Friday, January 07, 2005

Review: Amana SofSound Dishwasher

About 6 months ago I bought an Amana SofSound Dishwashwer (model ADB2200AWB) because my old dishwasher didn't clean dishes. I had to wash the dishes, then put them in the dishwasher, then wash them again because they were still dirty. As my friend's husband said, "What do you think this is, some sort of magical machine that you put dirty dishes in and they come out clean?"

So I went Home Depot, RC Wiley, and the Maytag Store. I ended up buying from the Maytag Store because they had the best price and free delivery and installation, too.

I love my new dishwasher.
Description: The dishwasher has 2 shelves, a movable silverware tray, fold down flaps so you can stack 2 rows of cups on top of each other, room for a cookie tray or 9 x 13 pan along the edge, and special fold down tines so you can fit in big bowels. It has many wash options. I use automatic, it uses a sensor to tell when the dishes are clean. It will wash the average load in about 2 hours. It also has three different sprayers to clean the dishes

  • My dishes are clean (I use Cascade Complete dish soap)
  • It has a food grinder, so I don't have to pre-rinse
  • My mother-in-law says it is very quiet
  • I can fit all kinds of baking dishes in there

  • There is an area under where the closes door, on the inside, that gets gross stuff in it. Basically, moisture gets under there are sits. I think it is a design flaw because the rest of the dishwasher stays spotless.
  • There are way more options than I will ever use: crystal, sanitize, etc.
  • Tomato-based products will stain it pink (this is true of most dishwashers)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Before we bought our Amana Sofsound we had a Whirpool for 18 years with the silverware rack in the door. Never had a problem with a family of 5 using it. But I read consumer reports and decided to "upgrade" to the Amana. The Amana's door latched stopped opening within the 1st year, the 2 small metal prongs in back fail to grip the large plastic arm in the back that wobbles. With the old Whirpool there was an easy trap to remove and empty particles of food from, but with the Amana, we have to take the whole thing apart if food doesn't get ground up (a kidney bean for instance, and an hour long job) and it does a poor job of grinding up food particles to wash down the drain. It's about dead now, and I can't wait to replace it with another Whirlpool. I hope you have better luck with yours. I did love it for the first month.