Electrolux EI24ID30QS review: The unassuming appliance you'd want on dish duty

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The Good The $900 Electrolux EI24ID30QS reliably rids dishes of stuck-on foods. For the price, it has an appealing mix of features such as easy to use wine racks and jets that shoot directly into a water bottle or wine glass.

The Bad The EI24ID30QS isn't as reliable when it comes to keeping off bulky foods -- the filter struggled with chopped spinach and mac-and-cheese noodles. The controls can be sluggish and it doesn't have a countdown timer or a delicate cycle.

The Bottom Line It's not the best at anything, but the $900 Electrolux EI24ID30QS is pretty good at everything. It won't wow you, but If you scrape the bulky stuff off of your plates, this dishwasher will easily handle the rest, making it a fine upper midrange option.

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7.4 Overall
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7
  • Usability 7
  • Design 7

The Electrolux EI24ID30QS feels like a piece we've been missing from our collection of dishwashers thus far. It fits in the middle perfectly. Nothing about it is exceptional, but it's pretty good at just about everything you'd want in a dishwasher. It has an upper mid-range $900 price. It cleans well, has a nice lineup of features, looks the part of a high-end dishwasher, and it's easy to load and to use.

For roughly the same price, the $800 Bosch SHS63VL5UC has better cleaning performance but it's also a pain in the butt to use and doesn't have many features to speak of. The Electrolux EI24ID30QS does everything besides cleaning much better than that Bosch, and is a pretty good cleaner itself.

If you want the best dish cleaner for the price and don't care about the occasional headache, go with the Bosch SHS63VL5UC. If you rinse your dishes, I'd recommend the easier to use Electrolux EI24ID30QS.

Blending in nicely

With unbroken stainless steel on the front and few color accents breaking up the mostly grey interior, the design of the EI24ID30QS walks a fine line between understated and boring. In a crowd of premium appliances, you'd have a hard time picking it out, but taken on its own, it looks the part of an upper echelon machine.

You can purchase the EI24ID30QS from large appliance retailers such as Best Buy, Sears and AJ Madison. As usual with large appliances, you'll find it on sale for less than the listed $900 price. Best Buy has it for $720. You can also enter your ZIP into the Electrolux website and find retailers near you. The Electrolux EI24ID30QS isn't available overseas.

Loading your dishes

You can clip a water bottle to these fold out jets on the upper rack.

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Blue accessories adorn the mostly gray interior in a few places. The bottle wash jets on the upper rack fold out and let you clip on tall items. It's a neat way of scraping the dirt off the hard to reach bottom of baby bottles or water bottles. The $1,200 GE PDT750SSFSS has something similar, but it's a clever feature nonetheless and I appreciate its inclusion in a sub-$1,000 model.

The upper rack also has blue braces on its stem holders which do a great job of keeping your wine glasses in place without taking up too much room. We saw similar stem holders on the $1,100 Frigidaire FPID2497RF, which makes sense, as Frigidaire is owned by Electrolux. Great stem holders might not seem like a huge deal, but Electrolux does them better than any other brand we've tested.

The stem holders keep your fragile glasses secure without taking up extra room.

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You can also raise and lower the upper rack. Lift it to set it in its higher position, then lift it again and release it to drop it back down. That flexibility helps you put tall dishes on either the top or bottom rack, and a couple of sets of fold down tines also help make room for larger or oddly shaped dishes. In all, the front half of two upper rack columns fold down, and the back two rows of tines on the bottom fold down.

The rest of the rack design is pretty straightforward. The EI24ID30QS doesn't have anything tremendously helpful like a third rack or tines that change angles, but you'll be able to load plenty of dishes without much hassle.

Selecting your cycle

The last blue color accent on the interior comes from the orbiting wheel of jets at the bottom of the tub. Between the wheel of jets, the jets beneath the upper rack, and another set of jets at the top of the tub, the Electrolux EI24ID30QS does a good job of spraying every inch of your dishes once you get your stack of dishes loaded into it.

The wheel of jets at the bottom of the tub helps the EI24ID30QS keep missed spots to a minimum.

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Select your cycle on the touch controls hidden on the upper lip. The EI24ID30QS has a standard mix of settings, including a snappy 30-minute "Fast" cycle and helpful options such as "hi temp" and "max dry."

I'd have liked some sort of display estimating the time to completion as you select your cycle. You'll need to hang on to the instruction manual for that info. It doesn't have a delicate setting for fine china, which might be a problem for some. And the controls can be a little sluggish when you first start pressing buttons.

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