Murphy's Law: the dishwasher dies the day out-of-town guests arrive. The appliance repair person (Mark Wiseman) said to cut my losses and get a new one. He recommended Bosch, but they're pretty pricey. Does anyone have a dishwasher they love?
I don't have a dishwasher recommendation, but our clothes dryer died over the holidays immediately following the birth of our son and Albert Lee by far had the fastest delivery dates for a replacement. Lowes and Home Depot had a 2+ week delay for delivery and installation.
We've had a Bosch for about 10 years now and it's great! Definitely quiet. Whenever we've had issues (draining or clogs) with it we've been able to fix it ourselves by watching YouTube videos, so that has been great. We haven't needed any new parts in this time. Our prior dishwasher was a KitchenAid and very loud. We got our Bosch at Albert Lee.
We have a 10 year old Bosch unit. It's never missed a minute of work, and I never know, by ear, when it's finished because it's utterly silent. Hard to recommend against this level of capability and reliability.
(And I should add that it requires periodic filter and trap cleaning. I think all washers do. Think of it like an oil change - a minor annoyance that's the most important preventive maintenance you can perform.)
Go to Metropolitan Appliance, they are great and the owner helped me pick out my lower end Bosch and said it was what his family had, he didn't try to upsell at all. Another time they helped me coordinate some stainless steel fabrication for a small commercial project I was volunteer coordinating.
We had a Bosch at our old house and it was super quiet and nice. Worked great. The only complaint I had was that it didn’t have an indicator to say when it was running and we would open it while it was running.
We moved in June to a house with a Miele washer. It’s also great and super quiet. We have had to clean out the filter a couple of times, which hasn’t been a big problem once we figured out what we needed to do. It has a light when it’s running. It does a great job and we like the silverware pull-out tray at the top.
Not sure if they still make 'em, but Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers are my favorite! Fits in the same space as a typical dishwasher, but has a top and bottom that can be loaded and run separately or at the same time. Genius! fisherpaykel.com/us/dishwas...
Bosch and Miele are nice but can be a bit too minimalistic and difficult to understand exactly what setting you are getting. I would recommend going with a two drawer dishwasher - Fisher Paykel makes them and they are awesome. Quiet, and you can run one or both drawers.
We have had a low end Bosch and recently replaced it with a mid-range one after doing some research on Consumer Reports on reliability/life expectancy. (We really wanted something that would last a long time since our first one had chronic leaking for 7 years and many repair visits.) It's so quiet I have to put my ear against it to know if it's running.
We have a ten year old Bosch. The dishes generally come out clean except for things like caked on egg or cheese. It's quiet, simple and easy to load.
But, here's the thing. There's a smell. A steamy gross one that seeps out when the door is opened after a load. I've cleaned the filter. I've cleaned the seals. I've cleaned the spray arm. I've run it with vinegar. I've run it with Finish Dishwasher cleaner, despite my misgivings about dumping chemicals onto my dishes. It still smells.
The smell is causing me to neurotically prewash. Maybe if there's no food in the dishwasher it won't smell. It still smells. #smells
We had a similar problem in my old house, mine was tied to the air exhaust pipe that leads to the roof, it needed to be cleaned out to prevent the backdraft of fumes. May be worth checking out on roof (or talking to plumber)
We recently bought a kitchenAid and are generally happy with it. Very quiet. We don't like the cycle times though - it takes a long time to wash, like more than 2 hours. Suggest you are sure you research that feature as you look. Also, Kitchenaid is the pricey version of Whirlpool , pretty much the same, so Whirlpool may be a better buy.
I am going to also say go with the Bosch, it is so quiet - it is actually shocking how quiet it is. Ours projects a little light onto the floor to indicate it is running. It cleans dishes incredibly well - and I am frighteningly obsessed with the 3rd rack for silverware. Yes you have to clean out the filter and trap occasionally - and for us, that is when it does take on a bit of a smell. But for the most part, It is worth the price!
Our Bosch is nice and quiet and works great so far. One thing to know about the different "series" (prices) of Bosch dishwashers is that they're mechanically the same. The different prices are usually for fancier racks and "modes" that you'll probably never use. The 300 series seems to be the sweet spot for most people. We got one with more complicated racks at the Albert Lee warehouse sale for the same price, but if not for that sale I would have gotten the 300.
We have a Miele dishwasher that we purchased from Albert Lee 7+ years ago. Works great and it is so quiet. During our remodel it got rocked around and something came loose inside that our GC couldn't figure out. Miele's phone support was able to help us put it back together again.
Wow, thanks everyone for the recommendations! I had no idea people felt so strongly about their dishwashers, but now that I’m feeling the pain I can see why. Some trends emerged from this crowd: Bosch was most recommended (about 40% of the recommendations), followed by Miele and then KitchenAid. All four pros I talked to recommended Bosch, too. I ended up choosing the Bosch 800 series based the drying method and a couple other features.
I purchased from Frederick’s in Bellevue (thanks, @Shannon!) I called three stores to check pricing and install timeframe. All were roughly the same on price, but Frederick’s had the first available install (Friday) plus half off installation costs ($90). Albert Lee was a month out on installation (yikes). Maybe with everyone home from work, people are scheduling things to be installed? Anyway, thanks again!