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Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ]
 
Price range:
$493.20 - $738.00
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We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Whirlpool Gold WDT910SAY[M] although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ]

The Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ] is a dishwasher available from Whirlpool. The Gold WDT790SAY[ ] typically costs between $493.20 - $738.00.

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on dishwasher models like the Gold WDT790SAY[ ].


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.

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.

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.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Whirlpool Gold WDT910SAY[M] were applied to untested model Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Whirlpool Gold WDT910SAY[M]
Price range:
$599.99 - $719.10
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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.

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Features & Specs - Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ]
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack Yes
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls All
info Interior material stainless-steel
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Whirlpool Gold WDT790SAY[ ]
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1.0
Should have listened to CR
9/23/2013
Pros
Simple Controls
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Doesn't Dry Well
Best Uses
General Purpose
Pots and Pans
Comment:
I had this installed three days ago, tested it with different loads of dishes, large, medium and small. I tried with and without spot protection. Doesn't dry at all without and okay with, however the cleaning is absolutely horrible. Does not clean all spoons, drinking, and coffee cups. Leaves a gritty film inside drinking glasses. Several silverware came out dirty. I rinse dishes a little bit before they go in. I am headed to Home Depot to have them take it away. DO NOT BUY THIS no matter what good reviews you read on their web site. So many conflicting reviews on all dishwashers on all sites. It isn't bad on the noise.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
I really like this model
6/3/2013
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Sanitize Cycle
Simple Controls
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
I was really surprised that CR rated this dishwasher so low. I really like it. Perhaps because I am coming from a GE dishwasher which was 15 years old. The clean ability seems great to me. Nothing we remove is ever dirty , greasy or sticky. All in all very satisfied.<br /><br />I will say that many of the silver ware slots are too small and we simply flip them up. We have no issues with attaching the basket to the door. I also like that you can remove the basket and bring it over to the silverware tray and put away all the items.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Wash OK If You Rinse; Some Nits to Pick
6/15/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
SS Tub Liner
Cons
Clunky Silverware Basket
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This machine is surprisingly quiet compared to our previous Whirlpool Gold (Quiet Partner III) tall-tub model (about 10 years old), and the capacity is about the same. We are pleased with it overall, but having lived with it for a few months, we note the following quirks (or maybe they are actually ingeniously designed Features that should have names?)<br /><br />- Rinse them Yourself feature. In other words, shockingly, there is no traditional Rinse and Hold feature. This is surprising given that this machine is almost at the top of Whirlpool's line-up. It's also difficult to make your own rinse-and-hold, (ie., let the dishwasher fill, rinse and drain, then cancel the whole cycle), because it's too quiet to know for sure what it's doing.<br />- Mystery Pulse motor/pump. It's probably okay, but the motor runs in several pulses (about half a second each) before starting the cycle. Probably it's priming the drain pump, or centering the motor shaft, or something...but the fact that it never seems to pulse the same number of times twice, or at the same times, does make you wonder what the heck it's doing. In the case of the beginning rinse cycle, the various pulses are then followed by a bizarre pattern of starts/stops. Hard to believe it can rinse better by constantly interrupting itself...but...the dishes do come out clean.<br />- Auto Fall silverware basket falls automatically, and spills its contents, if you try to pull out the bottom rack by the attached silverware basket. Very tempting to do so because the basket's great big handle is front-and-center when you open the door. You have the option of mounting the basket on the door, much more securely, but then the silverware doesn't get as clean because one side of the mesh basket is blocked.<br />- Mystery Attach silverware basket provides hours of brain-teasing amusement as family members try to reattach it to the front of the bottom rack, by two tiny positioning pegs. The rack and the basket are not perfectly square, so you have to flex the basket a little while positioning one peg at a time--making this operation a painstaking, two-handed effort every time. And every time is often due to the Auto Fall feature described above. Everyone in the family, from know-it-all teenagers to frail grandmothers, have complained about this feature.<br />- Find the Slot silverware sorting game. The top of the basket has snap-in guides to hold various pieces of silverware--evidently to keep them from nesting and not getting clean. Given the limited number of slots, and the fact that silverware with slightly large handles only receive a few slots, you will probably tire of this game soon. To end it, you can snap out the guides and toss them aside--just like the stemware holders in the top rack that take up way too much space on a day to day basis.<br /><br />This is an Energy Star model, so if you choose any of the eco friendly settings, be prepared for lesser levels of performance, especially in drying. When researching a new dishwasher, I saw a lot of reviews for all makes complaining about slow wash cycles and lack of dry dishes. Well, that appears to be life with Energy Star efficiency. You must use the scorch-the-earth, high heat dry option to get anything near traditional dishwasher results, and even then, Whirlpool's literature tells you that you MUST use a rinse aid to get anything near satisfaction in drying.<br /><br />Also, if you're an owner of an older model, be prepared for marathon run times (necessitating the great sound insulation). Like most low-water consumption models, this thing will run for MANY HOURS (6 or more is possible) while using a small amount of water and high-performance detergent to wash your dishes. That's true of any make, but if you haven't bought a dishwasher in a while, be prepared! If you rinse your dishes well and want them done in a hurry, there is a one-hour wash cycle, but again, expect to dry them yourself for the most part.<br /><br />The build quality is very good, with the exception of the silverware basket, and the stainless steel tub liner is very nice. My DIY installation was a snap, although I had to convert an old 1/2 water supply line with compression fittings to the new, apparently standard 3/8 fitting. An elbow fitting is provided. Your Home Depot or Lowe's will have whatever parts you might need for such conversions from older type supply lines/connectors.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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