One of these days, we'll find the perfect dishwasher. Until that day comes, I present to you the $650 Frigidaire Gallery FGID2466QF. It joins a trio of budget dishwashers we've reviewed recently that prove you don't need to shell out big bucks for good cleaning capability. Like the others -- the $600 GE GDF610PMJES and the $700 Kenmore 13699 -- this Frigidaire model has drawbacks. In particular, it has an upper rack that makes loading your bowls and glasses painful, it's louder than its more expensive counterparts and it has a plastic inner tub instead of stainless steel.
Also like the others, this Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher cleaned as well as models that cost twice as much. If you don't mind spacing out your dishes on the top rack, it's worth your consideration. In fact, if you prioritize looks, I'd recommend this model over both the GE GDF610PMJES and the Kenmore 13699. The smudge-resistant stainless finish and fully integrated control panel look great. The GE GDF610PMJES has the best feature list of the group and the Kenmore 13699 cleans the best of the trio, but the Frigidaire FGID2466QF isn't far behind on either, making it a well-rounded option at a reasonable price.
Got no stains to hold it down
We've seen it on other Frigidaire appliances, but I was still impressed by how well the smudgeproof stainless finish on the Frigidaire Gallery FGID2466QF dishwasher kept fingerprints off of the front of the machine. Especially for $650, its appearance held up remarkably well throughout our rigorous testing.
As usual with large appliances, you can find this dishwasher for less than that $650 price. You can use the Frigidaire site to find retailers in your area. It's available at major appliance retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Amazon. Best Buy and Home Depot both have it for just under $400.
Spider leg surprise
Despite the plastic tub, I still liked the look of the interior of the FGID2466QF. The stainless tubs of higher-end models do save energy, but with this dishwasher, I didn't notice a big difference as far as style was concerned.
The blue wheel of jets at the bottom of the tub accents gray racks and tines that look professional but not boring. Loading dishes into the racks, however, was less pleasant.
A few of the tines on the top rack look like spider legs. Folded in, they're spaced such that you can fit bowls between them. Fold them out and the tines line up next to the exterior columns, leaving an open spot in the front middle of the upper rack where you could fit larger serving dishes. It's a creative idea, but the spacing never actually made it easier for us to load the dishwasher in practice.
We follow the recommended loading pattern in our dishwasher tests, and doing so with this model resulted in tight spacing and awkwardly placed bowls. We had to squeeze glasses into the second and fourth columns and the sound of glass scraping glass as we shoved them past the bowls in the middle column wasn't pleasant. The bowls themselves weren't sitting securely in their spot, and ended up nesting next to each other often, though we did our best to prevent them from doing so.
The nested bowls resulted in missed spots on the cleaning tests -- since the water couldn't get between them. For the most part, the Frigidaire FGID2466QF is a good cleaner, but the poor upper rack tines prevented it from shining the bowls.
The arrangement of tines on the bottom rack is more run-of-the-mill and less offensive. The back two rows fold down, and the two middle rows of tines are shorter, encouraging you to fit small dishes between rows of larger plates on the outside.