GE GDF540HGDBB Review


GE GDF540HGDBB GE
GDF540HGDBB

Hybrid
Place Settings: 16
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $500
Jets
Steam
Sanitize
Cycles

12

& Options
Energy

275

kWh Per Yr
Water

817

Gal Per Yr
Sound

52

dBA
Cost

$500

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


GE GDF540HGDBB


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs steam, spray jets, and sanitizing cycles to effectively get your dishes clean. Steam is generated to loosen stubborn food deposits, high pressure spray jets blast away cooked-in food particles, and a super-hot rinse kills bacteria and sanitizes.
Cycles BETTER - Cycles and options are higher than average and ranks in the top 25% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. More options enable you to better choose the most appropriate functions for your family's particular dishwashing needs.
Energy GOOD - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power conservation. This GE dishwasher is projected to use 275 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 3.8 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 817 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Sound GOOD - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher Rated GOOD for noise suppression with sound levels a little below normal conversations. When comparing dishwashers a 10 dBA decrease is like being twice the distance away.  
Cost BEST - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $500 is 40% lower than average. Rated in the top 15% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. The GE GDF540HGDBB is priced about $324 less than the average new dishwasher.


GE GDF540HGDBB Dishwasher

GE GDF540HGDBB



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware Jets - The GE GDF540HGDBB has high-pressure spray jets that are positioned to blast the silverware basket from several angles. These jets help loosen and remove dried-on food deposits from silverware and utensils.
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 Steam Option - Has the capability to generate high-temperature steam that is very effective in removing stubborn food deposits on silverware, dishes and glassware. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have a steam cleaning feature.
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
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The GE GDF540HGDBB sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
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 GE GDF540HGDBB 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
Adjustable - One or more of the racks can be adjusted to move up, down, and/or tilt. Adjustable racks allow you to create additional room to fit in larger pots, pans, or irregular items. Provides flexibility for clean-up after parties.
Removable
Racks
Removable - One or more of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Very convenient for special occasions when you need additional space to load extra-large pots, serving plates, cookie sheets and awkward cookware.
Place
Settings
16 Settings - Number of place settings is 3 higher than average. Ranks in the top 20% of new dishwashers for BEST 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 GE 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 GE GDF540HGDBB 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 GE GDF540HGDBB 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
275 kWh - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power conservation. This GE dishwasher is projected to use 275 kWh of electricity per year based on usage of 4-5 times per week.  
Water
Rating
817 Gal - Water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star estimates this dishwasher will use 3.8 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 817 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The GE GDF540HGDBB allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or shorter wash time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water, energy, and money.
Half
Load
Half-Load Option - You can save water and energy by washing a smaller load of dishes in just one of the loading racks. Can save money and help the environment when you need the dishes washed but don't have enough for a full load.
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 0.78 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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