The Thermador DWHD651JFP is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the DWHD651JFP 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.
The following models have the same ratings as Thermador DWHD651JFP.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Thermador DWHD651JFM come from our tests of model Thermador DWHD651JFP, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has a different handle.
Features & Specs - Thermador DWHD651JFP
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 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.
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.
My wife thought I was crazy to pay this amount for a dishwasher, but she has not comnplained at all about not having pre-rinse dishes (I really mean this!) and not having to towel-dry plastic containers after washing. Awesome top rack comes in handy for all the baby utensils, etc we have for our twins. The light display on the floor is great and the kids think it is fun!