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LG LDS5540ST Semi-Integrated Dishwasher with 5 Wash Cycles

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1.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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  • 12" Upper Rack Dish Height Limit
  • Semi-Integrated Smooth Touch(TM) Controls with LED Display
  • NeveRust(TM) Stainless Steel Tub
  • Wash Cycles Power Scrub, Normal, Delicate, Quick, Upper Only
  • Built-In Food Disposer

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name LG
Model Info LDS5540ST
Item Weight 90.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 24.6 x 23.8 x 33.5 inches
Item model number LDS5540ST
Installation Type Built-In
Part Number LDS5540ST
Form Factor Stand Alone
Color Stainless Steel
Control Console Semi-Integrated
Voltage 120 volts
Compatible Device Custom Panels
Certification energy_star
Material Type Stainless-Steel
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year labor, 2 years parts, 5 years limited on control board and rack parts, lifetime on stainless steel tub and door liner

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1.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

1.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,173 in Appliances (See top 100)
#94 in Appliances > Dishwashers > Built-In Dishwashers
Shipping Weight 106.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 21, 2012

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Product Description

Product Description

The LG LDS5540ST Semi-Integrated Dishwasher with Flexible EasyRack Plus System, in stainless steel, is an incredibly quiet dishwasher that cleans and sterilizes with extreme efficiency. The technologically advanced Inverter DirectDrive motor and the impressive self-cleaning were designed with not just effectiveness in mind, but also the importance of silence. That's why at its loudest this dishwasher emits only 48dB, making it incredibly quiet compared to most dishwashers. Compounded with the impressive 14 place-setting capacity and numerous impressive pre-programmed cycle settings, this quiet dishwasher is an invaluable addition to any kitchen.

From the Manufacturer

Semi-Integrated Dishwasher with 5 Wash Cycles, 2 Spray Arms, 48dB LoDecibel Quiet Operation, NeveRust Stainless Steel Tub and SenseClean Wash System

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By Michael Hoyt on January 24, 2013
Just got this delivered and installed today. It's currently washing it's second load. It did a great job on the first batch of dishes. One thing I noticed is that with the "Hybrid Drying System", the dishes don't come out so hot you can't touch them. They were perfectly dry and just warm to the touch.

I'll say this. So far so good. Allow me to put some context on this review. This dishwasher replaced a Bosch SHY66C05UC. At the time we bought it, it was the most expensive dishwasher that Sears sold. In my experience, dishwashers tend to be an appliance you take for granted. Over the years, I can't recall ever having a dishwasher repaired. The Bosch was great for the first 3 years. Years 4-8 were an entirely different experience. I had at least one major failure per year with it. The electronics on it finally went out right before Christmas this year and rather then spend $350 to replace the failed part, I decided enough was enough. My point? Try to find a review on the above Bosch dishwasher. You can't. Reviews on appliances like this are fine but if you notice, most of them are all based on purchases made in the last few months. If I had reviewed the Bosch in the first 3 years, I probably would've reviewed it very high. In the end, I wouldn't even give it a single star.

Out of the box, this LG dishwasher works as advertised. Will it fulfill the destiny that I have chosen for it, to do its job well for many years with minimal repairs, or will it start to fall apart after a few years. I wish I could come back here to tell you but this review will be long gone by then.
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First the good things:

1) I use the adjustable tines much more often than I expected; it's actually quite nice to be able to just turn down half of a tine row (bottom only; top you must turn down the whole tine row at a time) and place pots or other odd-sized dishware in.

2) We were worried about the top rack; compared to others (we looked at a GE and a Maytag) that had a top rack with full steel ball bearings, the top rack in the LG is not nearly as solid-feeling or smooth. However, after getting it in place and using it on a regular basis, this is a complete non-issue. As well, the bottom rack is quite reasonable.

3) No complaints regarding cleaning.

Some general comments that will apply to any tall-tub dishwasher (this LG replaced an old-style dishwasher) and any dishwasher with an internal heating element:

1) Wow; the tall tub is so spacious. It's awesome being able to pull full-size plates in the top rack. Of course, this applies to most tall tub dishwashers (ie: nearly any modern dishwasher).

2) The downside is: to load the bottom rack, I almost need to get down on my hands and knees. These tall tub dishwashers really want to be elevated off the floor (wouldn't work in our kitchen).

3) The internal heating element is nice: I frequently push the limits of where things can fit, and it is nice that when a piece of plastic drops onto the bottom of the dishwasher, it does not get burnt-up by the heating element. (But any dishwasher w/ an internal heating element will not have a heated dry option).

Some neutral comments for the LG:

1) Others have commented that it is quiet. If I remember correctly, it advertises 48db. I'm not an expert, but this seems about right.
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The LG LDS5540ST is a new dishwasher for LG. After buying the top rated Consumer Reports Dishwasher (the Bosch),
I returned it for the new LG. The Bosch was smaller and had no flexibility with the tines; it was like doing
a jigsaw puzzle every time I loaded it. I was impressed with the LG initially with the all Stainless Steel
inside & outside, simple controls that you can see on the front, and the flexibility of the tines.
I have owned an LG clothes washer and dryer for several years with which we have been very happy. This dishwasher
is so quiet that it is difficult to even hear it working; a big contrast to the 10 year old GE that it replaced.
I discovered, after a service call, that the only cycle where the water is actually heated is the final
rinse; since there is no heating element at the bottom, a fan blows the hot air around after the rinse cycle to dry the dishes.
It works fairly well as long as you use rinse aid; some water accumulates on the top of some items in the top rack,
like wine glasses, etc. I am surprised that it uses only the hot tap water for all the cycles except the
final rinse. The instruction book says it heats the wash cycle to 140 (145 for power scrub); but, the technical instructions
(which can be found behind the panel in the front at the bottom) for service shows the heater only working in the final rinse.
This is supposed to be an energy saving feature, I am told. Apparently, the instructions for the repair people don't translate
into the consumer instruction book. It seems to clean ok, but I am not totally comfortable with the wash water ending up at
room temperature at the end of the cycle. I don't think most people use room temp water to wash their dishes.
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