Mama got a new toy!
Several months ago I started wondering if a new dishwasher might be in my immediate future. Our old one was still working, but I would describe its performance as mediocre. I don't think it was a top of the line dishwasher when it was brand new, and at 7 years old, it only did an okay job. It would run through a cycle with no problems, and it seem to get nice and hot. But, it was very loud and required pretty thorough pre-washing if you wanted your dishes clean at the end of the cycle. So, I started the process of researching dishwashers. For a purchase of this size, I am usually pretty thorough with my research. I started browsing the websites of the two main home improvement stores to see what the popular features were (and how much they would set me back), and then I moved on to Consumer Reports. First impression from my dishwasher shopping: these things are expensive!
From almost the very beginning, I knew I would go with a Whirlpool dishwasher for one main reason: the silverware tray is in the door. I mean, come on. How is it that no other manufacturer does this?! Having the silverware tray in the door means that I can use the entire lower rack for plates and bowls without loosing any space to the tray. So, once I determined that Whirlpool was the only manufacturer that has the tray in the door, it was really just a matter of deciding on which Whirlpool washer.
Ultimately, I decided on this beauty:
Lowe's offers installation, but at $165 a pop, I really wanted to see if this was something Colin and I could accomplish. And, we were ready to try, but thankfully he and I didn't end up having to attempt dishwasher installation on our own. Instead, a dear friend's husband and their 4 year old son came over to give us a hand. Here the men are assessing the project. (Note the handyman uniform!)
Since we already had a stainless steel dishwasher, the change doesn't make a huge aesthetic difference, but it is miles ahead of the old one in functionality. I put the dishes in dirty and they actually come out clean!
So, I'm wondering: did either of my readers actually already notice the new dishwasher in these pictures from the chalkboard post?
My parents were visiting this weekend, and I managed to keep my dad very busy with my Daddy Do List. Stay tuned to find out what he tackled. I will give you one picture clue, though, because it's fun and because I know that some people who know me in real life think my house is blog-picture-clean at all times. So, without further ado, I present to you Evidence A: