One of the best non-aviation threads so far this year! That's coming from the dude who never gets tired of would you hit it threads!
Time for a Zippyjet spin.
The Kitchen Aid Hurricane In a Box dishwashers excel because of their unique patented four way hydro-sweep four armed wash arm. Sort of like a large propeller. Though Whirlpool took over the Kitchen Aid name, many of their dishwashers retain the Hobart four way hydro sweep wash arm. Though they will never match the strength or superlative quality of Hobart's machines these are still a cut above the rank and file Whirlpool stuff. But, sadly due to the go green movement Kitchen Aid/Whirlpool is gradually phasing out the venerable hydro sweep dishwashers and replacing them with a conventional s shaped wash arm. If you must buy a new dishwasher I'd still go with the Kitchenaid but, make sure it is one of the hydrosweep models!
For dishwasher detergent Cascade recently came out with their Action Tab "Platinum" formulation and by golly these little pods kick ass and clean like the old school phosphate stuff! P & G, hit a home run with the newest Cascade formulation.
Please let me introduce to you what makes that Hurricane in a box!
The classic wash arm in a Whirlpool produced machine.
Now, Whirlpool is gradually phasing out the classic wash arm for this:
And here is a thread by your's truly. I don't post nor visit Automatic Washer like I do A-Net but it is a cool site nonetheless. Here is my thread regarding Kitchen Aid dishwashers.
Actually there is now a market for the old venerable Kitchenaid by Hobart Dishwashers. Many are now restoring them and those hurricane's in a box will outlive us.
Now with Maytag. That old Maytag repairman Jesse White must be off balance in his grave. The beginning of the end for Maytag came in the mid to late 80's when they bought the god awful Norge company. I never liked Norge appliances. They were always fugly and were quirky. You either loved them or hated them. All of a sudden Maytag washers started looking like those ugly cheaper Norges and the writing was on the wall. And then Whirlpool bought them. However, the Maytag by Whirlpool washers are probably better than those Norge monstrosities.
Air Conditioners: My favorite stalwarts from the good old days of window a/c units were Fedders in the 50's and 60's with their Raymond Lowey designed "Weather Wheel" units. Many of them still cool like new even in torrid Baltimore! For slightly newer a/c units, the Friedrich A/C units from the 60's through 90's were legendary.
These Fedders units looked like the Good N Plenty candy box.
They looked like the Good N Plenty boxes and the Lucky Strike Cigarette packages.
These last two a/c units are both Friedrich's the former is from the 70's and the latter is from 1955. Many of them are still cooling today!
Maybe a little later I'll post my favorite classic TV
sets and other appliances.
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