The Jenn-Air JDB3200AW[W] is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the JDB3200AW[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.
Features & Specs - Jenn-Air JDB3200AW[W]
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 have owned this machine for two years, and i already changed the control board twice.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from St. Louis
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Worried about longevity
With sale pricing from local Mom/Pop store and rebate from Jenn-air, we bought this dishwasher for considerably less than listed. Cycles are long due to the energy efficiency but that's not a problem for us. It is very quiet. Cleaning meets our needs using the Sensor Wash setting. We have not even used any of the options (heavy wash, steam clean, super scrub, sanitize, etc.). We typically do not use the heat dry so cannot comment on drying (we wipe away the minimal water on the dishes or just open it up and give it some time to finish air drying).<br /><br />My concern (and the reason for the three stars) is that the control panel needed replacing in less than two months of once-daily use. We were without a dishwasher for two weeks while they waited on the part (which was swapped out with a minute of effort by the tech). Repair was free, but won't be forever. <br /><br />I know I can fix the panel in the future myself, but suspect the part will be expensive.
How long have you owned it:
By Bills Spill
from Detroit, Michigan
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I've onwned it for 3 1/2 years and I am now on my 3rd control panel. About every 20 mos. it goes bad. If this continues it will cost me almost $300 to fix it the next time because my warranty will be up in about 18 months. I am actually hoping it breaks down earlier that way I can get an extra year to year and a half out of it. For $1100 it should not have this happening. Jenn Air will not stand by its parts over the 5 year limited warranty. Not great service from this company. I would not recommend to purchase Jenn-Air products in any category. Spend a little more and go true top of the line. Jenn Air is top of the line price but below average quality. A real bummer. I hate to say that about a Michigan company, since I live here in Michigan but hopefully someone else can read this and think twice about Jenn-Air.