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Whirlpool WDT790SAYM Gold 24" Stainless Steel Fully Integrated Dishwasher - Energy Star

by Whirlpool
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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Product Features

  • 14 Place Settings
  • 6 Wash Cycles featuring 7 Options
  • Sensor Cycle
  • Top Rack Wash
  • Stainless Steel Interior

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameWhirlpool
Model InfoWDT790SAYM
Item Weight81 pounds
Product Dimensions34 x 24 x 24 inches
Item model numberWDT790SAYM
Part Number WDT790SAYM
ColorStainless Steel
Manufacturer Warranty Free 10yr Warranty on Major Components
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #9,517 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight91 pounds
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2011
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Whirlpool WDT790SAYM Fully Integrated Dishwasher with 14-Place Settings, 6 Wash Cycles, Sensor Cycle, 7 Options, Top Rack Wash, Stainless Steel Interior and 51 dBA: Monochromatic Stainless Steel

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleans Well, But with a Few Quirks April 1, 2012
By G.B. R.
This machine is surprisingly quiet compared to our previous Whirlpool Gold (Quiet Partner III) tall-tub model (about 10 years old), and the capacity is about the same. We are pleased with it overall, but having lived with it for a few months, we note the following quirks (or maybe they are actually ingeniously designed "Features" that should have names?)

- "Rinse them Yourself" feature. In other words, shockingly, there is no traditional Rinse and Hold feature. This is surprising given that this machine is almost at the top of Whirlpool's line-up. It's also difficult to "make your own" rinse-and-hold, (ie., let the dishwasher fill, rinse and drain, then cancel the whole cycle), because it's too quiet to know for sure what it's doing.
- "Mystery Pulse" motor/pump. It's probably "okay," but the motor runs in several "pulses" (about half a second each) before starting the cycle. Probably it's priming the drain pump, or centering the motor shaft, or something...but the fact that it never seems to pulse the same number of times twice, or at the same times, does make you wonder what the heck it's doing. In the case of the beginning rinse cycle, the various pulses are then followed by a bizarre pattern of starts/stops. Hard to believe it can rinse better by constantly interrupting itself...but...the dishes do come out clean.
- "Auto Fall" silverware basket falls automatically, and spills its contents, if you try to pull out the bottom rack by the attached silverware basket. Very tempting to do so because the basket's great big handle is front-and-center when you open the door. You have the option of mounting the basket on the door, much more securely, but then the silverware doesn't get as clean because one side of the mesh basket is blocked.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By HPvet
We have two homes and had the wonderful experience of having to replace the old GE dishwasher in both of them this year. The first one replaced was still working fine but was ten years old and a few tines that hold the dishes had rusted through and fallen off on both racks. We figured it was time to replace and spent many hours on the net reading reviews. There are tons of positive reviews for this unit, especially on the Whirlpool site. We bought the black version with every option including power scrub and movable tines. The first couple of loads were completely wet on the Eco cycle dry. Adding rinse agent solved the problem however. We were very happy with the sound level, speed and cleanliness of the dishes. We used the normal cycle, heat dry and Cascade Complete.

Six months later, the other unit, also ten years of age, was leaking water from the motor housing. Having had such a great experience, we ordered the exact model but in white to match appliances. While the first few loads appeared okay, soon we noticed a substantial amount of mineral buildup on the glasses and dishes. The inside of the tub and racks began to look as if they had gone through a fifty year life there was so much buildup including food and a greasy film. We tried different brands of cleaners, both gel and powder, and different rinse agents. After reading review after review online, we discovered it was NEW GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS that had appeared to have destroyed our wonderful new dishwasher!!!

1) First, the federal government passed legislation that required extremely low levels of energy and water consumption.

2) Not to be outdone, 17 States then passed laws outlawing all phosphates in residential, but not commercial, dishwashers.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dishwasher February 1, 2012
I've had this dishwasher for a few weeks, and I really, really like it. It gets the dishes clean, it gets the dishes dry, it has a gauge so you can see how much rinse agent you have left, and it has a stainless steel tub--what's not to like?

Why four stars? There are a couple of minor things. The silverware basket has a lot of openwork not only on the sides, top, and bottom, but also between the compartments. It is difficult to avoid having at least some of your items end up lying down on the bottom of the basket. And, while having the basket hanging on the inside of the door saves some room, it means you have to remove the basket to load it, because if you do it as you do the other dishes, the silverware is lying flat on the door. A small thing, though. Their heart was in the right place.

Next, if you have to open the door to insert a forgotten item, you have about a second and a half to close it again before you have to reset the controls. Easy enough, but I'd like a bit more time.

And then there is a problem with the newer dishwashers in general. At one time, very few dishwashers had a removable filter; most of them had a mini-disposer that could handle small bits of soft food, so there was no need to try to remember to clean a filter. Nowadays, it appears that feature is going the way of the dodo. There are very, very few machines without a filter that has to be cleaned, and this is not one of that few. I don't know why they have eliminated such a desirable feature, but they have.

One recommendation--shop around a lot; prices for this dishwasher vary widely. Also, you can save about $100 by deciding to get it in a color other than stainless steel (mine is black, and it is known to the family as Darth Dishwasher).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Broke after six months.
This was our first dishwasher after ten years of hand-washing. We chose it because it was priced fairly, full stainless steel, good features, and beautiful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but not well built.
Previous dishwasher never needed repaired in the 10 years we lived in our home. We remodeled our kitchen and chose this dishwasher thinking it would run circles around the old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barnabas R. Helmy
2.0 out of 5 stars don't buy whirpool extended warranty after original warranty expires....
I bought a new kitchens worth of appliances in 2007. After my Sears warranty lapsed, I responded to a mailer for more warranty protection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nerenttt
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst washer ever made
The dishes come out dirtier than when we put them in. Doesn't drain the water washes with scum water. A filthy scum builds up on all the filters ect. Do not buy!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Dj
3.0 out of 5 stars worst silverware rack ever -
I purchased this dishwasher because it was on sale. Big mistake. I've had it less than 2 wks, and I cannot tell you how many times I've had to deal with silverware spilling out... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Suzanne
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't clean the dishes….ever
We have tried everything to try and get this dishwasher to actually clean dishes, different detergents, rinse agents, extensive pre washing, and yet the dishes still come out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MSN
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Dishwasher
This is an expensive, but terrible dishwasher. I have owned Whirlpool products and been very happy with them, including my prior dishwasher. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joyce Cleary
1.0 out of 5 stars does everything but actually clean: cargo-cult appliance!
I am giving this dishwasher 1 star because it does look and act like a real dishwasher. It has a door, racks, it makes "whooshing" sounds, and it has buttons that beep. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Johan Bollen
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed customer!
We purchased this in a package deal with our new town home 18 months ago. Initially we had difficulty with it never drying the dishes so we complained and were told that we needed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeanne Dwyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Dishwasher,
We bought this dishwasher 8 months ago. In the last 2 months we have had 3 companies come out 5 different times to try to repair this. Nothing on the top rack comes clean. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bunderson
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