GE GLDT696TSS Review


GE GLDT696TSS GE
GLDT696TSS

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 12
Width: 24"
Discontinued
Sanitize Cycles

8

& Options
Energy

303

kWh Per Yr
Water

1075

Gal Per Yr
Sound

56

dbA
Cost

$749

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


GE GLDT696TSS


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BETTER - Uses a high temperature sanitizing rinse to help remove deposits and bacteria. High temperature water coupled with the right detergent is one of the keys to getting your dishes and silverware clean and disinfected.
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 FAIR - Estimated annual electricity use is 12% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 25% of new dishwashers for FAIR power usage. This GE dishwasher is not Energy Star qualified.  
Water POOR - Estimated annual water use is 43% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new dishwashers for POOR water consumption. It uses about 319 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Sound FAIR - Sound levels are 11% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new dishwashers with FAIR noise suppression. It is 5 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  
Cost BETTER - Rated in the top 50% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $749 is 12% lower than average. The GE GLDT696TSS is priced about $93 less than average.


GE GLDT696TSS Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the GLDT696TSS model. Jets are featured on about 35% of new dishwashers and are effective on dishes with baked-on food or grease.  
High
Temp
No High-Temp - One of the few new dishwashers that do not have the capability to run a high-temperature wash or rinse cycle. Dish and silverware cleanliness may not be very effective.  
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening baked-on or dried food deposits.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Standard 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 GLDT696TSS 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
8 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
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About 50% of new dishwashers are designed 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. 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 GLDT696TSS 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
Not Removable - The racks cannot be removed. Little less convenient for those occasions when you have huge items that won't fit with both racks installed. Only about 30% of new dishwashers have this feature.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Non-Folding Tines - Rack divider tines cannot be folded down and remain in a stationary vertical position. Non-folding tines are found on 40% of new dishwashers and limit your ability to add horizontal space.  
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 GLDT696TSS 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
12 Settings - Number of place settings is 14% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR loading capacity. Smaller loading volume may be adequate for singles or couples, but you'll run the dishwasher more often.  
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The GE GLDT696TSS additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
56 dbA - Sound levels are 11% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new dishwashers with FAIR noise suppression. It is 5 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
No Energy Star - The GE GLDT696TSS 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.  
Energy
Rating
303 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 12% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 25% of new dishwashers for FAIR power usage. This GE dishwasher is not Energy Star qualified.  
Water
Rating
1075 Gal - Estimated annual water use is 43% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new dishwashers for POOR water consumption. It uses about 319 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Energy
Saver
Energy-Saver Cycle - The GE GLDT696TSS allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or a shorter time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water and energy.
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
No CEE Tier 1 - It is unknown if this dishwasher model meets CEE Tier 1 criteria by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency because the required Energy Factor data is not available.  


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 GLDT696TSS 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 Digital Display - The GE GLDT696TSS control console includes a digital display that shows cycle time remaining or other pertinent operating information that helps you monitor the wash.


Cost Ratings
MSRP $749 - Rated in the top 50% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $749 is 12% lower than average. The GE GLDT696TSS is priced about $93 less than average.


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