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I need help to select a dishwasher

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I need help to select a dishwasher

I don't know anything about dishwasher because I have always done my dishwashing by hand for years. Now the family has grown bigger, I am considering installing a dishwasher to save time.

I saw on various online store that the price ranges from $250 to some $600

why is there such a big difference? what feature should I look for when shopping for it? are there a lot of different features that explain the difference in prices?

is that true that you have to wash certain things by hand like delicate crystal glasses and pots & pans by hand because they can't fit in the dishwasher?

thanks
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Jun 20, 2006
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The really cheap dishwashers have 2 spray arms and all the spray arms are plastic --- very rare, but you can still find them. Buy one with 3 spray arms and at least the bottom spray arm being made in metal.

In terms of features, I highly value the dish detergent holding tank. I buy gigantic gallon size bottles of dish detergent from Costco and it is a pain to pour it every single day. More expensive dishwashers have a holding tank that you can pour a whole month's worth of dishwasher detergent at once.
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Mar 4, 2006
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For us noise was the biggest factor when we were looking for a dish washer. We found that the quieter models are often more expensive, only available in stainless steel and has more features.
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Oct 12, 2007
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In addition to quiet operations and better quality innards, there's also tall-tub and water-saving technology. We've had one with all of these features (a Bosch) for about 10 years and it was about double the high end of the OP's range.
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I went to a couple stores such as Sears, The Brick, Leon etc. and had a first look at the dishwashers. The high end models look very nice and have all the extra features but I cannot afford them

I wonder if the low price model (250$ for GE model at homedepot) would have the basic task done. I dont expect to be a quiet model nor the extra fancy stuff but all I need is to have the dish washed clean, would that be ok?
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I bought a $450 dishwasher for $330 and learned that it was a $250 dishwasher with some insulation wrapped around it with slightly fancier buttons. I have to wash the dishes before they go in or it sprays food bits all over the place and they dry on the dishes.

This is the only appliance I hate, I wish I spent more because it either works the way I expect it to or not. Anything less is a total fail and waste of money. My sister got an $800 dollar dishwasher for $700 and it kills mine. It could even wash your garbage and make it clean.

Spending a lot of cash doesn't guarantee it will work, but stay away from the lower end machines, they don't function that well.

http://www.appliance411.com/purchase/make.shtml
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Dec 30, 2009
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I have a Kenmore now. It's pretty noisy, has plastic racks, takes
quite a while to run a cycle but cleans pretty well. It's a tall tub
with adjustable top rack, (that never gets changed).
Relatives have the Kenmore elite tall tub. Nylon racks that won't
rust and are stronger. Extremely quiet! A slight noise is heard at
fill time and then nothing. Amazing, really, because they are right
where the family meets. Sears has them on huge sale now.
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We've gone through about 7 dishwashers in our lifetime and at present we have two installed. Pricing varies depending on manufacture, options, quality, construction, cosmetic, noise etc. When I say 7 dishwashers, I normally purchase higher quality since they tend to last us about 5000 to 6000 washes, yes we use our dishwashers alot, and the second one is installed in a bar. I don't preclean anything, other then dispose of food down the disposer and I even put china etc in. I'm not gentle on dishwashers since my atittude is.........that's what I bought it for.

You can also check the Sears clearance this time of year to get a $1000.00 dishwasher for about $500.00. You need to do your research though.
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samab wrote: The really cheap dishwashers have 2 spray arms and all the spray arms are plastic --- very rare, but you can still find them. Buy one with 3 spray arms and at least the bottom spray arm being made in metal.

In terms of features, I highly value the dish detergent holding tank. I buy gigantic gallon size bottles of dish detergent from Costco and it is a pain to pour it every single day. More expensive dishwashers have a holding tank that you can pour a whole month's worth of dishwasher detergent at once.
Holding tank is not an issue if you use the pellet/gel pack type detergent instead of the liquids. Much more convenient, and not any more expensive really.

IMo biggest factor in a dish washer is noise, and energy star rating. OP buy the most efficient dishwasher you can afford; the energy savings will PAY FOR the unit over the years you own it.
To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -- E. E. Cummings
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I bought a Bosch from Sears on their boxing day sale. I have now read a bit more and am disappointed that the one that I bought doesn't have a delay start which I love using on our present crappy DW. I am not sure whether to spend a bit more $, but the one that i bought seemed like a great deal.....

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