To be fair, frigidaire employees controlled all the variables and I'd expect them to show off their new dishwasher shined. Nevertheless, the latest Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher – model FGIP2468 – looks great, has a reasonable price, and offers a make-up that could legitimately make a great job of cleaning your plates and bowls.
Two wheels are better than one
Frigidaire is adding a second Orbit Clean wheel of water jets to the latest edition of its flagship dishwasher. We tested the OrbitClean feature on theand it did not help the dishwasher perform well in our tests. Most dishwashers use spinning spray arms lined with jets. The OrbitClean wheel sits at one end of a spinning arm, and spins separately in order to spray water into the corners of the machine. The FGIP2468 now has a wheel both at the bottom of the machine like the last rack and below the top rack as well.
Given that a single OrbitClean wheel is performing effectively in our tests, I would expect it to be a potent cleaning combo. Frigidaire, therefore, the design of the water wheels to propel water with greater intensity to help remove stucco on dirt.
The FGIP2468 wants to be offered in stainless steel for $ 850 or black stainless for $ 1,000. The dishwasher will run at a somewhat quiet pace and the OrbitClean wheel will probably cut it from its cycles.
A cool drying system
In addition to the second water wheel, the FGIP2468 uses a heating element at the bottom and a fan at the top to presumably improve drying performance as well. While the heat rises naturally, the fan blows in cooler, room-temperature air and the water in the air to a condensation chamber.
Frigidaire calls the feature "MaxBoost Dry." Lab technicians demonstrating their effectiveness during my tour by spraying a fine cocoa powder and ground coffee into a freshly run unit. The technicians doused dishes from competitors' machines as well, and the powder coagulated on water and showed streaks clearly. Again, the Frigidaire FGIP2468 performs the best of the bunch with few visible blemishes.
If you want to give the frigidaire FGIP2468 a real-world test, you can find a retailer near you on the company's site. Frigidaire rolled it out quietly on the site last week before a planned debut at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show next week.
The FGIP2468 does not have any flashy dishwasher features, but if it's a great performer at a reasonable price, it could make a compelling kitchen upgrade.
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