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GE GDF610PMJES review: Budget-friendly dishwasher sweetens the deal with features

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The Good The $600 GE GDF610PMJES consistently delivers clean dishes, and the slate finish adds a nice touch to the overall design. For a lower-midrange price, it has a great mix of features that match some dishwashers that cost hundreds more.

The Bad The GDF610PMJES can't get the stuck-on food in the curved spaces of spoons, so you'll need to adjust your load pattern for better cleaning performance.

The Bottom Line The GDF610PMJES can handle anything you throw at it, as long as you get a handle on loading it. As a budget-friendly option, it's worth the minor hassle.

8.0 Overall
  • Performance 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Usability 8.0
  • Design 6.0

Nothing about this GE GDF610PMJES is outstanding, but it's a good dishwasher to compromise with.

At $600, this dishwasher kept up with feature packages you'd normally see on dishwashers closer to a thousand bucks. It has a respectable lineup of features, like the option to wash only the upper or lower rack, and it gives you double the space for your silverware with two baskets on the lower rack. The GE GDF610PMJES cuts costs with its plastic wash tub and push buttons on the front instead of on the upper lip, so the design is less than glamorous.

If it didn't top our list for cleaning performance, it's a solid cleaner, and tackled the majority of the food we threw at it. If you can look past a basic design and don't mind rinsing your dishes before loading, you'll get more than what you expected at a lower midrange price. I'd recommend this dishwasher as a budget option.

Design

The pocket handle and steam vent in the upper left corner of the GE GDF610PMJES reminds me of a dishwasher from the early 2000s. The two red tips for the jet sprayers are the only pop of color on an otherwise bland interior, but it's not an ugly dishwasher by any means. The unique slate finish is an especially good get for the price and it helps this dishwasher stand out from the stainless-steel masses.

You can find the GE GDF610PMJES at AJ Madison and other large appliance dealers. Like most large appliances, you'll find it cheaper than the $600 list price. Right now, AJ Madison has it for $443. The GDF610PMJES is not available overseas.

Features

Looking at the feature list, the price of this dishwasher looks even more appealing. GE packed so many features in the GDF610PMJES that it keeps up with other dishwashers we've tested that are twice the cost. It offers the standard cycles we normally expect to see -- Autosense, Heavy, Normal and Light -- but the amount of customization options for the price of this dishwasher was a pleasant surprise.

Choose from four standard cycles.

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It features a Steam prewash to loosen the gunk on your dishes before the cycle starts. The Heated Dry is great, and left hardly any water spots on glasses or silverware. The Wash Temperature controls give the option to "boost" or "sanitize," customizing how you can get your dishes clean. Along with the choice to delay the start of your cycle for up to 12 hours, it also gives you a countdown timer to let you know when the cycle will end. One of my favorite things about it, is the Wash Zones option that targets your choice of cleaning the upper or lower rack.

Inside, you'll find two detachable wine stem holders on the top rack and two jet sprayers for deep containers. It also has two silverware baskets that can be placed in different corners of the lower rack or simply taken out if you need the extra space.

It's not the quietest dishwasher, but at 51 dB, the noise level isn't overbearing. The only thing missing is an express cycle. You won't be able to get a quick clean with this GDF610PMJES if you need it, but considering the other features you get, losing an express cycle isn't much of a sacrifice.

Usability

Even though it doesn't have foldable tines, the upper and lower racks are still roomy, and together can fit 16 place settings. There's plenty of usable space making it easy to fit standard dishes, yet big enough for most larger dishes as well.

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