We got a new dishwasher! And we learned a thing or two along the way. The major thing we learned: just pay to have it installed. Although, we saved ourselves $50 by installing it ourselves, we STILL would have rather had the pros do it. Dealing with water and electricity at the same time fa-reaks me out. The other thing we learned is we were right about focusing on finding the quietest dishwasher in our price range of $600. We can't even hear this baby when it is on--it is SO nice.
We went with a GE Adora Potscrubber. Home Depot was having an appliance sale over Labor Day weekend and it was marked down 10%, plus free delivery. After tax, our total came to $603. The main points we were looking for in a new dishwasher were 1.) Stainless steel 2.) Top controls so they are hidden from curious fingers..ahem Greta 3.) Quiet--52 dB or below if we could afford it 4.) Silverware holder not on the door.
This dishwasher was all of those things. It was right at 52 dB and we can even buy an upgrade sound barrier to attach down the road to make it even quieter if we wanted too. The day it arrived, our old dishwasher decided it didn't want to drain (again). Perfect timing. We ran it a few times because that usually does the trick, but no such luck. Our new appliance came the perfect day, except now we had to haul a gross dishwasher filled with disgusting water out of our house--another reason we wished we would have just paid to have someone deliver it.
Chris was a champ and channeled himself back to the old days when he used to work at an appliance store (before I even knew him) and installed dishwashers. He was aware that it wasn't very fun. And this time, we experienced that together. It took us about 2.5 hours to get the old one out and the new one in.
So, we'll keep it.