As an affordably priced dishwasher that's well designed and offers good performance, the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM is worth a look. Most users say this full-featured unit is exceptionally quiet and cleans beautifully. Many also like that the silverware basket can be positioned in the door, freeing up interior space for more dishes. While there are isolated mechanical and design complaints, most say this is an all-around solid machine for the money.
Cleans well, with no pre-rinsing. Users say one of the best reasons to buy the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM is that it cleans dishes extremely well. Many compare its performance very favorably to past models they've owned, with one user calling its cleaning ability "flawless." The machine is Energy Star rated and gets accolades from users for its energy efficiency. We found a few reports of mechanical breakdowns and problems with the door latch. In addition, some complain about the machine's drying ability, with one user stating that the top rack, in particular, never dries thoroughly. Most say, however, that if you use a drying agent, the drying performance is fine.
Cleverly designed to maximize interior space. Many users say the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM is easy to use, and they applaud its design, particularly noting how the silverware basket can be situated in the door. This feature, they say, frees up interior space for dishes. Nevertheless, there are some complaints with this arrangement, as some find it awkward to unload silverware with the basket in the door, and some say the slots in the basket are too small. The hidden controls draw praise from users, largely because they find the front of the machine more streamlined and attractive that way. However, some say it's hard to know when the cycle is completed, so a front "cycle-over" indicator light would be helpful.
So quiet you may not realize it's running. While other, more expensive machines have lower decibel ratings, users say the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM is extremely quiet. One user comments that it's hard to imagine how it could be any quieter, while another says that even if you're nearby, you may not even realize it's operating. One reviewer adds that you need to be standing right next to this dishwasher to realize that it's on. There are almost no complaints about the WDT710PAYM with regard to noise. Notably, however, one user reports needing to exchange the machine because it was too noisy, but adds that this could have been because it was installed in an island and not against a wall. Upon return, the store personnel were surprised to hear that there was a noise issue, since the machine is generally considered very quiet.
Well priced, with possible rebates. Users say the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM is a reasonably priced machine, particularly when compared with pricier models on the market. The vast majority of users report consistently smooth operation, with relatively few complaints about mechanical breakdowns. Maintenance involves routine cleaning, and the manufacturer recommends using a dishwasher-cleaning tablet, sold separately, once a month. The machine is covered by a one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and we read virtually no comments describing warranty issues. It is energy and water efficient, earning an Energy Star rating as well as a Tier-1 qualification by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). These ratings potentially make the machine eligible for rebates, depending on whether the local utility offers a rebate program. Some appliance dealers also offer rebates from time to time for specific Whirlpool purchases, and we've seen the WDT710PAYM included in such programs.
With more than 620 users reviews on this retail website, the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM garners an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, with 95 percent saying they would recommend it to a friend. Most users agree that the machine is easy to use and cleans dishes well, and many applaud its cleaning performance, stylish appearance and quiet operation. There are relatively few negative comments; a few users report breakdowns, and a few are dissatisfied with the machine's cleaning and drying capabilities. Some say the silverware basket is too small. Of note: Many of the reviews on this retail website are taken from Whirlpool.com.
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More than 75 reviewers post comments about the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM on BestBuy.com, handing this model an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Many comment that it cleans well and operates quietly, and many say it is well priced. A few owners report machine breakdowns, and a few mention problems with the door latch. Some also criticize the lack of an exterior light to show when the machine is running and when the cycle has completed.
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