Frigidaire FFBD1821MW Review


Frigidaire FFBD1821MW Frigidaire
FFBD1821MW

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 8
Width: 18" Built-in
MSRP: $649
Hi-Temp Cycles

8

& Options
Energy

280

kWh Per Yr
Water

860

Gal Per Yr
Sound

55

dBA
Cost

$649

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Frigidaire FFBD1821MW


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning GOOD - Uses a high-temperature wash cycle to help get your dishes clean. Hot water is the one of the primary keys to breaking-down grease and cleaning dishes. Does not include a sanitizing option that is now available on most new dishwashers.  
Cycles GOOD - Cycles and options are about average for a newly manufactured dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your family's particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
Energy GOOD - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power conservation. This Frigidaire dishwasher is projected to use 280 kWh of electricity per year based on usage of 4-5 times per week.  
Water GOOD - Water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star estimates this dishwasher will use 4 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 860 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Sound FAIR - Louder than average. Operating sound levels of 55 dBA are 5.1 dBA higher than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the lower 25% of louder dishwashers for FAIR noise suppression. A 10 dBA increase in sound is like being 50% closer to the dishwasher.  
Cost BETTER - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $649 is 22% lower than average. Rated in the top 30% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW is priced about $175 less than the average new dishwasher.


Frigidaire FFBD1821MW Dishwasher

Frigidaire FFBD1821MW



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the Frigidaire FFBD1821MW. Spray jets are available on about 40% of new dishwashers and are effective on loosening baked-on food or grease from silverware, pans, and dishes.  
High
Temp
High-Temp Wash Option - Includes the option to select a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water combined with the right detergent and softened water can help loosen dried-on, baked-on food deposits and produce clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this Frigidaire model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening tough food deposits from silverware and dishes.  
Wash
Levels
4 Wash Levels - Below average number of wash levels. Multiple wash levels allow water to cover dishes from different angles and directions inside the dishwasher. Less wash levels generally means less thorough cleaning.  
Sensor
Washing
No Sensor Washing - Not fitted with soil, load, or temperature sensors. The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW has a higher potential for the water to be at an inapropriate temperature or to be wasted on unnecessary rinse cycles. Only 15% of new dishwashers lack sensors.  
Sanitize No Sanitize - This dishwasher does not have a cycle or rinse that is certified by the NSF to reduce 99.9% of bacteria. With most homes having a germier kitchen than bathroom, sanitize is available on over 85% of new dishwashers.  
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help remove food fragments and keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About one-third of new dishwashers are equipped with a hard or soft food disposer.  
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Most homes with hard water have a whole-house softener so integrated models are only available on a few dishwashers.  


Convenience Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 20% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack design that can be used for cups and smaller items such as flatware or utensils.  
Spray
Arms
Spray Arms - Uses a superior rotating spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms deliver water to more interior areas and angles. Doesn't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Non-Adjustable - The loading racks are not adjustable and cannot move up or down to accommodate large pots and pans. Non-adjustable racks are found on about 30% of new dishwashers and offer less flexibility, especially after special occasions.  
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - None of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Removable racks are only found on about 30% of new dishwashers and provide flexibility for special occasions when you need to wash extra large cookware.  
Place
Settings
8 Settings - Number of place settings is 5 lower than average. Ranks in the lower 1% of new dishwashers for POOR loading capacity. Smaller loading capacities of 6-8 settings are likely fine for singles, and 8-11 settings for couples. Families need larger capacities.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Non-Folding Tines - Rack divider tines cannot be folded down and remain in a stationary vertical position. Non-folding tines sometimes limit your ability to add horizontal space for items that won't fit in-between or above the tines.  
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this Frigidaire model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent accidental contact and melting of dishes or utensils in the lower rack.  
Controls All-Digital Controls - Touch-pad control console is all-digital and always visible at the top front-side of the dishwasher. Not as stylish as fully-integrated (hidden) consoles, but sometimes more convenient to use without opening the door.
Display No Digital Display - The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW does not include a LED digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other information. Can be helpful to monitor wash status, but most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. About 90% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings to differentiate between them.
Energy
Rating
280 kWh - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power conservation. This Frigidaire dishwasher is projected to use 280 kWh of electricity per year based on usage of 4-5 times per week.  
Water
Rating
860 Gal - Water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star estimates this dishwasher will use 4 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 860 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Energy Save
Quick Wash
No Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Frigidaire FFBD1821MW has no option to select a quick or eco-friendly cycle when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Energy saver or quick-wash is available on about 80% of new dishwashers.  
Half
Load
No Half-Load Option - No option to save water and energy by washing just a half-load in either the upper or lower racks. You can still be eco-friendly and save money by at least waiting for a full, complete load before running a wash cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - The dishwasher can be programmed to run at a later time during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Also convenient to operate the dishwasher while the family isn't home.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model meets or exceeds federal Energy Star criteria with a 0.88 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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