For about ten years now we have been telling all our relatives, friends and acquaintances that the dishwasher is in the top three most useful household appliances. And they say: small kitchen, no place to put it…
And here’s the main argument – it’s a tabletop! It takes up not much more space than a microwave, but it’s as useful as a big one.
In this article, we tell you how we tested one of the small dishwashers, the Candy CDCP 6/ES-07, and learned how it washes our favorite artificial and natural dirt, how many dishes it holds, and how to properly place it on the table.
|Country of manufacture||China|
|Number of sets of dishes||6|
|Number of programs||6|
|Delayed start||2, 4, 8 hours|
|Rinse aid indicator||yes|
|Energy efficiency class (Dir. 2010/30/EC)||A+|
|Noise level||51 dB (A)|
|Program duration for standard dishwashing cycle||195 minutes|
|Total annual energy consumption||174 kWh|
|Power consumption per cycle||0.61 kWh|
|Water consumption per cycle||6,5 л|
|Annual water consumption||1820 л|
|Dimensions (W×HW×G)||550×438×500 mm|
|Mains cable length||1,5 м|
* Contrary to popular misconception, this is not a deadline after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.
The dishwasher is packaged in a brown cardboard box with a monochrome print and a minimum of information: only the manufacturer’s logo, a schematic of the unit on the front and shipping instructions in graphic form.
The model index and brief technical specifications are placed on a separate sticker. Having opened the box, we found in it:
- The dishwasher itself with dish basket and drain hose
- pouring hose
- cutlery basket
- salt funnel
- owner’s manual
- service book
- sticker with information about the energy efficiency of the appliance
The fill hose supplied with the dishwasher is of the simplest design and without leak protection, but the user, if desired, can buy another one to the device, with an AquaStop valve – it is available on the manufacturer’s website.
At first glance.
The Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 dishwasher is silver gray. Its dimensions and layout are the most usual for the tabletop subspecies.
Most of the front panel area is occupied by a hinged door equipped with a handle-nish. In the upper part is a black control panel.
The side walls of the device are smooth, without any protrusions or stiffeners.
In the center of the lower part of the back panel we see a socket for connecting the drain hose, equipped with a mesh filter – it protects the construction from rust and impurities that can come from the water supply. A non-removable drain hose comes out of the housing a little to the right.
The single basket rests on the protrusions of the chamber walls with six plastic casters and slides out on rails on the door.
The walls and “ceiling” of our dishwasher’s tank are stainless steel, while the tray is plastic. Under the basket, you will find a traditionally designed sprinkler (this model has one), a removable filter and a compartment for salt.
The detergent container is located on the door and consists of two compartments: on the left behind the hinged lid is the compartment for powder or tablets, on the right is the cap of the rinse aid container, under which the rotary flow control is hidden.
The dish basket is covered in dark gray enamel. The front half is for saucers and dessert plates, and the larger ones are in the right rear quarter. There are additional plastic stops on the far wall. Large dishes such as pots, jars and containers should be placed in the left rear quarter. The container is also equipped with two hinged shelves for cups and long cooking utensils. On the ends of the shelves there are holders for the legs of the glasses.
A gray plastic cutlery basket is mounted in the center of the front half of the vessel. The hinged lid supports allow you to neatly arrange forks, spoons, and knives in their holes or, when hinged, stack them in a pile, whichever is more convenient.
The dishwasher manual is a 22-page A4 booklet printed on heavy white paper with good printing quality. Numerous diagrams, drawings and tables are easy to read. The language of the document is Russian.
As is customary with many manufacturers of home appliances, the manual was created for two similar models at once. But the user does not have to get confused, looking for differences: both models do not differ neither in the set of programs, nor in the device or technical characteristics.
The document contains comprehensive information on connecting the dishwasher to water, sewer and electricity, but there is not a word about the installation procedure (and the Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 allows such an installation option).
The manual gives details about the machine’s construction, controls, operation, and care of the appliance. At the end of the booklet, there are detailed technical specifications and a list of possible malfunctions with self-troubleshooting methods.
The Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 dishwasher control panel is visually divided in two by the manufacturer’s logo.
To the left are the power and delayed start buttons. You can start the dishwasher after 2, 4 and 8 hours. The selected delay time is indicated by the red LEDs next to the button. To the right you can see the salt and rinse aid indicators.
There are also two buttons on the right half of the panel: mode selection and Start/Pause.
Our dishwasher has six programs, and they can be selected by successive pressing of the “P” button:
|Program||Destination||Cycle Description||Time (minutes)|
|Intensive mode||For the most heavily soiled clay and earthenware dishes, pots, pans, plates, etc. with normal soiling and dried-on dirt||Prewash (50°C),
Wash (70 °C),
|Normal mode||For pots, plates, glasses with normal level of dirt, for lightly soiled pans||Prewash,
|Echo||Standard program for tableware with a normal degree of soiling, optimized in terms of energy consumption and water consumption||Prewash,
|Glass||For slightly soiled dishes, glasses, crystal and fine china||Wash (45°C),
|Daily Washing||For lightly soiled earthenware and glassware||Wash (65°C),
Rinse (70 °C),
|Accelerated mode||Shorter wash program for lightly soiled dishes and short wash||Wash (40°C),
Our dishwasher has no additional options other than delayed start.
Connecting the dishwasher is trivial and doesn’t take much time: the corrugated hose, already installed on the appliance, goes down the drain, and the fill hose is connected to the water socket.
The manufacturer warns that the inlet water pressure must be between 0.04 and 1 MPa, and the electrical outlet must be grounded and provide 10 A 250 VAC.
Before first use, a kilogram of special salt should be loaded into the softener compartment and its flow rate set (a long press of the “Start/Pause” button activates the configuration mode, followed by short presses of the same button to set the hardness of the water used). For information about water supply parameters the manual recommends to contact the supplier of your region. In St. Petersburg, where the water in the pipes is very soft, we traditionally set the minimum value.
The manufacturer warns that the no-salt indicator may still be lit for 2-6 days after the softener is filled – this is due to the nature of its design and is not a malfunction.
Before starting, you should also fill the rinse aid container and set the rinse aid flow rate. If tablets will be used (when testing dishwashers we use Finish Powerball All in One Max, according to the general methodology), the rinse aid consumption should also be set to a minimum. But it is not worth using the dishwasher without this product.
After all this, you can finally load the dirty dishes into the device and select the appropriate washing program.
In addition to the standard modes (eco, universal, intensive, glass), our dishwasher has two “light” programs. One is designed for daily use with slightly soiled dishes, the second is for a quick wash. The latter scenario turned out to be convenient to use for pre-rinsing medium- and heavily soiled dishes as well. But this model has no special night mode with reduced noise.
During operation, the indicator of the selected program on the control panel blinks slowly, at the end of the scenario, the dishwasher emits 8 short beeps, goes into standby mode and automatically turns off after 30 minutes.
When we talk about taking care of the dishwasher, we don’t just mean cleaning it, but also replenishing the salt and rinse aid reservoirs on time.
Most often you have to clean the filter system, our model has a standard filter system: coarse cleaning, main and fine cleaning. All parts should be rinsed under running water, if necessary, using a brush.
The inside of the door needs wiping with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. Attention should also be paid to the water spray vanes: the holes in them should not be clogged with sludge. If this does happen, they should be removed (this procedure is described in the user manual) and rinsed.
Information about energy consumption and water consumption is given in the documentation. We measured the actual flow rate, compared it with the manufacturer’s figures and found no significant differences within the measurement error.
|Program||Energy consumption, kWh||Water consumption, l|
The Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 has a fixed program duration. It does not depend on the degree of soiling of the dishes and also corresponds to what is written in the manual.
The noise level we measured when the dishwasher is running does not exceed 53 dBA. It is insignificantly higher than indicated in the technical specifications.
The maximum power recorded during test operation was 1350 watts. In standby mode, the Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 consumes 0.4W.
Test operation, for the most part, is the usual washing of dishes: plates there, forks, spoons and other pans. But there are several procedures that demonstrate the quality of our washing machines and we are always happy to describe them. And now – our crowning tests!
Standard Eco-program and “artificial dirt”
Those who read us regularly already know what we do, but for newcomers I’ll tell you: we’ve invented the perfect mud and now we’re going to use it. It has such an interesting combination of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that one look at it makes you realize this is it. It’s going to be extremely difficult to clean.
We try very hard every time to spread this mess over the white, clean dishes evenly and smartly, and to arrange the soiled ones in the dishwasher in a deliberately careless manner. And then we leave this masterpiece of mismanagement – that is, a loaded and open dishwasher – for a full day. Can you imagine how beautifully everything will dry out?
But there’s nothing to do, it’s time to rinse it all out. For the test we chose Eco mode – and it proved to be quite good: the dishes are well washed, no traces of grease were found, neither visually nor to the touch.
The only drawback we found was a few unwashed stains on the large plates in places where the dishes stuck together when placed in the basket. We see this as the user’s fault, not the dishwasher’s: you should be more careful when distributing dishes in the basket.
We were quite satisfied with the quality of drying: the plates, cups and cutlery dried perfectly, with no traces of moisture left on them.
Daily program and dried tomato sauce
To test the Daily Wash program, we took two two-liter jars, liberally soiled them from the inside with ketchup (no mayonnaise this time), and let them dry for 24 hours.
The jars were placed at the far end of the basket, at a slight angle (the slope of the wire rails did not allow them to be placed strictly upright).
After starting the daily wash program, we waited for it to finish and made sure that the glass was washed perfectly.
Inside the containers, however, a noticeable amount of moisture remained: condensation drying is not well suited for vessels with a large internal volume and a relatively small opening.
Wine glasses and a script for washing glassware
This is another very colorful test that brings out the true artists in us. This time the canvas for the masterpiece is thin glass glasses, and the paints on our palette are greasy lipstick on the outside and red wine on the inside. We left this whole imitation of a raucous party to dry for the standard 24 hours: as if the owners had only run the dishwasher after a fiery Saturday night on Sunday evening.
The large (600ml) red wine glasses are placed in the basket at an angle. The recesses on the hinged shelves are excellent for securing them.
Our dishwasher has a “Glass” program for such a task, and we used it.
We haven’t yet met any dishwashers that couldn’t handle this test, but we’ll state: the glasses washed perfectly.
No traces of dried wine or lipstick were left on the dishes. The drying quality is good, we did not find any drips or drips on the glass.
Testing the dishwasher for us meant that a casserole would be on the menu – the ceramic mold, in which fatty meat with sour cream sauce was cooked, was best suited for the intensive soiling washing program. And after we moved the food into the container, we put the mold in the oven for another 15 minutes – until a firm crust appeared.
Normal hosts would at least soak the dirty mold for a couple of hours, but we can’t, we’re under regulations. So we put it as is in the far half of the basket and turned on the dishwasher on the program for intensive washing.
The mold washed pretty good, but the edges still had bits of soot on them.
No repeated washing was necessary – softened residue was easily removed with a damp sponge followed by a rinse.
The Candy CDCP 6/ES-07 countertop dishwasher will prove to be an excellent choice for owners of small kitchens and studio apartments where there is no room for a large-sized dishwasher. It is easy to operate, economical, and successfully copes with even the most severe soiling.
The volume of the dishwasher is sufficient for a family of two or three people. Like most tabletop dishwashers with a single sprinkler, this model is sensitive to sloppy placement of items in the basket. Also, these models are somewhat louder than floor models. But these features are quite forgivable if you consider washing dishes by hand as an alternative.
To the disadvantages of the device we will include only the absence of a special night mode with reduced noise level.
- small size
- easy operation
- good economy
- Not a bad set of built-in programs
- efficient drying
- No night mode