The Fisher & Paykel DD24DCTX7 is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the DD24DCTX7 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.
About This Brand
This maker is known for having introduced the dishwasher drawer to the U.S. market.
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've found this isn'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 can add to noise. While most mid- to high-end dishwashers come with filters that require periodic manual cleaning, a few newer high-end models come with self-cleaning filters that use micro-filtration rather than macerators.
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.
I bought this to replace an eight year old Bosch that quit cleaning properly. The two drawers are a great connivance. While cooking load one drawer and start it. When dinner is complete load the other. The only reason a drawer would leak is because the internal lid lowers onto the drawer when it is closed and it hits something too tall. This could bend the lid and cause it not to properly seal. I have never had this issue. the unit is especially useful for me as I am a single person and can run one drawer without running a half empty dishwasher.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Brewster, MA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I have owned four of these
Can Run Small Loads
Great For 2 People
Had To Repair Handles
I like to run dishwashers daily but not when they are not full--with two people, that can take a while. I run one of the drawers most days. It is quiet, cleans very well, and when you have a lot of people, you can vary the use--eg, crystal in one drawer, pots and pans in the other drawer. We have purchased these for four different homes, starting back in 2001. Never had any trouble until the last version--pulling up on the handle made them break and you had to replace the entire unit. This is a problem that should be fixed.