Now I know this isn’t an Aunt Maymes Attic sort of thing, but there are things that go on behind the scenes here. And one of those is washing dishes. And using a dishwasher.
When I moved into this house 20 years ago, there was a Kitchenaid dishwasher installed. And it was over 12 years old. So I convinced Mr. Mayme that we needed a new one. After all, when people move into a new home they get new carpet, new walls, new paint, new curtains and new appliances. All I wanted was a new dishwasher. I didn’t want to face off with Mr. Mayme about appliances, and the house was pretty much in move-in condition.
So the dishwasher was purchased. And after a couple of years, the silicone wrapping on some of the standards for the glasses in the upper rack was coming off. So I contacted Kitchenaid to purchase a new rack, yes “purchase” because I knew the appliance was out of warranty. What did they do? They sent me a new one….FREE OF CHARGE.
Fast forward to about 5 years ago, and I had to buy a new dishwasher. Fifteen years wasn’t too bad for my Kitchenaid, especially when manufacturers don’t have to keep parts for longer than 10 years, according to my Appliance Guy. So what did I buy? A Bosch. Why? They came highly rated and the price was right, (it was also on sale) and my local home center had them in stock. Okeeey, bring it on, we’ll see how it works.
For the last 5 years, I’ve been struggling. And now I have to admit—I HATE MY DISHWASHER!!! Why? First, the loading pattern. What were they thinking? No reasonably sized bowl, plate, or oven dish fits without moving stuff around. Apparently the designers never heard of a 13x9x2 baking dish, because I have to put it on its short end just to get it clean. And this is after I have to raise the upper rack, the glasses-and-other-stuff rack, to a higher position.
They never heard of a serving bowl either, because with the Kitchenaid, a large bowl could sit in a corner. Corners on the Bosch? Nope; just racks. Then there’s the fact that you have to load all the plates near the front BEFORE you load them toward the back because if you don’t, the lower rack will roll off the door when it’s open, landing all of your bowls and plates on the floor. But the standards for large dinner size plates are in the back! Try getting the wheels back on the track of the open door when you have eight dinner size plates, six salad plates and six bowls in the rack. You have to remove everything and put it all back together.
With the Kitchenaid, this was never a problem. No rolling off the open door, no problems with plate positions and most importantly, no having to move things around.
Now I have to admit, the Bosch does have two pluses. One, it has a delay wash. Nice because I can set it for the evening if I’m loading the morning dishes, and two, it has a quick cycle. But seriously? You can know which brand I’m buying when this one goes kaput! And, I’m not going to care about price, because with price, also comes quality.
Yes, it’s been five years in the making, but I now have to admit openly:
I HATE MY DISHWASHER!