On Life Stages and Dishwashers

I’ve apparently reached an age* where I’m at the “I don’t want to fix this effing thing, let’s just buy a new one.”

Case in point: our dishwasher.

The dishwasher that came with the house died about a year and a half ago.  We had both a new baby (bottles galore) and my mom staying with us (extra regular dishes) so we hurried out and bought a new one.  Not gonna lie, I went mostly off of looks because how different could dishwashers really be?  I mean, the one we had wasn’t anything special but it got the job done.

Spoiler alert: Don’t be like me and be sure to research any appliances before buying.

Needless to say, we’ve been not terribly thrilled with this dishwasher from day one.  Recently, it’s started getting sitting water in the bottom which is a little ominous since the water’s supposed to get pumped out each time you run it.  Matt talked to a repair guy who thought it sounded like an issue with the pump and would most likely be a couple hundred to fix.

My logic is, why would we pay money to fix something we don’t even like?  Sure a new dishwasher will be more than a couple hundred, but it should hopefully cut down on some of our frustrations. We were even half-considering replacing the dishwasher as part of our coming-soon kitchen remodel.

Matt didn’t really argue with me since he never liked our current dishwasher either.  This time though, instead of running out to the store to order a new dishwasher STAT, I spent the rest of the week deep in research and we went to actually order it over the weekend… our kitchen may or may not be a complete disaster at this point…

I had narrowed it down to either the Bosch 300 or 500 series.  I know a couple people with Bosch dishwashers and they love them!  Plus, the pricier dishwashers all had free install over the weekend so the final price was still about the same as a mid-range dishwasher. We ultimately went with the slightly-pricier 500 series…only because the 300 series version I wanted (with buttons on the instead vs the outside) was special order and we didn’t really want to wait an extra 2-3 weeks for a functioning dishwasher.

Warner Stellian has been our go-to appliance shop in the Twin Cities.  Their prices and selection are competitive with national chains and we like supporting local business.** Plus, the issue with our last dishwasher install was handled reasonably promptly without me having to spend a week arguing on the phone with the store and finally resorting to a Facebook page complaint.*** I think to date we’ve gotten our washer and dryer, fridge (from the scratch and dent section!), microwave, and 2 dishwashers from them. The only slightly annoying thing is that you don’t know your delivery window until the day before (you know the day, just not the time frame which can be tricky depending on how flexible your work schedule is).

So now we’re set to be getting a new dishwasher sometime on Thursday.  Wish us luck!

 

*And paycheck, let’s be honest, but these things often go hand-in-hand.

**Lucky for me, Target is also technically a local business.

***I’m looking at you Home Depot.

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