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.
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.
The following models have the same ratings as Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W].
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Gold WDT710PAY[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool Gold WDF530PAY[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has hidden controls and more wash cycles.
About This Brand
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.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Marcus X
from Los Angeles, CA
This product has ups and downs
Buttons Are Easy To Press
Large Space On Lower Rack
Doesn't Dry Well
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Marlborough, MA
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Yes, I am buying it again.
Easy To Load
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.