Our third (yes, THIRD) dishwasher will arrive in the next week.
What is it with us and appliances? We try to do careful research and make wise choices to get the most for our money.
Could it be that we are careless? Are we just too rough? Are we not good stewards? Do we not use them according to their specifications and design?
Ahh, maybe that is it!
We do use them according to their specification, but NOT according to their design because I've concluded that they are not designed for a large family. They are not designed for the family who is home, not just at night, but all day as well. They are not designed for constant use.
Boy do they get constant use! I shudder to think what our home would look like if we didn't vacuum under the table after every meal or tackle a couple of loads of laundry each day. And then there is the occasional (ha) teen who peers into the fridge seeking for something amazing to snack on.
I've concluded that my appliances need to be work horses. I've always thought of my appliances as my "hand-maidens". They are my much-needed assistants. But I think "hand-maiden" is far too fair a description for what I need. I need a War Horse! Seriously!
|Photo credit: War Horse - Dreamworks/Touchstone|
If you read any reviews on dishwashers (and I just read a ton of them!) the common thread is that people needed to replace their much-loved, but tired old appliance of twenty years faithful service, but in so doing they unwittingly and regretfully gave up quality and workmanship that just can't be found today.
Appliances shouldn't be a disposable commodity. It should not make better financial sense to replace the whole unit instead of repair the malfunctioning part.
Is it really too much to ask of manufacturers to make a quality appliance? You know commercial grade with a consumer price point! And from the reviews, I know that I am not the only one who wishes this could be true.
And that, my friend, is this consumer's report.