Physiqueflex saidI have a client with a Miele dishwasher. They have had nothing but trouble and it's very expensive to repair. This may have been due to the built-in water softening system, which seems like a less than necessary feature, even here where our local water has very high calcium content.
My clients with Bosch dishwashers seem pleased, but I suspect they are equally expensive for repairs.
I recently installed a GE machine for a client that she bought for about $500 that seemed like a very well made machine. It had a steam prewash feature that could be a good way to save water as you don't need to rinse dishes before stacking them in the machine, though this is really unnecessary if you use a good-quality detergent (Finish Powerball).
TBH a dishwasher is little more than a box with a pump and a small set of digital electronics to control the thing. I have an inexpensive Amana that works like a champ, and the only tangible thing that a more expensive machine will give you IMO is less noise. Mine also has a plastic tub versus stainless, and I keep it clean by running an empty cycle with a cup of CLR every couple months. If a major repair is ever needed, I'll simply replace the machine.
Being able to do my own installation helps but they aren't hard if you have any skills with tools at all.
Thanks for your input! And to the other guys who have been contributing genuinely helpful comments. I knew if I asked a bunch of gay guys about dishwashers, or anything kitchen, I'd get good info. (Opppss... did I say that?
I plan to install this one myself, and I repaired our current one by myself, too. (replaced the water inlet valve), though we did have a contractor friend do the original installation who lived right here. I once did a complete new installation for my parents, removing a kitchen cabinet, and doing the new plumbing, as well. So I'm hoping I can handle this one, too, as everything is already in place.
This new Bosch will have a stainless steel interior. Which I avoided the last time. It was more expensive, of course, but I actually found it harder to view things inside, if I wanted to check on them. White is a much brighter interior with better contrast.
But if I want to spend $2000 on a Bosch, that top-of-the-line model does have an interior light. I also thought the stainless interior would be noisier than plastic. And mine never became stained in almost 7 years. Maybe because I used the best Cascade and now Finish Powerball Quantum detergent brands. They both claim to help keep the tub cleaner, and it seems they do.
This Bosch won't have the water softener feature, but the higher-end models do. Our water isn't very hard here, anyway, and if you say that feature is prone to problems, even better not to have it. If you have hard water the solution is a softener for the entire home.
What the pricier models do have that I want are things like the third rack, and more of the rack tines that fold down for greater loading flexibility. My husband/chef is always using large pots and things that would be difficult to load without that capability.
He also wants a sanitizer feature, which this Bosch will have, as did our last dishwasher. He went to cooking school and worked as a sous chef, and is very mindful of kitchen sanitation issues. A dishwasher actually produces better results than washing by hand, and uses less water in the process, too, so if it can also include sanitizing, likewise something else you can't do by hand, we'll get that feature.
Bosch has a middling reliability rating from Consumer Reports. But then our current Whirlpool was rated top at the time (and still high), but it lost the water inlet valve at 5 years, and now at nearly 7 is gone. Interestingly, CR's ratings only look back 5 years on appliances. I could get an extended service plan on the Bosch, but only up to 4 years. I'm undecided. In the case of our Whirlpool it would have done us no good, since the problems developed after that. So I hope "eagermuscle" who owns a Bosch will tell me his own service history with it.