GE GDWT368VSS Review


GE GDWT368VSS GE
GDWT368VSS

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 16
Width: 24"
Discontinued
Jets
Steam
Sanitize
Cycles

9

& Options
Energy

275

kWh Per Yr
Water

860

Gal Per Yr
Sound

52

dbA
Cost

$799

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


GE GDWT368VSS


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employ steam, spray jets, and sanitizing options to really help get your dishes cleans. Steam is generated to loosen stubborn food deposits, high pressure spray jets blast away food particles, and a super-hot rinse sanitizes everything.
Cycles GOOD - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
Energy GOOD - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This GE dishwasher is projected to use 275 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water GOOD - Estimated water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star projects it to use 4 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 860 gallons annually.  
Sound GOOD - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  
Cost BETTER - Rated in the top 45% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $799 is 6% lower than average. The GE GDWT368VSS is priced about $43 less than average.


GE GDWT368VSS Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware Jets - The GDWT368VSS model includes high-pressure spray jets that are positioned to blast the silverware basket. These jets help loosen and remove dried-on food deposits from your silverware.
High
Temp
High-Temp Option - Includes the option to choose a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water is one of the most important ingredients for dissolving hardened food and producing clean dishes.
Steam Steam Option - Has the capability to generate steam, which can really help loosen stubborn food deposits on silverware, dishes and glassware. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have a steam feature.
Wash
Levels
6 Wash Levels - Above average number of wash levels that allow 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 GDWT368VSS sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Includes a sanitary cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Water temperatures reach approximately 150-degrees to help disinfect your dishes.
Cycles &
Options
9 Cycles & Options - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
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 or cling to glasses.
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Integrated softeners are only found on about 10% of new dishwashers.  


Drying Ratings
Heated
Dry
Heated Dry - Includes an option to dry the dishes faster with an internal heating element. Heated drying can also help to reduce spotting on dishes and especially glassware. Available on most new dishwashers.
Tub
Material
Stainless Steel Tub - Stainless steel interior dries dishes faster and more efficiently through natural processes. Stainless steel retains heat and condenses water; properties not found with plastic tubs.
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent contact with plastic dishes and accidental melting.  


Loading Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The GE GDWT368VSS has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack that can be used for cups and smaller items.
Spray
Arms
Towerless - Uses a superior spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms provide more wash levels and don't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Non-Adjustable - The loading racks are not adjustable and cannot move up or down. Non-adjustable racks are found on about 40% of new dishwashers and offer less flexibility for loading items during 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 or serving plates.
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down to help secure loose dishes or create additional horizontal space for larger items. Provides greater loading flexibility.
Cup Shelf Cup / Stemware Shelf - Includes an additional shelf for stacking coffee mugs or to secure delicate stemware. Nice feature that allows you to load lots of glasses to help with your after-party clean-up.
Silverware
Basket
Premium Silverware Basket - The silverware basket has extra features such as being movable, dividable, or fitted with covered slots. A flexible silverware basket makes loading or unloading the GE GDWT368VSS a little easier.
Utility
Container
No Utility Container - Does not have an extra utility basket or tray like 70% of other new dishwashers. These extra baskets and trays can store larger items that don't fit in the standard basket.  
Detergent
Dispenser
No Detergent Reservoir - Uses a standard detergent dispenser that you fill each time you run a cycle. Less than 5% of new dishwashers have reservoirs that can hold multiple cycles of detergent.  


Capacity Ratings
Place
Settings
16 Settings - Number of place settings is 16% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new dishwashers for BEST loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply like to run the dishwasher less often.
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The GE GDWT368VSS additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
52 dbA - Operating sound levels are about average for a new dishwasher and are rated GOOD for noise suppression. When comparing dishwashers a 3 dbA difference is like being twice the distance from the sound source.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The GE GDWT368VSS is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. Over 80% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings.
Energy
Rating
275 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This GE dishwasher is projected to use 275 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water
Rating
860 Gal - Estimated water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star projects it to use 4 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 860 gallons annually.  
Energy
Saver
No Energy-Saver Cycle - The GE GDWT368VSS has no option to select a quick-wash cycle that uses lower temperatures or less water when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Available on about 60% 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 rack. You can still be eco-friendly by waiting for a full load before running a cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - Includes an energy-saving option to run the dishwasher overnight or during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Or simply run while you're gone.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Super-efficient dishwasher that is qualified Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model exceeds the federal Energy Star criteria with an Energy Factor rating of 0.78.


Style Ratings
Exterior Stainless Steel - Stainless steel door panels are currently the most popular style and provide a sleek, modern look. Stainless steel is durable and fashionable, but takes a little more effort to keep clean.
Interior Stainless Steel - The GE GDWT368VSS stainless steel tub and door lining is stain-resistant, rust-resistant, durable, and less likely to absorb odors. Steel's natural condensation property also helps to dry dishes faster.
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top door edge for a clean, seamless look from the front. Currently the most popular door style.
Display No Digital Display - The GE GDWT368VSS does not include a digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other wash status information. Most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Cost Ratings
MSRP $799 - Rated in the top 45% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $799 is 6% lower than average. The GE GDWT368VSS is priced about $43 less than average.


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