A date at the appliance store

We went to the appliance store today, John and I, where we dithered over dishwashers for an hour. The Bosch and the Kitchenaid were supposedly the most likely to tolerate the abuse that our family dishes out. We knew we wanted a simple handle without a plastic squeeze-release latch, since that is what broke on our last two dishwashers. I had read good reviews of the Bosch r/t durability and cleaning power, but was less than pleased to hear that the unheated dry cycle left plastic dishes wet. Also the top rack didn’t seem to have enough tines to securely hold things.

That left the Kitchenaid. Hubby unerringly headed for the most expensive one in the entire store, a lovely thing with perfectly spaced tines, THREE racks (including a narrow bonus rack at the top for utensils) and a pot scrubber option. I was appalled at the price, but he was not in the least dissuaded.  And so it is ours.

We also sprang for the 5-year extended warranty, something we always categorically reject.   But given our dismal record with dishwashers, it seemed prudent.

Just in case we didn’t spend enough money at the appliance store, we then headed to the grocery store where we spent another $140, including $20 for deli pizza, to celebrate the end of the 30 days of nothing, plus a bunch of other frivolous items like eggs, paper plates, pasta, and milk. Alrighty then. Our 30 day fast from consumerism is done.

The children danced with unbridled joy when we came home with the dishwasher.  I have to admit it looks sleek and lovely. And it is practically silent when it runs.  I just hope it lasts a while.


  1. So glad to hear that Lawman and I aren’t the only ones that would make a date out of a trip to the appliance store! Hope you love that new dishwasher; I’m sure it will be well worth every single penny.
    And only $140 at the grocery store? That sounds like a bargain after 30 days of nothing.

  2. So happy to have found your blog – already seeing that I can learn a lot from you. Can’t wait to come back and read more when I have a quiet moment! Happy Friday!

  3. I am anxiously awaiting my 29th wedding anniversary this month. My husband and I are going to buy pillars for our front porch. I know you’all are jealous.
    There’s talk of remodeling the kitchen for our 30th wedding anniversary, now won’t that be…… fun.

  4. when hubby and i were newly married, we were on a date and during dinner we ran into a slightly older couple (probably early 30s?) we’d recently met. they had two kids, but were also on a date. their next stop? the appliance store. we were shocked that someone would go to sears for a date!

    but now, we totally understand.

    i hope the washer is a good investment for your family — i’m sure with 12, it gets TONS of use!

  5. Congrats on your new dishwasher! I bet it’s so much quieter than your last. Enjoy!!! Enjoy your “frivolous” spending!

  6. Congrats on the new dishwasher. I have experience w/ both those exact makes and models and like the one you got best. the top rack for knives is really nice to keep them out of quicksilver little hands as you unload.

  7. Congratulations on the new dishwasher, I think you chose well. And, I’m insanely jealous about the utensil level.

  8. Given my record with the Kitchenaid, I highly recommend the warranty!!!

    Anything is better than hand washing though. =)

  9. I had a kitchenaide in my previous house and boy, would that machine take the abuse. It is still my favorite dishwasher. Look at the large price tag this way, “how often will you use it?” For me, when I think of an item this way, it makes sense to by quality and pay the extra price.

  10. Appliance store dates are my favorite ones. I get to be with him AND I get a new tool.

  11. Appliance store dates and hardware store dates…some of our favorites! 🙂 He’s surrounded by tools and and I’m shopping. Win-win! LOL

  12. My MIL just bought the exact same dishwasher, for the exact same reasons. It’s beautiful.

  13. Oh to have a new dishwasher . . .

    One of the back stoppers on our top rack broke over the summer and so we cannot pull it out lest we pull it out completely. In other words, I have to contort my upper body so as to be able to place dishes in the very back. Sigh . . .

    Enjoy yours!

    PS – I stumbled upon your lovely site and am certainly glad I did!

  14. That’s my dishwasher! I didn’t write in when you asked for suggestions because we’ve only been in the new house for 8 months and I don’t know about the durability either, but I love love love it so far. The best part is that it is so quiet, but from everything I’ve read/heard, it also lasts. My in-laws paid a whole lot of money for a Bosch when their last dishwasher cratered and it has spent more time broken than fixed. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed ours. That rack at the top is unbelievably useful, plus the top rack can be moved high or low for tall pans to fit in the bottom rack – it’s really great!

  15. it’s very lovely — is it funny that i am just LOVING it? i think every time i’ve gotten a warranty i was glad for it later on. 🙂

  16. On a Saturday evening during the summer just past, Husband and I were at Lowe’s on the prowl for ant poison.

    He had used the ‘Net and looked up a picture of the kind of ants we had in the east yard (the mound was almost a meter across!) and so we had to find the kind of poison for that peculiar ant.

    He handed one 5 pound bag to me, then picked up another himself.

    After a minute of squinting, I had to laugh at the two of us in the middle of the aisle, each adjusting bi-focals to read the fine print.

    Long-married couples really do have weird ideas about togetherness.

  17. Oh, I am having serious dishwasher envy! Does it seriously get your plastic stuff dry? That is a huge downside of our current (hopefully on its way out the door) dishwasher. I have to put half the stuff on a drying rack for half the day. Of course, now that we are starting another adoption, I think it may be a while before we have the extra cash for such a wonderful tool. Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through you!

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