Whirlpool WDF310PAAB Review


Whirlpool WDF310PAAB Whirlpool
WDF310PAAB

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 12
Width: 24" Built-In
MSRP: $399
Hi-Temp Cycles

7

& Options
Energy

282

kWh Per Yr
Water

753

Gal Per Yr
Sound

59

dbA
Cost

$399

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WDF310PAAB


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning GOOD - Uses a high-temperature wash cycle to help get your dishes clean. Very hot water is the key to breaking-down grease and cleaning dishes. Does not include a sanitizing option that is now available on most new dishwashers.  
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is 26% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
Energy GOOD - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This Whirlpool dishwasher is projected to use 282 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 3.5 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 753 gallons annually.  
Sound FAIR - Sound levels are 17% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dishwashers with FAIR noise suppression. It is 8 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  
Cost BEST - Rated in the top 5% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $399 is 53% lower than average. The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB is priced about $443 less than average.


Whirlpool WDF310PAAB Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the WDF310PAAB model. Jets are featured on about 35% of new dishwashers and are effective on dishes with baked-on food or grease.  
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 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
4 Wash Levels - Below average number of wash levels. Multiple wash levels allow water to saturate dishes from different angles and directions. Less wash levels generally means less thorough cleaning.  
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - No option to run a sanitary wash or rinse cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Sanitize cycles are available on over 80% of new dishwashers.  
Cycles &
Options
7 Cycles & Options - Number of cycles and options is 26% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
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
Plastic Tub - The interior is composed of standard plastic which does not aid the drying process like stainless steel interiors. About 40% of new dishwashers are fitted 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 Whirlpool WDF310PAAB 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 No Cup / Stemware Shelf - Does not have an additional cup shelf that provides extra room to stack more glasses and coffee cups or to secure stemware. Available on most new dishwashers.  
Silverware
Basket
Standard Basket - The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB uses a basic silverware basket that is found on about 30% of new dishwashers. Some premium baskets can be split into two sections or moved to different areas inside the dishwasher.  
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 1% 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 Whirlpool WDF310PAAB additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
59 dbA - Sound levels are 17% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dishwashers with FAIR noise suppression. It is 8 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB 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
282 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This Whirlpool dishwasher is projected to use 282 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water
Rating
753 Gal - Estimated water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star projects it to use 3.5 gallons of water for each cycle, or about 753 gallons annually.  
Energy
Saver
No Energy-Saver Cycle - The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB 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 0.77.


Style Ratings
Exterior Black - Standard black front seems to never go out of style. It's easy to color-coordinate with the rest of your kitchen appliances, and it's more economical than stainless steel or panel-ready doors.  
Interior Plastic Tub - The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB standard white plastic tub and door lining is more susceptible to staining and odor absorption over time. Over 60% of new dishwashers now have stainless steel interiors.  
Controls All-Digital Controls -Touch-pad control console is all-digital and visible from the front. Not as stylish as fully-integrated (hidden) consoles, but sometimes more convenient to use without opening the door.
Display No Digital Display - The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB 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 $399 - Rated in the top 5% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $399 is 53% lower than average. The Whirlpool WDF310PAAB is priced about $443 less than average.


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