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September 9, 2011

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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.  

There was lots of grumbling and lots of telling the instructions how dumb they were and then finally it was in.  And it worked.  And it looked amazing.

So, we’ll keep it.

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What do you think?

  1. Its so pretty! And hey your pictures are lookin fine! Are you using a new camera? Beautiful shot on the 2nd one down.

  2. Oh thanks! That was taken with my new camera. I am starting to get the hang of it. :) ….although I’m no Andi Hernandez.

  3. Lindsayrondo says:

    how nice! i just got a dishwasher for the very first time in 3.5 years of marriage and i love it. Love all the improvements you’ve recorded.


  4. meaganbriggs3 says:

    SHE IS MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness me. And yes, always pay for someone to install!! $50 is NOTHING when you waste 2.5 hours on something you could be doing something MORE productive :-) Anyways, she’s absolutely gorgeous and hidden buttons??? WHAT A DREAM! Brinley isn’t tall enough yet to really figure them out, but she has tried opening it…for the love. Anyways, good buy!

  5. You guys are just the perfect couple! You each have different talents that come in handy at different times. I love reading about your home. It’s helping me learn so much for our future place! Love it.

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