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Nov 23, 2008 01:08 PM

Dishwasher recommendation for Plasticware and Chopsticks

Hi all, I have a 10 year old Whirlpool dishwasher that came with the house. I'm so irritated by it. In particular, I can't put chopsticks or straws in the utensil rack since the holes are too big and they would fall through the hole. Also plastic containers, even on the top shelf, always end up upended and filled with dirty water by the end of the cycle. Now that I have a toddler and another baby on the way, meaning a lots of plastic bowls, sippy cups, nipples and bottles, I need a dishwasher that doesn't require me to wash half the stuff by hand first. Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. not a recommendation for a dishwasher, but I put my chopsticks, and other such items that would typically fall through the utensil thingie, on their sides on the top shelf...usually with something over it like a mug, so that they don't go missing in the diswasher.

    1. I LOVE my Fisher Paykel Dishdrawers. With only me & Mr OCAnn, we opted for a single Dishdrawer; with a toddler & another on the way, you'll probably want a double dishdrawer. With a double dishdrawer, you'd have one full of clean bottles & sippys and another waiting to be washed....

      My FP has been trouble free since installation a year ago. =)

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      1. re: OCAnn

        Ann, when we replaced our dishwasher a while back I loved the idea of the dish drawers, but all the information we could find indicated that they were extremely trouble-prone. Do you know if you just got a good unit, or if FP fixed the underlying problems?

        To the OP - we ended up going with a Bosch. Efficient, whisper-quiet, and it didn't break the bank. My favorite resource for information on consumer products is; they don't review products, but summarize and critique the reviews that are available. Here's their diswhasher article:

        1. re: alanbarnes

          I too read how the FPs were repair-prone and it was cause for concern prior to purchase.

          However, I went w/the FP taking a calculated risk because:
          1. I read a few reviews where owners were very happy with their dishdrawers;
          2. I absolutely did not want a full-sized dishwasher;
          3. FP had a dozen years since its first dishdrawer model came out and had plenty of time to improve upon and modify its original version; and
          4. if everything else failed, I could always get another dishwasher.

          Fortunately, it's been a great dishwasher. I use it nearly everyday without problem. And on a somewhat regular basis, I tell DH how much I love it.

          EDIT: Egads...ConsumerSearch redesigned their website! And it looks friendlier! =) Thank you for the link.