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Old 06-26-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Buying a new dishwasher

Hi all - I am buying a new dishwasher - not by choice. I've had a Samsung dishwasher for about 2 years and it has finally just fallen apart. I have been researching and shopping and have narrowed my choice down to two appliances - one Whirlpool, one Kitchen Aid. I'd like to hear from those who have WP and KA dishwashers on how you like them, how do they clean, what problems you've had and how well they hold up to daily wasing, to include, broken plastic parts, wheels falling off, basket lifters breaking, etc. Hopefully this WILL be the LAST dishwasher I have to buy. Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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Hated my KA, it never cleaned things well and the configuration of the trays and basket were not to my liking. I am on my second Whirlpool and I LOVE it. I prefer the cutlery tray on the door of the washer and it seems to have more room for everything I need. This new one has a little window to tell me I need more JetDry and my dishes have been amazingly clean. I use the High Temp wash and let them air dry as much as possible.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:39 PM   #3
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I'm probably no help, because my DW old by DW standards (I guess), but I have a Whirlpool that's about 9-1/2 years old. I run it on average 2-3x/week and not a hint of a problem. And I'm on a well. These DW threads are scaring me because mine would need replaced immediately should it ever fail. I did not like to hear the short life everyone is having with theirs recently.
I would call a repair shop that services several brands and ask their opinion on the good makes out there. That is what I intend to do on my refrigerator when it finally kicks the bucket. It's been a real piece of garbage since I got it, also about ten years ago. The last time it was getting worked on I had a nice talk with the repairman on what makes he services most. It changes yearly he said.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, +1 on the door silverware holder. No need to worry on which end faces up because you lay it out flat and unhinge it to empty it. You can even take the basket off if you want to.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:53 PM   #5
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Whirlpool owns the market....They bought KA several years back ...I think....They also make the Sears Kenmore Line.....So which ever one has the features you like.......
That being said....between the two....based on long ago past experiences....Go with the Whirlpool.....HTH
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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I don't know about DW but my washer/dryer are Whirlpool and I love them. I did a lot of research too. Just from that little experience I'd go with Whirlpool.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:01 AM   #7
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I think the WP has my vote too. I like the idea of the cutlery rack on the door, and there are less plastic parts on the one I'm looking at, so hopefully no breakage. The Samsung has plastic basket adjusters that also stabilze the top rack, once the little clips break off, the top rack falls off - I'm on my second set of basket lifters! The whole top rack assembly just fell off for the third time, with a basket full of glasses - gotta buy new glasses too.

This one also has the stainless steel tall tub and the option for heated or air dry. The SS does steam dry and sometimes the wooden handle parts come out damp, which I don't like because of bacterial growth - I'm kind of a nut about that.

I have a WP washer and dryer and I haven't had a bit of trouble with them. The rest of my SS appliances work well and I love them - the DW is just awful. Thanks everyone for your input - I'm buying the WP.
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Aren't you boarding a dish washer now? Well.. a potential one?
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This last months Consumers Report reviewed Dishwashers - you might want to have a look. I have a KA that is about 4 years old and it does a fine job cleaning. But...

There is no good way to load cereal bowls and it's a bit noisy imo.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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I would go with the Whirpool dishwasher.
Where I live, Whirlpool is the more popular brand. That means it's easier to find someone who has experience with the ins and outs of the brand and knows how to fix it when something goes wrong, it's easier to find parts for that brand of dishwasher, etc.
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