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Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ]
 
Approximate retail price:
$400
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W] although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ]

The Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ] is a dishwasher available from Whirlpool. The WDF310PCA[ ] typically costs $400 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on dishwasher models like the WDF310PCA[ ].


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.

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.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W] were applied to untested model Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Whirlpool WDF310PAA[W]
Price range:
$298.00 - $426.80
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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.

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Features & Specs - Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ]
info Ample flatware slots No
info Adjustable upper rack No
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls No
info Interior material plastic
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Whirlpool WDF310PCA[ ]
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Typical energy efficient dishwasher
4/1/2013
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Awkward Loading
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Comment:
I did a lot of online research before buying a replacement for my 12 yr old Maytag that was worn out. I noticed that most people seem to hate their new energy-efficient dishwashers no matter what they paid, so I got a cheap one on sale at Home Depot. Less than $400 including installation and tax!<br /><br />The only good thing about this dishwasher is that it is very quiet, so you don't have to spend a lot of money to get that. Unfortunately, like all energy saving dishwashers, it does not clean very well. You can offset that somewhat by always using the heavy duty cycle. It also turns on and off a lot, which will drive you crazy at first. Resist the tempation to investigate, as you will probably forget to hit the start button when you reclose the door. Note that it will not restart automatically!!<br />I have mixed feelings about the ease of loading the racks. The tines are arranged differently than those in my old Maytag, so my dishes don't fit as well. However I have to admit that I bought the dishes to fit the dishwasher, so maybe the solution is to buy a new set of dishes? I'm still thinking about that.<br />It seems like this product is a good example of the goverment deciding what is good for us and forcing their mandate down our throats. It's not the first time and it won't be the last. Get used to it.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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