The Hidden Action Inside Your Dishwasher Is Kind Of Boring

The Hidden Action Inside Your Dishwasher Is Kind Of Boring

Fictional GE executive Jack Donaghy came up with the idea of transparent dishwasher doors, but it hasn’t yet become reality. This might be the next best thing, though. Last year, someone who owns a waterproof GoPro camera had a brilliant idea: devise a waterproof light source for inside the appliance, then film a wash cycle so we can all learn what is going on in there. [More]

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These Dishwasher Additives Remove Gross Hard Water Stains

I love having deep royal blue glassware, but hard water stains look especially gross on dark-colored glass. Fortunately, detergent manufacturers are here to save us all from their new phosphate-free formulas with improved versions that pollute the environment less, but pollute our dishes more. Our sparkling colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports learned that additives meant to clean up this gross residue actually work. [More]

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Here’s How To Cook In The Dishwasher & Get A Load Of Dishes Done At The Same Time

We’ve heard of people cleaning potatoes in the dishwasher or even cooking salmon in aluminum foil but is there a way to cook your heart out dishwasher style, without being super inefficient and wasting all that water and/or avoiding fish stink? Yes! Says the Internet. Yes indeed, there is. [More]

If You Need To Wash Your Floors, This Could Be The Dishwasher For You

If You Need To Wash Your Floors, This Could Be The Dishwasher For You

If you’re up for some multi-tasking and have both dirty dishes and floors, man, has our sibling publications Consumer Reports got the dishwasher for you! They loaded up a Fagor dishwasher with dirty dishes and let it run, and five times the filter clogged with food, causing the dishwasher to add extra water that spilled out of the door. [More]

14 Months After Delivery, Sears Still Won’t Actually Install Dishwasher

14 Months After Delivery, Sears Still Won’t Actually Install Dishwasher

Lots of people happily hand-wash their dishes because they don’t want a dishwasher. That’s not the case for one California man, who has washed his dishes by hand for more than a year even though he wants and can totally afford a dishwasher. In fact, he, um, had a dishwasher the whole time. It’s just that when he bought it from Sears, they sort of half-installed it and wandered off, and he couldn’t get anyone at Sears to help him. [More]

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Comment Of The Day: Dishwasher, Clean Thyself

We’re reviving an old-school Consumerist feature last seen circa 2008: the Comment of the Day. On this morning’s post about cleaning ‘taters and cooking salmon in the dishwasher, commenter Pasketti observed that only a dishwasher that is itself clean can clean your potatoes properly. [More]

People Are Allegedly Preparing Salmon And Potatoes In The Dishwasher

People Are Allegedly Preparing Salmon And Potatoes In The Dishwasher

Real Simple has a list of things you can and cannot put in your dishwasher (Caution: annoying slideshow.) One of the suggestions stood out. Potatoes…? [More]

Over 1 Million GE Dishwashers Recalled As Flames Shouldn't Be Part Of The Rinse Cycle

Over 1 Million GE Dishwashers Recalled As Flames Shouldn't Be Part Of The Rinse Cycle

If it’s too hot, sure, you need to get out of the kitchen. But it shouldn’t be literally too hot because your dishwasher is on fire. To that end, GE is recalling around 1.3 million of its dishwashers due to a possibility for the heating elements to fail and cause fires. [More]

Sears Wants Me To Pay For Non-Installation Of Non-Working Dishwasher

Sears Wants Me To Pay For Non-Installation Of Non-Working Dishwasher

Like many Americans, William thought that Sears was a solid, reputable retailer. After all, they’ve been in business for a century and it seems like everyone had Kenmore appliances in the vaguely defined past. Then a customer like William, who has vaguely positive feelings toward the brand, goes and actually makes a purchase from Sears. That’s when everything all goes to hell. In William’s case, Sears wants him to eat the installation fee on a dishwasher they delivered to him that never worked. [More]

Leaky Dishwasher Wrecks Hardwood Floor And Ceiling Below, Sears Shrugs

Leaky Dishwasher Wrecks Hardwood Floor And Ceiling Below, Sears Shrugs

Sometimes, you buy a defective appliance and your only problem is that that the appliance doesn’t work. It’s sad, but you replace the item, either using a warranty or by purchasing a new one. Sometimes the company will stand in your way, and you have to fight them for a replacement. And then sometimes your defective appliance warps your hardwood floor, leaks through to your basement ceiling, and causes more than $4,000 worth of damage. That’s what happened to Nachos Grande and his wife (not his real name) when they bought a defective Whirlpool dishwasher from Sears. [More]

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Everything This Appliance Delivery Service Could Screw Up, They Did

When Sears sent a delivery service to Stephen’s house with a new dishwasher and fridge, he didn’t have ridiculously high expectations. He did expect installers to show up, not damage the new appliances or his home, not remove items necessary to install the new appliances, and bring all of the items that he paid for. They managed none of these things. And they were late. Now it’s three weeks after the delivery, and he still doesn’t have a working dishwasher. [More]

Since When Does Stainless Steel Rust?

Since When Does Stainless Steel Rust?

The point of stainless steel appliances, I always thought, is that they’re all shiny and metallic and don’t rust. The not rusting thing is kind of key. So he’s disappointed to see a smattering of rust spots on the front of the stainless steel Kitchenaid dishwasher that he bought less than a year ago. [More]

How A Few Minutes With A Screwdriver Saved Me $139

How A Few Minutes With A Screwdriver Saved Me $139

We don’t begrudge Sears Repair–or, indeed, any business–a healthy markup on items that they sell. That’s how capitalism works, and capitalism is awesome. But Matthew must have felt insulted when the part his dishwasher needed showed up on his doorstep ahead of a return visit from the repairman. The part needed only a few screws to install…and, making things worse, was available $50 cheaper, for only $121, on Sears’ own website. It’s even cheaper elsewhere. [More]

Why Pre-Rinsing Dishes Is For Wasteful Suckers

Why Pre-Rinsing Dishes Is For Wasteful Suckers

Maybe out of long-standing habit, you pre-rinse dishes before sticking them in the dishwasher. Stop it. You’re most likely wasting time and water by splashing water on there when your dishwasher is perfectly capable of removing crusted-on food itself. If it’s in working order. [More]

Where 'Delivery Date' Doesn't Mean 'Date When We Will Deliver Your Dishwasher To Your House'

Where 'Delivery Date' Doesn't Mean 'Date When We Will Deliver Your Dishwasher To Your House'

In Paula’s letter to Consumerist, she said something unusual that caught our eye. She sincerely wished that she had ordered her new dishwasher from Sears rather than Lowe’s. What makes a person express such crazy desires? She had assumed that the “delivery date” displayed for shoppers on the Lowe’s site stood for the date that the appliance would be delivered to and installed in her home. Not quite. [More]

Clean Your Dishwasher With Lemonade Kool-Aid

Clean Your Dishwasher With Lemonade Kool-Aid

You can spend a lot on fancy cleaners to get the scum out of your dishwasher, or you can just pop in two 10-cent bags of lemonade Kool-Aid in the soap dispenser. [More]

Maytag Dishwasher Possessed By Devil

Maytag Dishwasher Possessed By Devil

Katie’s Maytag dishwasher barfs water all over the place and has had multiple parts fail. Recently the company issued a recall for her model offering a repair or $200 credit but unfortunately her serial number wasn’t included in the list. Where’s that old Maytag guy when you need him? Oh right, forced into early retirement and replaced with an outsourced vendor. [More]

GE Recalls 174,000 Dishwashers Because You Don't Need Flames
To Clean Plates

GE Recalls 174,000 Dishwashers Because You Don't Need Flames To Clean Plates

It’s been a bad week for kitchen appliances. First Frigidaire recalls a ton of cooktops and ranges and now GE has issued a substantial recall on 174,000 of its Profile and Monogram dishwashers after learning of a potential fire hazard. [More]