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Post# 217294   6/21/2007 at 07:46 (4,291 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Hi Everyone,

In the last 3 years I have replaced all of the appliances in my house (washer, dryer, freezer, fridge, stove, microwave) with new ones. The only one left to be replaced is the dishwasher which is a '91 Maytag. I was wondering which make/model everyone would buy? Do stainless steel interiors really make a difference? I've been thinking of either another Maytag, Kitchen Aid or Miele. I like the Miele because of how quiet they are as well as the separate rack for cutlery but they are expensive. Are the new Maytags & Kitchen Aids of the same quality as years ago?


Post# 219000 , Reply# 1   6/28/2007 at 03:25 (4,284 days old) by spankomatic (Ukiah,CA)        
Kitchenaid or Kenmore

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I like Kitchenaid and Kenmores. I think they are user friendly and pretty reliable. I like the rack design for loading dishes and silverware. I have owned both and they really get the dishes clean. I tend to buy the higher end models with sani cycle. I found tomatoe sauce turns plastic tubs orange. I recommend stainless steel.


Post# 219008 , Reply# 2   6/28/2007 at 05:34 (4,284 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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SearKenmore Elite. It's a cousin of the KitchenAid and probably performs better in the cleaning department. I've been very very impressed with it's ability to handle BobLoads and how well it dries.

Post# 219016 , Reply# 3   6/28/2007 at 06:19 (4,284 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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give the GE and Maytag tall tub machines a look too.
They're pretty darn good.

Post# 219024 , Reply# 4   6/28/2007 at 07:37 (4,284 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Why are you replacing the '91 Maytag? It belongs to one of the vintage years I would recommend to anyone. If your desire is to buy a brand new dishwasher, I would go with the Miele or an Asko. But if you're simply dealing with a broken machine, I would have that Maytag repaired, after 95, Maytag/JennAir machines couldn't compare to earlier generations. If you can find a KitchenAid when it was still manufactured by Hobart, I'd go with that one too.

Post# 219054 , Reply# 5   6/28/2007 at 09:24 (4,284 days old) by jons1077 (Portland, OR)        

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If it doesn't have to be new, then I would find an older kitchenaid. I have a Kenmore Elite but have had problems with it during it's 2 1/2 years. (new motor for starters)

Post# 219104 , Reply# 6   6/28/2007 at 11:44 (4,284 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I have no complaints about my '90 KA but am assuming that since you've got new everything else, you don't want to replace your Maytag with something the same age.

I have used the Miele with the top cutlery rack and found it cumbersome and unable to hold much. It's much easier to drop the silverware into the basket than lay it out perfectly between the dividers on that top rack. I also noticed a lot of rust down by the hinge area of that Miele, which is maybe 5 years old. My KA has no rust anywhere after 17 years.

My sister just got a Bosch. I wasn't sure about it being the right purchase, but for her it turned out to be. She lives alone and the Bosch can be set to only have one wash arm activate so you can do a partial load. Also, the top rack and wash arm can be removed so you can wash extra large items. The top wash arm gets replaced by a sprinkler head type of attachment on the rear wall that helps wash the large items. I thought those were all pretty good features, and it's stainless inside also.

Nothing beats a Hobart-made, or Hobart-inspired KA, but I can understand how you might not want to go vintage if everything else in your kitchen is new.

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