is there a dishwasher that will .........
thoroughly and consistently clean even dried food, baked on and whatever constitutes hardest to clean in general.
Hmm, I don't have to answer but I wonder if that's a dishwasher issue or a dish detergent issue. I've noticed with different brands the amount of dried on food that comes off is different. With the one I'm using now I can even put milk glasses that sat out overnight in and they come out sparkling and clean with no milk residue in the bottom.
The 7th generation stuff works well but our grocery delivery service accidently sent us two containers of Cascade Lemon Dishwasher Liquigel and while I'm sure it's horrible for the environment, it scours my dishes and yet doesn't damage my stemware.
I just sounded like a commercial.
When I bought a new dishwasher a year ago, initially I had worse results than with my old model using Cascade Lemon gel and Jet Dry that I had always used. Then I started experimenting with different detergents. I have very hard water. I found that Cascade Complete powder did the best job, Electrosol tabs the next, and then Trader Joe's powder. I also tried 7th generation and it was in a distant last place and unacceptable in performace, besides being the most expensive. I use TJ's the most often for regular light to normal loads, as it is the least expensive. The Electrosol tabs are used when I had a lot of wine glasses in the load. Cascade Complete is the most expensive and I use it for heavy loads, such as baked on custard, and it works like a charm. If I were to pick just one brand, it would be the Cascade Complete, but it would be more costly.
It's sounding more and more like it's a combination of the two things. I live in an apt. and our dishwasher was already in place. We have a Fridgadaire Ultra Quiet....but nosey said the one they have isn't good.....wow, confounding. And there seems to be differing opinions on what detergents work well. So, here's what consumer reports says are the best dishwashers:
* Bosch SHU66C0
* Bosch SHU43C0
* Kenmore (Sears) 1603
I have a GE Profile. It is very quiet, the cycles are too long but it does a good job. I only use Cascade with Shine Shield. I live in an area of the country with very hard water and have etched glasses to prove it. The Cascade with Shine Shield does an excellent job in cleaning and helps to protect my sliver, china and glass ware, both crystal and glass from hard water etching. i also like the built in Jet Dry dispenser and if I had to replace it I would still go with GE and I am coveting the new model that you can load 30-45 measures of detergent in to it at once and it automatically dispenses it as needed. The only other DW which might make me deviate from GEs is Fischer Paykel with the 2 drawer system. There are only the 2 of us but cooking from scratch 99% of the time i have no problem filling the dishwasher and don't have any qualms about running a partial load, with a dishwasher you are still using less water than washing by hand, but with the F-P being able to run a small load efficiently between courses during a dinner party would be nice. I do it now but just being to fill and run one drawer would be very nice. I only have about 6 more years in this house so the GE I have will suffice, it is not really very old, but boy I wish they were offering that dispenser option when I bought the one i have.