LG LDS5540ST Review


LG LDS5540ST LG
LDS5540ST

EasyRack Plus
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $799
Sanitize Cycles

8

& Options
Energy

279

kWh Per Yr
Water

731

Gal Per Yr
Sound

48

dBA
Cost

$799

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


LG LDS5540ST


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 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 LG dishwasher is projected to use 279 kWh of electricity per year based on usage of 4-5 times per week.  
Water BETTER - Annual water usage of 731 gallons is 1% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 40% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 0 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound BETTER - Quieter than average. Operating sound levels of 48 dBA are 1.9 dBA lower than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the top 40% of quieter dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression. A 10 dBA decrease in sound is like being twice the distance away.
Cost BETTER - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $799 is 3% lower than average. Rated in the top 45% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BETTER affordability. The LG LDS5540ST is priced about $25 less than the average new dishwasher.


LG LDS5540ST Dishwasher

LG LDS5540ST



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the LG LDS5540ST. 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 LG 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
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The LG LDS5540ST 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
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 LG LDS5540ST 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
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
Fold-Down Tines - Some of the divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down. Helps secure items, and provides greater flexibility with making space for larger cookware that won't fit in-between or above the tines.
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this LG 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 Digital Display - The LG LDS5540ST control console includes a LED digital display that shows wash-cycle time remaining. Helps you monitor wash cycle progress while doing other activities so you can schedule your time accordingly.


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The LG LDS5540ST 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
279 kWh - Energy Guide estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power conservation. This LG dishwasher is projected to use 279 kWh of electricity per year based on usage of 4-5 times per week.  
Water
Rating
731 Gal - Annual water usage of 731 gallons is 1% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 40% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 0 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The LG LDS5540ST 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 0.8 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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