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GE Cafe Series CDWT980VSS

Fully Integrated Dishwasher with 16-Place Settings, 4 Cycles, DeepClean Cycle, 5 Options, Steam PreWash, Convection Dry, Hard Food Disposer and 48 dBA


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GE Consumer and Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment systems and services. They provide solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use in more than 100 countries which uses innovative technologies and "ecomagination." It's a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. GE brings imagination to work. Available at AJ Madison.

Looking For A New GE Dishwasher
Dishwashers simplify your life and give you more time to do the things you enjoy. With GE's innovative technology, all you have to do is load your dirty dishes and push a button. That's it. And you'll have a little peace of mind with specialty options, like the Anti-bacterial cycle to sanitize your dishes.
Energy Info
This dishwasher uses 275 kWh/yr and has an estimated yearly operating cost of $30.50.

Your operating costs will depend on your utility rates and use. The estimated operating cost is based on 4 wash loads a week and a 2011 national average electricity cost of $0.1109 cents per kWh.

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Style: Built-In
ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
Tier Rating: CEE Tier II
Tub and Door Liner: Stainless Steel
Tub Type: Tall Tub
Control Type: Fully Integrated Electronic; Top Controls; 6 Touchpads
"Clean" Light: Yes
"Sanitized" Light: Yes
"Low Detergent" Light: Yes
"Lock" Light Cycle Progress Indicators: Yes
Start/Reset Pad: Yes
Last Cycle Memory: Yes
Audible End-of-Cycle Signal: Yes
Control Lock: Yes
Exterior End-of-Cycle Indicator Light: Yes
Wash System: 6-Level; PureClean
Dual Pumps and Motors: Yes
Piranha Hard Food Disposer: Yes
Temperature Control: Automatic
Temperature Sensing: Automatic
Drain Hose: Yes
Sensor: CleanSensor
Wash Arms: 3-Direct Feed; Lower; Middle; Upper
Water Filtration System: Self-Cleaning 5-Stage Filtration with ExtraFine Filter
Dispenser: Rinse Aid with Indicator and Adjustment
SmartDispense Technology Bulk Detergent Dispenser: Yes with Refill Light
Number Of Cycles: 4
Number Of Options: 5
Number Of Place Settings: Up To 16
Multi-Wattage Calrod Heater: Yes
Convection Dry: Yes with Fan Assist
Exterior Style: Traditional
Leveling System: Leveling Legs
Dishwasher Cycles
Auto: Yes
DeepClean with Steam: Yes
Normal Wash: Yes
China/Crystal: Yes
Dishwasher Options
Delay Start: 2/4/8 Hr.
Heated Dry On/Off: Yes
Added Heat: Yes
Steam PreWash: Yes
Automatic HotStart: Yes
Rack Features
3-Piece Siverware Basket with Cell Covers: Yes
Utility Shelves with StemSafe: 2 (Upper)
Multi-Position Fold-Down Tines: 2 (Upper)
Fold-Down Tines: 2 (Lower)
StemSafe: Yes
Ball-Tipped Tines: Yes
Racking System: Nylon Towerless
Upper Rack - Nylon: Yes
Upper Rack - Deep Tiered: Yes
Upper Rack - Removable: Yes
Upper Rack - 4-Position Adjustable: Yes
Lower Rack - Towerless: Yes
Lower Rack - Nylon: Yes
Economical / Quiet
Quiet Package: 48 dBA
Sealed Toe Kick: Yes
Quiet Water Valve: Yes
Tub Collar Trim: Yes
Active Vent: Yes with Bottom Fan Dry
Motor Type: QuietPower Motor
Outer Wrap: Full-wrap Blanket; Bitumen
Door Insulation: Insulation; Mastic
Color Appearance: Stainless Steel
Door Style: Long Door
Installation: Hard Countertop Ready
Door Appearance: Fully Integrated Stainless Contour Door
Handle: GE Cafe Stainless
Power / Ratings
Calrod Heater: 875 Watts Max.
Volts: 120V
Hertz: 60Hz
Amps: 9.1A
Parts Warranty: Limited 1-Year Entire Appliance; Limited 5-Year Racks/Electronic Control Board; Limited Lifetime Of Product Tub/Door Liner
Labor Warranty: Limited 1-Year Entire Appliance; Limited Lifetime Of Product Tub/Door Liner
Warranty Notes: See Written Warranty For Full Details
Dimensions and Weights
Overall Width: 24"
Overall Depth: 24 3/4"
Overall Height: 34"
Overall Height with Legs Extended: 35"
Net Weight: 117 Lbs.
Approx. Shipping Weight: 122 Lbs.
  • 5-Stage Filtration with Piranha Hard Food Disposer
  • 5 self-cleaning filters ensure clean dishes.
  • Dedicated Silverware Jets
  • Highly pressurized spray jets target the silverware area for improved cleaning.
  • DeepClean Cycle with Steam Prewash
  • Removes tough, baked-on soils like egg, rice and oatmeal.
  • Fan Assist Dry with Heated Option and ActiveVent
  • A heating element heats the air inside while a hidden fan circulates the warm air to help dry dishes.
  • 48 dBA Sound Level
  • Nearly silent two-pump system cleans dirty dishes without disruption.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified and CEE Tier II Rated
  • Meets or exceeds federal guidelines for energy efficiency for year-round energy and money savings.
  • Four-Position Adjustable Upper Nylon Rack with StemSafe
  • Provides loading versatility for today's dishes and up to 16 place settings.
  • Eclipse Black Full-Extension Racks with Ball-Tip Tines
  • Durable racks glide smoothly on ball-bearings for easy loading.
  • Lower Rack Fold-Down Tines
  • Flexible loading options handle today's dishes and cookware of all shapes and sizes.
  • SmartDispense Technology
  • Conveniently stores up to 47 oz. of liquid detergent and automatically dispenses multiple doses in each cycle.
  • Upper Rack Deep Bowl Tines
  • Even oversized bowls fit perfectly in the top rack for easy cleaning.
  • Flexible Racks
  • Designed for today's dishes and holds up to 16-place settings.
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Product Reviews
Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 32 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by looks nice, but... Nice looking and very quiet, but after about 14 months, the electrical part is not working and now have to pay to get it fixed b/c it's out of warranty. Very disappointed. 11/2/11
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dont buy After 2 years the racks are rusted to the point where they broke. Also the dishwasher leaks all over the floor 12/8/11
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wow...are you sure the dishwasher is on? I have had my new dishwasher for one week now and love it! It is sooo quiet! I also really like the SmartDispense, once in a while you reload the dispenser and that's it, no more putting in soap every time you start it. I also like the flexibility of how the drawers are set up. I'm really enjoying my new dishwasher. 1/9/12
Rated 1 out of 5 by Looks aren't everything Have had this Dishwasher for a little over two years. The appearance of the unit in our new kitchen looks awesome and you can't even tell it's running when in cycle. However we have had this unit serviced over 3 times leaks..the internal components went bad and for the third time now the touch pad on top needs to be replaced. GE has been very cooperative but for the price I paid i should have been given a new machine by now. Extremely dissapointed. 1/12/12
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Quick Specs


  • Type : Built In
  • Color : Stainless Steel
  • Accepts Panels : No


  • Width : 24"
  • Depth : 24 3/4"
  • Height : 34"


  • Capacity : 16 Place Settings
  • Control Type : Digital
  • Electronic Display : No
  • Control Style : Fully Integrated
  • Child Lock : Yes
  • Adjustable Upper Rack : Yes
  • Fold-Down Tines : Yes
  • Rack Material : Nylon
  • Cutlery Tray : No
  • Tall Tub : Yes
  • Stainless Interior : Yes
  • Number of Spray Arms : 3
  • Rinse Aid Dispenser : Yes
  • Water Filtration : Yes
  • Water Heating : Yes

Wash Features

  • Cycles : 4
  • Delay Start : Yes
  • Dry Type : Both
  • Hard Food Disposer : Yes
  • High Temperature Wash : Yes
  • NSF Certified Rinse : Yes
  • Quick Wash Setting : No
  • China/Crystal Setting : Yes
  • Sensor Clean : Yes
  • Heavy Duty Wash : Yes

Technical Details

  • Star-K Certified : No
  • Energy Star Rated : Yes
  • CEE Rating : Tier II
  • ADA Compliant : No
  • Approved for Outdoor Use : No
  • Amps : 15
  • Voltage : 120 Volts
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