Revenge of the jilted appliances: Part I

Let’s call this a Soap Opera in 2 parts.   Part I stars my old dishwasher.

The day after we first ventured out to begin the research for our renovation, on a holiday Monday in February (i.e. no stores were open), after a day of cooking and baking, I discovered that my dishwasher had died.  Without warning, it had ceased to function.  Coincidence?   I think not!   After less than 5 years, it could fill with water but the motor wasn’t moving the water around.  Now what?!  We were planning to replace all of our kitchen appliances as part of the renovation, but that wouldn’t be completed until August.  What to do about the defective dishwasher in February?

Our old dishwasher has become a dish--storer.  We store our dirty dishes in it to keep them out of the way until we are ready to wash them by hand.

Our old dishwasher has become a dish–storer. We store our dirty dishes in it to keep them out of the way until we are ready to wash them by hand.

Since we moved into our little house, we hadn’t been interested in investing in quality appliances because we didn’t think we would stay as long as we did.  Why leave great appliances behind for someone else to enjoy, when we could save our pennies and buy better quality after we moved?  Whenever an appliance had given out in the past, it had always happened on a weekend, usually between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on a Sunday, just hours before stores would be closing.  Upon realizing that we couldn’t complete the cooking/dishwashing/laundry, we would race out to the local box stores, do a quick survey of the available models and prices, and take home the best appliance that could be taken directly from the store, rather than waiting for delivery later in the week.  After all, we were usually in the middle of cooking/dishwashing/laundry when the offending appliance decided to call it quits.  We needed to get the machine back up and running so we could carry on with our busy family routine of work and school.

Now our ‘process’ was coming back to haunt us.

Luckily, we had been out to look at kitchen appliances during our Sunday research day, and we had discussed dishwashers with a very helpful salesman at Tasco in Richmond Hill.  He suggested that Miele was the one to beat, but at the time, we weren’t planning an imminent purchase.  Now we needed to dig a little deeper, so we returned to Tasco the next evening, straight from the office, in order to get there before they closed.  It turned out that there was a Miele promotion going on, and we needed to order within the week in order to take advantage of it.  (Who hasn’t heard that one before!) We reviewed the various models and their features until my head was swimming.  We were tired and hungry, and we ultimately decided not to decide that evening.

This is likely our next dishwasher, from Miele.

This is likely our next dishwasher, from Miele.

Home we went to make dinner and wash our dishes by hand.  Doing dishes the old-fashioned way definitely allows for discussion time in a way that standing around a dishwasher does not!  I  didn’t like the idea of installing a shiny new dishwasher into our old kitchen, and hubby didn’t like the idea of storing it until we needed it.  After all, it would be just another obstacle that everyone would be tripping over during the renovation work.  We were also concerned that if we purchased the dishwasher at that point, we might regret it later when we might need to trim a ballooning budget.   We also felt that we would likely do better on the total package price of our appliances if we purchased them all at one time, from a single dealer.  By removing the dishwasher from the equation, we would have less room to negotiate when the time came to purchase the rest of the package.  When all was said and done, we  decided that we just weren’t ready to commit to a $2000 to $3000 purchase so early in the process, before we had all the other information we would need to finalize our reno decisions.

The latest in low-tech dishwashing:  a collapsible plastic dish drainer that fits into the sink opening.  From Starfrit, $30 at Cayne's Housewares in Thornhill, Ontario.

The latest in low-tech dishwashing: a collapsible plastic dish drainer that fits into the sink opening. From Starfrit, $30 at Cayne’s Housewares in Thornhill, Ontario.

So, instead of a beautiful new Miele dishwasher, we are now the proud owners of an ingenious dish rack that fits into the sink opening, and a stack of new dish towels.  Yup, we are still doing our dishes the old-fashioned way, until the kitchen reno is complete and our new dishwasher is installed.   I won’t go so far to call it ‘romantic’, but it is kind of nice to have my husband to myself for an extra half hour or so every evening after dinner.

Next week: Part II, starring Washing Machine!

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