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Video: More Info on Asko Dishwashers

Written by Appliance Dude | January 28th, 2012

The good folks at Asko must have read my mind. Or maybe I have it reversed. In any case, fresh on the heels of my vid touting the Asko D5424 dishwasher,
I found a vid where Asko takes us on a trip through it’s control panel. Hot pants!

Dishwasher Review: GE Profile: PDWT180VSS

Written by Appliance Dude | January 11th, 2012

Usually if a customer wants a domestic dishwasher in the $700-$800
range I look at KitchenAid. I just feel comfortable with their long history with dishwashers.
However, I have developed an affinity for this entry piece in the GE Profile line – GE PDWT180VSS. This is a nice piece.
It’s stainless with the Profile wide arched handle, is relatively quiet at 52 decibels (not whisper quiet, but certainly in a comfortable range)
It’s Energy Star and offers a stainless tub with 5 wash options. It also offers the hard food disposer which more and more shoppers have been asking about.
Is it a Ferrari, a Porsche, a Mercedes-Benz?
No.
However it is a durable, value-packed piece which is extremely stylish looking and brings to the table many features that you’ll find in the Bosch 500-series
save the energy efficiency and quietness. For a tick above $700 it’s definitely worth checking out. We’ve sold a number of them this year and I haven’t had a complaint yet.
I’ve been riffing on GE Profile lately…I think it’s a gem line that needs to be re-discovered…great products in there that are being overlooked by GE Cafe’s long shadow.

GE Profile PDWT180VSS Dishwasher

GE Profile Dishwasher PDWT180VSS – Curtos.com

Video: Bosch Custom Panel Dishwashers

Written by Appliance Dude | October 18th, 2011

I’m at it again…hopefully if you are shopping for a custom panel dishwasher this will be of some help. I obviously love the Bosch line, but will follow up with a focus on ASKO and KitchenAid in the near future.

Bosch 500 Series Dishwashers vs. Bosch 800 Series

Written by Appliance Dude | October 3rd, 2011

Shop for Bosch dishwashers at Curtos.com


I thought this was a worthy blog post because I had 3 different couples in the showroom today asking me the same question – What is the difference between these Bosch dw’s?
I can see the points of confusion because the 500 series is a really beautiful line and when they are just compared visually you say to yourself, “these look so similarly high-end, what’s up the price difference?”

I think the easiest way to chunk this down is like so:

800 and 800 Plus Series
Quietest dishwashers in the US.
More energy efficient than 500 series (200kw per year vs 259kw )
Offer third rack on top for cutlery (warning – you need to snap each piece in)
Offers China cycle
Offers water softener
Offer more wash cycles (6 as opposed to 4)
Slightly larger (15 place setting vs. 14)

500 Series
The 500 series is the VALUE move.
I particularly sweat the SHX55Rl55UC.
It is still a very quiet dishwasher.
It offers nearly the same place setting as an 800 and offers the same type
of adjustable rack as the 800 series (not the 3rd tray, I ‘m talking about the rack where glasses would go). In particular the SHX55RL5UC which is sold for under $1000 and with rebates you are usually netting out somewhere between $750 – $850.
I like the above model because I own its last iteration – the SHX45L15UC (this was replaced in Summer 2011) and my wife and I love it. It provides badass cleaning, is extremely quiet and looks sleek. No complaints here.

The bottom line is that you won’t go wrong with either the 800 Plus, 800 or 500 series.
It all depends on what you want to spend and whether the particular add-ons in the 800 Series speak to you.

Email me if you have any questions.

What’s the Best KitchenAid Dishwasher?

Written by Appliance Dude | September 24th, 2011

Well, the best value is probably the KUDE40FXSS. Crazy value and performance, all at a price-point below $1000.

However if you are looking for the best performance, in Bosch you would step to the renowned 800 Plus Series. In KitchenAid, you would roll with the KUDE60 or KUDE70 Models. So the question is which do you choose?

The KUDE60FX and KUDE60SX models are pretty much identical performance and layout-wise:
43 decibels,
6 wash cycles
16 place settings
The KUDE60SXSS has a visible read-out on the front, the FXSS has a hidden, integrated look.

The difference can be found in the energy efficiency – the KUDE60FXSS is more efficient as it consumes 279kw vs. 307kw for the KUDE60SXSS.

If you are looking for a completely different style but the same performance levels as the other KUDE60 models, check out the new KUDE60HXSS. It sports the old-school KitchenAid recessed handle (now dubbed the Ultra handle) design. Flexible racks, 2 fold-down tines, and 43 quiet decibels, the KUDE60HXSS is quiet the looker and performer.

What about the KUDE70FXSS? Technically I would rate this as the BEST dishwasher KitchenAid is producing because of the decibel level – they are down to 40dbs, which is just a tick above the industry-leading Bosch 800 Plus series. But other than that, this dishwasher is identical to the KUDE60FXSS model.

Prices? You should be able to snag any of these in stainless at around $1399-$1599.

KUDE60SXSS Dishwasher - Notice the small control panel on the top center.

KitchenAid dishwasher

KitchenAis's KUDE60FXSS

Bosch SGE63E15UC – Short on Height, Tall on Value!

Written by Appliance Dude | September 9th, 2011

No matter how much product literature our manufacturer reps saddle us with, it’s amazing how I constantly discover new things about their products
from the most unlikely sources. Case in point – I have been lectured on Bosch’s new line of dishwashers steadily for the past 2 months. Thought I knew it backwards and forwards.
Then my next-door neighbor visits the showroom last week and asks if I carry this particular Bosch model called the SGE63E15UC which he described as being a bit shorter in height than normal dw’s. I will be 100% honest – I had no idea what he was talking about. I thought the Bosch model was some derivative piece from Sears, but I was wrong. We carried it.
Even my installer was juked by this model, because when he showed up at the neighbor’s house and saw the cabinets he said “no way this fits, you need to buy a Fisher Paykel”.
Wrong!

My neighbor loves the SGE63E15UC and all that it is bringing to the table:
49 decibels (remember anything under 50 is quieeeettt)
Exceeds Energy Star requirements by 150% for water conservation
6 wash cycles
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant for lower countertop installation

Goes to show you, even the experts don’t know everything…especially in a business where we have to chase 6000+ SKUS…

Bosch SGE63E15uc at Curtos.com

Bosch's New SGE63E15UC Special Application Dishwasher...Also Available in Black!

New Bosch 800 Plus Series Dishwasher: Best Dishwasher in US?

Written by Appliance Dude | August 22nd, 2011

When I met Bosch’s head designer at an appliance show earlier this Spring, he forewarned me that the new class of Bosch dishwashers that would be appearing in the Fall of 2011 would simply outlclass and outperform not only the competition, but anything that Bosch has previously offered in the US.

The story goes that Bosch left the 32″ laundry business so they could apply laser-focus to their dishwasher business. Well the new dishwashers are here and early signs are that they are knockouts. In particular to check out (if the budget allows) are the Bosch 800 Plus dishwashers, the ultimate and most expensive dishwasher offering from Bosch.

The king of the new offerings is the Bosch SHX9ER55UC whose piece de resistance is their sub-40 (39!) decibel rating. So Bosch wins the title as the first dishwasher manufacturer to break the 40 decibel mark. Bravo!
If noise is a big issue for you, then this is the dw to purchase. I own a SHX45L15UC Bosch which is only 1 year old and is now seriously dated thanks to the new models. My dw is 48 decibels and is incredibly quiet, so to think that the SHX9ER55UC is almost 10 db’s quieter is hard to fathom.
Here are some more features offered by the SHX9ER55UC:
– 39 dbs (quietest dw in North America)
– Piezo touch controls (translation – touch pad controls instead of buttons)
– 200 kw per year in energy usage and only 2 gallons of water used per load which is the best in its class
– Full stainless tub
– Water softener
– 6 wash cycles
– Express wash, Delay start, Extra tall item sprinkler
– 3rd rack on top
– Available in stainless or a version that will accept a custom panel

Minimum advertised price is $1899

The two “step-down” models (if you can even use that term in the 800 Plus line) are the SHX8ER55UC and the SHX7ER55UC.

SHX8ER55UC – 40 decibels (still insanely quiet), 180kw per year of usage, stainless tub, third rack.
As you can see, very similar to the SHX9, less the Piezo Touch controls and 1 decibel louder.
Only available in stainless.
Minimum advertised price is $1499

SHX7ER55UC – 42 decibels (a little louder but still whisper quiet). Energy consumption jumps to 259 kw/year which is still a great number but pales compared to its siblings in this series. Still, most of the features are here – stainless tub, water softener, multiple wash cycles and the third rack.
This dishwasher is available in a custom panel version as well as stainless.
Minimum advertised price is $1299

SHX9ER55UC

The Bosch SHX9ER55UC, SHX8ER55UC and the SHX7ER55UC Dishwashers All Have Identical Fronts