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Almost amazing -- performance holds back LG's $900 dishwasherLG's feature rich model has a lot going for it, but a few flaws keep it from greatness
[MUSIC] How much is super cleaning performance worth to you in a dishwasher? That's a question you might want to ask yourself if you're considering this $900 LG model because it's not nearly as good of a cleaner as the very similar $1200 LG. Now this $900 LG is still pretty good. It scored a 69.6% average on a really rigorous cleaning test. It also has a lot of features, especially considering it costs less than a thousand. It has a third rack for silverware and small items. It has a dual control cycle that lets you use a heavy spray on the bottom rack and a lighter spray for fine china on the top rack. It has a upper rack that raises and lowers so you can fit tall glasses. Almost all the tines fold down. For a $900 dishwasher it's pretty well rounded. Now, all those features are present on that $1,200 LG dishwasher, as well, but I'm giving this more credit for them, because it costs less. But I also found a lot of things about that $1,200 LG annoying and those are still here too. And I really don't like how the bottom of the upper rack ebs and flows. It makes it impossible for even standard dishes to fit securely. And there's no express cycle. The closest this dishwasher comes to that, is the quick and dry cycle Which still takes more than an hour. That $1200 LG makes up for all those annoyances with really amazing performance. It scored over a 90% in our test, this one doesn't quite do that. We regularly found missed spots on silverware between dishes. It tends to redeposit pieces of spinach and chili all over the place. And it's particularly bad at water marks, those white splotchy things. It leaves them all over the glasses and the silverware. If you can spend a little more or wait for an opportune sale, I recommend the $1200 LG over this.