Kenmore Precision Wash Quiet Guard Standard
by Jessica Simmons
We got this dishwasher from our insurance company as a replacement for our old Maytag dishwasher, so the only thing we got to choose about it was the color - bisque.
At first, it was great - you could barely hear it working. Then it began intermitantly buzzing/whining during the washing cycles. This began after only two week's use. We had to have a technician come in to look at and adjust the latch on the door, because it was giving us problems closing. He fixed it, but it has since started being difficult again when we close it - it takes excessive force and multiple tries to get it closed.
We were told it would become easier after the gasket on the door becomes broken in, so I'm hopeful. One of my biggest issues with the design is that the latch to open it is not designed for a person's fingers - there's no way to grab the handle, so your fingers slip and you have to pull it open using the hard edge next to the handle, and that pinches a bit. On the plus side, it really does clean well.
We use the normal cycle, and it effectively removes lipstick from the edges of glasses, which was an issue with our old machine. The liquid Cascade soap works really well. I've always used the powder soaps, but in this model, sometimes the dry soap wouldn't dissolve all the way and get stuck in the soap compartment.
Another positive is that it is quite roomy inside for lots of dishes, though I cannot fit my really big cookie sheets like I could on our old model.
Over all, I would not recommend this model. It just seems cheaply made. It works, which is better than what I can say for our old model, which leaked all over the floor, but if you're looking to get a new dishwasher, it may be prudent to spend a bit more on a more reliable, better quality model.