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Basketballs & Dishes

With March Madness Sweet 16 happening right now….who has time to spend in the kitchen cleaning up the game dishes? Someone, or something, has to do them. If, like me, your “madness” is a dishwasher so loud it could be mistaken for an insane fan throwing pots, pans, and glasses around the house, it may be time for a new dishwasher. One of my “Sweet 16” dishwasher options to end my personal March Madness would be Fisher & Paykel. So prepare yourself for product knowledge tossed out to you with plenty of cheesy basketball puns.


Fisher & Paykel is an appliance company known well for its dishwasher drawer solutions. While they offer a whole complete kitchen appliance suite, their dishdrawers are a game changer due their unique feature set and versatility of use. Fisher & Paykel developed the idea of a dishwasher drawer when someone jumped in with a filing cabinet box and said “Hey! Make a dishwasher like these drawers!” This was in 1986 and took another 13 years for them to introduce their dishwasher drawer into the North American Market. They have continued to improve their machines throughout the years with design and engineering that includes SmartDrive motor technology.dishdrawer-2

This industry player offers one or two drawer options; panel ready or not; with or without a handle. This allows for easy pairing with any other brand as well as the whole team of Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances. On the two drawer models you can choose separate wash cycles and temperatures for each drawer. For day to day use you can choose to run just one drawer, or use the full capacity of the double drawer to fit up to 14 place settings, easily accommodating the dinner dishes of a basketball team roster of 12. Unlike cheering fans, at 47.5 dB, it’s also quiet. They have built-in safety features such as a triple stage flood protection with a high strength hose, an overfill tub sensor, and a back-up switch that activates a drain pump. FPdishdrawerIf your eyes are glued to a game and your little one wanders into the kitchen, the child lock feature keeps their little hands from setting off cycles. The powerful motor controls water pressure in the dishwasher and is strong enough to shoot water into the air 17 FEET, a feature any basketball player, or fan, could appreciate. With a 2 year parts and labor warranty that extends to 3 years if you register online, you can be assured it will be a key kitchen clean up player for a long time.

As for me and my final dishwasher pick? I’ll get to it after the games….

Blog idea credit to the awesome Cathy Bame for bringing up March Madness. You rock!!


The Quietest In Class Has Arrived

The new 2013 Bosch dishwashers have arrived and while Bosch has always been on the leaderboard in the highly competitive industry of dishwashers, they have officially broken away from the pack. With everyone making so much noise about the quietest dishwasher, it seems that the Bosch engineers have triumphed once again.

Their latest quiet number is 39dBA. Since Bosch held the previous low of 42dBA, they are resoundingly the quietest brand around. Here’s the proper context to understand the decibel (dBA) number: An increase of 3 dBA is the equivalent of two dishwashers running at once; that means they’ve cut the noise in half! You can explore the “science of quiet” over at Bosch’s website and compare their dishwasher to other familiar sounds at varying decibels. The Bosch Dishwasherdishwasher is now so quiet that the only way some know the machine is running is by the presence of their InfoLight shining onto the floor; as can be seen here in Bosch’s commercial highlighting this un-heard of level of quiet. The ad goes on to feature brush-less motors and multi layers of sound absorbing insulation. The new design elements work together to make this the quietest dishwasher around, so there’s no more waiting until the dishwasher is finished to gather around and start a family movie night!

In regards to load ability, the upper models are fantastic, with lower priced models less impressive. The innovative 3rd rack is now available in more models and at lower price points than ever before (beginning at $899). You’ll get up to 30% more loading area on models with this 3rd rack design. With water usage still down in the 2.4-3.3 gallon range and 4 different design configurations, this new line of dishwashers will resonate with consumers in a big way. Schedule an in-store demonstration today to see for yourself!