Two dishwashers for roughly the same price, the GE model at $509 and the Whirlpool one at $498, offer comparable cleaning performance and features. But does one come out ahead when they’re compared side by side?
The GE dishwasher has a slightly larger capacity, fitting 16 place settings compared to the Whirlpool’s 15. Those are both very generous cavities, capable of holding dishes from a large family meal.
Style and Appearance
As far as appearance goes, both models have very sleek, modern styles in black, white, and stainless steel. The Whirlpool one also comes in bisque, a light creamy brown. The GE dishwasher has a concealed console panel, so the door is blank and clean except for the handlebar. The Whirlpool has a unobtrusive line of buttons across the top. Either style is acceptable, and which is better depends solely on the buyer’s preference.
The Whirlpool has two extra wash cycles compared to the GE model but lacks a light cycle or a pots and pans cycle. Both models offer a sanitizing cycle and automatic soil sensors that optimize the washing performance. The Whirlpool dishwasher has eco wash and eco dry settings; the GE model features a steam pre-wash that breaks down dried-on food and grease. Both models include a heated dry that reduces water spots.
Fitting plates and glasses in either dishwasher is made simple with fold-down tines and adjustable racks. Both have nylon-coated tines, which are the best material for durability and gentleness on dishes. The Whirlpool model includes clips to secure small items so they don’t fall out of place or fill with water. Its silverware basket also fits in several locations, which gives you plenty of options for filling the racks to full capacity. GE’s dishwasher secures and protects stemware like wine glasses.
Energy Use and Decibel Level
In these two categories, Whirlpool and GE are equals. Both are Energy Star certified and operate quietly at 55 decibels. That sound level falls between the quiet whispers of a library and normal indoor conversation—not bad for a dishwasher.
The Whirlpool WDF730PAYB and GE GLD5868VSS are both highly efficient dishwashers with great cleaning performance and special highlights. Choosing which one to buy boils down to what kind of wash cycles you prefer. Also, the GE model slightly edges out the Whirlpool one with its larger capacity, the greatest in its class. At around the $500 range, both offer a great deal for their value.
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