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DCS and Fisher Paykel Drawer Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices/Problems)

October 8th, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Danny Nguyen

DCS and Fisher Paykel Drawer Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices/Problems)

I remember seeing the first dishdrawer in 1997 at a trade show. It had a cool interface complete with smiley face prompts. It was quiet and water efficient, and it was different. A drawer dishwasher actually makes sense. There is less stooping. You can also wash small loads in one drawer. 

Initially, people purchased drawers for the wow factor as much as the design and features. 10 years later, drawers are not the hot sellers anymore even if they are still different than a normal dishwasher.

Fisher Paykel & DCS

Fisher Paykel is a based in Australia/New Zealand. Fisher & Paykel marketed household appliances from washers to ranges, but are known best for their dishwasher. In 2004, they acquired DCS, a professional range company and BBQ company for 33 million. I thought it was cheap at the time, but it turned out to be very expensive with the market collapse in 2007.

Fisher Paykel and DCS DishDrawers

fisher paykel dishdrawer dishwasher DD24DCTX7   dcs dishdrawer dishwasher DD24DUT7

Fisher & Paykel DD24DCTX7 DishDrawer


DCS DD24DUT7 DishDrawer

  • Filter system to ensure proper draining
  • Holds large 13" plates and platters on top drawer
  • Holds large 11-1/2" plates and platters on bottom drawer
  • Front LCD control for easy reading
  • 1.95 gallons of water per drawer
  • 45 (dBA*)  sound level
  • 12 Hrs delay start
  • Flush design
  • 3 yrs parts and labor warranty** limited time only

First, DCS and Fisher Paykel is the same dishwasher just with different handles. I still like this dishwasher as a concept. However, the DishDrawer needs to be streamlined for better reliability, especially the actuator, which seals against leaks. We sell them because we have 19 people on staff who know how to diagnose and rectify the issues.

Unfortunately, Fisher Paykel has been struggling since 2007 with the debt from DCS, so they haven't been able to address these concerns. Last week, they were targeted for acquisition by Haier, a giant Chinese manufacturer.

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Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen has over 20 years of experience at Yale Appliance. He takes pride in helping customers complete their dream kitchens. Danny enjoys eating, running, and competing in Spartan races. If he's not competing in a race, he is often traveling with his family.

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