Frigidaire FFBD2406NB Review


Frigidaire FFBD2406NB Frigidaire
FFBD2406NB

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $369
Sanitize Cycles

6

& Options
Energy

305

kWh Per Yr
Water

1290

Gal Per Yr
Sound

60

dBA
Cost

$369

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Frigidaire FFBD2406NB


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BETTER - Includes a high temperature sanitizing rinse that helps remove food deposits and most bacteria. High temperature water coupled with the right detergent is one of the keys to getting your plates, dishes, and silverware clean and disinfected.
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is lower than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options may be less convenient and could make it harder to match your family's needs.  
Energy FAIR - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is 13% higher than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the lower 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR power conservation. This Frigidaire model is one of the few new dishwashers not Energy Star qualified.  
Water POOR - Annual water use is 77% higher than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the lower 1% of new dishwashers for POOR water conservation. Uses about 559 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Sound POOR - Louder than average. Operating sound levels of 60 dBA are 10.1 dBA higher than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the lower 10% of louder dishwashers for POOR noise suppression. A 10 dBA increase in sound is like being 50% closer to the dishwasher.  
Cost BEST - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $369 is 56% lower than average. Rated in the top 5% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. The Frigidaire FFBD2406NB is priced about $455 less than the average new dishwasher.


Frigidaire FFBD2406NB Dishwasher

Frigidaire FFBD2406NB



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the Frigidaire FFBD2406NB. 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
5 Wash Levels - Water is delivered from three spray arms in the bottom, middle, and top of the dishwasher. Allows streams of water to saturate dishes from many different angles and directions. More wash levels promotes more thorough cleaning.
Sensor
Washing
No Sensor Washing - Not fitted with soil, load, or temperature sensors. The Frigidaire FFBD2406NB 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 Sanitize Capability - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to achieve a minimum 99.999% or 5-log reduction of bacteria using ANSI 184 standards. Final rinse temperatures reach at least 150 deg F to sanitize cookware.
Food
Disposer
Built-In Food Disposer - Includes a built-in food disposer that helps keep the wash water clean and free of debris. Minimizes the number of food particles that can deposit on dishes. Saves water, no need to pre-rinse dishes.
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 FFBD2406NB 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
14 Settings - Number of place settings is 1 higher than average. Ranks in the top 35% of new dishwashers for BETTER plate and cookware loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply want to save money by running the dishwasher less often.
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 FFBD2406NB 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
No Energy Star - The Frigidaire FFBD2406NB is not Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. It uses more electricity and water than most new dishwashers and will be more costly to operate. Only about 10% of new dishwashers are not Energy Star.  
Energy
Rating
305 kWh - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is 13% higher than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the lower 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR power conservation. This Frigidaire model is one of the few new dishwashers not Energy Star qualified.  
Water
Rating
1290 Gal - Annual water use is 77% higher than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the lower 1% of new dishwashers for POOR water conservation. Uses about 559 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Energy Save
Quick Wash
No Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Frigidaire FFBD2406NB 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
No CEE Tier 1 - This dishwasher model is not qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). If a dishwasher is not Energy Star qualified, it will also not qualify for the CEE Tier 1 efficiency rating.  


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