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Post# 772381   7/21/2014 at 20:35 (2,044 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        

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Post# 772393 , Reply# 1   7/21/2014 at 21:19 (2,044 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Post# 772432 , Reply# 2   7/22/2014 at 05:40 (2,043 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
My sister had one of these years ago.

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And as I recall it did a good job of cleaning.  However, I have never been a fan of the silverware in the door concept.  And, if I remember correctly this particular silverware basket was not flat on the bottom so you couldn't take it out of the door and stand it on the counter to load it.  You had to load it in the door and it seemed we were always pushing the bottom rack back and forth just to load the silverware.


Didn't they come out with a later model that had this concept but had a flat bottom so you could stand it up?

Post# 772458 , Reply# 3   7/22/2014 at 10:51 (2,043 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Great DW, the indoor silver-ware basket worked great in these machines, the whole basket lifted out and layed flat on the counter for easy loading and unloading, this is much easier than trying to load SW standing upright, you just lay it down the same way you put it in and take it out of the drawer in the kitchen where you store it.

The in door SW basket is also super easy to load in place as again you can either drop the SW in with the door only slightly open or by the hand full and your hands never get messy like when you are trying to stand dirty items in upright. Also you can load 10-20 long handled cooking spoons, knives, spatulas etc in this basket with no interference with anything else in the DW.

After having a DW with the In-Door SWB for over 30 years and having a KA KDSS20 for over 10 years in my kitchen there is no comparison in convenience and overall effectiveness, the WP wins hands down.

Post# 772484 , Reply# 4   7/22/2014 at 14:06 (2,043 days old) by HooverWheelAway ()        

This is the DW that we had when I was a kid. My parents bought their first new house right around 1980/81 and this is what they bought. I'm pretty sure it didn't come with the house, as they also supplied their own fridge and range. I vividly remember the knob and the buttons, I was forever pushing those buttons, trying to get them to all be out at the same time... I think there were a few minor repairs made, then it got replaced with a KA in about 1991 or 1992.

I also remember a few times, the smell of the melting Tupperware sippy-cup lid or spatula that somehow worked its way out of the rack and fell too close to the heating element. Stinky!

Post# 772487 , Reply# 5   7/22/2014 at 14:29 (2,043 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 772680 , Reply# 6   7/23/2014 at 15:57 (2,042 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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This must be the year my grandmother bought her Whirlpool. I knew it was either the early or mid to late 80s, but this looks exactly like hers, except hers was white. May she RIP. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that dishwasher is still working. Her house is being rented out now.

Post# 773574 , Reply# 7   7/28/2014 at 11:04 (2,037 days old) by bwoods ()        
in door silverware basket

Yes, Ralph, that was not one of Whirlpool's better ideas. The Whirlpools of that era cleaned OK, but the baskets were a liability not an assest and they had very poor upper rack design.

The problems with the on-the-door silware baskets were many fold. If you look in Consumer Reports, the Whirlpools of that era were downgraded because of their underperforming washablity of silverware/flatware. And I found this to be a fact in that it wasn't uncommon to have silverware come out with dried food on it. The surface area of the items in the silverware basket exposed to the water spray is much less than in a conventional arrangment. One whole side of the silverware basket is flat against the door and gets virtually no spray.

The biggest problem I had was the silverware basket acted like a food catcher. One of our members once described the WP on-the-door basket as a "course food filter", and I have to agree with him! If I didn't rinse off the dishes, virtually everytime I had chucks of cat food and meat bits laying In the basket, and lodged BEHIND the silwerware basket. When the basket is slid down onto the plastic holders, mounted on the door, there is a very small space between the basket and the door and it catches all manner of food particles.

Unlike a regular dishwasher you cannot put silwerware in when the lower rack is pulled out. You have to shove the rack back in to put in silverware and then pull it back out to continue loading. Oftentimes I had found when I put in a large serving spoon, ladle or large serving fork it would often stick out enough that I couldn't pull the lower rack over it, as the rack would catch on those items when I tried to pull it out.

Yes, that's correct, the early silwerware racks could not be set upright on the counter, and they are inconvenient to load outside of the machine. You have to lay them flat on the counter so you can't just drop something in. You have to slide each item it. And then be careful heavily soiled things don't have their soiled area turned to the back of the silwerware basket, as they will get little to no water spray and not get cleaned. After the dry cycle you get a caked on mess on those flatware items.

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