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The GE GDF520PGJWW dishwasher keeps things clean and simple

This low end dishwasher from GE eschews fancy features and focuses on the basics.

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Inside the unassuming exterior of the GE GDF520PGJWW is room for 16 place settings. It runs at a quiet 54 dB. It's a solid cleaner and performed well above average as a dryer. 

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Cycles

The GDF520PGJWW has a nice mix of cycles: AutoSense, Heavy, Normal and Light. 

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Options

You can add a steam prewash to the beginning of your cycle, or time for a heated dry to the end of it. 

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Silverware

The silverware basket offers a surprising amount of flexibility. You can place it on the edge of the bottom rack, or hang it from the door. 

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Extras

The GDF520PGJWW includes a second basket for bigger utensils. 

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The upper rack

You can also attach wine stem holders to the top rack, and raise it and lower it to make room for taller dishes.

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Water jets

The GDF520PGJWW uses well placed water jets to reach both racks. 

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Getting started

The GDF520PGJWW does its work quickly. The normal cycle with no add-ons averaged a 98 minute run time. 

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Washing and drying power

Turning on the Heated Dry mode produced a great 64.1 percent dry score.

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Ready to clean

Even with Heated Dry enabled, the dishwasher was ready for the next batch in just over two hours. 

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Test scores

You'll want to rinse or scrape your dishes before loading them into the GDF520PGJWW, but it does a fine job handling stuck-on dirt. 

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A dry finish

The GDF520PGJWW doesn't have a lot of extras, but it does get the basics right at an appealing price. 

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