Norasmom Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 10:11pm

Hi everyone.  I bake out of my home and use my dishwasher about once per day.  I consider this normal use, I use it for my family's dishes more than for my baking, as my business is super small.

My dishwasher is two years old, cost $600, has broken and will cost $650 to repair.  Needless to say, I am going to just purchase a new dishwasher, (as I did not purchase the $200 extended warranty on the one that has broken.)  Does anyone have any recommendations for a good dishwasher?  I was told that Kitchenaid is the best, with the lowest cost of repair.

I am going to write a letter to the president of the company and let him know what a terrible product my dishwasher has been.  I cannot afford to spend money on dishwashers that break after 2 years. Actually, I'm not sure there are too many people out there who can! 

For now, until I can afford a new one, my favorite dishwasher will be my husband.  icon_biggrin.gif   That means no baking for awhile, as I need to sanitize my equipment. Glad it's summer and things are slow.

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Annabakescakes Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 10:15pm

You know you can sanitize in a basin of warm water with bleach, right? 

ellavanilla Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 10:53pm
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 

You know you can sanitize in a basin of warm water with bleach, right? 

 

1T of bleach to one gallon of water.

 

i have all kitchenaid appliances and never again. stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. EVery one has been a problem in the 6 years we have lived here. 

shanter Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:01pm

I've had a Maytag dishwasher for decades. I don't use it much, probably once a week, but it's still working like the day I got it.

kikiandkyle Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:03pm

AGood to know, I was planning to get all KA for my new house, rather than the Whirlpool it comes with.

Actually I should have known that seeing how quickly my mixer broke.

morganchampagne Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:04pm

AI also have a maytag and it has a sanitize option. I use it everyday and have for 4 years. It's still good. I wash my cake supplies by hands and sanitize with the bleach mentioned above. I work from home but worked in a bakery for 3 yrs and do everything the same

Annie8 Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:06pm

I have a Kitchenaid double oven and love love LOVE it! We had a Maytag dishwasher and it just stopped after only 2 years. Sometimes it's really hard to tell what to buy. Seems like you can find good and bad for all manufacturers.

Annabakescakes Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:07pm
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Good to know, I was planning to get all KA for my new house, rather than the Whirlpool it comes with.

Actually I should have known that seeing how quickly my mixer broke.

My kitchenaids have always been fabulous. I have had 1 for 14 years and no problems, and i use that sucker all the time! I have 5 kitchenaids now, lol 

 

I have a maytag dishwasher and it works great, though I have only had it for 18 months, so I wouldn't really recommend it yet. 

Norasmom Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:27pm

Just avoid Samsung...

Yes, I know i can use bleach to sanitize, but I am very sensitive to bleach and must be careful.

Good to know about Kitchenaid.

kikiandkyle Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 11:49pm

AThe GE guy who repaired my brand new microwave today told me that GE uses Samsung parts in theirs.

jason_kraft Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 12:01am

AWhen we bought our house last year we gutted the kitchen and got a KA fridge, KA dishwasher, and KA double oven with a Dacor range. In the past year we've had a few issues with the oven (related to the control board) and one of the guides on the top rack of the dishwasher broke. No problems with the fridge or range.

I did a lot of research on the appliances, and apparently every manufacturer within our price range (~$10K for the appliances) has some quality problems so my advice would be to buy an extended warranty, and shop based on price and features.

Pics of the reno: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonkraft/sets/72157631460051924/

MimiFix Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 12:20am

Y'all know that the Whirlpool Corporation is the parent company for KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, and more? I worked in the R&D lab at Maytag/JennAir testing a "secret" oven. 

kikiandkyle Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 12:33am

AThat's a lovely kitchen!

Norasmom Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 12:59am

Thanks for all the input.  I think I am going to buy the least expensive Whirlpool I see and get an extended warranty, which will equal what I paid for my Samsung.  

Pyro Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 4:42am

That's a very white kitchen.  Raised ceiling looks much better, and white tile counter ?  Blech !

Letty38 Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 4:53am

ACongrats on the kitchen, I like it :)

Original message sent by jason_kraft

When we bought our house last year we gutted the kitchen and got a KA fridge, KA dishwasher, and KA double oven with a Dacor range. In the past year we've had a few issues with the oven (related to the control board) and one of the guides on the top rack of the dishwasher broke. No problems with the fridge or range.

I did a lot of research on the appliances, and apparently every manufacturer within our price range (~$10K for the appliances) has some quality problems so my advice would be to buy an extended warranty, and shop based on price and features.

Pics of the reno: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonkraft/sets/72157631460051924/

jason_kraft Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 5:24am

AThanks! The credit should go to my wife for making the design choices though. I was a little worried that it would be too white (and the open shelves took a little getting used to) but it gives us a lot of flexibility to add colors with accent pieces, plus there is contrast with the hardwood floors and bronze hardware. She was also able to see the potential of the existing kitchen, it was the original kitchen from when the house was built in 1957 and I was about ready to dismiss the property when we first saw it.

Even with the issues with the KA oven I wouldn't change any decisions about the appliance purchases or the kitchen design.

jason_kraft Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 5:27am

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Original message sent by Norasmom

Thanks for all the input.  I think I am going to buy the least expensive Whirlpool I see and get an extended warranty, which will equal what I paid for my Samsung.  

I definitely wouldn't get the least expensive dishwasher. While we were house hunting we lived in an apartment with a builder's grade (bare bones) dishwasher that was very loud and relatively small inside. It's worth it to pay a little more for quieter operation and a tall tub.

Gerle Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 12:23pm

Beautiful kitchen, Jason.

Annabakescakes Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 2:38pm

My last dishwasher (that came with the house) was builder grade and it was so loud, we had to wait until bed to use it, because with our open floor plan, we couldn't talk or watch tv while it was running.

AZCouture Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 2:54pm

AGorgeous kitchen!

therealmrsriley Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 2:55pm

I love your kitchen, Jason.

 

When our inexpensive dishwasher kicked the bucket on us after two years, we shelled out a few extra bucks for a Bosch. Nice and quiet and does a great job.

Norasmom Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 3:57pm
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I definitely wouldn't get the least expensive dishwasher. While we were house hunting we lived in an apartment with a builder's grade (bare bones) dishwasher that was very loud and relatively small inside. It's worth it to pay a little more for quieter operation and a tall tub.

My husband talked me out of it.  We are going to get a Bosch.  If this one breaks, I'm bringing in an exorcist, because we have had some bad luck with appliances lately.

kikiandkyle Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 5:15pm

AAll my friends are lining up to get Bosch dishwashers. If you pay with an Amex you get an extra year of warranty over the manufacturers warranty FYI.

Norasmom Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 5:19pm

 Thanks for the info kikiandkyle!

Pyro Posted 25 Jul 2013 , 8:12pm

Is it white marble that you used to replace the old tile countertop ?

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