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To Dishwasher, or Not To Dishwasher?

cayjohan | Oct 7, 2007 04:06 PM

Invariably, if the Hub and I are up to our armpits in one project, another one comes up. Today we poured the footings for our new porch, part of a project involving ripping off the front of the house (yes, yikes!). Of course we do this all ourselves. And of course, this is a perfect time to get into a discussion of installing a dishwasher in the kitchen. You know how the project train runs. Perpetual motion. And apparently dishes were the topic of the day. :-)
We currenly have no dishwasher, save for the bipedal sort. I don't really want one for a few reasons. A) our in-house family size is decreasing - son in his second year of college and daughter going in less than 4 years.; B) I would lose a lot of storage space in my not-so-big kitchen for pots, pans, bowls, etc.; and C) we would still have a lot of dishes to do - I have a lot of things that would not be dishwasher-able. The Hub would like one because he didn't get to enjoy his only one long enough (!) having installed it just before we met and subsequently married, and he thinks it might make holidays easier (yep, we have everyone here). He also rightly (from what I've read, but the data has been from appliance manufacturers) points out that there can be a green element to using a dishwasher in saving on hot water.

So. Anyone want to weigh in on one side or the other? Am I being ungreen for arguing for my wash 'em and let 'em drip dry method? Is Hub ignoring storage needs for the easing of a few holiday dish-fests per year? Do you have a dishwasher? Do you do without? Is it really worth it? Is it really green, or is it only a certain segment of the market that is?

Next weekend involves a Saws-All in the Hub's hands, cutting a giant hole in the side of my house. I'd really like to have some cogent statements to add to the sure-to-ensue dishwasher discussion!

Thank you all. I'm off to do some dishes.

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