Best Dishwasher For Home Kitchen?

Business By Kitagrl Updated 20 Nov 2009 , 3:38pm by Kitagrl

Kitagrl Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 8:32pm
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I've had my KitchenAid dishwasher for about four years now and lately its really really not cleaning well. My hub is going to try to get someone to look at it or give us some tips but I know I use it twice as much (at least) as "normal people" what with doing cakes from home and all.

Does anyone know what the best and most reliable dishwasher is? The closest to professional/commercial as possible yet still be for home use? Something that won't easily get clogged up or dirty or whatever? I've read online that some of the supposedly best name brands like Maytag or Bosch have been a disappointment to many....

Thanks!

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Loucinda Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 9:01pm
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I have a stainless stell Bosch. I love it. There is no heating element in the bottom of it (and it still dries like there is) It is completely stainless inside and out - has quite a few choices as far as wash cycles. It was a good deal when I got it. (BUT I may not be the one to ask, I didn't have a dishwasher the first 32 years of marriage, I have only had one a little over a year now!)

I know Maytag makes a SS one too - if you liked the one you have, you can always get an newer model.

kel58 Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 9:28pm
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We have a maytag and I love it. Gets pretty much everything (within reason)clean o nthe first go around i dont prewash/rinse and fill it up as much as i can. Good luck with your choice!

grandmom Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 9:54pm
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Paraphrasing Consumer Reports, these three models all were Recommended Buys for cleaning ability, energy efficiency and noise level, in order rated, but only 1 point difference amongst the three (80,79,78 ):

Kenmore 1374[2]
Bosch SHE33M0[2]UC
Whirlpool Gold GU2300XTV[Q]

These models above MSRP $720, $600, $550.

Recommended models are not necessarily the highest rated. Two Bosch models were the highest rated (83,82), the top at $1550, the second at $850:

SHX98M0[9]UC
Evolution 500 SeriesSHE55M1[2]UC

grandmom Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 9:56pm
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Might add that I've been using a Kenmore for over 15 years, the same model. It was a portable that I subsequently had converted to undercounter. It was their top of the line. Not once, ever, has it left a dirty dish. I don't scrape or rinse. I run it at least once every day.

I want the dang thang to die so I can get that #2 rated Bosch, but it won't!!

vagostino Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:04pm
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Bosch!!!! I have all Bosch/thermador appliances. The bosh oven and refrigerator are JUNK, but the dishwasher is AWESOME!!!! the repair guy that comes to my house almost every month for my fridge and oven told me that he doesn't understand why those are so bad when the dishwasher is soo good! He says that Bosh makes the best dishwashers.
you can't tell when is running, it gets the dishes washed and dried in 1/2 hour....I LOVE IT!

grandmom Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:27pm
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In half an hour??? I swear... that old Kenmore is about to have an unfortunate accident...

vagostino Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:32pm
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Originally Posted by grandmom

In half an hour??? I swear... that old Kenmore is about to have an unfortunate accident...





I swear....I couldn't believe it! Mind you is in "quick wash" mode...but it does the trick for regular soiled dishes and pans. I don;t even rinse them and they get done with no dirt.

As much as I hate my other bosch stuff, I love this dishwasher! And it is soo quiet! If I'm next to it and the TV is on I cannot hear it!

Remember...only bosch dishwashers! Don't EVER get a bosh oven!!

Kitagrl Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:32pm
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Half hour? My Kitchenaid takes forever....and its fairly new!

Kitagrl Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:34pm
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What about greasy buttercream bowls??? I swear that's gotta be what's making mine have issues, although mine is supposedly able to handle non rinsed dishes...I do rinse some of the buttercream off, of course, I don't put chunks of it in there.

vagostino Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 10:41pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

What about greasy buttercream bowls??? I swear that's gotta be what's making mine have issues, although mine is supposedly able to handle non rinsed dishes...I do rinse some of the buttercream off, of course, I don't put chunks of it in there.




No problem if you scrape it really well and if the frosting doesn't have shortening.

One time I put a crisco covered measuring cup and it was a mess!!! The whole load was covered in greasy stuff! never again! when I use crisco I just put it in my soapy water bowl and then in the dishwasher if needed.
IT's the only time something came out dirty....it even cleans the oatmeal bowls.

sweetflowers Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 11:20pm
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I hate my kitchenaid too. It leaves dishes really dirty, even though they are all rinsed before going in. It has to be the hard water build up, but I can't get it clean and the rinse aid potion is frozen shut so I can't use that either, the thing is only 3 years old too. It also takes hours to run, even on the shortest cycle.

Kitagrl Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 11:44pm
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Originally Posted by sweetflowers

I hate my kitchenaid too. It leaves dishes really dirty, even though they are all rinsed before going in. It has to be the hard water build up, but I can't get it clean and the rinse aid potion is frozen shut so I can't use that either, the thing is only 3 years old too. It also takes hours to run, even on the shortest cycle.




You too eh? *sigh*

I guess I should not be letting ANY shortening go in it....however I make so much icing that it seems sort of worthless if I have to wash all my mixing bowls and cups and spatulas by hand!

We are having someone come out to look at it on Thursday. We'll see if he can find anything wrong. It worked great for the first couple years but lately its just not doing the job. Seems like appliances only last for a few years these days before you end up shopping for a replacement. Its terrible. I remember my parents rarely bought new appliances.....those things lasted forever.

vagostino Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 11:51pm
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what if you soak your bowl in super hot water after you use it and then put it in the dishwasher?

I always fill my kitchen aid bowl with soapy water and put all my cake tools in it so they don;t get crusty hard....
I just do it for the tools and not the bowl, but i notice that the bowl is pretty clean when i dump the water...is an easy step that doesn't involve scrubbing ...

lexi55033 Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 12:13am
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My "day" job is working at an appliance store. It's a smaller family-owned store that is 4th generation now. Bosch is the ONLY dishwasher that we will sell there!!! (and yes, we're a Maytag dealer too) I would HIGHLY recommend Bosch!!! We have 2 of them in our own house and I love them both!! I would NEVER buy a different brand of dishwasher ever again after having owned a Bosch.

However, with that said, knowing the Bosch product line extensively from working with them every day, I would not recommend the cheaper lower-end models. The old saying is definitely true, that you get what you pay for. I would definitely stay away from the Ascenta line (lower end Bosch). The models that I would personally recommend are the Evolution or Integra model lines (mid-upper range Bosch). SHE45 or SHE55 (last year's models) or SHE43P0 or SHE43P1 (this year's models) are the best value for the money.

Hope that helps!
Angie

lexi55033 Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 12:17am
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I should also mention that the appliance store that I work for also does A LOT of service work on every make and model (both what we sell and what people buy elsewhere), so this advice is also speaking from a service standpoint too, not just sales advice. We are familiar with all of the brands on the market and do repair work on them all so we know what's out there and can make an educated recommendation.

DianeLM Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 2:17am
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I've had a Bosch SS for about 7 years. I LOVE IT!!!! Not only does it get all my greasy bc bowls squeaky clean, I don't have to rinse anything. (That said, I rinse off stinky food like salad dressing or fish if I'm not going to run it right away. I also rinse tomato sauce because it tends to discolor whatever plastic is in there.)

I love that the top rack is adjustable so I can fit dinner plates on top as well as the bottom!

And I especially love that there's no heating element so plastics can go anywhere.

I have an open floorplan with the kitchen 'spilling over' into the family room and 18 foot ceilings. So, quiet running is of the utmost importance. Occasionally, I'll hear a little gurgle in the sink and wonder what the heck it is, forgetting that the dishwasher is running. icon_smile.gif

Kitagrl Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 2:33am
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Oh the plastics thing sounds GREAT!!!! I am definitely saving this thread. Thanks all!

Kerrym Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:21am
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Another little thing to consider is that the Bosch is one of the only household dishwashers to be certified by the NSF. So thats good if you have a residential kitchen.

Kitagrl Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:23am
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Originally Posted by Kerrym

Another little thing to consider is that the Bosch is one of the only household dishwashers to be certified by the NSF. So thats good if you have a residential kitchen.




Is that all the models?

Kerrym Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:34am
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I am not sure . I would think so.

sweetcakes Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:25pm
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our dishwasher went out and hubby went and bought one without me. He bought a bosch too, wasn;t cheap. he siad it is one of the largest loading models. I knew as soon as i saw it that it would hold less then our old one. it is very quiet, i give it that. BUT i can either wash a quick wash at about 32 minutes or a regular wash which is nearly 2hrs!!! what the heck i might as well wash up by hand. It does have a sanitizing setting. but i dont think the thing is econimical to run. Everytime i load it i tell my self i hate this thing. the glasses on the top rack dont sit right, theres no room or not the right spacing between the spikes for bowls or casserole dishes.

it is all stainless steel, thats a plus
it is very quiet, thats a plus
but thats all i favour in it. next time i told him dont buy one unless im there.

Kitagrl Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:38pm
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I did read some negs online about Bosch...but then here people seem to love theirs.

My Kitchenaid has SS interior and also a sanitizing rinse and a hi-temp scrub and stuff....it does do a good job most of the time but if the water isn't the right temp or sometimes if I have alot of heavy cake dishes it doesn't quite make the cut.

It does seem to hold quite a few dishes though and when its working well, it does a good job. haha.

On the bright side, we fixed our water heater and so far I think the dishwasher is doing better....hope it continues...

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