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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
I purchased two Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers in 2005. Mine has been completely trouble free from day of installation. I've never had to call for a repair or maintenance. I understand others have had problems, but wanted to give the other side. I have two drawers of the same size, one above the other. My kitchen design didn't allow for the option of both drawers being in the top position, one on either side of the sink, but I think that's a great option since you never have to bend over to load or unload. I'm single, so it's a more practical and environmentally sound to have the smaller, individual tubs, rather than a standard, full-size dishwasher. I fill one up every couple of days or so. It runs quietly, as do most modern dishwashers. Not as virtually silent as some I've heard, but still makes very little noise. I've had no problems with its cleaning ability. A friend with the same model keeps complaining, but every time we talk about it, she admits to using detergent that is specifically NOT recommended by the manual and doesn't use a rinse agent. I use good quality powder detergent and keep the rinse agent dispenser filled (it lasts a long time) and my dishes and glasses come out sparkling clean and spot free. I had to start adding LemiShine a year or two ago, after all detergents had to be reformulated to be phosphate free, by law. I was getting hard water deposits and a film. I blamed the dishwasher, but when I called the local dealer for a repair call they told me about the change in detergent formulas mandated by law and said many people thought their dishwashers had stopped working well. They recommended the LemiShine additive and my dishes and glassware are back to be sparkling clean. It completely eliminated any hard water film inside the dishwasher, too. I can easily fit my rather large dinner plates, so those complaining about that must have unusually large plates. No, I can't fit oversized platters nor large cutting boards. I'm happy to wash those by hand. One minor complaint is the filter that must be occasionally removed and cleaned. No big deal and I tend to rinse before loading, so mine rarely needs cleaned. If you are used to NOT rinsing before loading, you'll have to clean it regularly. For me, the compromises were well worth it. I can run a small load every couple of days and not feel like I'm wasting water and energy, like I would with a full-size dishwasher run half full.

I've been thrilled with my dishwasher drawers for 8 years now!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
The info below is regarding the DD24SCX7 standard height (~16") classic front (flush handle) model.

Installed this in an Entegra Aspire RBQ motorhome. A similar Fisher-Paykel model is factory installed in the more expensive Entegra Anthem and Cornerstone which have the same cabinetry, so I knew I had a factory designed place for it to go.

My install went mostly very smoothly but I did scratch some of the woodwork on the bottom rail of the cabinetry faceframe during insertion - to avoid this duct tape the sharp rear edges of the dishwasher chassis and prop it up on a box or other platform that is level with the opening.so it can be slid into place without trying to lift it at the same time.

Other things I did to ensure a smooth install.
1) Purchased a new sink drain assembly (from Entegra parts dept.) that has the integrated dishwasher tailpiece connection.
2) Purchased an "ADD-A-TEE" adapter for the hot water supply. This let me tap into the hot water line for the sink faucet with simple screw on connections where the supply line connects to the faucet. The ADD-A-TEE model needed in my case was a K2040 which has 1/2" MIP threads for the sink supply line and faucet and a 3/8" OD tap for this dishwasher. This should be the same part needed for most newer household hookups as well. This adapter was found at a local Lowe's. Saved a ton of time.
3) Fortunately an electrical outlet was already present in the adjacent cabinet under the sink. In my case the outlet is a 20A circuit for the RV's household style refrigerator.

The only other installation requirement (and the hardest part) was making a couple of filler pieces for the face frame opening. The cabinetry opening is about 1" wider overall (24-1/2") then the dishwasher requires (23-1/2). I made a 1/2" filler for each side from maple then stained/finished to match the existing cabinetry, screwed into place from the edges - done and a perfect match!

After routing the supply line, drain hose and power cord to the adjacent sink cabinet, I pushed the unit into place to test fit. Since the inner cabinet was wider than the face frame I added some filler blocks inside the cabinet so I had something to attach the dishwasher case to. Note that if you are installing this unit in a frameless cabinet the attachment can be one entirely from the front without removing the dishwasher drawer. The drawer removes easily however once you find the unlock buttons (way at the front of the drawer slide) and aside from finding a place to put the drawer while you screw in the outer cabinet is a simple job. The drawer stays attached to the outer cabinet by internal hoses so you need to be careful and find a way to prop it up while fastening the outer cabinet in place, but it is pretty easy, just take your time and plan ahead.

After the outer cabinet was installed I reinserted the drawer and began the hookups. The drain was a cinch and after making an anti-siphon loop (bracket provided) as high as possible under the sink, I made the connection to the drain. In my case I cut the drain hose to length and used the supplied fitting. It fit the hose perfectly of course and the sink drain tailpiece as well so I just clamped both into place with the supplied hose and spring clamps.

Next I used the ADD-A-TEE to tap into the hot water line where the supply line attaches to the sink faucet. What a time saver this was! Very simple and done with a couple of adjustable wrenches. The RV does not have water shutoff valves under the sink, but I did add a 1/4 turn shutoff to the 3/8" OD fitting that goes to the dishwasher thinking it might be useful for winterization. Can't hurt and its there should I need it.

The last step was plugging it in and it was ready to go!

I ran a test cycle as describe in the reasonably well done installation instructions and made sure there were no leaks in the supply or drain fittings. Later I ran a full NORMAL cycle. The machine is very quiet even during the wash modes. The display is great and keeps you informed as to time left in the cycle. There are 4 primary wash modes and each one can be modified with an ECO option giving you 8 choices. According to the Energy Guide card, in the NORMAL ECO mode this dishwasher uses LESS than the lowest energy usage of all dishwashers tested.

Despite a loss of significant storage space where the dishwasher was installed, we decided to go ahead with it on the motorhome anyway to keep water consumption to a minimum. We do no yet have long term results to report but using the SeeLevel gauge on our grey water tank, one NORMAL (not ECO) cycle produced about 2 gallons of waste water. Considering the generous size available for dishes/utensils/etc. that IMO is very low consumption - about equivalent to running the faucet (typically 2gpm) for one minute - I don't know about you, but there is no way I could wash and sanitize a load of dinnerware with only one minutes worth of water from the faucet.

The rack on this system is very well designed and gives a lot of adjustable options. It comes with a generous sized silverware rack, clips for tall glassware and even a small items container. There is also a "tablet" tray to use in the instance that the tablet style detergent you have is too large to fit in the dispenser. It should be noted that liquid detergent is not recommended for this unit. Powdered or tablet is preferred.

There is also a nicely designed rinse agent dispenser with a clever LED light built in, When the rinse agent is full the LED light can't be seen or will be very dim, but as the rinse agent is depleted the LED will become more visible signalling that it is time to add more.

On our previous motorhome we had installed a Vesta dishwasher which has a conventional front opening door (not a drawer). While this unit worked OK, the racking was awful with limited and difficult placement of dinnerware plus small items and things like chefs knives were always falling thru. It also made a lot more noise and I suspect used much more water. While I don't have actual numbers, my sense too is that the Fisher-Paykel has a much larger and therefore much more usable interior, particularly when you consider the well thought out adjustable racks. While The Fisher-Paykel is more expensive than the Vesta it is well worth the price difference IMO. These two machines are in totally different leagues and now that I have had both could not go back to the Vesta.

I have never owned a dishwasher that could be user configured before and this unit has several programmable features that make it easy to customize to your situation. For example settings for water hardness, amount of rinse agent to dispense,etc. See the manual for full details. My absolute favorite programmable feature is the door lock - remember we are using this in a motorhome and don't want the drawer flying open at every turn. The door can be locked with a child lock and that's OK, but the procedure to unlock the child lock takes a few seconds. There is another mode that is even better for RV owners - the door will *automatically* lock within 30 seconds of closing it, to open it just briefly press the power button! No need to add another item to our pre-departure checklist! Yet, it remains very friendly with a near instant unlock when you need to open the drawer.

The bottom of the unit has a removable debris filter that must be cleaned occasionally. I was surprised to find that the spray arm is not attached (at first I thought it was broken) and just "floats" on the center hub. So it may be that after a day of driving it may bounce out of place - we'll have to see about that, but in any case its not a big deal to just pop it back into position.

So overall, having done the install and used it just a few times so far I am extremely pleased with this product. Time will tell if any problems crop up and I will report back if anything significant happens.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2015
I absolutely love this unit. I've had it for 6 months now and was compelled to write a review after reading some negative commentary. The unit is extremely sleek and very quiet. I have a smaller kitchen and installed it under the kitchen sink. I can easily fit a variety of dishes. I was very thorough in reading the instruction manual and adjusted the settings to account for my area's water hardness and followed all the recommendations to a T. My dishes are cleaned beautifully each and every time. Highly recommend for those in tight spaces or who can't afford to run plumbing lines to other areas of the kitchen. If I had the room for it I would have installed the double stacked units.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2014
My husband wanted this dishwasher in our motorhome. We are fulltime RVers, meaning we live and work in our RV. I cook, he washes dishes. He installed it himself but finding all the right fittings was frustrating and took several trips to Lowes and Home Depot. Reason, there are no directions for the special fittings needed that do not come with the dishwasher. It did come with 2 small dents in the front stainless steel door which I wasn't happy about. I did not attempt to send it back because it is a huge, palleted shipment covered with foram and plastic and just to get it repacked and shipped back would have been expensive and difficult just to lift it out of the motorhome and into our SUV. So, I am living with the small dents. On the positive side, it is so quiet we don't even know it is running most of the time. The only negative is sometimes the wash detergent tablet dissolves and sometimes it doesn't. We then have to rewash. Haven't figured out why yet as we are placing it correctly. It has several cycles to choose from, some quite long. The quicker wash works for us most of the time. It does hold a lot of dishes even though it is drawer sized. We have had it in about 2 weeks now and I do enjoy having clean dishes with dirty ones out of the way and done in no time. I have several friends that have them and they enjoy theirs too. That's why my husband wanted one.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
Got this for my RV...easy install and the project worked out much better than I thought. If you are looking for something like this for your RV, I replaced my LP oven and salvaged the cooktop for reinstall. It will work in most RV's . Good luck!

John
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2015
Do not order anything from Fisher Paykel! We've had our Dishdrawer for only 3 years and we've already had to service it 3 times--at a fee of course. The company has scheduled things incorrectly and completely neglected to schedule appointments. Then they will try to charge you again for a service that they did not complete in the first place...the best part is you will have to wait multiple weeks for an appointment because all of the appliances break so often that the service techs cannot keep up. I profoundly regret buying their product; hopefully I will save you from making the same mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2014
We selected this drawer model dishwasher because we needed the universal design qualities it has. It fits well in the under counter space that was available, where a full height model would not. It washes well. It operates very quietly. Very Quiet.
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on April 4, 2015
This is about the only option you can get if you want a dishwasher (or a dishDrawer as they call it) in a media room bar area. Anything else looks just too big and wrong. There are 2 styles of these -- a model number DD24S (what I have and am reviewing) and a model DD24D. That last D/S deals with the product depth, I believe. Mine is 16" tall. The guy making cabinets for me used the wrong dimensions and made an 18" opening (I think for the D model) -- but that has turned out to be better. I put a 2" spacer inbetween the lower drawer and the dishdrawer and that has the right visual appeal. Go for this model, a 9" tall drawer underneath, and 3-4" of dead space between the 2 to define it. It just looks right.

As far as the washing goes -- a bit quirky. There is a small space to put your dish tablet / powder in, but it has these funny prongs in it and you can't pierce your tablet, so you have to put the tablet in the utensil rack. Also it is slow like a regular dishwasher. A normal load with heated dry takes 120 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2015
Easy to install but would have wished for some instructions and part to connect to other plumbing. Works great!!
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on January 7, 2015
We bought this for our 2014 RV and we installed it ourselves. It's great!!! The install was not hard and it's awesome. I don't like doing dishes and now I don't have to. We were happy to give up the storage for this. Good product.
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