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Thermador Sapphire DWHD650JPR Dishwasher Review

A stand-out dishwasher from Thermador that has no problem blending in.

Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney
April 06, 2015
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There are several variations of the Thermador Sapphire DWHD650JPR. These include the Thermador Sapphire Series DWHD650JFM and Thermador Sapphire Series DWHD650JFP. They are very similar to the Thermador Sapphire DWHD650JPR in most respects.

Thermador names all its dishwashers after precious gems, and the Thermador Sapphire DWHD650JPR earned its moniker with good reason: The blue lights inside this dishwasher cast all your dishes in a sparkling, tranquil glow.

A step above the $1,499 Topaz DWHD640JPR, the pricier DWHD650JPR is mechanically identical—but truly shines with its highly flexible interior, super-fast heavy duty cycle, 42 dBa sound rating, and incredibly low water and power consumption. It has a two year warranty on all parts and labor, and a five year warranty on other components.

If you want a dishwasher that looks beautiful, cleans well, and saves the environment, this Thermador might be exactly what you’re looking for. And if you're already buying a suite of Thermador appliances, the company's One, Two Free promotion means that you could get the DWHD650JPR for between $0 and $500.

Design

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Thermador DWHD650JPR—Interior Light
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These lights bask everything inside the dishwasher in a tranquil, blue glow. View Larger

As part of the Sapphire series, the DWHD650JPR consistently adheres to its color scheme. Blue interior lights make all of your dishes sparkle brilliantly. Similarly, the control panel has buttons and a timer display that also light up in blue. While not necessary for the task of washing dishes, it’s a nice aesthetic touch.

Speaking of aesthetics, the Sapphire we tested—the DWHD650JPR—is ready to accept a custom panel. While many say that beauty comes from what's inside, it sure helps when a dishwasher's door matches the cabinetry surrounding it. And its 22 7/16-inch depth means it can be mounted flush with cabinetry, or not. A clever design means that its shallow tub doesn't sacrifice capacity.

Not all dish loads are created equal, but the DWHD650JPR is ready to fit a wide variety of them. All of the plate supports on the lower rack can be folded down to make room for pots and pans, and the cutlery basket combined with the third rack lets you load a huge amount of silverware and serving utensils.

Thermador DWHD650JPR—Glow In The Dark
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You could do dishes in the dark, if you wanted to. View Larger

Dishes also come in all shapes and sizes, and once again, the DWHD650JPR is ready. The upper rack can be raised or lowered to account for baking sheets and other tall items. The tines on the lower rack are cleverly arranged such that you can fold down every other one, widening the gaps between them to fit bowls rather than plates.

If you're interested in a stainless exterior, the DWHD650JFM has a contemporary Masterpiece handle, and the DWHD650JFP has a pro-style Professional handle. All three dishwashers have the same MSRP.

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Cleaning

Lightning-fast results

You can expect most high-end dishwashers to get your dishes clean, but the DWHD650JPR gets bonus points for doing it quickly. Its Pots & Pans cycle, which is used for the nastiest, greasiest, toughest stains found on cookware and serving bowls, finishes in an hour and a half. Unfortunately, the Quick cycle isn't fast enough to get a load of stemware clean between courses at a dinner party.

The controls are very simple to use, with one-button selection for all cycles and options, and attractive clear indicator lights. Once you pick a cycle, you can even modify how it washes: Half Load tells the dishwasher to use less water and power, while Powerboost uses extra water pressure to blast stains off.

This level of control is great for some buyers, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing here for those who’d rather not micromanage their appliances. Our tests found that the DWHD650JPR delivers wonderful cleaning results on just default settings. Feel free to select a sensor-based cycle and walk away.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Why We Like It

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Thermador DWHD650JPR—Timer Display
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The display in the center of the controls estimates how long a cycle will take. View Larger

With its fast heavy duty cycle, strong cleaning power, beautiful and flexible interior, and simple controls, the DWHD650JPR proves to be a solid dishwasher. The blue color scheme really makes this dishwasher stand out. It's a machine that does its job and looks good while doing it.

A luxury dishwasher isn’t just about cleaning. High-end features like a third rack, interior lights, and a blue light that shines on the floor when a cycle is running turn a device that performs a boring chore into a kitchen centerpiece.

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