efficiency...A Drying Performance...B
It has a normal water consumption of 18 litres (based on a 65 degree wash )It has 3 temperature options and has 6 wash settings for you to choose from.These include a pre-wash and a half load option.Apparently my dishwasher can hold up to 12 place settings, but I can't test that for you because I don't have that many plates in the house.
Other features. ==============
Quick wash option........ for half loads and pots that are needed in a hurry. Personally I have hardly use this option.If I want something that quickly or if I don't have many dishes to do I will do them by hand.
Economy wash option.......To wash your pots at a lower temperature, to save you money. I have used this a couple of times, but I prefer the full wash,sometimes the glasses don't look as clean as they do on the full wash.
Glass care programme........A gentle programme to take care of your glasses. Well I haven't broken anything yet so something is going right in that department.
Self balancing door......... for loading and unloading. The door is really nice, opens smoothly and doesn't crash to the floor when you open it.Because it opens from the front (you pull it forward like a chute rather than from the side like a fridge door ) I could see that this dishwasher would be easy for disabled buyers, people in wheelchairs, as they wouldn't have to move the chair away from it to open the door and they would, I think, find it easy to load and unload.
Adjustable upper basket......For effective use of the space inside. My Indesit Dishwasher is large and spacious inside.
Salt refill indicator.........Reminds you to add salt. The dishwasher needs salt to stop hardwater deposits building up on everything.I got a free a free sachet of salt with the dishwasher and then I bought some more to top up from my local Morrisons store.The salt was easy to add, there is a special funnel provided to use.We needed to add 2kg of salt when we set the dishwasher up and the indicator light came on yesterday so it lasted a month.
Built in water softener.........Improves the wash results and produces a brighter finish. Well I can't see this, but everything is clean and bright so I assume it works.
Removeable cutlery basket......... I find this makes it easier to put the cutlery away as you can that the basket to the drawer and save time.
Ok, what else did we get?
We got a free sachet of rinse agent and some free Dishwasher Tablets, courtesy of ' Finnish ' who apparently come highly recommended.
So what do I think?
There are some very fussy, very particular people in this world and I am one of them. I am one of these people who look very closely at every glass of water.I moan and I groan, I examine every spot and I refuse to drink from any glass I deem to be dirty. I have to tell you it drove my husband crazy and I was always being accused of being too fussy. Not since I got my new dishwasher. Everything comes out beautifully clean and usually dry, although if you try to take the pots out as soon as the washer is finished,sometimes I find that one or two are still slightly wet, plus they are still hot at that stage so I would not recommend it. For me it is the glasses that make buying this so worthwhile.They are crystal clear, no marks, no smears.Lovely and clean.Clean enough for me to stop moaning about them and that has made my husband a happy man. If it has a downside, it is that the full wash cycle takes quite a while, about an hour,I fill mine up after dinner and then put it on when I go to bed because on the plus side it's not a noisy machine and doesn't keep anyone awake.
The washer was easy to install.We thought we might need new plumbing, and the thought of that gave my hubby a purple face, but a phone call to the local DIY store put us straight and we bought a connecter to go on the existing washing machine cold tap, fitted another overflow and away we went. The manual was easy to read and in less than 15 minutes we were ready for action. The inside of the washer is chrome and just needs a quick clean with a damp cloth every now and then to keep it nice and clean.
We purchased our Indesit D63 from Comet in Nottingham for £229.79 and that included free delivery.I thought the price was really competative and very reasonable. I would recommend you take a look at this economical little house helper and see if it would be an asset to your household. It is to mine.
Thanks for reading...
hi mandy enjoyed your review, never owned a DW before so it was informing. Just a few wee things. Is it child safe i.e does the door heat up during programmes and is there a lock on the door to stop it being opened (during and after programmes)by nosey toddlers.
Penfold49 14.09.2003 10:49
Yep have been resisting the need for a dishwasher for several years, but now I'm pregnant again standing to do the masses of washing up has become just too much, I woke up this morning with another depressive thought that my kitchen is again covered in pots waiting to be washed! We're off to buy a dishwasher today! Thank you so much for your opinion as it has answered my one worrying thought, I have plumbing for a dishwasher in my conservatory but it only has the cold supply, I was trying to check that this was enough...well looks like it is so I guess those pots will be in the new washer today!! Hooray! Pen. ;-)
Misterman 02.05.2003 00:16
See sometimes I do buy you things that make you happy.Mark