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Feb 18, 2007 12:56 PM

Range and dishwasher recommendations

Thanks to everyone who reponded to my earlier query about countertops. It's looking more and more like we'll go with granite. We're also planning to replace our range and dishwasher. I've been leaning towards getting a dual fuel range, and would like to know how others have fared with them. Dacor is out of our price range, so it seems that the two leading contenders are Bosch and GE Profile, and I've seen so many conflicting opinions on both that I'm totally flummoxed!

We have a 20+ year old Kitchen Aid dishwasher that has served us well, but I believe that I read somewhere that newer Kitchen Aid appliances aren't made by the same manufacturer. Whatever the brand, I'd like to upgrade to one with a stainless steel interior. We visited the Expo Center and saw dishwashers ranging from around $800 to more than $4,000 (not a possibility)! Would anyone like to weigh in on their favorites (and least favorites)?

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  1. We have GE Profile. The dishwasher isn't great. I have to rinse the dishes by hand first, even if I use the prewash cycle. From what I've been reading, I'm not the only one who has that problem. We have the smooth top range. I love the oven--it's a great size on the inside, comes to temperature quickly, uniform heat. The stove I'm not crazy about. We have the stand alone with the controls on the back. There is a lip from the controls that blocks the back burners. The only things I can use in the back are pans or really small pots. I have been reading about the new GE Profiles Tango range/oven/slow cooker that has two ovens, one that heats high enough for a pizza. I would love to try that one.

    In the picture, if you look closely, you can see (barely, though) how the back panel sticks out and is slightly over the back of the back burners.

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    1. re: chowser

      Thanks for the heads up on that design flaw -- sometimes you wonder if the folks who design stoves actually cook! I'm rethinking the dual fuel -- we now have gas, and to install a dual, we'd need to do electrical reconfiguration, and I'm not sure it's actually worth the time, effort and extra cost. . .

    2. That is true there has been a lot of consolidaiton on the manufacturers of appliances so you need to know who makes what because you can be looking at 2 different 'manufacturers' but still be looking at the product from the same factory - I find consumer reports helps with that -

      With that being said we just redid our kitchen and got the KitchenAid SS interior dishwashers and really enjoy them - quiet and do an outstanding job of cleaning -

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      1. re: weinstein5

        Samurai Appliance Repairman has lots of great info on appliances, including this handy table:

        Which tells you which manufacturers own which brands, and hence who actually makes what. Kitchenaid is made by Whirlpool. Avoid GE like the plague.

      2. Phoebek, We remodeled two years ago and are very happy with our KitchenAid dishwasher and refrigerator. I recommend Dacor's duel fuel range if you have access to gas. Outstanding results from the convection oven. (My model has an electric oven with gas broiler, a great combination.) Dacor's microwave can start a nuclear event if used in the "high" mode. Great unit though. It defrosts anything perfectly.

        1. Our four-year-old KitchenAid Whisper QuietPlus has served us well. It has a stainless steel interior, IS quiet as promised and does a good job. I'm not sure whether it is necesary to rinse dishes beforehand, but I give them some of them a light rinse to remove food solids. I wish the cycle were faster -- and I do often use the Energy Saver mode for drying.

          I love our Viking range -- dual fuel, self-cleaning, convection oven, mini- and maxi-broiler options. It's 10 years old now and has been a dream to cook and bake with.

          1. Have an Asko dishwasher, put it in 8 years ago when we remodeled. It has been flawless, not one service problem. Is completely quiet, cleans perfectly every time, all the controls on on the top of the door so smooth front, stainless inside and out. Just a great dishwasher, would buy another one in a minute.

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            1. re: rtmonty

              I have a KitchenAid dishwasher that's about 2 years old. It was rated very highly by Consumer Reports, and of course we have lots of friends with old KitchenAid dishwashers that impressed us with their longevity.

              IT IS A TOTAL PIECE OF JUNK. It's noisy, it washes poorly, and the motor had to be replaced in less than two years.

              We have a number of friends with newer Bosches that clean _perfectly_ with no rinsing, and are practically silent.

              1. re: Mawrter

                We also have a kitchenaid dishwasher recommended by consumer reports. An awful purchase, doesn't clean well and its noisy.