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Interview with a Dishwasher

Asko LogoAsko Logan 3What happens when you interview a fellow co-worker about their new Asko dishwasher? You get a lot of answers and some silly photo ops…..I put my glasses on for this one to get my “reporter” groove on…Asko Logan 5

Logan used to resort to a base model “other” brand that was noisy (you could hear the *squish*squish* of the water) and didn’t clean her dishes. It was bad, so bad that Quinn (pictured below in all his furry cuteness), her fur baby, helped out with the dishes. Asko Logan QuinnFast forward to about 6 months ago when Logan was the proud purchaser of a top-of-the-line Asko dishwasher and here is what she has to say from first hand experience…

Logan’s words:

“I put REALLY dirty dishes in there. I even put a casserole dish caked on with a dark berry cobbler and it came out CLEAN!!”

“My wine glasses come out streak free. I usually let them sit for a few days because I don’t have a full load right away.”

“I LOVE the silverware tray. I never use the silverware basket.”

“I don’t hear it. The little display window shows the time left. I also like that the design is simple, doesn’t have a name on the front, and doesn’t compete with other design elements in my kitchen.”

“Quinn likes to sit on the door when the dishwasher is open and sometimes ‘pre-wash’ the dishes. He is 10 lbs.” (It’s a good thing this dishwasher sanitizes the dishes!!!!!)

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The top of the line, D5656XXLHS model with a tubular handle has a MSRP of $2155, with the pro handle MSRP at $2210. Their base model starts at $979!!! Inside this stainless steel interior dishwasher sits a fully removal third utensil rack positioned in the center of the dishwasher. The WideClean zones offer more powerful wash action on pots, pans, and cobbler crusted Fiestaware. This model also has an interior light. And since Asko is the dishwasher line for the Subzero and Wolf family, you get a 2 year warranty AND amazing customer service. They also offer a 3 year warranty if it’s purchased and installed by us included as part of a full Subzero-Wolf package. Of course, we have this model and other Askos on the floor. We’d be happy to show them to you!Asko Logan 1

Woodland Creatures, Soap, and Water

Dishwashing

This morning as I unloaded my dishwasher I decided it may be my favorite appliance (closely tied with my range, refrigerator, microwave, washer, and dryer). Spending most of my young adulthood in New Jersey I was quite accustomed to doing dishes the old fashioned way….with a sponge and soap. Most of the homes where I lived didn’t have room for dishwashers without giving up valuable cabinet space. Many homes were older and smaller. Winter would come and my poor dishwashing hands would take a beating in that dry, cold weather.

dirty dishes

Since moving to Central Florida one of my favorite luxuries is my dishwasher. Florida is blessed with lots of newer construction and space so dishwashers are a staple in many homes and apartments. The chances of magical woodland creatures helping with housework are pretty slim even in Disney’s backyard, so I am quite grateful to modern engineering and design. They have provided indulgences such as being able to wake up to clean dishes in the morning while slumbering in dreamland overnight.

Bosch Dishwasher

There are a variety of live dishwashers on our showroom floor. Having experienced first hand how to load, unload, reconfigure, and use all the features on our floor models is a huge help in showing and explaining them to our clients.

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A personal favorite is the Bosch brand. Depending on the model, Bosch can offer an interior light, an indicator light on the floor showing it is running, energy efficient condensation drying, a half load option, a speed perfect cycle, a water softener, plenty of rack adjustability, and a third rack (a personal favorite) for those pieces you don’t want bouncing all over the machine. Being able to put lids, large utensils, ramekins, and small items in the third top rack really help with clean up of jobs large and small. They are also quiet, perfect for overnight washing!

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I’m grateful for dishwashers. They allow more time for doing what I love…cooking, spending time with friends and family, or just being able to go to sleep and wake up to a set of clean dishes from the day before. Life is good!

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Fun in the Kitchen

Today’s subject: Fun in the kitchen. Men, get your minds out of the gutter and think appliances, specifically dishwashers. A man shared with me that he and his wife don’t own a dishwasher and actually visit while they do the dishes (by hand). No, his name wasn’t John Boy Walton, but for the rest of us it’s more likely a struggle between wanting to cook a healthy meal at home, and really hating to make a mountain of dirty dishes and utensils. If this is your struggle then your solution is simple- obtain a good dishwasher. Oh yeah, and while your new machine is quietly doing the cleaning you should ask your spouse how their day was.

Here’s a few of my dishwasher recommendations to meet a variety of budgets:

Miele (see video) Models ranging from $899-$2,299

General Electric GDT720 (see video) (with bottle wash jets, also great for cleaning smoothie glasses) starting at $899

Bosch SHX7PT55UC $1299 (see it here)

KitchenAid models starting at $699 (built like tanks!)

Whirlpool WDF520PADM starting at $399 (see it here)

 

The Dirt on Dishwashing

Dishwashers….STOP PRE-RINSING!

Let’s wash our dishes before we load them in the dishwasher….Uh… how about NO?

It is a common misconception that the quick wash is a more efficient setting on your dishwasher than a two hour normal wash when in reality a quick wash doesn’t wash long enough to clean dishes well.   Most people that use that cycle will pre-rinse their dishes.  If you do pre-rinse, then the quick cycle is fine.   But if you are rinsing – STOP!!!   That is significantly less efficient than using a full cycle without rinsing your dishes.   In just two or three minutes of pre-rinsing you will use as much, or more,  water than your dishwasher would for a full cycle.  Many dirty dishespremium dishwashers that have an auto wash, or sensor wash, need to see how dirty the water is in order to run a full cycle at the highest temperature.  High temps for longer periods of time allow for better drying.   If you pre-rinse the sensors recognize that your dishes are fairly clean and the dishwasher shortens the wash time, which adversely effects sanitizing and drying.  Modern detergents have enzymes that eat food particles.  If you have rinsed all of the food off, the enzymes can attack your glassware and turn them cloudy since they do not have food to eat.   Be sure to scrape the big chunks off, but the little bits will be washed away at the end of the wash cycle.  If you want more details, check out what the EPA says about pre-washing.

Submitted by Doug White – Appliance Expert  Doug