Since the number of dishwashers in the market are far fewer than the brands and varieties of microwave ovens and washing machines, it is slightly easier to buy a dishwasher. So when we went to Croma at Phoenix Mills, Parel we went straight for the kill – a Siemens Dishwasher. We came to this decision rather quickly
the IFB was out since I realised that I was taken for a ride by the IFB service engineers who actively dissuaded me from buying a new machine for 15 years so that I could remain in their service contract
the Bosch was out because it is serviced by Siemens
the Samsung was out because I was fed up of my Samsung Airconditioner ( can you see the logic in this? I can’t!)
the LG was out because I have an unexplained and completely irrational aversion to LG
So we honed down to the Siemens
But there is a caveat here as there always is : Make sure that your plumbing is done before the dishwasher arrives.
We had not got our plumbing done before the dishwasher arrived and had to wait two days before our contractor could send along two men to do it. As usual our contractor has his own ideas about engineering ( he has actually given me a kitchen platform that slopes towards the wall so that the pans and pots placed on the gas stove actually slant away from me making sure that all shallow fried cutlets are unevenly dipped in oil hence unevenly fried. And, sometimes when the cooker whistles and whistles, I actually find the pot slipping away towards the kitchen wall following the slope of the platform!!!!
However, not having another contractor we had to rely on our thoroughly opinionated one and avail of his services. It was quite obvious that his men had no idea of what was required and provided us with an outlet pipe just six inches long. So when the dishwasher technician came along to fit the machine we had to re-do the plumbing. That took another two days.
Finally when we did get the machine fitted we found out that the detergent was not available. There was a stock only at Premsons which turns out to Rs.35 a wash ( FINISH as recommended by Siemens). If you do the maths, it works out to Rs. 100 a day to run the machine three times in a day. I was so shocked with this extra expense that I just couldn’t bring myself to open the dishwasher and load it.
Eventually when the cost of repairing a broken back or replacing the servant or even hiring an elusive maid to wash the dishes was worked out, I decided to commission the dishwasher and loaded the dishes. Strangely enough the dishes which piled high in the sink didn’t fill up half the dishwasher and it was not loaded to capacity till dinner time. But, at dinner time we discovered that there were no dishes to have dinner in. So we had to unload the dishwasher and hand wash the dishes!
Since then I’ve had a ton of things to do to actually tackle the problem of the empty dishwasher but I’m sure that once I get the hang of it I’ll be running it as often as I do my washing machine.
Verdict : A dishwasher is essential if you have a large number of dishes generated at every meal.
A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!
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