I will be buying several kitchen appliances for a new home. In the past
I have used only the normal cycle to wash my dishes. Occassionally, I
use the rinse hold cycle. The more cycles offered, the higher the
price. Would I get a dishwasher of lesser quality if I buy one with
fewer cycles? I am looking for quality, not cycle choices I will
never use. Salespeople have given me conflicting answers. Pat
Sales people often have only the information provided by the
manufacturer of the product.
Extra features and higher price imply quality.
One of the best dishwashers I ever had had only three cycles, Nomal
wash , Heavy duty (pot cleaning) , and light (for very small loads or
Places like Good Housekepping or consumer reviews can be good sources
Generally speaking, the number of cycles really doesn't matter
much at all. Select a model based on more important factors. e.g.
* Do you want a stainless steel interior?
* Do you want a self cleaning filter?
* Do you want to avoid an exposed heating element?
Generally speaking, higher-end models will offer more
cycles (that you'll probably never use).
Having said all that, if you think you're likely to wash
lots of small loads, it may be worth looking for a model
that offers a half-load program. The energy savings
may be significant.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Quality implies longevity and reliability. it also implies good
The more expensive models do have more cycles that you won't use, but they
often have better sound insulation, stainless steel instead of plastic
interiors, more adjustment of the racks. Most web sites by the major
appliance makers allow you to compare features so that is a good stat.
As for washing dishes, even the low end models today do a good job. Both a
Ford Pinto and a Jaguar will get you to work every day, but you look better
getting there in one of them. Looks do account for something in a new
As a widower who lives alone, I have some housekeeping techniques that
I'm sure my daughters would tell me are disgusting (if they dared :>).
One of the things I do is to use the same glasses and cups for 2 or 3
days in a row. Another is to fill one of my kitchen sinks with soapy
water and then rinse the dishes off and put them in the soapy water
until I get ready to load the dishwasher 3 or 4 days later.
The problem with this technique is that if you don't rinse the soap off
the dishes first, bubbles will come out of the dishwasher onto the
floor. Therefore, the RINSE/WASH LATER cycle is an absolute necessity
for me. Then, when I do wash the dishes, by the way, I wash them on the
POTS AND PANS, setting whether they need or not. Using that technique,
my dishes turn out sparking clean. I wouldn't be surprised if I
actually have the cleanest dishes in town.
Well, I'm not one of your daughters, so I'll take your dare: That's
The soaking part is fine, but using the same cup/glass for 2 - 3 days
in a row? For water, maybe, but for milk, juice or anything else that
spoils, I hope you at least rinse them thoroughly after each use.
I just do it with water and iced tea and coffee. Milk glasses get a
quick rinse and go in the soapy water. I don't drink juice. It's hard
on the old stomach. I would drink carrot juice, though, if I could find
some. I've been thinking about making my own. To be honest, though,
even water and iced tea glasses and coffee cups get pretty disgusting
after 2 or 3 days.
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 13:58:53 -0500, email@example.com (Pat Evans)
No, you'll get a better value for your dollar. Skip all the extra
buttons and the SS lining and pocket the extra $200. One feature I'm
willing to pay extra is sound deadening material around the outside. A
good installation can make or break any appliance.
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