Whirlpool WDL785SAAM

Whirlpool's dishwasher has a practical bend (first take)

The Whirlpool WDL785SAAM is the first and only dishwasher currently included in Whirlpool’s line of 6th Sense Live smart appliances. At $949, it sits in the upper mid portion of the dishwasher price spectrum. Unlike many other smart appliances we've seen so far, Whirlpool isn't wrapping the connected features in a luxury package. Instead, the company seems confident to let the practical connectivity features stand on their own.

At its core, the WDL785SAAM is a tall tub, built-in dishwasher with a stainless steel tub and two removable racks. Because it is a tall tub washer, it can hold up to 14 place settings. The stainless tub should make this washer quieter during a cycle and more resistant to heat damage or warping. In addition, steel tubs are more energy efficient as they hold heat better, useful during both the washing and drying cycles.

The control panel on this dishwasher is mounted on the front of the door, rather than on the top, and consists of buttons, rather than a touch screen or pad. You get six cycle options, including a one-hours wash, an eco mode, and heavy duty, normal, overnight, and sensor wash/dry modes. The sensor wash cycle uses Whirlpool’s Auto Soil sensor to measure the water clarity in order to determine how dirty the dishes are. Depending on the reading, the dishwasher may automatically add more water and adjust the temperature accordingly. That sensor set-up sounds useful, even if it's not new to the category.

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