Back in October, when I mentioned that I was in the market for a new dishwasher, 223 of you came to my what-to-buy rescue. After reading the detailed reviews of your own machines, and after studying the appliance ratings at Consumer Reports.org, I was finally able to make an informed purchasing decision. Shall I tell you what I bought?
I bought a Ferarri 458. In a dashing shade of red.
Based on your reviews and those of Consumer Reports, I decided that either a Bosch or a KitchenAid dishwasher was the way to go.
At my local Lowes, Bosch and KitchenAid dishwashers with stainless steel interiors are priced about the same. Both offer similar features, too. Among these are a third top rack, plus an adjustable middle rack.
I preferred KitchenAid’s flat top rack to Bosch’s V-shaped top shelf. Furthermore, when I tried to adjust the middle rack on the Bosch, I found I had to struggle to raise or lower it. Not so with the KitchenAid. Its middle rack moved up and down with ease.
Then there was the heat-dry issue. The Bosch machine doesn’t always dry dishes thoroughly, because its heating element is not exposed. The opposite is true for the KitchenAid model.
At the end of the day, I chose KitchenAid. Here’s a quick look at the machine:
I love KitchenAid’s flat top rack. It’s perfect for holding spatulas, long-handled spoons, and excess cutlery that will not fit in the cutlery basket.
I’ve already mentioned the adjustable middle rack. Again, it can be raised or lowered without a fight. When lowered, I can place a tall pitcher or an over-sized mixing bowl on this rack.
The cutlery basket, which fits on the lower rack, is equipped with a nifty grid-like surface.
The grid keeps spoons from “spooning” and therefore not coming clean.
The cutlery rack can be easily removed. This means more room for stemware and such.
The most important feature of my new dishwasher? The dishes come out sparkling clean without rinsing them first. As a test, I coated a dinner knife with peanut butter, and placed it on the top, flat rack. The thick, sticky substance was thoroughly removed during a “normal” cleaning cycle.
Would I recommend this KitchenAid model to you? Absolutely not! I haven’t lived with the machine long enough to vouch for it. Also, your cleaning needs might be different from mine.
Still, I’m happy with my purchase. My former dishwasher — an expensive Whirlpool purchased from a local Mom and Pop appliance dealer — was a piece of rubbish right from the get-go. It’s nice to finally own a machine that does what it’s supposed to do: CLEAN AND DRY MY DISHES!
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