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Whirlpool DU018DWTQ 18" Built-In Dishwasher Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  At 17.63" wide, the Whirlpool DU018DWTQ is a basic, compact dishwasher that will handle the dishwashing needs of a small household (1-3 people) with limited kitchen space. It has none of the bells and whistles found on more expensive models, but offers a stainless steel interior, vinyl racks and a simple dial to select one of five wash cycles -- pots-and-pans, heavy wash, normal, quick wash and rinse-only. While not the quietest dishwasher available, it should be less noisy than older models.

Models: DU018DWTQ (White), DU018DWTB (Black)

Prices

(Prices as of 09/1/2012)
White      Black      Source
$649$649MSRP
$540$540Best Buy (Shipping/Delivery typically $0-$70)
$570$570Sears (Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$539$539Home Depot (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$539$539Lowe's (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping)
$539$539Abt Electronics (Typical shipping/delivery $0-$78)
$599$599AJ Madison (Shipping/delivery typically $99-$198)

Additional Costs:

$0-$200+Shipping/delivery (it can cost $0-$25+ to have the old appliance hauled away)
$0-$150+Installation, with no modifications to existing hook-ups and cabinets
$150-$2,000+Installation, if water/electric lines must be added or cabinetry modified)
$10-$30Dishwasher installation kit (hoses, etc. -- typically required)
$50-$180+Extended warranty, depending on retailer, terms and length

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 32.5"-34.5"
Width: 17.63"
Depth: 21.25"
Weight70 lbs.
Capacity8 place settings
ColorsWhite, Black
Decibel levelManufacturer's estimate: 55dB
(Average levels: 50dB normal office noise; 80dB typical alarm clock)
Energy Star QualifiedNo (does not meet EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency)
Estimated Cost Per Year$34 with electric water heater, $24 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $20-$50)
Cycles5: pots-and-pans, heavy wash, normal, quick wash, rinse-only
Additional SettingsHeated dry
ControlsElectromechanical Dials, top front panel
Sensor WashNo
Silverware basketIn lower basket
FilterSelf-cleaning filter, without a food disposer/grinder
Tub heightStandard
Tub materialStainless steel
Rack materialVinyl
Other FeaturesRinse aid dispenser and indicator
Height-compliant for American with Disabilities Act
Power cord typically not included
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at Whirlpool.com.

What People Are Saying:

There are only a few user reviews online for the Whirlpool DU018DWTQ and the results are mixed, with about 60%-70% recommending this machine. A few give this machine top marks but others offer somewhat tepid reviews, saying it fits into a small kitchen but can be relatively loud and that dishes don't always come clean without pre-rinsing; several note that they find the silverware basket awkward to use. The few who give this machine the lowest possible marks report that repairs were needed either immediately or within a few years. A survey conducted by Consumer Reports found Whirlpool products in general to be among the least repair prone, with 8% of owners reporting repairs and serious problems (compared to a range of 8%-21% for about 12 other brands).