The Washer of Dishes
That would not be me.
That would be our dishwasher. I loved our old dishwasher. It was stained on the inside and the upper rack wasn’t deep enough for half of our glassware, but man, did it clean. It could have blasted week-old casserole leftovers off a dish, freckles off a small child, and been a very cheap alternative to laser hair removal.
So obviously, when it came time to look for a new dishwasher, my only requirement was that it needed to clean. oh and it would be nice if the control panel wasn’t accessible to babies. And my darling boytoy wanted a stainless steel inside. Since he did the majority of dishwasher loading at the time, I thought I should give it to him. You read right. I cook it, he cleans it. Recently, neither of us have been doing a whole lot of either though. Thank goodness for the dollar menu and lunch meat and SuperPreztels.
Like I mentioned in the ‘we got a cool fridge’ post, we went to HHGregg to purchase our appliances. That’s not to say that we didn’t shop around first. We went to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy – and in the end, the best prices were for the most part at HHGregg. We probably could have spent days looking at different online sources or other dealers, and maybe we would have saved a little extra – but like I said before, our timeline was quick & dirty. And we needed a fridge and we needed it yesterday. We narrowed down the hundreds of refrigerators during the great hunt for stainless steel…and now we needed a dishwasher that also met our checklist (afterall, these appliances need to last for a very long time!).
The obvious choice was a matching LG. There were two different styles available and in the end we both knew that the higher priced, LDF6920ST, was the one that won over our hearts both in design (it has an extra deep top shelf & doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of space on the bottom one either. In fact, I can wash our extra large man-cups in the top and our cookie sheets in the bottom…that’s something I could never do in our old DW!).
It boasted the stainless steel interior (which apparently helps speed drying and draws condesation away from your glassware), a very quiet motor, hidden control panel, higher efficiency than even Energy Star requires, and the best part….a built in food disposer…so that I (err…Jeremy) don’t have to scrape…just pop it in and it comes out uber-clean.
How much did we pay for this pretty little thing? Well, after shopping around (and checking Craigslist for comparable deals on semi-new appliances and Consumer Reports for rankings and all that), we talked the HHGregg guy into quoting us for the fridge that we loved with the top two dishwashers. One was the lower model and one was this fancy shmancy model. When it came down to it…they were only about $50 different. And even after he quoted us, we asked if his manager could shave just a little more off the top. Hey – we have learned to hmm and haw and then ask for a little more…it works.
It was still a quite a bit of moolah…but both Jeremy & I felt confident that buying new was the way to go (that way we could get a warranty to cover anything that could potentially-knock-on-wood go wrong). And although we ended up paying roughly $2600, we figured that the retail price was a total of $3500 (saving us $900!) and the best price we could get at any other place was $2790 (still saved $170). PLUS, we got next day delivery and installation. And that is music to this timeline’s ears…or bacon to the tongue…depending on how you look at it. And that my friends is our dishwasher detties…