Never buy a Whirlpool dishwasher. Well actually, you do whatever you want, but if you do buy one, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
We bought a brand-new dishwasher when we moved into this house in January 2015. I was so shocked when 2019 rolled around and I was having trouble with my dishwasher. After fighting it, I caved and let the kids buy me a new dishwasher for my birthday/Christmas. Our son, Buck, was here and installed it.
Here is a picture of me so happy when I got it.
The dishwasher was the biggest lemon ever. I was constantly fighting it. You can read about it
I have a lot of people in the family in and out of my house helping with dishes. They all thought my dishwasher was their own dishwasher so plates didn’t get scrapped as well as this dishwasher thought they needed to and this would happen…
Tiny food particles would get caught in the spray nozzles.
Beyond that…the top rack broke more than once. The seal was replaced once. At one point I went for at least 8 weeks with no dishwasher waiting on parts. It was miserable.
Last week on Monday, it started leaking AGAIN. I was so sick of this dishwasher. I thought maybe it got overloaded so ran it again. Nope. It was broken again.
With Thanksgiving approaching, I was frustrated. I didn’t want to be at the sink washing dishes the entire time. I didn’t want my guests to be either. I was so sick of this dishwasher. I had enough. I was going to try to get a new dishwasher. Buck would be coming and I thought I could con him into installing it for me.
So…I started calling around. Buck would be coming from the Cedar Rapids area. I quickly decided what I wanted…A Bosch because every time I complain on the blog about my dishwasher, EVERYONE says…get a Bosch. So I listened. I decided to get a 500 series because that was the best there was without WiFi.
No one had one. I called locally…I called the big box stores. Then I remembered a shop in Decorah. The gal there said they did handle Bosch but they typically only have the 100 or 300 versions. She would check and get back to me.
She came back on the line and said they had a panel version that was the 800 series. I had no idea what “Panel Version” meant. She explained that people buy the dishwasher and then have their cabinet maker build a cabinet front for the dishwasher so it looks like it’s just a cabinet. WOW. I didn’t know there was such a thing.
So I ended up calling the people who made my cabinets to see how much it would be to get a door front made.
This was all more than I wanted to spend. But…it sure would look cool. It was also a way I wouldn’t have to decide if I wanted stainless or white. Right now I couldn’t get what I wanted…and after calling, I was starting to wonder if I could get anything close to what I wanted without having to wait for a few months to order it.
Kalissa was here and said, “Just do it, mom”…and I decided to.
So I called back the appliance dealer in Decorah. Someone else was on the line. I said I wanted to buy the dishwasher. He said, “We don’t have the dishwasher you are describing”. I confirmed I had called this store and didn’t get their sister store in the neighboring town. I said I just talked to a gal, 30 minutes ago and she said you had one. He said he was sure they didn’t but would go investigate.
He came back on the line, apologized, and said they did have one. Someone had ordered one for their new kitchen but then backed out so they had one. It was completely rare that had one but they did have this one. I said I’d take it and bought it while I was on the phone.
The next day Kalissa was doing errands and picked it up.
Now…to get Buck to install it. I called him and said, I have a way to guarantee that you won’t have to do dishes on Thanksgiving. He said he never does dishes anyway…and he doesn’t…but what was up?
I explained the whole saga to him and he said he’d install it.
Craig, my daughter Kalissa’s husband helped too.
They did it on Thanksgiving morning while he was getting the turkey ready to deep fry.
The dealer told me it would run…it just wouldn’t be pretty until the door for it was made…and he’s right.
It isn’t pretty at all!!
BUT, it runs. It doesn’t leak and so far, the dishes have been VERY clean. YAHOO!!
I can live with this for a few months until the new door is made. I prefer function over beauty any day. The ugly front is just a growing pain. I’m just thrilled this all worked out!
So fingers crossed I can get this one to last more than three years. To date, that’s the longevity of a dishwasher at my house…I’m hoping this one lasts MANY MORE!!