Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W]
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Summary: This Whirlpool conventional dishwasher has
  • A soil sensor.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A plastic interior.
  • No hidden controls.
  • Ample flatware slots.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W]

The Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W] is part of the dishwasher test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher models like the Gold WDF530PAY[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.

Energy use:
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.

Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.

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Whirlpool, the third-biggest dishwasher brand in the U.S., is known for reliability and reasonably priced models. It has two lines: Whirlpool and Whirlpool Gold. Overall, Whirlpool is known for less-expensive models—prices range from about $250 to $850. The company’s PowerScour zone appears on models starting at about $550.

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Features & Specs - Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W]
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack No
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls No
info Interior material plastic
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W]
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Failed after 16 months
Best Uses
This dishwasher was only satisfactory at cleaning the dishes. In my view we wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. The biggest problem is that it just stopped working completely after 16 months. It will cost $250 for someone to come out and fix it with another 12 month warranty. Spend the extra money now and buy something more reliable or consider buying an extended warranty if your buying this model.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
This product has ups and downs
Buttons Are Easy To Press
Cleans Well
Large Space On Lower Rack
Simple Controls
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Pots and Pans
I originally bought this product for economical purposes. The ratings and write up showed it cleaned dishes extremely well; however, it used a little too much water. I didn't mind that, as I was looking for my dishes to come out clean. <br /><br />The cleaning power this product has is exceptional. It really powered through some of the worst stuck on stuff. My mother puts the dog food bowls in without rinsing. It sat up to a week before the washer was run and they came out sparlking clean. I enjoyed the sanitizer function, which heats the water to sanitizing standards.<br /><br />My secondary concern is that the dishes don't thoroughly dry. I'm used to a dishwasher that drys its dishes with no issues. I shouldn't have to put in aides to help with the drying process. The dishes come out almost to completely dry; however, the silverware basked is usually left somewhat wet.<br /><br />The primary concern I have is that my machine broke down less than a year in service. Whirlpool Factory Service came out within a couple of days, and the technician replaced the circuit board behind the push buttons. <br /><br />Factory Service sent me out an extended service agreement that's pricey. a one-year warranty is $107, a three year is $230, and a five year is $318. I paid $337 for the unit, and it sells for around $400-$500. My rule of thumb is long-term extended-warranty plans should cost no more than 30% of the price of the equipment. The five-year plan costs $20 less than I paid for the unit. <br /><br />I will consider having a plan, because the unit does seem prone to breakdowns. If you're buying from a store, I would suggest checking into their extended service plans. It should be less expensive and provide coverage.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Yes, I am buying it again.
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Simple Controls
Best Uses
General Purpose
Since buying my first one a couple of years ago, I have bought another in the past year for a tenant. I find it reliable and easy to use. Results are great so long as there is rinse aid in the well.<br /><br />Noise? Average. It is not so loud that I hear it from the living room or bedroom.<br /><br />In the past year, I have moved. Today, I am buying a third one for my new home.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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