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Samsung DW60H9970FS review

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Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS

Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Class-leading cleaning
  • Great drying performance
  • Superb build quality
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Noisier than some rivals
  • Pricey

Key Features

  • 14-place setting
  • Up to 30cm plates
  • Six programmes
  • A++ Energy Rating
  • 59.8 x 84.5 x 57.8cm (WxHxD)
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £799.00

What is the Samsung DW60H9970FS?

Headlining Samsung’s flagship ‘WaterWall’ series of dishwashers, the Samsung DW60H9970FS is a premium appliance with great looks and innovative features throughout. Samsung’s WaterWall technology gets rid of the traditional rotating spray arm in favour of a full-width spray bar that moves front-to-back creating a wall of water. High pressure jets of water get right to the edges of the compartment promising pristine cleaning wherever and however you stack your washing-up in the machine.

The fit and finish is outstanding inside and out, with a lush semi-gloss stainless steel case with progress and time indicators cleverly concealed to give a very smooth look when the machine is turned off. On the inside there is vivid blue LED lighting, basket runners that glide on roller bearings and controls are concealed on the top edge of the door, much like and integrated appliance. The list of features and technologies is as eye watering as the £900 asking price, but the performance can’t be argued with. This is a great dishwasher.

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Samsung DW60H9970FS: What is it like to use?

Using the DW60H9970FS leaves you in little doubt that a lot of thought has gone into putting this dishwasher together. At the top is a dedicated pull-out cutlery tray. While this is not unique in itself the inset is made of flexible rubber to make it easier to pull out and unload. This feature takes a little getting used to and we struggled to get it seated right at first. After a few practise attempts it becomes easy and even allows you to carry the tray folded over in one hand if required.

Both of the pullout drawers move on roller-bearing runners that glide out like top-quality kitchen drawers even when fully loaded. The upper of the two can be raised by 5cm or so to give room for plates up to 30cm in the bottom, although this does reduce the height available on the top rack of course.

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The WaterWall technology is further enhanced by the ability to increase water pressure to one side of the lower tray or the other. This might be useful if you have particularly baked on grime on bowls on the right hand side and easier to clean plates on the other. In a similar way the half load programme can be optimised to work best in the upper half or lower half of the machine depending on how you have loaded up.

The programme and wash options are accessed using stylish, stainless steel touch buttons on the top edge of the door, making the operation of the machine is simple and intuitive. The estimated cycle time, illuminated in blue on the top of the door, also subtly shines through the stainless steel on the secondary display on the front.

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Consumables are topped up in a more traditional manner, the door inner having standard tablet/powder/rinse aid dispenser and salt compartment, and a removable solids filter is situated in the base. You can set-up the Samsung DW60H9970FS to pop the door open automatically at the end of the cycle, which aids drying through letting the steam escape.

With the blue LED light emerging you can’t help but nod a say ‘cool’ the first time you see this in action. Assuming the blue light shining from the inside doesn’t attract your attention to the end of the cycle, the lengthy and annoying tune it plays will certainly have you rushing to unload.

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Samsung DW60H9970FS: What programmes does it have?

Samsung hasn’t gone overboard with the selection of washing programmes available, limiting your choices to just six with some manual add-ons. The core programmes cover fully-Auto, ECO, intensive, delicate and quick washes, along with a self-clean programme. Options include Left/Right zone boost, upper or lower half load and a sanitize programme that washes at 70 degrees C to reduce bacteria.

There is an extra-dry function to ensure there are no little pools of water left on top of cups for example, a speed booster mode and a delay start of up to 24hours. This can be used to either ensure your dishes are freshly washed by a certain time or to make the most of cheaper night time electricity.

toboev

January 28, 2015, 5:33 pm

Review Price £799. £900 asking price. Does anybody proofread?

andyvan

February 6, 2015, 12:14 pm

It's available for 799 from several major retailers, including Appliance City.

Rich A

December 27, 2016, 3:10 pm

Even though you haven't published my last comments, its still an extremely poor performer and given that I bought it after reading Trusted Reviews, I am extremely disappointed with your assessment. Since its purchase on 25th April I have found that:
Cutlery are regularly left soiled, even though food debris is not burnt on. I removed the flextray to improve water contact, but poor performance remains. The top shelf, whilst a good idea in the Siemens model we have at work, compromises the lower 2 load areas, preventing normal plates from being stacked normally on the lower shelf.
The stacking areas themselves are poorly designed and clearances have to be continually checked, rather than simply loading the areas. Pans and plates regularly further cleaning after the dish wash, even when "Pans" and "Zone Boost" are selected. (This selection requires more than 4 hours of wash time; I can soak the pans in water and get a better result in that timescale.) On the "Eco" and "Glasses" settings, the dishwasher tablet (Fairy Platinum) often doesn't eject, leaving its liquid sacks emptied, but the tablet main wash material remaining.
This dishwasher replaced an aging Bosch model, but is simply not in the same league. I have also recently bought 2 further dishwashers for properties in Cornwall, both considerably cheaper than the Samsung. However, both perform better, even the cheap Whirlpool (probably their cheapest model) does not give me the problems that the Samsung does. None have ever exhibited the tablet problems or poor performance that this most expensive dishwasher does

Kylie

April 6, 2017, 7:36 am

Do not buy this dishwasher I purchased one at great expense in july 2015. I have had to have it repaired 3-4 times it is now broken down again and they have issued me a refund. Even when it wasnt broken it often did not clean the cutlery adequately, it was hit and miss if the door with the tablet in it would open or not. Unless the top shelf was in the higher up position the plates wouldnt fit properly but in the high position you couldnt put tall glasses in.

Rich A

April 10, 2017, 2:15 pm

Sorry to hear this Kylie, though with a refund you can get rid of this poor quality item and purchase something worthwhile. I am trying for a refund, but Samsung refuse. I'm very disappointed in Trusted Reviews and their silence on this matter. I purchased this on the strength of their review, but will know better in future. Good luck with your new dishwasher!

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