UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
Folks, the following post is one that I wrote several years ago before we bought the two drawer dishwasher you see below.
and I also wanted to give you an update on my two drawer dishwasher….and no, I have not/do not get any compensation from Fisher&Paykel.
The fact remains that I LOVE this two drawer dishwasher!
It is still working great… contrary to a few of the reviews I read several years ago… and I highly recommend it if you are in the need for a new dishwasher.
The convenience of two drawers, is amazing and time saving and my dishes come out sparkling clean each time.
The cost is a little more, but you get what you pay for.
If you want to read why and how I chose this dishwasher…..grab a cuppa something.
You know there is always a story and this dishwasher tale is no exception.
Sssshhhhhh! Do you hear that?
You may say, you don’t hear a thing and that is exactly my point!
Neither do I!
Now, before you think I have gone mad….let me tell you about my dishwasher that is humming right along this very minute!
AND before you say to yourself…BORING!…let me tell you how it all began.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
Oops, sorry, that line was plagerized from Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”, a story about the French Revolution and nothing to do with dishwashers.
I just wanted to see if you were listening. LOL
Seriously….here we go.
The Captain and I had just finished our dinner, when I glanced at the clock and realized that I had…. (in about 15 minutes), a women’s ministry meeting at church.
I jumped up from the dinner table, cluttered with un-eaten food and dirty plates… and as I was rushing to the bedroom to “make myself presentable”…I called out to the Captain,
“Honey, please put the dishes in the sink, because the dishwasher is full of clean dishes…. and I will take care of all that when I get home.”
And I was out the door before he could say “what dishes?”
When I arrived back home after my meeting….I was surprised to see that the sink did not sport any of the macaroni and cheese encrusted dinner plates, and the cast iron skillet that held crispy salmon patties a mere 2 hours before… was not sitting on my stove top burner.
So, I cautiously looked around the strangely silent kitchen and skeptically opened the dishwasher…. hoping to not see the dirty, dinner dishes intermingled with the previously clean dishes…..which yes, that has happened a time or two, although I am not pointing any fingers.
To my surprise, it appeared that the only dishes in the dishwasher were the ones from the prep and eating of our dinner…although, I noted that the yellow cheese, which had now hardened to a dark golden ugliness…. had not been rinsed off the plates and the plates were stacked in thee dishwasher where I normally put my bowls.
Also, my Lock And Lock were on the bottom rack and we all know what would happen to those easy-to-melt plastic containers if they reside to close to the heating element.
But all in all, I was grateful, as I re-arranged the glasses in the dishwasher to my liking.
BUT, then… I remembered the clean dishes that were in the dishwasher before I left the house and I calmly wondered if they had been put away properly.
I opened the cabinet door to the left of the dishwasher, which normally holds my cups and glasses and I blinked!
Oooookaaay,…we have only lived in this house going on 7 years, …..SO, how could my dear husband have known that the shelf that holds only coffee cups, does not have room for the cheese grater?
OR, that the cast iron skillet’s place is right side up in the drawer under the oven…. instead of doing a balancing act on top of my white cake stand.
And I am sure, there is no way he could possibly know that my mixing bowls nest inside each other in the cabinet near the fridge!
After all, it is not like he has never helped me in the kitchen.
Or helped me empty the dishwasher, after the several thousand meals we have shared.
I mean, I would think, by now, he would be a bit more familiar with our kitchen cabinet storage.
About that time, the Captain entered the kitchen…. as I was lifting a cookie sheet that had been placed from the dishwasher to the top of the granite counter-top.
“I didn’t know where you keep that, so I just left it on the counter.” he said matter-of-factly.
Really????? I thought to myself, biting my lip so I would not utter any words that the Captain might perceive as condescending or sarcastic…which was certainly not my intention.
Ok, for a brief moment I really considered saying the following:
You don’t remember the racks above the wall-oven that you installed 5 years ago for just the purpose of storing sheet pans?
However, I did not want to appear ungrateful, ….so I smiled and placed the cookie sheet in the rack above the oven.
“Oh!,” he smiled sheepishly, as I am sure he suddenly remembered the installation he had done years ago.
As if on cue and to change the subject…he immediately launched into a discussion about our dishwasher.
He said he noticed that some of the dishes did not get clean and he had to hand wash a few.
I confirmed I had also noticed that very thing during the past few months….to which he took the bull by the horns and announced that it was probably time to start thinking about purchasing a new dishwasher.
I nodded my head in agreement and he continued.
“Decide which one you want and we will take a look at it!”
So, later that evening, I got on the computer and I picked out a two-drawer dishwasher and showed it to him.
Anyone who knows the Captain,….knows how analytical he is, so he printed out the information and began to do his usual research.
A few days later, we ordered a Fisher&Paykel, 2 drawer dishwasher.
The brand may not be familiar to you…but it is the revolutionary company for design and manufacture of drawer dishwashers and has been perfecting the design for the last few years.
I have wanted one for at least 10 years, but could not see the need to replace a perfectly good dishwasher, which I have been fortunate to have in our last three houses.
There are so many advantages to having two drawers and two flatware holders.
First, there is the quiet sound it makes, as I talked about at the beginning of this post.
I have to look at the lights on the front to determine if it is running.
Second, it is easier to slip the dishes into a pull-out drawer.
It saves the steps of opening the drop-down door, pulling out the rack and placing the dishes on the racks and then pushing the rack back in, and closing the door.
AND you can walk around someone placing dishes in the drawer.
How many times have those drop-down doors obstructed a path, by hanging open in the middle of the floor? (plus over the years, I have managed to hit my shin on the open door a time or two)
Thirdly and most importantly…I can be running/washing the top drawer and can place dirty dishes, pots and pans and flatware in the bottom drawer rather than the sink.
Or, I can run both drawers at the same time. They work independently of each other.
When I first got my drawer dishwasher…my old dishwasher was loaded with dirty dishes, a full load… and I put every piece of dirty dishes into my two drawers and still had a bit of room to spare.
It is a win win situation for me.
Which reminds me of when our microwave bit the dust and I wanted it built-in under a cabinet rather than in an upper cabinet.
“Under the cabinet??” the Captain had said.
I love the microwave under the cabinet and it has worked out just great and not an inconvenience at all.
But I digress, let us go back to the dishes…
So what if the Captain did not do the dishes the way I would have done them?
His heart was in the right place and let’s face it, he proved that I could be bought by buying me a new dishwasher! 🙂
……which, only goes to prove that if a tree falls and a man hears it…She is always right!
Right? Senseless, but true! 🙂
Have a great and Blessed day!