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LG's black stainless dishwasher is a lovable problem childThe $1,200 LG LDT9965BD matches a premium look with a powerful clean, but it's a pain to use.
[MUSIC] How many annoyances would you tolerate from an employee if he or she was really good at their job? It's a question you actually might want to ask yourself if you're considering buying the 1200 dollar LG LDT9965BD. Lot's of little things about this dishwasher bug me. But man it's really good at cleaning. Take a look at the upper rack. See the way the bottom raises and lowers here, I think it's meant to be helpful somehow, I'm just not sure how. What it ends up doing is making it hard to find any position for glasses and bowls. So that they're actually sitting firmly in there. And I was following the recommended loading patterns from the instruction manual, and still this thing was a pain in the ****. Everything ends up feeling unstable and knocking into each other. And it's hard to fit anything on the side columns with the stem holders down. And if you want to use the stem holders, yes they put the wine glasses in the second row. So they're taking up twice as much space as they normally would. It's just not great and despite having a helpful program guide on the inside lip of the dishwasher, a lot of what's here is still counterintuitive to use. There's a bunch of symbols here near the control panel. Good luck figuring out what they all mean. I had to consult the instruction manual, and even then, I had trouble remembering, and these symbols are what tells you what options you have selected. It's also not great at drying dishes, and that might be a bigger problem for some. Drying aside, it gets just about every big thing right. Look at this thing. Beautiful The black stainless exterior resist fingerprints really well. It runs at quiet 42 decimals according In the manufacturer's rating. If you dont abuse your dishwasher, and you rinse everything before you load it in anyway, you can spend less and get more features than this got. But the LG LDT99965BD is a great cleaner, so if you're willing to overlook some annoyances, you might actually find it's worth the price. [BLANK_AUDIO]