Whirlpool WDF320PADW Review


Whirlpool WDF320PADW Whirlpool
WDF320PADW

Dishwasher
Place Settings: 13
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $399
Hi-Temp Cycles

7

& Options
Energy

260

kWh Per Yr
Water

710

Gal Per Yr
Sound

55

dBA
Cost

$399

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WDF320PADW


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning GOOD - Uses a high-temperature wash cycle to help get your dishes clean. Hot water is the one of the primary keys 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 lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options may be less convenient and could make it harder to match your family's needs.  
Energy BETTER - Estimated annual electricity use is 5% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Whirlpool dishwasher is projected to use 260 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water BETTER - Annual water usage of 710 gallons is 3% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 21 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound FAIR - Louder than average. Operating sound levels of 55 dBA are 5.1 dBA higher than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the lower 25% of louder dishwashers for FAIR noise suppression. A 10 dBA increase in sound is like being 50% closer to the dishwasher.  
Cost BEST - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $399 is 52% lower than average. Rated in the top 5% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. The Whirlpool WDF320PADW is priced about $425 less than the average new dishwasher.


Whirlpool WDF320PADW Dishwasher

Whirlpool WDF320PADW



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the Whirlpool WDF320PADW. 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 Whirlpool 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
4 Wash Levels - Below average number of wash levels. Multiple wash levels allow water to cover dishes from different angles and directions inside the dishwasher. 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 WDF320PADW sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
Sanitize No Sanitize - This dishwasher does not have a cycle or rinse that is certified by the NSF to reduce 99.9% of bacteria. With most homes having a germier kitchen than bathroom, sanitize is available on over 85% of new dishwashers.  
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 Whirlpool WDF320PADW 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
Non-Adjustable - The loading racks are not adjustable and cannot move up or down to accommodate large pots and pans. Non-adjustable racks are found on about 30% of new dishwashers and offer less flexibility, especially after special occasions.  
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
13 Settings - Number of place settings is about average for a new dishwasher. Higher capacity allows you to run the dishwasher less often, which saves both time and money. Families generally need a dishwasher with 12-16 place settings.  
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 Whirlpool 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 Whirlpool WDF320PADW 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 Whirlpool WDF320PADW 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
260 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 5% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Whirlpool dishwasher is projected to use 260 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water
Rating
710 Gal - Annual water usage of 710 gallons is 3% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 21 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy Save
Quick Wash
No Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Whirlpool WDF320PADW has no option to select a quick or eco-friendly cycle when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Energy saver or quick-wash is available on about 80% 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 racks. You can still be eco-friendly and save money by at least waiting for a full, complete load before running a wash cycle.  
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 0.84 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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