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Old 05-09-2007, 09:45 PM
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Getting ready to do some research, thought perhaps some of you may have gone through it recently. Any suggestions for quiet.....
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As usual it depends on your budget but Bosch is reasonably priced and is very quiet.
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Kitchen Aid! 10 years and only a burp!
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KJS... I just was looking at the Bosch... About $1000 difference to go from 56db models to 46db models....
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Afishinado - 5/9/2007 10:01 PM

KJS... I just was looking at the Bosch... About $1000 difference to go from 56db models to 46db models....
We picked up a scratchndent Bosch with stainless insides for a very good deal. I am very impressed. At first I could never tell when it was on.
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"The Sears salesman let us hear how quiet the Bosch machine was, and indeed you could hardly hear it. At one point he had us considering spending $1200 on the Bosch, but we went home to think it over and do some research.

We also spoke with a friend of ours who worked for Sears for 20 years installing and repairing appliances. He said the Bosch are made in Europe and are very hard to work on. One reason the Bosch are quiet is they do not have the food grinder (mini garbage disposal) installed in them, and this is one feature that does add noise to the cycles.

Another thing to consider is that several "top of the line" models now have what they call hidden controls. Instead of the controls being on the top front of the washer, they are on the top edge, the area that is under the counter top. Our appliance repair friend also suggested we avoid those models, because a lot of steam and moisture can accumulate in this area, and he felt that this design was basically flawed and was, in plain speak, asking for trouble. "
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Another thing to consider is that several "top of the line" models now have what they call hidden controls. Instead of the controls being on the top front of the washer, they are on the top edge, the area that is under the counter top. Our appliance repair friend also suggested we avoid those models, because a lot of steam and moisture can accumulate in this area, and he felt that this design was basically flawed and was, in plain speak, asking for trouble. "[/i]
That is the opinion of the appliance repair friend. I'll bet if you ask more than one appliance repair friend, you'll get different opinions on this topic. I have a Bosch dishwasher that I've had for about 3 or 4 years. Works flawlessly. And, it has the hidden controls.

But, that doesn't mean that there aren't other good brands. I would also take a look at LG, sold at Lowes or HD. Seems very similar to Bosch and may cost a few dollars less, I don't know. But, I would definitely recommend the stainless steel insides.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:44 PM
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How much you want to spend? I bought 2 Melie (sp?) last year for the main house. At a little over 2K a copy they are very quite.

I bought a GE Profile 700ish for my own house and it's quite enough for me. My DW down here sounds like a Mack Truck (I'm a good judge on this as I use to drive one) and I can't wait for it to puke. At 17 years old I'm hoping it's this week.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:53 PM
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I asked this same question a while back and received a lot of great advice here.
I bought a mid level Bosch a couple of months ago. It is a great unit.
I'm not sure of the exact model # shoot me a PM if you want and I will find it
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Afishinado - 5/9/2007 10:20 PM

Just dug this up
"Another thing to consider is that several "top of the line" models now have what they call hidden controls. Instead of the controls being on the top front of the washer, they are on the top edge, the area that is under the counter top. Our appliance repair friend also suggested we avoid those models, because a lot of steam and moisture can accumulate in this area, and he felt that this design was basically flawed and was, in plain speak, asking for trouble. "
When we re-did our kitchen, I chose KitchenAid after doing tons of research. It seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I pretty much despise every one of the appliances I bought from them.

The microwave is not tall enough (duh, who thought to check?)

The refrigerator water dispenser always leaks water after filling a cup and it has no drain/catch, so it basically drips all over the floor.

The oven is PIA to work, but it is pretty nice.

The dishwasher is the WORST POS I have ever owned. I have had three or four warranty claims already for motors as well as for the front cover which peeled off due to the steam that was mentioned above. Guess what? About 1.5 years later, it's peeling again. Design flaw? You bet. The real kicker for me was when the little studs that stick out on the trays (I have no idea what these things are called) started showing signs of wear and then rust and then just broke right off! This is a dishwasher? They use parts that rust?????

So, I guess you know my opinion ... stay way away from KitchenAid.

I spoke to the repair guy that came to my house and he also felt the new designs were flawed. He also suggested to me that the most expensive brands are not always the best, but said he couldn't comment further b/c he is a KitchenAid dealer. He did say Sears was pretty good for the money.
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We bought a Sears Elite dishwasher that, according to the salesman was about 48 db compared to the Bosch 46 db. It doesn't have the food disposal, but haven't found that to be a problem. When the installation was complete I asked the installer to start it and he said, "it's been on for about 5 minutes". Has been very quiet, only real concern I have is that it doesn't have heated drying. The water gets "super heated" during wash cycle and then it just shuts off and drys. If you let it sit for a while, almost all the water goes away. You do need to use the rinse agent, but that's not a big deal. I think we paid around $800 for it last year.
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My dishwasher is the 19 year old neighbor girl, fits all of the specifications you guys listed above and only costs about $500.00 per year.



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rayteagarden1 - 5/9/2007 11:41 PM

My dishwasher is the 19 year old neighbor girl, fits all of the specifications you guys listed above and only costs about $500.00 per year.



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Old 05-10-2007, 07:12 AM
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We bought a Whirlpool about 4 months ago...works perfectly and was less than half the cost of a Bosch.

But...you might check with both the higher end appliance outfits and home decorator centers...if you have Expo (part of Home Depot), they typically have a department that has the overruns, misorders, etc.... We picked up a $2K refrigerator for $799 there. Brand new with full warranty, etc...

BTW - Most of Sears appliances are made by Whirlpool.
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We purchased a Bosch a couple years ago from Sears. It has not ben a disappointment. Quiet! Cleans good! And, for dang sure we didn't pay no $2000 for a dihwasher.

I just went looked for a model number, but no dice, it must be on the side or bottom. Nearest I can remember I think we paid around $500 for it. I know it was not the top of the line model, maybe it was the next one down. At that time I think the top of the line was about $800. The top of the line model was indeed very quiet, but not $300 more quiet than the one we bought. I live in a small home where the kitchen, living and dinning room are open with no walls between the areas, I can sit within ten feet of this thing and watch TV without turning the volume up.

One word of caution about the quiet thing. In the store when they run it for you to listen, they don't have any dishes, cups, spoons or pans in it. When you get it home and load it up, all of a sudden it ain't as quiet as it was in the store. Also it has to be installed correctly for it to be quiet.

$2000 for a dishwasher? That's over of my budget for sure! For $2000 each, they better come with a maid that pops out wearing one of them french maid outfits.
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I prefer mine at about 5'10", 130#'s, slightly tanned. She's quiet most of the time, but tends to get loud when I overload her.
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By the way, I remember the hidden control type things. We didn't get one with the hidden controls.

For one I thought like you that it was asking for trouble. Secondly, I can barely figure out how to turn this one on, I for dang sure didn't need to deal with nothing hidden.
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repair man... yea listen to him....NOT

Had a Bosch in my home destroyed by Katrina ( for 7 years with NOT problems ).... just finished rebuilding and put the $798 Bosch from Lowes in it ... stainless in and out... quiet as hell, if the TV is even on low volumn you cant hear the dam thing. Cleans excellent. GREAT bang for the buck. mine has the hidden controls and i love them.
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Have kenmore elite currently (ss) and looking to buy another one for new house-may take it with me. Very happy with it. Looked at the others for equal or more $ and pretty disappointed. I looked at features and racks/wands, door interiors, etc in a vain attempt to try to conclude which one might be better made. It just seems that none are as beefy as the kenmore-sturdier racks, more solid door, less cheesy dispensor. (Won't even consider one without ss interior.)

Not surprised most of kenmore is whirpool - have the whirlpool duet front washer & dryer...excellent...definitely taking them with me to new house.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:31 AM
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Really appreciate the help guys. A lot of good advice. As for budget; I'll spend what it takes, $1200 might be a max. But the current (working) dishwasher is getting very noisey (the 5'6" type), and I need to do it soon! The appliances are biscuit in color and would prefer that it match, I think the SS would't look too bad, just not my preference. I might call the guy who is the local 'Johnny-on-the-spot' that fixes 'em and ask him.... On second thought, that might be a bad idea.
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