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To Dishwasher or Not to Dishwasher?

I'm on the hunt for a new apartment here in San Francisco. One of the things I've taken horribly for granted is my dishwasher. You'd be surprised how many places do not have one. Some even have "new, remodeled" kitchens, but no dishwasher! As you can imagine, I do a lot of cooking and plenty of entertaining, yet places with dishwashers are generally more expensive.

This is where I need your help readers: Do you have a dishwasher? Do you not have one? Is it really difficult always having to wash dishes? Or do you think it's worth it to pay a little extra and get a dishwasher? Please share your advice below!

bangsugar bangsugar 7 years
Party, you should hold out for the perfect apartment with a dishwasher! Keep looking you will find one soon:)
sophlb sophlb 7 years
I love to cook and bake and HATE to wash dishes. I wouldn't want to live someplace without one (even a portable one- they're not that efficient) because I know I wouldn't cook as much as I'd like. My boyfriend thought it wasn't a big deal and said I should just do the dishes. We broke up.
lommie lommie 7 years
It is definitely worth the extra cost! Besides saving time and your hands, most dishwashers nowadays are so efficient, you end up saving water, energy, and money. I live in SoCal where we always seem to be in the middle of a drought, so using a dishwasher is one step among many to saving water. Makes your sink area look less cluttered too!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I have a dish washer but it's weird how I use it... I typically clean my dishes with soap and water... for about a week and then I put the dish in the dishwasher... and on to the next plate or whatnot until the dishwasher is full... (so it takes about 6 weeks - ha ha) and then I run it! I know, weird but true! My neighbor on the other hand uses the dishwasher every day, sometimes twice - which to me is NUTS!!! - but I hear it running all the time so I assume that's what's going on!
syako syako 7 years
We have one in our new house, had one in our apartment, but never even used it. My husband is completely anti-dishwashers and he considers washing dishes by hand "therapeutic" so I cook, he does dishes. It's really not bad at all, plus we don't own a ton of dishes, so we'd have to run that thing all the time or buy new dishes...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I guess I'm spoiled because when I moved somewhat recently (in September), I wouldn't even look at places that didn't have a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. To me, it's worth the extra money I'm paying. But, it all depends on how often you feel you'll use it and how much you hate washing the dishes. (I personally cannot stand to wash the dishes and don't really like doing any chores because I work a lot and I'm always exhausted when I get home.)
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 7 years
I grew up without a dishwasher, moved to an apartment without one and then to a house without one. I didn't have one when my 3 kids were little and really missed it but lived without one. When I moved to my new house I didn't use the dishwasher, mistakenly believing that it was more expensive to run the dishwasher than wash by hand. I now use it and can't imagine not having one. I cook at least one home cooked meal everyday, entertain a lot and cook packaged meals for both sets of parents. I don't know if I would cook as much without the dishwasher. If you can afford and can rationalize the difference in price for an apartment with a dishwasher get one, if you can't you will survive. Dishwashers weren't as common in households until the last couple decades, somehow they all survived, so can we.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Until I got married, I lived by myself and didn't have a dishwasher. I entertained a lot, and I was fine. Now that I'm married to someone who hates doing the dishes, but uses a lot of them, I couldn't imagine life without a dishwasher.
Keddle Keddle 7 years
We have a dishwasher but have had terrible problems with it because we installed a tankless water heater (on demand) to be greener and save money on our energy bills. It's a problem we haven't found a good solution to yet except using crazy amounts of dishwashing soap but we've had to go back and forth between having one and not since having the new waterheater installed and it wasn't something we were anticipating.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 7 years
Do it. Loving to cook and having no dishwasher zaps a lot of fun out of it- seeing you don't want to make a ton more dishes to wash!
medenginer medenginer 7 years
I can so relate to dish washing Spectra so much that I still detest it. I eat off disposable everything and make my SO clean the kitchen. My kitchen remodel this year will include a dishwasher so I can clear up some counter and sink space. I think if I had one and a kitchen I liked I would be more apt to cook.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I grew up without one and my siblings and I were forced to hand-wash all the family dishes, which we detested. When I was a teenager, we moved to a house with a dishwasher and it was so much better! After I got married, we lived in an apartment with no dishwasher and it was OK, but kind of a pain because I was constantly either washing or drying something. It's so much nicer to be able to throw everything into the dishwasher and be done with them.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I dont have a dishwasher and honestly don't mind it. Sure there are times that I don't want to hand wash them but once I get started I sort of meditate lol. I tend to think and reflect while washing and staring out the little window above.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
Either way, you will survive. I haven't had a dishwasher for 5 years, I have cute pink rubber gloves, and always have my husband or a friend help. I can't wait to have a dishwasher one day, but it's not the dire situation many seem to feel so strongly about!
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
I have a dishwasher and I love it. I won't live without one for too long.
hanmeng hanmeng 7 years
I've lived without a dishwasher for most of my life, and it seems like a luxury to me. But if you're used to it, you'll probably miss it. By the way, I've heard the argument that it's actually "greener" to use a dishwasher.
carolynz carolynz 7 years
When I lived by myself in a studio apt. not having a dishwasher wasn't a big deal, as I didn't entertain much or cook much- I had a smaller all-in-one washer/dryer installed that was more important and saved me money over the 5 yrs I lived there. Washing dishes for one or 2 isn't bad, more than that it's annoying.
girlA girlA 7 years
I think you have to consider your lifestyle. I imagine you entertain A LOT and if you have a busy schedule and don't have time to stand at the sink and clean, then get one. Some conveniences are worth paying for, especially if your lifestyle is about entertaining and you don't have lots of time to spare.
katieb82981 katieb82981 7 years
I grew up without a dishwasher and consequently thought I would be okay when I moved into a Greenwich Village apartment without a dishwasher. I WAS WRONG. I stopped doing the dishes as frequently as I should, I stopped cooking as much as I liked because I knew I would then have to wash the dishes, I could never keep a manicure. It was HORRIBLE. It became my number-one criteria when apartment shopping, and I did a happy little dance when I moved into a new place with a dishwasher.
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