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GE GDT550HSDSS dishwasher

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Summary: This GE conventional dishwasher has
  • A soil sensor.
  • An adjustable upper rack.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A stainless/plastic interior.
  • Some hidden controls.
  • Ample flatware slots.
  • Time-remaining display.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - GE GDT550HSDSS

The GE GDT550HSDSS is part of the dishwasher test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher models like the GDT550HSDSS 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.
About This Brand

This company, which touts its innovations and features, is the second-biggest dishwasher brand and has four lines: GE, Profile, Café, and Monogram. Prices range from about $250 for a basic GE model to $1,400 for a Monogram product. In 2006, GE introduced the Smart Dispense feature, which automatically dispenses detergent in the right amount for the load and is found on its high-end Profile, Café, and Monogram models. The Café line offers professional-style models at lower prices than the Monogram series.

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Features & Specs - GE GDT550HSDSS
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack Yes
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls Some
info Interior material stainless/plastic
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - GE GDT550HSDSS
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Bottom Line
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I would not buy this product again
Attractive Design
Awkward Loading
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Falling Apart
Poor Design
Best Uses
Ours is less than 1 year old and it has two broken pieces: a seal around the soap dispenser and the panel surrounding the buttons. It has never cleaned well (leaves deposits) and is quite loud when draining. Also, we found that you cannot use all of the silverware trays if you want to use soap to clean your dishes. It tells you this in the instructions, but this is simply poor design.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
DO NOT BUY! Bad Design.
Attractive Design
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
During the cleaning cycle the soap dispenser opens but the bottom front silverware basket blocks the water from washing the soap into the cycle. The dishes do not get washed with soap. GE Service Technician's solution was to remove the basket or move it into the lower rack. The dishwasker already seems small, so this isn't a good solution. I called the GE hotline and they tell me it is working as designed...meaning that if I remove the silverware tray the dishes will get clean. If it is working as designed then it would work with the silverware tray in the location where it was when it was delivered to our home! Hoping HD will take it back even though we are just over their warrenty period.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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