I've just ordered a Viking induction range, but my question is about a Viking dishwasher. Some background: We've become snowbirds, having moved into a condo that does not permit gas in the building. After decades of cooking on gas, I'm not about to learn to cook with electricity so we're going to replace the electric range with an induction range. Complicating the problem is the fact that my husband is blind and touches counter tops as he makes his way around our kitchen. Most induction ranges come with a membrane control, most of which are mounted on the front of the cooktop. My husband has turned on the burners on the current range just from brushing his hand along the membrane. We've loved our Viking double oven in our previous home and our current summer home, so we've ordered the Viking induction oven with old fashioned knobs.
Yesterday, we got a phone call from the Viking sales person who said the date of our range purchase qualifies for a promotion: a free entry-level Viking dishwasher (FDW100). So here's my question: Should I install this free Viking dishwasher or not? Should I try to upgrade the model dishwasher for a fee and install only the upgraded version? (If I don't install it, I'll simply donate it to Habitat for their ReStore.)
Right now, there's a seven-year old Kitchen Aid dishwasher in the kitchen. Thinking about other dishwashers we've owned, I think we're nearing the end of its lifespan under any conditions. We aren't wild about the current Kitchen Aid product. The spacing of the tines in the racks isn't a particularly good fit for our dishes and it is noisier than a previous GE and a current Miele dishwasher.
I've read a thread from 2006 that includes a lot of criticism about Viking products. Our first-hand experience with a Viking oven would not lead me to the same conclusion, but, admittedly, I don't have experience with their dishwasher.