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Is This KitchenAid Quiet Scrub worth buying?
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Post# 1034674   6/6/2019 at 23:58 (366 days old) by VintageLove (USA)        

Hello! Newbie here. I've heard older dishwashers perform better than newer models and was wondering if this is worth buying? Not much info on it, unfortunately.

Any info/feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Post# 1034677 , Reply# 1   6/7/2019 at 01:07 (366 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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For all of its buttons, it appears to be a model toward the bottom of the line.  No china guard under the upper wash arm and nothing adjustable about the top rack.


That doesn't mean it won't do as good a job as its more expensive KitchenAid contemporaries though, but be advised that even with "Quiet Scrub" it will still make more noise than a modern day machine.  Cycles are short, so for best results you'll probably need to use industrial/institutional detergent that contains phosphates,  something like Cascade Fryer Boil-Out, or use a phosphate additive with detergent from the supermarket.  Today's phosphate-free detergents need much longer wash cycles to clean effectively. 


This machine is either a 23 or 24 series, which makes it around mid-'90s vintage.  The common complaint from some people is that these machines (series 21 and later) offer only a single final rinse. 


They shouldn't be asking more than $100 for it.  



Post# 1034756 , Reply# 2   6/8/2019 at 04:18 (365 days old) by VintageLove (USA)        

Thank you for answering. So it's a so-so machine? Anything in particular I should be looking for?

I'm still trying to rebuild from the 2016 flood so I have some time to look around. Right now my kitchen is a laundry sink & a POS range. Laundry sinks suck in place of a regular kitchen sink, I've learned.

Post# 1034800 , Reply# 3   6/8/2019 at 12:58 (364 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I wouldn't say it's a "so/so" machine.  It will wash as well as more expensive models made by KA, and regardless of make, all vintage dishwashers benefit from a phosphate assist. 


My apologies if I made it sound like this machine wasn't worth pursuing.  This is an above average machine from its period across all makes (it has the Whirlpool-improved power module) so if it's priced right, it should serve you well.  Sometimes the machines with fewer bells and whistles can be the best performers.


If another KA of similar vintage shows up that you find more attractive, you can always keep this one for parts.

Post# 1034825 , Reply# 4   6/8/2019 at 16:14 (364 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I know someone that hat this same exact unit. It washed well without prerinsing and held a lot of dishes. Plus the fact the normal wash runs in just over 1 hour!
I would definatly consider this - it's a keeper!

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