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How quiet should a dishwasher be?

February 3, 2014
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Doves cry at about 44 dBA.

Dishwasher-makers aggressively tout the quietness of their dishwashers by dBA ratings. A dBA rating expresses a weighted decibel level that puts in human context to how loud or quiet a sound is to our ears, because humans perceive sound differences less sensitively at volume extremes. With dishwashers in the marketplace ranging from 37-64 dBA, what really matters when it comes to quietness and what’s simply hype?

We speak at about 60 dBA, light rainfall registers at 50 dBA, a quiet suburb at night registers at 40 dBA and a whisper registers at 30 dBA. Check out Bosch’s interactive “Understanding Decibels” feature on its website to better understand common noise levels.

Dishwashers used to average about 65 dBA. Now, the majority of dishwashers have dBA in the low 50s to the 40s, so somewhere between dinner table chatter and scattered showers. Not only is that a vast improvement over what you likely have in your kitchen, but I bet it will clean way better too.

The most quiet dishwashers compete on just one or two dBA levels — a difference that is unnoticeable or barely so. The Miele Futura Diamond dishwasher comes in at 37 dBA when used in its Extra Quiet Program mode; otherwise, it’s rated at 42 dBA. The Bosch 800 Plus comes in a close second at 38 dBA “in normal operation,” which I think means with clean dishes.

Miele explains that dirty dishes often lead to louder operation in competing brands, because the dishwasher has to work harder than during testing. The lowest difference between testing its competitor’s dBA claims using both clean and dirty dishes was about 3 dBA levels, which is barely noticeable.

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In the real world, we call this splitting hairs, so such a slight difference should not be your deciding factor. Alternatively, you will likely notice 10 dBA levels, which is the point at which audible sound doubles.

However, how quiet does your dishwasher really need to be not to interrupt your life? Current trends in home layouts have kitchens much more open to the rest of the house, but what the dBA levels don’t remind you of is that sound dissipates with greater distance.

Are you home-schooling your children at the counter or for some strange reason installing a dishwasher in your nursery? If you’re not carrying on important tasks near your dishwasher, take the ratings with a grain of salt and consider price, racking and performance as also very important.

Top Black Friday washer & dryer deals at Warner Stellian

November 25, 2013

If you’ve been waiting to replace your washer or dryer, wait no further. Black Friday 2013 washer – dryer deals are here! If you’ve been waiting to do your laundry, apologize to your loved ones.

Here are the top 2013 Black Friday laundry pair deals in Minneapolis, MN:

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #1

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Titanium colored LG front-load steam washer & electric steam dryer. SAVE $600 on pair. Final price: $899.99 each. (white $799 each)

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #2

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Whirlpool Duet front load steam washer & electric steam dryer. Save $600 on pair. Final price: $699.99 each.

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #3

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Samsung front-load steam washer & electric steam dryer. SAVE $600 on pair. Final price: $599.99 each.

 

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #4

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LG front-load steam washer & electric steam dryer pair. SAVE $600 on pair. Final price: $599.99 each.

 

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #5

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Whirlpool high-efficiency, top-load washer and electric dryer. SAVE $400 on pair. Final price: $499.99 each.

Black Friday Washer Dryer Deal #6

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Amana top-load washer & electric dryer pair. SAVE $180 on pair. Final price: $599.00.

Plus, Warners’ Stellian always offers free, professional delivery and appliance recycling from a friendly crew you can trust to treat your home like its their own on purchased $499 and up. We will also handle basic reinstallation on refrigerators, ranges/stoves, washers and dryers — all you’re on the hook for are any necessary parts.

Also featured:

Maytag top-load washer & electric dryer. SAVE $380 on pair. Final price: $399.99 each.

GE top load-washer & electric dryer. SAVE $400 on pair. Final price $399.99 each.

Does your man deserve a new Dyson? Black Friday vacuum deals

November 19, 2013

So many of us find ourselves wondering how to give a Christmas gift that really shows our significant other that we’re thinking of him.

So this year, why not get him what he really wants:

A vacuum.

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Reward your husband with what he’s always wanted…a new vacuum!

Men have long been obsessed with pitching in around the house, specifically with cleaning floors and upholstery.

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“Now THIS is how you clean a floor ladies, see?”

Sadly, you think I’m being facetious — and maybe I am just a bit — but wrapping up a Dyson for this holiday season isn’t a bad way to get some help with your household chores. After all, it’s a not-so secret that Dyson was designed to interest men, what with the emphasis on power and technology.

Better yet, you can save big with Black Friday vacuum deals. Warner Stellian is offering 25% off Dyson vacuums on Black Friday (actually, you can start taking advantage online starting on Thanksgiving if you want to take a break from turkey and appreciation). Plus, all vacuums ship for free nationwide!

Which should you choose?

For a vacuum that looks like a power tool and competes against race cars, look no further than the DC34, which delivers 15 minutes of powerful, constant suction or 6 minutes on MAX power for tougher cleans. Dyson digital motor spins up to 5 times faster than a racing car engine. It has a lithium-ion battery that recharges up to 3 times faster than others with patented Root Cyclone™ technology for no loss of suction.

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Dyson DC34 Handheld vacuum. Reg. $199.99, only $149.99 for Black Friday (starts Nov. 28 online and Nov. 29 in store)

Pet hair, beware! The Dyson Animal DC41 was designed for pet moms and dads who love their dogs and cats but don’t necessarily want their presence found on every surface of the house.

Dyson DC41 Animal is a Dyson Ball™ upright vacuum with the latest Radial Root Cyclone™ technology. It generates the strongest suction power at the cleaner head, to powerfully remove dust, dirt and pet hair from the home. Includes a Mini turbine head to clean pet hair and stubborn dirt from upholstery, stairs and the car. Lifetime washable filter traps microscopic allergens.

Dyson DC 41 Animal. Reg. $599. Black Friday price only $449.99 (starts online Nov. 28 or in-store Nov. 29)

Dyson DC 41 Animal. Reg. $599. Black Friday price only $449.99 (starts online Nov. 28 or in-store Nov. 29)

 

If your situation is especially…hairy…upgrade to the DC41 Animal Complete. Dyson’s newest full-size Dyson Ball™ upright is engineered for outstanding cleaning performance, with extra tools for pet hair and ground-in dirt and comes with Dyson’s new Tangle-free Turbine tool. The Animal Complete has the strongest suction at the cleaner head, which automatically self-adjusts for different carpet lengths and hard floors.

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reg. $649. Black Friday price just $487.49. (starts online Nov. 28 or in-store Nov. 29)

Local customers can rest assured that we are equipped to service the vacuums we sell — whether its Dyson, Miele vacuums or Panasonic vacuums.

Best Bosch dishwasher features review

October 8, 2013

The appliance that hands down gives our customers the most headaches are their dishwashers. They don’t clean, they’re loud, they don’t always fit my big dishes or enough of them at a time.

Note: if this sounds familiar, it might be time to stop making excuses and start making plans for buying a dishwasher.

Certainly there a lot of cool features that dishwasher-makers are coming out with, but I have to give props to a brand that focuses on being the best in those three areas that cause the greatest heartache. Bosch dishwashers are the quietest in their class and are often recognized for their cleaning power. And the newest generation of Bosch dishwashers tweaked the design to free up even more space for dirty dishes.

Dishwashers should actually clean your dishes

It’s a novel concept: a dishwasher that washes your dirty dishes so well that you don’t wash them yourself before loading. It’s a bad habit that many can’t shake, but being the past owner of a bad dishwasher myself, I can empathize.

When I visited the Bosch training facility last year, my favorite room was the small, enclosed dishwasher room. Cozy on purpose to amplify every sound a dishwasher makes.

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This room was small, so you could really hear the difference a decibel makes.

We put every imaginable mess on plates that you’d usually soak or rinse off before handing them over to the dishwasher.

But they came out clean every time — by no accident of course. This is how they are designed and tested. But it was especially fun to witness this process. And to not be the one having to load and unload the dishes.

Is this thing on?

Our best Bosch dishwasher in terms of sales registers at 47 dBA, a sound level between hand washing and typing. (FYI, the quietest Bosch dishwasher is 38 dBA, which is scientifically equivalent to a tree falling in the woods when no one is around.) Translation: they’re super quiet.

They achieve this stunningly silent operation through a combination of insulation, water jet trajectory design, and quiet-focused mechanics.

Some Bosch dishwashers are so confusingly silent, engineers added InfoLight to beam a small red orb onto the floor beneath to indicate that it was, in fact, running. TimeLight goes a step further to beam the time remaining. Unnecessary? Probably. Cool? You betcha.

Nice rack

We’ve all experienced the anxiety of “will it fit?” And I’m not just talking about your skinny jeans in January.

Bosch’s RackMatic design totally gets that the tallest stemware is a favorite for allowing the largest “just one glass of wine” pour. And the tallest cookware (roasting pans, cookie sheets, frying pans) are the ones we least like to tackle by hand.

The unique V-shape of Bosch’s rack means never having to handwash.  Simply by lower or raise the RackMatic rack to accommodate all the awkwardly shaped wine glasses and pans you want.

That sounds expensive

It’s not that bad. We bundled together the best-selling Bosch dishwasher (on sale for $599) with all its kitchen counterparts and then cut the price by 25% ($3699)…while supplies last.

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And actually, a kitchen full of high-efficiency, German engineered appliances sounds very quiet.

The #1 rated dishwasher is also the best value

June 21, 2012

According to Google, inquiring minds want to know*: what’s the best dishwasher?

Well, if you read “leading consumer publications,” you already know.

Bosch Ascenta dishwashers were awarded the top rating and also called the best value in 2012 (speaking of value, Bosch dishwashers ARE 10% off in June — all of them).

But the cool thing about Bosch dishwashers is all that performance comes packaged in an award-winning design that also is recognized for its excellence in conserving water and energy (more on that next week).

>> see Bosch’s full trophy case here

Bosch likes to think that all its consumers enjoy these awards, because of the daily rewards they represent in dependability and simplicity and all that good stuff.

But the rewards don’t stop there. Through June, you can enter to win a new iPad from Bosch and Warner Stellian Appliance. What are you going to do with your iPad, you ask? Why, watch Bosch dishwasher tips on YouTube, of course!!!!

Bonus: babies also love Bosch. Don’t believe me?

I just wanted a reason to post this picture I found on Bosch’s website because I think that this babes is the cutest darn thing.

 

*Based on my research of Google searches surrounding dishwashers. Yes, it’s an exciting life I lead.

Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher’s crazy rotating spray arm adds 4x the water coverage

May 25, 2012

This Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher promises to clean better, get your dishes completely dry and do so quietly.

There’s a reason that the most-read posts on this blog are about dishwashers.

They’re frustrating.

Half the time the dishes come out still needing to be dried — or worse — washed. Can’t they just get it right the first time?

And if your dishwasher does do the job, it probably makes its presence well known to anyone in earshot.

Sound familiar?

Frigidaire is making a big deal out of the Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher they’re selling that addresses each of these issues.

1. The OrbitClean technology, aka satellite-action lower spray arm, works independent of the upper and middle spray arms and covers 4x more area with concentrated soap and water.

Instead of drawing the same pattern of water over and over again, the OrbitClean rotates on the spray arm as it turns in circles at the base of the dishwasher. Watch the video. It’s pretty crazy.

2. The fan-assisted dry (“SaharaDry”) eliminates the need for toweling off your glasses while unloading.

3. The alternating wash arms that improved the wash action of the dishwasher also lessen the noise output. But the four-sided sound insulation wrap further ensures that this Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher is the quietest in its class (aka for the money; it retails at $599 at Warner Stellian).

PLUS, you’ll receive a free one-year extended warranty if you buy one before August 2012.

If you buy this dishwasher, Frigidaire is saying they get it right the first time; so no do-overs in terms of dishwashing. But if you share another do-over you’d LIKE to do, you can win the dishwasher.

7 most popular appliance blog posts of 2011

December 28, 2011

A post on cleaning the dishwasher was a top dog.

Though not the most-read posts of all time on the Warners’ Stellian Appliance blog, these next 7 posts garnered the most views of those written this year.

7. HOW TO: clean a dishwasher

With more states banning phosphates in dishwashers without consumers possibly noticing, dishwashers got white film.

But a regular maintenance cleaning is always a good idea.

6. HOW TO: clean cast iron grates

If you’re lucky enough to have cast iron grates, you’re unlucky enough to handle cleaning them. The experts at Wolf Range weighed in.

5. DIY Network ‘Rehab Addict’ Nicole Curtis talks appliances

Old house lover/rehabber Nicole Curtis invited us into her “Minnehaha House” in Minneapolis for tips on fixing up kitchens and buying the right appliances.

4. Stove drip pans cleaning tips

Is there anything worse than the grime that builds up on the burner pans on your stove top? Not only do I include a deep-cleaning method, but I offer up the secret ingredient to easily keeping those drip pans shiny on a weekly basis.

3. How long does a dishwasher last?

2. How long does a refrigerator last?

1. How long does a washer last?

No, you’re right; they don’t make ‘em like they used to. (But believe me, that’s not all bad!) Unfortunately, gone are the days when you could expect your appliances to last a decade and a half. Find the new lifespans in each post above.

Happy to provide the award-winnning assist, twice

December 5, 2011

The people behind the Parade of Homes (the Builders Association of the Twin Cities) awarded 14 of the best homes on the tour with the coveted Reggie Award, as chosen by peers and the members of the public.

Because of our help with two of those projects, we’ve got a Trillium Award for each hand (in case one gets jealous).

Carla Warner, VP/Director of Sales; Bob Rohweder, Contract Sales Representative

Carla Warner, VP/Director of Sales; Bob Rohweder, Contract Sales Representative

We’re so proud to be involved in these award-winning projects and honored to be recognized. Thanks to all involved!

Christmas-Holiday gift ideas

December 15, 2010

Because most people don’t shop till now anyway, I’m not even going to call this last-minute. But here’s a roundup of unique gift ideas for the people in your life worth gifting to!

For the wine lover, a 16-bottle countertop wine cooler:

For your wino friends (or wannabe winos), this compact wine cooler ($150) stores and displays 16 bottles behind a sleek, mirrored finish door. Adjust temperatures for various wines with the soft touch controls with digital display.

For the tailgater, a mini LP grill:

How awesome would this Weber Q gas grill ($150) be for all those early morning grill outs and picnics? It’s also a very discreet option for those whose apartments or condos don’t allow grills (speaking from experience). This mini grill crams 889 sq. inches of cooking space into a 27″x16″ footprint of only 60 pounds. And you can purchase the optional Weber Q Grill rolling cart for $45.

For the new homeowner or pet owner, a HEPA vacuum cleaner:

For friends and family who’ve recently gained a furry friend, the Dyson Animal DC25 ($550) is probably the ultimate gift. This root cyclone vacuum is designed for homes with pets and is certified asthma and allergy friendly with a washable lifetime HEPA filter.

Miele vacuums, rated to last 20 years, are a great gift for someone just starting out in her home. Plus, they come in cute colors, like this Miele Polaris vacuum in light blue ($399). I’ve blogged about them before, because I love how quiet they are, how well they clean, and how long they last.

Plus, all of our vacuums ship for free nationwide. If you hurry, you could still get it by Christmas!

For the grilling enthusiast, the ultimate smoker:

There aren’t many grills that produce the a fanatic with their own name, like the Big Green Egg does. “Eggheads” rave that this ceramic smoker is the ultimate for meats, fish, vegetables and any other creation grillers cook up.

The Large Big Green Egg (shown, $750) — which is the most popular size — can cook:

  • 20-pound turkey
  • 12 burgers
  • 6 chickens vertically
  • 8 steaks
  • 7 racks of ribs vertically

For the cigar aficionado, a sophisticated stainless steel humidor:



The Liebherr humidor XS-200 is definitely one of those big, spendy holiday gifts, at $2,599. But it’s completely distinctive, with European-style stainless steel and glass displaying cigars housed with premium preservation elements (humidity, temperature and hygienic conditions).

>>See Liebherr cigar humidor blows no smoke

Top 10 FAQ appliance blog posts

July 26, 2010

I realized that I’ve now been blogging for almost seven months, so some of the best posts could now be considered “old.”

But you can’t argue with success.

Based on reads, here are the most popular blog posts categorized as frequently asked questions or HOW TOs or that sort of thing.

1. Refrigerator seal & fridge maintenance

2. Ice maker troubleshooting

3. Dishwasher troubleshooting: Dishes not drying

4. 10 sneaky ways you’re wasting money in your kitchen

5. Should you put aluminum foil in the oven?

6. Why do front-load washers take so long?

7. Dishwasher troubleshooting: Dishes not cleaning

8. Cleaning your washer – 3 tips on how to clean a smelly washer

9. HOW TO:  clean and season a griddle

10. HOW TO: clean stainless steel appliances


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