When we purchased our previous home in New Market, Tennessee it was about 8 years old. It was a small home, only 1500 square feet. We didn’t buy it for the size of the home, but the location and the view of the Smoky Mountains. The kitchen had outdated appliances, off-white fridge, white microwave and stove, but a black dishwasher.
I wanted stainless appliances so we immediately bought a new fridge, stove and microwave and gave the old ones to friends who needed them. That only left the dishwasher, which was black. I figured why not, the black at least blended with the stainless, not a big deal. The dishwasher became a big deal, but not because of the color.
The small house had an open floor plan. The kitchen, dining area and small living room were not separated by walls. Each evening I would turn on the dishwasher and head for my ‘office’. That room had no door, as it was set up as a den by the original owner.
After dinner my husband would turn on the TV in the living room and I headed to my office. I would use the TV in my office for background noise while I used the computer. Shortly after the TV’s were on my husband’s TV would get louder, so I had to turn mine up louder. This was very annoying, as I have excellent hearing and could hear his TV and mine. This went on for days.
The noise level was unbelievable. Finally I ranted and raved about the volume of his TV. He said he had to turn it up to hear it and he noticed that my TV’s volume would get louder each time he made his louder. We argued about this every day for weeks. Finally, I had enough and told him he had to get his hearing checked. He said it wasn’t his hearing; it was because the dishwasher was so noisy he couldn’t hear the TV.
It turned out he was correct – it was a cheap dishwasher and the noise it made was extremely loud and it echoed through that section of the house. I mentioned this to my neighbor who told me the best dishwasher on the market – she knew everything – was a Bosch dishwasher. Her son was in construction and that’s what he put in the homes he built. She then told me, “But you can’t afford one”….hum…I love a challenge!
So off to Lowes we went. I started looking at the dishwashers when a salesperson asked me if I had seen the Bosch dishwasher. She took me to where they we on display. I asked her if Bosch was quiet and she said, very quiet. I said, “Sold, when do I get it?” It was installed a few days later.
When I turned it on the first time I thought it was broken. I called my husband over and told him the ‘blanking’ thing wasn’t working and to call Lowes. He said, “It’s working; it’s just so quiet you aren’t used to it.” The true test was he didn’t have to turn up the volume on his TV, I didn’t either. I was able to stop yelling at him and threatening to buy him a hearing aid whether he liked it or not!
My Bosch dishwasher saved my marriage. We have been in our current home for two years. We had no appliance when we moved in except for a junky dishwasher that put rust stains on my dishes. We replaced that one immediately with – yes – another Bosch. We aren’t taking any chances from here on out!