Inverter DirectDrive Model LDS4821ST
Written by: Diane Johnson.
Our dishwasher had bit the dust. My
husband and I kicked the machine to the curb and headed out in search of a
hard-working, peaceful, and pretty appliance.
We had a hefty set of requirements for a new dishwasher:
- Able to handle heavy loads of dishes in a single wash
- Durable enough to endure multiple dishwashing marathons a
- Tender enough to clean a delicate wineglass amidst greasy
- Quiet enough that our neighbors who lived three houses down
could sleep at night
- Pretty enough you wouldn’t think it could handle such abuse
After scouring every store that carried appliances within a
four-city radius, we found the LG Dishwasher Inverter DirectDrive LDS4821ST.
The LG LDS4821ST has four wash cycles:
- Power Scrub, for the baked on chicken wings
- Normal, for everyday breakfast, lunch, and light-dinner grime
- Quick wash, which is a shorter cycle
- Rinse, for the times my kids remember to put their dishes in
the dishwasher, but forget to pre-rinse.
LG uses a Hybrid Condensing Drying System. In other words,
instead of using a heating element on which to melt unwanted plastic
containers, LG rinses the dishes in hot water, then a fan kicks in and
circulates the hot air, drying the dishes quicker and leaving them
You can stuff a 16-piece place setting in this work horse. A
special feature that is not listed on any of the appliances information sheets
is the happy tune that plays when a load of dishes is done.
The LG wraps a slew of features into a sleek, stainless
steel package…even the tub is stainless steel.
- Cleans and (if you choose) sanitizes dishes to “the in-laws
are coming” suitability
- Endures long dishwashing marathons
- Can adjust the upper basket adding more room for items below
- Rinse Aid warning light – a little sunburst appears when the
rinse aid is low or out.
- The power button is on the front panel. A few times my kids have leaned over
and turned off the machine mid-wash.
- Bowls don’t fit as tightly, but it appears most dishwashers
have pretty much the same rack styles
- The bottom rack when fully loaded doesn’t always slide
smoothly in. It’s not that big of an issue, but one that I feel I should
- It can take a while to wash, but it’s so quiet I don’t mind.
All in all, the LG LDS4821ST has fulfilled all the
requirements we set out to find. And, at Home Depot for $650, it was less than
our $800 budget.