The Dishwasher

When was the last time you thought about your dishwasher? No, really. Is it pulling it’s weight in your kitchen? I often see questions about “What one kitchen tool can’t you live without?” and think of everything from my onion goggles to by Fast, Slow Pro. However, none of that comes close to my dishwasher. 

I would say the dishwasher is the most vital piece of equipment in your kitchen and can change and improve any kitchen dramatically. I would even go as far as to recommend if you had a small budget to make the biggest impact on your kitchen the dishwasher is the first place I would look.

What most people don’t know is that there are varying levels of quality and performance to dishwashers out there on the market and an amazing dishwasher can be as little as $900. I know, I know, you’re like hey that’s a lot of money for a dishwasher. True but when it comes to kitchen appliances even some that are considered “small appliances” $900 is quite reasonable.

There is a reason kitchen remodels cost so much and bring the biggest return on investment. Quality in the kitchen matters. If I then look to the other two major appliances in the kitchen it dwarfs in cost comparison. When we went looking for our ideal refrigerator I had a long wish list. I didn’t even go with any of the top brands and for performance, style, and function it set us back nearly $3000. Don’t even get me started on the stove. To get the stove I have my heart set on it will set me back nearly $7000! (That’s a wish list items for a much later time.) Now, $900 isn’t looking so bad.

Sure if you had $900 to improve your kitchen you might want to do fun stuff like under cabinet lighting, a new color scheme, or add a garbage disposal but trust me when I say a dishwasher is the way to go.

The thing is though, not just any dishwasher. There’s one brand when it comes to dishwashers. Bosch. I knew nothing about this brand until living in the UK. My husband and I lived there for 2 years and the flat that we rented had a Bosch dishwasher. This dishwasher actually washed dishes! Scrape off any big cups of food and just put it in! Just like in all the commercials for less expensive dishwashers or for detergents everything came out spotless! I lived most of my life with dishwashers that would have been better identified as dish sanitizes because you had to wash the dishes before they went in… what’s the point of that. With all the time I spend cooking I don’t have time to stand at the skink washing all the dishes too!

Bosch is a german company and those who know anything know that germans are known for their engineering and quality. When we moved out of the flat we told the landlord that it was the most amazing dishwasher we had ever had. He looked dumbfounded and said he was glad to hear that and the he had just picked one randomly and put it in.

When we moved back to the states we were in an apartment. Let me tell you it would have been better if it just didn’t have a dishwasher at all. Eventually we bought a condo and the dishwasher was good and had some interesting features but we still longed for our Bosch. When we moved to the old farm house in northern Iowa I think we might have run one or two loads of dishes with the existing dishwasher and then decided enough is enough and found a Bosch dealer. Before we did ANYTHING to the house, the dishwasher went in. Wow, what a difference!

They design really is something. It took a little getting used to but now I find it weird using other dishwashers. First off it had 3 racks. The top rack is for all you flatware. They neatly stand on their side and are kept from touching so they get cleaned all around and getting them out and put away is orderly. Next is the middle rack. This rack can not only be configured to hold stemware and typical “top rack only” items but it also adjusts into 3 different heights. Not only that but it can be set uneven depending on how tall the things are below. Then because there are no baskets taking up space in the bottom rack I have plenty of room to get all my big stuff in. Then there’s the heating element. Oh, wait. There’s no heating element! Well, there is but it’s built into the entire surround. Why is this important? Remember that note about “top rack only”? That’s due to needing to be a certain distance from the heating element in standard dishwashers. This this dishwasher you can put it anywhere it fits.

We also went with the design that hid all of the controls on the top of the door and projects the remaining time for the load being run on the floor. No more guessing when dishes will be done. With this feature you’ll have an exact amount of time.

As if all of those features weren’t good enough there is the sound. This dishwasher is amazingly quiet. I can’t tell you the number of times I have been at someone else house and they cook a meal or maybe I cook for them and then during dinner they run the dishwasher and boy do you know it. Maybe it’s all open concept and you’re trying to watch tv but the dishwasher is going… with this dishwasher I have had people sitting at the kitchen island, having a lovely conversation, I start the dishwasher, and they don’t even know. When they realize it’s priceless. The look of shock every time speaks to how quiet this dishwasher really is.

So the next time you’re thinking about your kitchen I encourage you to think, “Does my dishwasher pull it’s weight?” If not, maybe think about the Bosch 800 series built-in dishwasher.

 

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