(Closed) Should I get a dishwasher?

posted 12 months ago in Home
  • poll: Should I get a dishwasher?
    Yes : (78 votes)
    95 %
    No : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 31
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Our last apartment had a dishwasher and we didn’t use it for the first 4 years we lived there because I thought it was a waste of water and energy to have to wash the dishes just to put them into the dishwasher and wash them again- but that is what I had to do at my parents’ home when I was younger because they had a crappy dishwasher and pipes!

    In our last year at the apartment, we started using the dishwasher and it was a revelation! We bought a house a couple years ago and it has a dishwasher and gets regular, frequent use! Absolutely, I would say find a place for it (and congrats on getting to design a new kitchen that will work well for you and your family).

    Separately- I wanted to reply to your comment about having 4 little ones and “maybe” being able to get them to wash dishes in the future and “wishful thinking”. I’m sure you were joking but I wanted to put a plug in for the value and necessity of you teaching and expecting your kids to help care for the home that protects and holds them. Having 4 kids means A LOT of work for you, as a mom, and you really want to be teaching them, as early as possible, that they need to contribute to the care of the house as well, so that they don’t get older and just see mom and home as the objects that serve (and feed and comfort) them without them having to offer anything to contribute. A 4 year old is definitely old enough to start helping with minor dish-related things- especially if they think it’s a game and they get to spend more time with mom while doing it!

    Post # 32
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    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    We didn’t use our dishwasher for the first 4 years living in our home, we considered it lazy and something people used who can’t be bothered tidying up in the evening (were both clean freaks!) Then one day DHs brother came round and noticed our glasses had a kind of film on them making them look dirty, he recommended running them through the dishwasher to get rid of it. We started using it from that point and haven’t looked back. We still wash quite a lot by hand as not everything will fit in there and we turn it on ever night so there aren’t dirty things left lurking in there. Thinking back I can’t believe we spent so long not using out of what was essentially stubbornness and a bit of snobbery! So, yes I would recommend you get one. 

    Post # 33
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    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    TwilightRarity :  Haha just noticed our posts are virtually the same! Glad we’re not the only ones who spent years hand washing everything when there was a dishwasher option! 

    Post # 34
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    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Agreeing with everyone that for resale value, you definitely want it in the kitchen. It will be hard to sell a home with a freshly remodeled kitchen and no dishwasher. If you’re putting in the work and money to remodel, I’d put everything in there that’s needs to be there.

    Haven’t read all the responses – but oh man I could not live without mine! We are only a household of 2 currently and we use it at least once a week if not twice, I cannot imagine having 4 little ones and hand washing dishes.. yikes! Again, if you are doing a remodel, I’d make the most out of the effort and put in everything at once rather than needing to go back and add something later. 

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

    I’ve been washing dishes by hand for 13 years… It would be super sweet to have a dishwasher, but both of the places I’ve lived have not had large enough kitchens to reasonably put in a dishwasher, even one you can move around. That said, we are working on getting our house ready to sell, and while we are not willing to take away the limited cabinet space one needs to put in a dishwasher in our house, we are adding plumbing and electrical outlets to that the next person (should they want to do it), can. 

    Would adding a dishwasher dramatically cut back on your available cabinet space? What other drawbacks would installing a dishwasher present?

    Post # 36
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    6087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    jpbee :  Ha! Team Dishwasher Converts!

    Post # 37
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    1680 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    sugarcloud :  Oh dear god yes, get the dishwasher.

    Dishwashers are actually more economical and more sanitising than handwashing when used properly.

    The time saving is amazing. 

    I used to have one, my current house does not (renting) and I miss it so much. 

    Post # 38
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I give all of my stuff a quick rinse before putting it in the dishwasher, so if I do need to go in and grab something nothings dirty or covered in food. I still handwash some stuff, mainly because it’s just my husband and I and we don’t really use a lot of dishes but it’s definitely nice to have.

    I’ve also never had any of my dishes break or chip in a dishwasher like another PP stated she’s seen. They must be loading it wrong or something?

    I would get one! 

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