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Dishwasher with good drying performance?
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Post# 1049154   10/28/2019 at 14:20 (1,585 days old) by spacegeek (Denver, Colorado)        

I'd like to replace a 15 year old Kenmore dishwasher. Not sure of the model, but it has a plastic interior and heated dry. I have kids, and there are always a lot of plastic dishes in the dishwasher, and they are always soaking wet at the end of the heated dry cycle. Are there any dishwashers out there where the dishes will be dry enough to put away (even the plastic) at the end of the dry cycle? I don't care if the dry cycle takes extra long since I usually start the dishwasher before I go to bed and would like to put away the dishes first thing in the morning.

I would appreciate any recommendations. Standard size under-counter dishwasher. I do not really care about energy usage or noise level. I'd like to stay under $1000... preferably under $800.

I feel like washing machines have gotten worse over the years (not enough water). Have dishwashers generally gotten better or worse over the last 15 years? (should I just repair the old dishwasher vs replacing it)

Thank you for your help!

Post# 1049158 , Reply# 1   10/28/2019 at 14:56 (1,585 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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I can personally vouch for any Whirlpool product that has a stainless tub.
They dry l excellently.
Even plastic comes out mostly dry.

Post# 1049166 , Reply# 2   10/28/2019 at 15:44 (1,585 days old) by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I bought a new MOL Maytag earlier this year and it dries everything. It washes well, though cycle times are a bit long-in-the-tooth. No filter to clean. Bought it on the recommendation of one of the members
here, though I did see a GE I really liked.

Post# 1049176 , Reply# 3   10/28/2019 at 16:59 (1,585 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Do yoou use

a rinse agent, like Jet Dry or Casacade? The use of a rinse agent might seem minor, but it makes a real difference in drying performance. If the rinse agent dispenser no longer works, ther is solid Jet Dry, in little plastic baskets, which get hooked to an inside corner of the top rack. Wal*Mart has them, as do some supermarkets.

I like the Electrolux built Frigidaire provided in my apartment. Dries very, very well. Cleans well, too.


Post# 1049190 , Reply# 4   10/28/2019 at 19:13 (1,585 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I have a  4 y/o Kenmore Elite that was made by Whirlpool's KitchenAid brand.  It has an extra dry option.  Dry cycle is 1.5 hours long and the little fan runs for an additional hour after the end of the cycle.  Even disposable storage containers are dry except for little crevices on the edge.  It's terrific.  Comparable would be a Maytag with the Long Powerdry option or KitchenAid with ProDry system and Extended ProDry option on the control panel.  

Post# 1049615 , Reply# 5   11/1/2019 at 10:09 (1,581 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

I read that using the heat dry cycle is not good for the machine. See link.
What do you guys think of this article ?

I never use it myself, on my Maytag. I always crack the door open once the cycle is over. But I don't use plastic dishes or containers. So it works fine for me.


Post# 1049618 , Reply# 6   11/1/2019 at 10:46 (1,581 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Air pumps?  Unconventional terminology for fans.

Post# 1049623 , Reply# 7   11/1/2019 at 11:52 (1,581 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        
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I hate “know nothing” articles like that.

First off, maybe 30% of the dw market has “air pump” drying?
It’s a premium feature.
Most use simple convection or sealed condensation drying like Bosch and KA.

Second, dws with heating rods are designed that way and must withstand the heat by the heater.
That’s why wash arms have shields. Heaters have thermal sensors.
And tubs are made of durable materials often with a lifetime warranty.

And with the lowering of heating wattage for energy conservation, there’s far less risk to dishes and plasticware than from the days of the old Plastisol GEs that destroyed anything plastic my mom put in the lower rack lol.

What a garbage article.

Post# 1050857 , Reply# 8   11/13/2019 at 00:43 (1,570 days old) by elfridaauston87 (OAKLAND GARDENS)        

The only brand that fits your criteria is Kenmore Elite model, it's really a good choice for you, and its fulfill according to your requirements, I bought it a year ago from Black Friday sale is $1000, and last night I saw it on there less than $800, I suggest you first go there and check if you are satisfied with it then buy.

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Post# 1050858 , Reply# 9   11/13/2019 at 02:36 (1,570 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        

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You can also get a Bosch within your price range.  Mine has an Extra Dry option and it dries really well.  As mentioned above, rinse agent makes a difference.  What I like about the Bosch (I don't know about the others mentioned here) is it has a flow through water heater.  There is no exposed heating element in the bottom which means you can put plastic on the bottom AND the top without worry of melting anything.  The Bosch doesn't use a fan to dry the dishes.  I don't exactly understand how it all works without the fan but it does.  


Like others have mentioned everything is dry except for those things that have the indents like in plastic container lids.  I try to remember to load them so they drain but sometimes I forget.  I think you'd be happy with one of these as well.

Post# 1050951 , Reply# 10   11/14/2019 at 00:22 (1,569 days old) by SudsMaster (SF Bay Area, California)        

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I'm always a bit mystified when people want perfectly dry dishes from an automatic dishwasher. It's no biggie to me to have a clean towel handy to dry off the bottoms of cups, bowls, and glasses that might collect a little water that doesn't "flash dry" in the Bosch dishwasher. I do this as I put the dishes away. I actually prefer it this way, because if the DW had a heated air blast to dry the dishes, mineral deposits would collect in areas of items that collect water. The clean towel mops them up along with the water.


Your mileage may vary ;-)


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