We have not had the best luck with dishwashers over the last few years. When we remodeled our kitchen at our old house, we got a used dishwasher that we loved, but the motor burned out after a year. When we moved into this house, the dishwasher was on its last legs, so we got a new one. It was a relatively low end dishwasher, and we have had problems with it a few times in the last year. We’ve been able to fix it ourselves, but when it stopped working last month, we discovered that it had been recalled as a fire hazard.
Maytag was offering a rebate on a new dishwasher for people who had the recalled dishwasher. There were two rebate levels available ($250 or $150) and three or four dishwashers that qualified for each rebate. I spent a few hours on line comparing dishwasher and then shopping for the best deals. The dishwashers that qualified for the $250 rebate were a little more expensive, but I was able to find sales on them that eliminated most of the price difference, and we opted for one of those models. The MSRP was $860 (yikes – that’s an expensive dishwasher!), but I found it at an online retailed for a total of $690 including shipping (no tax). I found it at local places like Lowes and Sears, but it was about $100 more expensive. Going with the online appliance store meant that we had to wait about three weeks for our new dishwasher, but to save $100, I was willing to wash dishes by hand for a few weeks.
When all is said and done, we should have an $860 dishwasher for $440, between the sale price and the rebate from Maytag. And by next week, I won’t have to be washing all of our dishes by hand anymore.
When the dishwasher broke last month and we then found out it was recalled, I was tempted to just not have a dishwasher at all, and wash our dishes by hand forever. I lived in Africa for two years where not only did I wash dishes by hand, but first I had to go fetch the water to wash them with. Surely I could wash dishes in my kitchen sink? But I have to say, after three weeks of hand washing, I’m glad that we opted for a new dishwasher instead. My husband and I both work from home, and our son is always here with us, so we eat nearly all of our meals at home. We don’t eat processed, packaged food (the sort that requires no dirty dishes), and I’m a big fan of cooking from scratch and kitchen experimentation. So we go through a lot of dishes. I like clean, clear countertops, but for the last few weeks, It has felt like we have a constant pile of dishes drying on the counter beside the sink. With a dishwasher, we can load the dishes into it after a meal and then wait until it’s full to run it. But hand washing means that we either have to wash dishes multiple times per day or have a sink/counter full of dirty dishes for a while.
I feel a bit spoiled (especially when I think back on my time in Africa and remind myself that all my friends there are still washing dishes by hand, and still fetching the water before they begin), but I am very glad that I’ll have a dishwasher again next week. Shelling out the money for a new dishwasher wasn’t easy for me (oh, so many things I would rather do with that money!), but it is nice to know that we’re getting a high end dishwasher this time, for about half price. Hopefully our luck with dishwashers will turn around now, and this one will still be in our kitchen when our son goes off to college.