Dishwasher

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Dishwasher

Postby LucyLastic » 20 Mar 2016, 16:32

Cutlery tray versus cutlery basket - discuss.

We need to get a dishwasher. We found a Bosch one at Curry's that seems to have everything we want, but it has a fancy-schmancy cutlery tray rather than your common or garden cutlery basket. Any preferences? It also has a glass holder, which I doubt we'll ever use. What do you consider to be indispensable features in a dishwasher? Anyone who says 'wash dishes' does not get points :D Thanks in advance.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby Lily » 20 Mar 2016, 17:13

Cutlery basket is good in that you can lift it out to load at a comfortable height, and carry it to the cutlery drawer to unload, or even leave it out completely if you don't want it in a particular load. Annoying when you can't fit a big utensil in, though; our dishwasher has a utensil shelf at the top for bigger items but it's pretty small and usually overfilled.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby Kitcameron » 20 Mar 2016, 17:31

A big one. We got a half size one cos a full size one wouldn't fit in the kroom with the carousel in the corner cupboard but u wish we had a bigger one now. One that cleans is also a goods swear, ours isn't brilliant at that either, although I'm not sure whether it's the washer or the stacker, who has been sacked.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby StJuniper » 20 Mar 2016, 17:59

How about, "Washes dishes without the need to rinse all dishes clean first?"
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby lizandimo » 20 Mar 2016, 18:34

^ This! Granted ours is an older dishwasher, but it is absolute crap at actually cleaning stuff. I have to rinse everything first and it often re-deposits bits all over the stuff in the top rack. At which point I feel I should just give up and wash everything by hand.

We got a new IKEA one at our old house and it seemed fine, I would buy from them again. Oh also, the one we have now has the cutlery basket attached to the door instead of in the bottom basket and it does my head in. You can't put anything too big in it or you can't roll the bottom basket out and it's a pain because you have to keep pushing the bottom rack in to get stuff into the cutlery basket, you can't load both at the same time if that makes sense. I definitely would not get one with this set up again.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby LucyLastic » 20 Mar 2016, 19:46

I have no faith whatsoever in dishwasher manufacturer/cleaning product manufacturer claims that presoaking is not required for baked on stuff. It just is. I am resigned to that. Never really needed to pre-rinse plates though. I am just getting caught up in the never-ending 'But this one doesn't have this, whereas the one that costs £20 more has it, and the one that costs £50 more has also got blah blah blah' spiral. I was must looking at models that cost 50% more than the model I first looked at :-/ I need to take a break from water consumption, decibel and energy stats.
The cutlery tray looks really good and frees up room from the bottom drawer, but it looks fiddly to load and you can't carry it to the cutlery drawer.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby yorkshirepudding » 20 Mar 2016, 20:32

We have a cutlery drawer which I love compared to a basket which we have now at fil's. We always put knives together, forks together etc so it's fairly easy to unload although not as convenient as a basket if your cutlery drawer is far away from the dishwasher. Just gives you lots more flexibility in loading the bottom. Ours is a Bosch, worked fine although did start to smell and needed a cleaner put in occasionally, which fil's much older Bosch one doesn't seem to.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby LucyLastic » 21 Mar 2016, 00:51

It's a Bosch one I'm considering, yp - does yours have any 'specialist programmes'? I just don't know how useful any of the following would be:
- Half load (I tend to wait and fill it or run it half empty!)
- Intensive zone (hotter and more water pressure at the bottom, more delicate cleaning for the top drawer)
- ecoDry (the door opens at the end of the cycle)
- delicate (I can't see when I'd ever use this)
I'm really veering towards the cutlery tray rather than the cutlery basket, just because of the space it leaves at the bottom, so it's good to know you find that useful.
I tend to clean dishwashers and washing machines every month or so anyway, just because we live in such a hard water area that I figure limescale and grease would block relatively quickly. And just because, ewww, yukky dirty stuff. I will have a look at Ikea models tomorrow - hurrah!
I should go to bed, as I have spent most of my evening researching stuff like the merits of heat exchangers vs residual heat drying :-/
Points all round, thanks.
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby LucyLastic » 30 Mar 2016, 21:07

Dishwasher bought and installed. It's so quiet, I had to open it to see if it was actually working! Hope it stays in my good books :-)
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Re: Dishwasher

Postby yorkshirepudding » 31 Mar 2016, 15:50

Sorry didn't see your previous question, never used different features. Glad you've got one, now you can fill your evenings with other fun things, like on here!
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