dishwasher tubs

palomalouJuly 11, 2012

Plastic or SS? We had a top of line Kenmore (don't know by whom made, was almost 20 years ago) with plastic tub--best cleaning one ever. I've also bought a mid-range Ka perhaps 15 years ago with ss tub. I have an idea the ss is better, but why? Our current dw (a Monogram, didn't clean well anyway, ;plus collects "slime" around door opening) was fried by lightning last weekend and am hurrying to replace.

Suggestions? I don't want to spend more than $600 and definitely won't buy another Monogram. And Consumer Reports blithely states that any dishwasher will clean the dishes--ha!


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Any DW with 3 spray arms and a heated wash cycle coupled with a good enzymatic DW detergent will get your dishes clean, although maybe not dry. $600 is about the bottom price level to find that though. A stainless interior holds onto the heat from the final rinse cycle better, which leads to a better condensate dry. However, if you truly want dry dishes with 100% certainty without having to fiddle with the settings, you want on with a heated dry cycle. There just aren't that many that fit that bill and are decent quality machines. Yes, you can find heated dry on apartment cheapies, but those tend to have some type of "tower" spray arrangement that doesn't really work to spray the dishes. Getting everything in one package may end up breaking your budget.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 12:34PM
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Stainless steel by nature does not retain heat. An easy procedure to confirm my statement: Heat some water to boiling. Hold a sturdy plastic container in your hand, pour in the boiling water. The plastic insulates your hand from the heat. Now do the same with a metal pan such as an 8" round cake pan, and note how you'll feel the heat passing through and quickly be forced to drop the pan.

Condensation drying actually depends on the stainless tank cooling so moisture on the hot dishes is drawn off of them onto the tank surface (like moisture condensing onto an ice-cold glass on a hot day) where it collects and runs down to the bottom.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 1:57PM
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Stainless Steel interior is the best for the staniation.( bateria grows in plastic tubs) and allows the temp to heaqt up and drying is much faster.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 5:17PM
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Thank you for your thoughts. We ended up getting a SS tub in the next to bottom KitchenAid model.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:41AM
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