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LG brings a new take on smudge-proof stainless to its high-end dishwasher (pictures)

Complete with a black stainless steel finish, the $1,200 LG LDT9965BD looks like a million bucks -- and performs like it too.

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Complete with a black stainless steel finish that resists fingerprints, the LG LDT9965BD looks the part of a $1,200 dishwasher, and it walks the walk as well -- cleaning up to its premium billing. Click through for details on how this sleek-looking appliance balances appearance, features and performance.

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The LG LDT9965BD has a powerful motor and six cycle options.

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It's interior can hold up to 15 place settings, and has a variety of options for flexible loading, including fold-down tines. Here's the bottom rack, loaded with our dishes.

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Here's the loaded upper rack.

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Stem holders fold down on the right to keep the wine glasses in place.

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You can also lift up the upper rack if you need more room for tall dishes on the bottom.

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If you want the tall dishes on top, lift the lever on either side of the rack and it'll drop back down.

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The LG LDT9965BD makes the most of its space by including a third rack for silverware and small dishes.

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Once everything the dishes are loaded, add detergent and rinse aid.

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Select your cycle and the display on the left of the hidden control panel will show an estimated runtime.

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Certain cycles make use of steam which sprays out of this orange vent on the left of the tub.

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Close it up when you're ready to go, and the LG LDT9965BD will power through grime. It scored an impressive 90 percent cleaning average on our tests.

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