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Thread: Dishwasher - which one is the best

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    My dishwasher sounds like it is going to take off. :-(

    Sooooo I guess I have to begin looking for a new one.
    Can anyone help me out to which is the best?
    I know they range in price from a couple of hundred to a thousand.
    Tried looking it up on the internet but it says I have to subscribe to find out the information - thought someone maybe could help me.
    Us quilters like to quilt not do dishes - so tell me which one should I be looking at?

    My only requirement is that I want clean dishes without having to do them by hand.

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    I have a Maytag and love it!!

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    I have a Kenmore and I like it.

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    I can only offer this advice, stay away from the lower end Kenmores. They cost more to repair than to replace.

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    Miele are generally considered to be the best, and most expensive of course, but I love my Bosch and prefer its heavier racks. The Kitchen Aids are also getting very good reviews at the moment.

    Whatever you get, take some dishes with you to make sure they fit, since all the racking systems are a little different.

    The appliance section on Gardenweb.com has lots of good advice on the various makes and models.

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    I agree!!

    Also, I like the models that have the silverware basket on the door. I have had both and you can fit more dishes in with that model.

    Just a suggestion, good luck in your hunt :wink:

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    We have the top of the line Kenmore Elite. It is almost 3 yrs old and works perfectly. Daughter has the LG two drawer and loves it as well. My Elite is much quieter than the LG. which was a factor because we have a huge open kitchen/breakfast room. You can hardly tell it is running unless you are right next to it.

    I had a Kitchen Aid for 7 yrs at the other house and loved it. Replaced it with the Bosch right before we moved really don't know how that has worked out, think I ran it twice.

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    Don't know brands. Just wanted to say that some are not noisy. DD got a new one and it's so quiet she didn't think it was working.

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    I just bought a Maytag about a month ago and really love it.

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    I really like my Bosch. You can put anything anywhere in the dishwasher. You don't have to worry about top rack safe. I put tupperware on the bottom and don't have a problem. I do have one platter that is too big and have trouble opening the racks when it's in there. I had a Maytag during the recall and the second recall I said take it out.
    I just went on the Lowe's website and got a lot of info from there. You can compare multiple units at one time. The I compared them to Bray & Scarff. Then I waited for a sale.
    Now I have to do the same for a fridge.

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    we recently bought a Maytag that has a lot of room in it. the bottom shelf can hold really tall items as it is lower than the typical dishwasher. the top shelf also holds taller items, and that is where the bowls go, too. I thought my DH was nuts when he chose this one and it took getting used to, having to bend over farther to load it. Hate to say it, but DH made a great decision!

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    Mine is an Asko. It is very quiet and cleans well.

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    We have a Bosch with the stainless interior and it cleans the dishes and is very quiet. If I remember correctly the sales guy at the store (a local store, not a big box) said most of the components on most of the same dishwashers are made by the same companies. At least that's what he said. So far we are happy with our choice. It is about a year old.

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    I have a Kenmore; it's not the top of the line because after buying all of my other stainless steel appliances and remodeling my kitchen I couldn't afford it. I did buy the warranty and I also renewed it years late when it came time. With the extended warranty Sears comes out once a yr to do the maintenance on it; which preserves the life of machine. It must work because my dishwasher is over 10ys old and it gets used at least once daily if not more. The one I want has the two drawers in it; you can separate your dirtiest dishes from the glasses and you can also only run a load in one drawer if needed. It will probaby be a kenmore as well or at least from Sears

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    I vote Maytag as it heats its own water and does a phenomenal job of cleaning. Stay away from Frigidaire, they just don't clean well at all.

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    Go the Bosch. The loudest sound is the little door opening to let the tablet out. I have had mine 8 years and it hasn't missed a beat.

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    You should check out Consumer Reports.

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    DB just got a Bosch over a year ago, it was a great price, comparable to the other low/mid range machines.
    It gets used a lot during our family get togethers, is whisper quiet, and does a wonderful job cleaning the dishes. :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    You should check out Consumer Reports.
    Unfortunately, CR doesn't do a very good job, if any at all, with the TOL machines.

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    We bought a Meile when our high end Kitchenaide broke after just three years. We love it! The silverware tray is flat and it is a pullout rack it the very top of the machine so it doesn't take any room away from dishes. You can barely hear it run. Love it!

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    I like my Maytag, but the best are BOSCH and Kitchen aide

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    KitchenAid. We have one for about 7 years. Never have to even rinse a dish and they come out clean. We did get the top of the lIne. I'd I remember correctly we paid about $1000.

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    I love my Whirlpool Silent Partner I....obviously it's quiet. The only reason I rinse my dishes off is because I only run it 2 times a week normally and don't want the food to dry on. I also don't want little ground up stuff to accumulate at the bottom of the machine where it's supposed to grind stuff up in the drain.
    This machine has a short rinse cycle you can use without washing. The silverware tray is in the door. This dishwasher holds a LOT and big stuff too. Oh, and I can turn off heated drying. Saves a ton in electric costs.
    I've heard Whirlpool makes a lot of other brands like Kenmore and don't remember the others....I think Signature (Montgomery Ward) too....and others.
    I think we paid about $400.

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    I wouldn't trade my Bosch for ANYTHING! My living room and kitchen are open, and I used to have to run my old dishwasher in the middle of the night because you couldn't hear conversation or the tv while it was running.

    I got a new Bosch about 6 years ago, and I can run it while I have company and nobody even realizes it's on. And, I am always very happy at how clean the dishes are!

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    I have a Bosch that cleans well and is whisper quiet. I have it set so it does not heat for the drying cycle, as that is more economic.

    The one problem I have had is that I have a tol Kitchenaid food processor, and I suspect that the Bosch gets so hot that it has prematurely aged the plastic pieces of the food processor. Has anyone else had this problem? Prior to the Kitchenaid I had a Cuisinart food processor for maybe 10 years, and its plastic pieces did not craze and crack like this -- but it was washed in a Kitchenaid dishwasher (that was noisier than my Bosch).

    Have been curious about this for ages.....

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