The Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W] is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the WDF310PAA[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.
The following models have the same ratings as Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W].
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool WDF310PLA[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. Sold at Lowes only
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
About This Brand
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.
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 paid to have dishwasher delivered and installed. I was then given the paperwork which came with the dishwasher. I began to read through it and discovered that the Full User Guide was not included. I promptly called 800-807-6797 to request a copy and was rudely told that they do not supply this information. I asked to speak to a supervisor and after much argument to be transferred I did speak with someone who said they would supply a copy. I waited a month and called again, it's now been 2 months and I still have not received it and doubt that I will. <br /><br />I like the dishwasher but I do not have the Filtration System information I need to properly maintain my appliance. It appears as though the company would rather you NOT maintain your appliance but have it break down so you have to purchase a new one! Nothing like reinforcing a throw away society?
How long have you owned it:
from Torrington, CT
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Doesn't Dry Well
Cleans a lot better than the Maytag I had. Noise level the same as the Maytag. Wish the instructions showed the best way to load it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Sacramento, CA
You get what you pay for
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Doesn't Dry Well
Pre-installed in new house. It has a small utensil rack and the top rack is narrow which doesn't allow all cups to fit. Every other load I will find dish's and utensil that didn't get cleaned.<br /><br />This is what I would call a typical apartment dishwasher or something you would put in a house you are selling.<br /><br />I have used this for 7 months and I'm now actively seeking to replace it with a better unit.