Vitamix vs. Whirlpool

Our dishwasher stopped working (and I started pulling my hair out) last July. This is the second dishwasher fail in 7 years. With the help of Google and Whirlpool Customer Service I did some troubleshooting. I even turned off the circuit breaker to the dishwasher for a month to see if that did the trick (internet told me it would). No luck. After a few months I called an appliance repair guy and paid him $50 for him to tell me that I’d be better off purchasing a new dishwasher than fixing the old. He suggested a few models, all around the same $400 price point. While $400 for a dishwasher isn’t unreasonable, it is still four hundred dollars that we don’t want to spend on a dishwasher. So we haven’t.

It’s been 9 months and our old (broken) dishwasher is still wasting kitchen space. For the first few months, I would get myself all worked up (several times a day) over people using multiple cups, wanting both a fork AND a spoon, and generally making more work for the human dishwasher, ME. Well, I have actually grown accustomed to letting dirty dishes pile in the sink throughout the day – I usually wash them all at once after dinner.

The other day, Isaac mentioned us getting a dishwasher. To which I responded, “Let’s just hold out a little longer so we can go a full year.”

I’m not sure why I said that. I really do want a dishwasher asap, but I can think of a handful of other things I would rather spend $400 on. New tires (safety first), a romantic weekend getaway, or a Vitamix, just to name a few. Vitamix…

I have heard of the wonder and even seen it a few times at Costco. Recently, I whipped up a deliciously rich (and very healthy) chocolate mousse at a friend’s house using her Vitamix. My goodness, the consistency! My KitchenAid doesn’t even come close.

In my mind, a Vitamix would be right at home in my kitchen. I blend at least once per day and my (cheap ass) blender doesn’t stand a chance against the whole dates, oats, nuts, greens, etc. We have replaced at least four blenders in 8 years. Not cool. A Vitamix could do wonderful things for me. I could…

  • Move my Jack LaLane juicer to the garage.
  • Stop abusing my KitchenAid.
  • Make my own nut butter (maybe, we’ll see).
  • Never buy another (cheap ass) blender again.
  • Live forever!

Vitamix owners, what do you think? Dishwasher owners, have I forgotten how wonderful it is to have such an appliance?

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    04/08/2014 at 8:43 pm

    I have to say I think I’d have a hard time living without my dishwasher although I do wash a lot of dishes by hand. If you’ve gone this long I’m sure you could make it a bit longer. I have a blendtec blender and I love it! I don’t use it as much as I would like but it blows any of the other (cheap ass) blenders out of the water. Just my two cents.

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    04/08/2014 at 9:30 pm

    If you’ve made it this far without a dishwasher just fine…go for the Vitamix!

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    04/13/2014 at 11:13 pm

    Before the baby I would have been loathe to give up my dishwasher but now I was so much stuff by hand that I feel like I could get by without it pretty easily if I had to….also my vitamix rocks currently my favorite thing to make in it is my killer GF oatmeal banana muffins

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