|View single post by iceman|
|Posted: Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 07:39 pm||
|Salutations Jah Jah,
You make some excellent points. As the honorable Samurai has instructed us, dishwasher soap is CRUCIAL. May I also humbly suggest the excellent article on this very subject on Page 39 of the March 2005 Consumer Reports entitled "Enzymes Rule".
This article recommends two products as the best bet:
1) Wal-Mart "Great Value" Powder (also a CR best buy!)
2) Electrasol dual action tabs (not as good in hard water)
Regarding water filters, I looked into this extensively and in the end I bought a standard size sump from Sears for $19.00 and once a year I put a $40.00 filter into it. It feeds only the fridge. I bypass the filter in the fridge. Here is what I learned about filters:
1) Buy a standard size sump. Otherwise you are locked in to buying one manufacturer's cartridge, thus reducing your competitive advantage on filter pricing.
2) Reverse osmosis is very slow, the resulting water is slightly alkaline and damages copper tubing, so you gotta use plastic. You will also need to periodically replace the coil in your fridge! The water in your RO holding tank is not chlorinated, so algae grows in there. (Why did you think they had a carbon polishing filter after the tank bucko?). Finally, you pour 2-3 gallons of water down the drain for every gallon you harvest with an RO system.
3) In most cities, a single stage MTBE carbon filter is the most you need. In my city, you don't even need that, but for $40.00 I put it in anyways.
Finally, the dishwasher arrived, and here is my experience so far:
Install: No problems, however the tall tub design makes it very hard to adjust the height once it is in place, you cannot get your hand under the motor/tub. I could not adjust the height outside because my counter has a lip, so I made a special tool to do it using a wrench and "the claw".
Manufacturing Quality Control: I am less than impressed. Some of the noise deadening asphalt strips were mal-applied and had fallen off. One of the cutlery baskets was partially injection molded, and had a hole in the bottom as a result.
Noise: Not bad, but not as good as advertised.
Cleaning Performance: Not as good as my old Maytag (longer cycle, still not as clean), but a lot quieter.
Design Quality: The LEDs are tiny surface mount devices, hard to see in daylight, and are mis-aligned with the faceplate holes. There is no countdown timer available on any of the Amanas, and now I think I would like one. I would have to sacrifice the in-door cutlery baskets to get it. The door latch is wimpy and can be forced open (probably a safety feature, but the design is really crappy). The tall tub feature is good. The in door cutlery basket feature is very handy, a must have in my opinion now that I have used it. There is no fan to circulate the air during drying like on my old Maytag. The result is heavy condensate on the dishwasher walls ever when using heated dry. All for the savings of a $2.00 fan. Way to go Maytag, really imaginative cost reduction. Looks like you guys have brought Part Changing Monkeys on in the design department too!
Warranty: Sears told me it was two years because it was purchased in 2005 (Dec 31 heh-heh). The documentation says 1 year. Sears is standing behind the two years, and will even stand behind 5 if I have documentation to prove it (hint).
IMPORTANT Sears is doing a major revision to all major appliance warranty policies in 2006. This is most likely precipitated by the Whirlpool acquisition.