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  • Stainless steel panels can be purchased from GE through the Parts and Accessories Store.
  • Panels to match your cabinetry must be purchased from your cabinetmaker.
  • Panel sizes and widths can vary; be sure to check the details of your model for the exact panel specifications.
  • For more information about custom panel options, contact the GE Answer Center by e-mail or at 1-800-626-2005.

GE Café™ Series Dishwasher with SmartDispense™ Technology


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34 in x 24 in x 24 3/4 in

Sound decible level


  • 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
  • Deep clean 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

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ENERGY STAR® Qualified

ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Meets the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirements.



Style Built-In
Tub and Door Liner Stainless Steel
Tub Type Tall Tub
Control Type Top Controls
Fully Integrated Electronic
6 Touchpads
Dishwasher Control Features 1 "Clean" Light, 1 "Sanitized" Light, 1 "Low Detergent" Light, 1 "Lock" Light Cycle Progress Indicators
Start/Reset Pad
Last Cycle Memory
Audible End-of-Cycle Signal
Control Lock
Exterior End-of-Cycle Indicator Light
Wash System 6-Level
Wash System Features Dual Pumps and Motors
Piranha™ Hard Food Disposer
Automatic Temperature Control
Automatic Temperature Sensing
Drain Hose
Dedicated Silverware Jets
Sensor Clean Sensor
Wash Arms 3-Direct Feed
Water Filtration System Self-Cleaning 5-Stage Filtration with Extra Fine Filter
Dispenser Rinse Aid with Indicator and Adjustment
SmartDispense™ Technology Bulk Detergent Dispenser with Refill Light
Number of Cycles 4
Dishwasher Cycles Auto
Deep Clean with Steam
Normal Wash
Number of Options 5
Dishwasher Options Delay Start 2/4/8 Hr.
Heated Dry On/Off
Added Heat
Steam PreWash
Automatic Hot Start
Rack Features 3-Piece Siverware Basket with Cell Covers
2 Utility Shelves with Stem Safe - Upper
2 Multi-Position Fold-Down Tines - Upper
2 Fold-Down Tines - Lower
Stem Safe
Ball-Tipped Tines
Racking System Towerless
Number of Place Settings Up to 16
Upper Rack Deep Tiered
4-Position Adjustable
Lower Rack Towerless
Dishwasher Drying Features Multi-Wattage Calrod Heater
Fan Assist Dry
Leveling System Leveling Legs
Exterior Style Traditional


Color Appearance Stainless Steel
Door Style Long Door
Installation Hard Countertop Ready
Door Appearance Fully integrated stainless contour door
Handle GE Cafe Stainless
Handle Color Stainless Steel
Handle Design GE Café

Claims & Certifications

ENERGY STAR® Qualified
CEE Tier I
NSF Certified


Quiet Package 48 dBA
Quiet Features Sealed Toe Kick
Quiet Water Valve
Tub Collar Trim
Active Vent with Bottom Fan Dry
Motor Type QuietPower™ Motor
Outer Wrap Full-wrap Blanket
Door Insulation Insulation


Cabinet Width 24 in
Approximate Shipping Weight 122 lb
Net Weight 117 lb
Overall Height 34 in
Height w/Legs Extended - Maximum Height 35 in
Overall Depth 24 3/4 in
Overall Width 24 in


Calrod Heater Watts 875 Max.
Volts/Hertz/Amps 120V ; 60 Hz ; 9.1 A


Requires Kit for 1/4" Panel Capability (w/Trim) N/A
Requires Kit for 3/4" Panel Capability (Trimless) N/A


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
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so far so good It's been 20 years since I've had a dishwasher and I'm impressed, quiet and cleans well. August 5, 2013
Cleaning Cleaning the outside for water stains "HORRIBLE" Everyone from Home Depot to other customers who bought the same product have the same problem. It looks great in the store. Nice and shiny but get it home and continue to have it the same way "NO"..I have used all the products to keep it beautiful and it does not work. Ask the saleman and they also have no Idea..Bc/ they also get the complaints and they are out of ideas. Disappointed with GE that they do not have a product that completely works. ' VERY DISAPPOINTED" I"m now looking for for another company. July 13, 2013
NO knobs Sleek, controls on top of door. stainless steel interior. energy saver. Beautiful July 2, 2013
Recurring leak We've had this dishwasher for about a year now and have been dealing with a front door leak through 5 service calls now. Another reviewer mentioned the same issue, if you search the Internet you'll find others. There is a condensation issue on the inside of the door that causes this leak out of the lower left side of the door. After 5 service calls I have come to learn there is a kit to fix this, but the other reviewer said it came back. Happy that I have the extended warranty! The vent kit will be installed next week, we'll see how it goes. I hope it solves it because this would be a great review for this dishwasher otherwise, it's very quite and cleans well. I believe with the amount of complaints that I have seen about this issue GE should treat it as a recall, we have wood floors and had we not seen this issue it could have done some really serious damage to our floors. June 5, 2013
We Upgraded! We own the Caf? Refrig, Stove, and Microwave; and we finally upgraded our old dishwasher to the new Caf?! We Love it! I enjoy that the machine has the auto soap dispenser, and the hard food disposal; especially with a family of 5. It has saved us time; and effort throughout the day! Thanks GE! May 15, 2013
THIS PRODUCT IS VERY QUIET! The dishes come out clean! The machine is very quiet....being in an open concept cottage, it was very important to have a dishwasher that was quiet! The look is sleek...with no controls on outside it looks nice. I have it paired with the GE Monogram Series Pro Range and it matches great! April 17, 2013
This product has great features! This is by far the most quiet dishwasher we have owned! It is durable stainless steel and cleans great! April 16, 2013
Great features This product is so quiet that I actually have to put my ear near it to see if it has started. My glassware is crystal clear and dishes come out spotless. The look is very sleek; no buttons for small hands to interrupt cycle. March 28, 2013
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