When I moved into my house 2 1/2 years ago, one of the first things I had a problem with was my dishwasher. It made a lot of noise, I had to basically wash the dishes before I put them in, if I overloaded it the dishes didn’t get clean, and sometimes there would be a lot of water still left in it 24 hours after the cycle ended. Knowing that it was a very cheap model, the kind only contractors can buy, I ignored the problem and made the best of the situation. After all, I wasn’t going to replace an appliance just because it didn’t work exactly the way I wanted it. It still ran and the dishes still got clean so that’s all that mattered.
About 6 months ago one of the valves broke and water stopped being able to enter the machine. My dad, having repaired several of his own dishwashers, was able to order a new part and replace the broken valve. I had been increasingly unhappy with the performance of my dishwasher before the repair and tried lots of different things like cleaning it, changing the detergent I was using, and moving the dishes around. Nothing was working so I hoped that fixing the valve would solve most of my problems.
I was wrong. Things didn’t get worse exactly, but my dishwasher definitely wasn’t doing it’s job. I was now having to run the heaviest, longest cycle and I couldn’t put as many dishes in as I wanted. Even with those modifications, a lot of dishes were still coming out dirty, with food particles crusted on them. If I wanted clean dishes, I first had to wash them completely in the sink and then put them in the dishwasher. Basically I was running a sanitizing machine.
Tired of rewashing dishes, wasting water and energy, and putting the bottom spinner back into place after it popped out during every run, I decided I needed a new dishwasher. I spent a few weeks looking at different models and reading reviews. I ended up getting really overwhelmed with my choices and the price differences, so I decided that the best thing to do was to go and look at different dishwashers, see what they offered in person, make some notes, and then come home and read reviews.
Last Friday that’s exactly what my dad and I set out to do. Gather information, talk to some sales people, look around for the best price, but not buy a dishwasher. I was planning to wait until a good sale happened.
So obviously, I bought a new dishwasher.
I ended up with a Whirlpool Gold Series from the second place we looked. The price was exactly right, it had everything I wanted (wine glass holders, moveable silverware caddy, energy efficient, and at least two spinners). The sales guy was having a slow day, so he knocked $20 off the price if I bought the 5 year warranty. The warranty was on special as well and since I wasn’t getting it delivered (dishwashers are not heavy FYI), I agreed. Less than 24 hours later, I started my new dishwasher for the first time.
It was magical. I have these mysterious things called clean dishes and I can put plates and silverware straight in without rinsing at all. It’s terrific. I’m extremely pleased with my purchase and I’m having lots of fun playing with the different controls and figuring out what the optimal wash cycle is for me.
Have you bought any new appliances lately?