It’s been a while since we checked in with my awesometastic new kitchen appliances. And today I’m going to tell you some more about my new dishwasher, but first: a bit of background.
I happen to believe in every human’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and a machine that does the dishes. I mean, I am not anti-housework, per se—I actually sort of enjoy doing the laundry, and I don’t even mind scrubbing toilets because it’s not terribly time-consuming—but dishes just seem like never-ending drudgery to me. Having a dishwasher is part of what keeps me sane. And now that my kids are old enough to help with the dishes, I still really appreciate it, because I probably wouldn’t trust them to do a decent hand-washing, but it’s hard to screw up putting plates in a rack.
The dishwasher is an Extremely Important Appliance to me, is my point. And our old dishwasher often didn’t actually get the dishes clean, so I was more than ready to fall into love with this new one. Thank goodness, I was not disappointed!
What’s my number one requirement in a dishwasher? Clean dishes. Maybe it seems redundant to even have to say that, but if you’d had my old dishwasher, you’d understand. I have yet to remove a single dirty dish from this machine. And although I try to be good about scraping plates, let’s just say that my children are… less so… and as such, we’ve had all manner of caked on gunk go in there and the results are still sparkling. This means less effort for us and great results, so a great big “Yay!!” for that.
The top rack is adjustable, and the bottom rack has a very fancy silverware basket with sections that can be closed off (handy for things like the lids to little dip containers I pack in my kids’ lunches), as well as a second basket that’s perfect for things like spatulas or mixing spoons. Originally we wondered if this machine was smaller than our last one (it seemed like maybe it is), but it’s so well-designed inside, I swear we fit more into it.
I have but one less-than-glowing comment about it: The product page claims that it is “the quietest dishwasher in its class,” which may be true, but this is not a particularly quiet machine. It’s not crazy-loud or anything, it’s just not any quieter than our old machine.
Other than the dishes that are actually clean aspect, I have to say there are two little things that won my admiration with this model. Maybe they’ll seem silly to you, but to me they’re worth mentioning:
First, the “Stay-Put Door.” No matter where you put it, it stays. Why do you care? Well, maybe you don’t. But I do, because we have a new dog. And this new dog has recently discovered that the dishwasher is sometimes full of delicious things! Heh. Fortunately, she’s pretty little; if we position the door up enough that we can easily slide out the top rack and begin loading glasses, she loses interest and wanders off before we lower the door and slide out the bottom rack. I could also see where this would be a real boon in smaller kitchens.
Second, my son is the king of “Clean or dirty?” Normal mortals can look at the dishes inside the dishwasher and ascertain if they’re clean or dirty by, you know, looking at them. But not my son. The part of the brain he’s supposed to be using for that? Taken up with Pokemon, I’m pretty sure. Anyway. Now we no longer play “Clean or dirty?” with him, because he can just look at the little display and see for himself.
(Please excuse the smudgy fingerprints. Consider them proof that we’re actually using the dishwasher with regularity.)
It’s not a big thing, true, but it may be my favorite part. Aside from the clean dishes, that is.