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Dishlex DSF6106X review

Freestanding with worktop dishwasher. Priced at $899.

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Recommended View more details.

We recommend currently available dishwashers which score at least 80% overall, 75% for washing performance and 80% for drying. We don't recommend any dishwasher with any weighted score under 60%.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of washing performance (65%), drying performance (25%) and energy efficiency (10%).

Washing score View more details.

We assess how well the dishwashers can remove food such as oats, spinach, egg yolk, baby cereal, butter, and tea stains that have been dried overnight without being rinsed first. Our test is based partly on the current Australian standard and partly on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) draft standard.

Drying score View more details.

Reflects how dry the dishes are 30 minutes after the normal cycle has finished. During this time the doors are left closed (unless the dishwasher has an automatic door opening function that is activated at the end of the program).

Energy efficiency score View more details.

Based on the amount of energy used per place setting by the dishwasher on the tested program. The less energy used, the higher (better) the score.

Energy use (kWh) View more details.

This is the energy use of the program we selected. We use this, plus the number of items washed, to formulate our energy efficiency score. A dishwasher generally makes up around 2.9% of the annual household energy usage. Look for the smallest number in this column so you aren't paying as much in the long run.

Water use (L) View more details.

How much water was used (in litres) by the program we selected. We show this to give you an idea of how much of a water bill you'll be in for depending on your patterns of use.

Noise level (dBA) View more details.

Measured from one metre away from and one metre above the dishwasher, which is placed within cabinetry. The noise level varies depending on kitchen layout, but our reading gives a comparative measure. For reference, a normal conversation is around 60dB and a whisper is between 20 and 30dB. A difference of 3dB is noticeable to the human ear.

Program time (minutes) View more details.

How long the program that we selected took (in minutes). This time can vary based on whether the dishwasher has a dirt sensor (automatic), how full it is and the program you select.

Energy label program View more details.

The dishwasher program that has been used to provide the energy use figure. These rarely match what our members actually use (we ask you what program you actually use). But because manufacturers know that higher stars means more sales, they'll use an Eco or other program that gets them the most stars, though most members will use a Normal or Auto program.

Eco 50
Energy label - energy (kWh/yr) View more details.

Manufacturers must declare the energy use (in kWh) of their product, and an energy star rating is derived from this information. Both the energy use per year and the star rating are displayed on the Energy Rating Label.

282
Water label - water (L) View more details.

Manufacturers must declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine; per drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer; per minute for a tap; or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.

11.6
Energy - stars View more details.

Manufacturers must declare the energy use (in kWh) of their product, and an energy star rating is derived from this information. Both the energy use per year and the star rating are displayed on the Energy Rating Label.

3
Water - stars View more details.

Manufacturers must declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine; per drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer; per minute for a tap; or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.

4.5
Brand reliability View more details.

These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not that particular model. If you see "Not available" as the outcome, that's because we haven't gotten enough people who own the brand to reply with their findings; we need at least 50 to make the outcome statistically significant.

Satisfaction score View more details.

Scores are taken from our product reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. The score refers to the brand, not a particular model. For satisfaction score, we ask owners to tell us what they think of the products they own, rating them from excellent to terrible. We've used this information to give each brand an owner satisfaction rating so you can see how the brand rates with people who use it day in, day out. The higher the score, the better. If you see "Not available", that's because we haven't gotten enough people who own the brand to reply with their findings; we need at least 50 to make the outcome statistically significant.

Similar models View more details.

Most dishwasher manufacturers make a family of models with different features, so chances are the top-of-the-line may be similar to the mid-range model, and a mid-range model may be similar to the inexpensive end of the range. For those manufacturers that tell us about these differences, we list them. For others, we visit energyrating.gov.au to identify the similar models detailed by the manufacturers.

DSF6106W, DSF6206W, DSF6206X, DSF6216X, DSF6306W, DSF6306X
Differences View more details.

The differences, if any, between the tested model and identical or similar models.

The DSF6106W is identical (just white), and the rest will give similar results on the Eco 50C program but Auto program changes things considerably
Availability View more details.

'Tested model' means you ought to be able to find this in stores. We check availability every time we test, which is around 6 to 10 times a year. A discontinued model cannot be found in stores or online and is no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second-hand websites or in second-hand dealers. With identical models, performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance. Similar models are identical in most aspects except for a few, which means that a majority of their test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested. But for those aspects that aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the comparison tables.

Tested model
Price View more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.

$899
Running costs (10 yrs) View more details.

An estimate of how much the dishwasher will cost over 10 years for water and electricity if you wash a full load every day using a normal or auto-sensing cycle, based on 30c per kWh for electricity and $2 per 1000L of water. The greatest running cost will be the cost of detergent; this can vary significantly, so it's not factored in to these calculations. A dishwasher generally makes up around 2.9% of a household's annual energy usage. Look for the smallest number in this column so you aren't paying as much in the long run.

Running cost (10 yrs) + price View more details.

We add the running costs over ten years to the purchase price, to give a total expected cost over the ten years we expect a product like this to last.

Program tested View more details.

The program we tested the dishwasher on. If a dishwasher has an auto program, we select it over the normal program. We do this because an auto or sensing program should be designed to give optimum results for every wash. You're probably also paying extra money for this feature, as the base model won't usually have it.

If there isn't an auto program we test on the normal program, as this is what our members tell us they use the most. If you see the phrase "to go", this means the dishwasher makes a guess on how long it will take. But this may change as it uses its sensors to go either shorter or longer; that's why we also record how long it actually took.

Eco 50C
Configuration View more details.

Whether the dishwasher comes in:

  • conventional or standard size (tends to be 12 to 15 place settings and around 60cm wide, 80cm high and 60cm deep)
  • slimline (around 8 to 10 place settings and around 45cm wide)
  • drawer or compact (usually about six place settings and is fitted in a drawer, 60cm wide)
  • benchtop (also about 60cm wide, but sits on top of a bench).
Conventional
Place settings View more details.

The number of place settings a dishwasher claims to be able to fit. A standard place setting includes one of each of the following: dinner plate, bread and butter plate, soup bowl, small bowl, small saucer, tea cup, drinking glass, knife, fork, teaspoon, dessert spoon and soup spoon (12 items in total). So a dishwasher that claims to have 15 place settings should be able to fit in 15 sets of standard-sized items of the above; that's 15 dinner plates, 15 drinking glasses etc (180 items in total).

13
Cutlery View more details.

This describes what system the dishwasher has to clean the cutlery. These usually take the form of a basket, tray or both.

Basket
Type View more details.

Type refers to the way the dishwasher is built into the cabinet.

Freestanding, with a worktop: can generally be built-in as well because the worktop can be removed.

Built-in: might not have top or side panels; must be enclosed and anchored to prevent it from tipping forward when fully loaded and dish racks are pulled out.

Semi-integrated: a built-in type that allows you to fit a panel to the door under the control fascia to match the rest of your kitchen cupboard doors.

Fully integrated: built-in with the whole front matching your kitchen and the controls inside the door.

Compact: refers to the height. These tend to be built in (like an oven) or benchtop dishwashers.

Slimline: a full height dishwasher, but they tend to be a good deal narrower to suit narrow margin installs.

Freestanding with worktop
Colour View more details.

Where possible, we've listed the white model code and price. Most models are available in other colours, finishes or types – usually at a higher price.

Stainless steel indicates any metallic or metallic-look finish; not all models are actually stainless steel.

Where there is a 'Not applicable', the model is fully integrated and designed to match cabinetry (you'll need to buy fronts for these).

If you wish to filter models by colour (on the report landing page), you may need to select categories under Related products (also in filters) to see all models and their colours.

Stainless steel
Tap connection View more details.

H or C You can connect the dishwasher to hot or cold water. Connecting to hot water is likely to shorten the cycle time, but you may lose program versatility. You may need a tempering valve to connect to solar hot water, as the inlet temperature generally should not exceed 60 degrees C.

Cold The product only has a cold tap connection, and the dishwasher heats the water itself (all dishwashers have a heater).

H or C
Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C) View more details.

Where dishwashers accept a hot water source, there can be a cap on how high the temperature can be before it affects the hose or internal mechanisms. Usually this can be regulated by your heater, or a tempering valve can be fixed to the inlet if your water temperature is higher than accepted.

60
Warranty (years) View more details.

This is the manufacturer warranty for a product, generally listed on the documentation that comes with it. Even if a product doesn't make any claim of a warranty, you are still covered under the Australian Consumer Law, and the duration of this can vary.

2
Dimensions (cm, H x W x D) View more details.

The dimensions listed are the smallest figures claimed by the manufacturer (we round up to err on the side of caution). It's best to leave extra space around the dishwasher for easy installation and air circulation.

85 x 60 x 63
Water inlet pressure (kPa) View more details.

This will matter if you have weak water pressure or a gravity fed water supply (tank supply).

50 - 800
Origin View more details.

There is a claimed origin stated somewhere on the model. This should be taken with a grain of salt, given it's rare that all the materials for a product came from the one country.

Poland
Contact
dishlex.com.au
Child lock door
No
Child lock controls
No
Child lock dispenser View more details.

This indicates whether the dishwasher has a child lock on the detergent dispenser. It's quite rare to have these.

No
Anti-flood hose View more details.

Anti flood typically means a device is attached to the hose ending at the faucet which closes off the stream when a break is detected in the hose. (Asko claims its PEX hoses have the same level of protection.)

Anti-burst refers to a device located at the entry into the dishwasher which stops the flow of water into the machine if a break in the hose is detected.

We've not had a complaint about a flood from a dishwasher ‚Äčin a few years from our members, so it's likely either of these mechanisms would be satisfactory.

No
Delay start View more details.

Delay time, delay start or time delay is a feature that lets you program the machine to start the wash at a selected time in the future. You can load it with dirty plates and detergent and program it to start in the middle of the night (e.g. if you use off-peak energy) or during the day (e.g. if you have solar panels).

No
Time remaining display View more details.

This will show, usually in digital format, how long a program has to go. However, this may change during the wash, as the dishwasher uses sensors to detect just how dirty a wash is. It can be annoying to see the count get down to 5 minutes, then flip back up to 15 minutes as the dishwasher changes its mind.

No
Height adjustable basket View more details.

The top basket can sometimes be lifted into a different position, giving more height to dinner plates or pots to fit into the lower racks, or by lowering it you can fit taller glasses into the top basket.

Yes
Easy-to-lift top basket View more details.

Look for height-adjustable baskets (usually the top basket) and removable or fold-down plate racks/tines for more versatility when loading. An "easy-to-lift" top basket means you can adjust the height without needing to completely remove the basket to change its position. Some models can be adjusted when fully loaded.

No
Fold-down plate racks View more details.

Fold-down or removable tines are useful for loading larger items like pots, pans and baking dishes.

No
Removable tines View more details.

Sometimes tines (the little spokes that hold your plates and crockery in place inside the dishwasher baskets) can be removed entirely to provide more space to put in larger items, typically pots and pans.

No
Fan assisted drying View more details.

Usually dishwashers rely on thermal heat (the heat residing in your crockery after being exposed to high temperatures in the water) to dry the crockery via evaporation, but a fan can greatly assist in this drying process in some cases – the catch is that having a fan operating will cost you more in energy.

No
Salt dispenser View more details.

A salt dispenser can be useful if you live in a locality with hard water (lots of minerals in the water that make detergent work less effectively). Adding salt to the dispenser means it can offset the results of the hard water. Hard water is not particularly common in Australia apart from places such as Adelaide, so not a must-have. Check with your local water utility about your water hardness condition.

No
Internal light View more details.

An internal light flicks on when the door is opened. Could be useful from either a safety aspect (you can see any knives pointing upwards when reaching in to take them out), or from a efficiency aspect (you can see if you've forgotten anything in the dishwasher).

No
Auto-open door View more details.

Door automatically opens at the end of the cycle. This will generally mean a better drying score, because the heat exchange with the colder air acts to improve drying of dishes.

No
Eco or bio wash View more details.

To wash more economically with less water, or at a lower temperature; about 50 degrees C is good for an enzyme-based detergent

Yes
Light or fast wash View more details.

For washing lightly soiled or rinsed dishes more economically in a faster cycle.

Yes
Delicates View more details.

Tends to refer to glassware or other type of crockery load that's fragile.

No
Pots or intensive wash View more details.

A commonly found feature in most dishwashers, suitable for pots and pans with dried-on dirt. Dishwashers often have "zones" suitable for these types of items, typically in the lower basket.

Yes
Rinse only
Yes
Auto or sensor program View more details.

Auto sensing or dirt sensor wash can be a useful feature as it claims to sense the dirt and adjust the wash to suit the amount of soiling on load in the dishwasher.

No
Half load View more details.

Half-load or load sensing half-load adjusts the water and program times for a much smaller load, while load sensing adjusts them according to the soil in the dishwasher. Both let you wash smaller loads more economically.

Yes
End of wash signal (audible / visual) View more details.

When the wash ends, a dishwasher will usually give an indication via an audible sound or a visual indication, or both. Some go to the point of playing a national anthem, which thankfully can be turned off.

No / Yes
Other features View more details.

If our testers note any unique (or uniquely named) features, they'll note them here. Sometimes they're even well-explained by the manufacturer's manual.

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