It’s one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares: alarming noises coming from an appliance.
Sure, re-doing a kitchen can be fun, but an unexpected purchase to replace an appliance you use on a regular basis is slightly less so. Which is why it’s good to be prepared when the time comes.
Recently on the Hotline, Niknud shared that her dishwasher was about to go kaput, and she turned to the Food52 community for recommendations, saying, “My foggy drinking classes and not-so-clean plates thank you in advance!”
Here are some of the top dishwasher buying tips you all shared:
These are (not surprisingly) very tied together. So while you want to find a dishwasher that is a comfortable price point for your budget, you'll also want to keep in mind what features are important to you and which ones you can live without.
If you have an open floor plan, noise level is an especially important consideration. If you’re entertaining guests or trying to watch television, a loud dishwasher could interrupt that, and you might not always want to have to hold off on running it until guests leave or you head to bed.
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the top appliance brands, but many of us have favorites that we’re loyal to, and we’re no exception! Co-founder Amanda Hesser swears by her Miele dishwasher, and here in the Food52 Test Kitchen, we're powered by KitchenAid. Some of your allegiances:
In case you’re wondering, Niknud decided to go with a Bosch dishwasher, explaining: “Given the overwhelming consensus here and a bit of research online, it seemed like the perfect combo of reliability and functionality. Splurged and got the 800 model which will (apparently) be so quiet as to require a little red light that shines on the floor when it's running, so you don't forget and open it mid-cycle.”
And after taking it for a few test drives, she’s still happy with her decision: “Well, we've just finished up our first week with our shiny new dishwasher and I couldn't be happier. Ok, well, technically I COULD be happier, but not as far as kitchen appliances are concerned. This thing is freaking quiet. Like quiet, quiet. And everything comes out sparkly and clean. And it uses a tiny amount of dishwasher power. Like, one tablespoon of powder. So far, I have been nothing but delighted. I can now watch Outlander without wondering whether I'm hearing clashing broadswords or my plates clanking together. Not that I didn't appreciate the surround sound effect, but the impact was somewhat less thrilling during the dialogue bits.”
Tell us: What are your best dishwasher buying tips?