The Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ] is a dishwasher available from
The WDF310PCA[ ] typically costs
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 WDF310PCA[ ].
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.
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.
The Ratings of Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W] were applied to untested model Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
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.
Stainless-steel tub Unlike a plastic tub, a stainless-steel one won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
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.
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
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.
I did a lot of online research before buying a replacement for my 12 yr old Maytag that was worn out. I noticed that most people seem to hate their new energy-efficient dishwashers no matter what they paid, so I got a cheap one on sale at Home Depot. Less than $400 including installation and tax!<br /><br />The only good thing about this dishwasher is that it is very quiet, so you don't have to spend a lot of money to get that. Unfortunately, like all energy saving dishwashers, it does not clean very well. You can offset that somewhat by always using the heavy duty cycle. It also turns on and off a lot, which will drive you crazy at first. Resist the tempation to investigate, as you will probably forget to hit the start button when you reclose the door. Note that it will not restart automatically!!<br />I have mixed feelings about the ease of loading the racks. The tines are arranged differently than those in my old Maytag, so my dishes don't fit as well. However I have to admit that I bought the dishes to fit the dishwasher, so maybe the solution is to buy a new set of dishes? I'm still thinking about that.<br />It seems like this product is a good example of the goverment deciding what is good for us and forcing their mandate down our throats. It's not the first time and it won't be the last. Get used to it.