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Best Washing Dishwasher: Amana Standard Tub Review

Updated on June 5, 2017
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VirginiaLynne is a homeowner who likes to share her creative ideas for home renovation and home maintenance tips.

2017 Update

I bought this dishwasher in 2012 after having my previous high-end model die after just over a year. This Amana is still going strong after over 5 years now. I'm buying another one just like it again!

Comes in Black, White, Stainless and Bisque

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Bottom rack holds at least 12 plates and 12 bowls plus my old silverware tray.  The middle section comes up and swishes water around the dishwasher.  This does make this dishwasher noisier than others, but only for about 15 minutes.  And it cleans the dishes!Top rack has space for 24 glasses or a combination of about 20 glasses and 10 bowls.Original silverware basket has four slots.  My old one also fit in and I kept it like many people on reviews suggested. However, I eventually decided to use the one that came with the washer and put bigger items in the top rack.Simple dial control isn't as expensive to replace as the electronic panels (which cost $400 in our Kenmore!). However, after 5 years I haven't had a single problem.
Bottom rack holds at least 12 plates and 12 bowls plus my old silverware tray.
Bottom rack holds at least 12 plates and 12 bowls plus my old silverware tray. | Source
The middle section comes up and swishes water around the dishwasher.  This does make this dishwasher noisier than others, but only for about 15 minutes.  And it cleans the dishes!
The middle section comes up and swishes water around the dishwasher. This does make this dishwasher noisier than others, but only for about 15 minutes. And it cleans the dishes! | Source
Top rack has space for 24 glasses or a combination of about 20 glasses and 10 bowls.
Top rack has space for 24 glasses or a combination of about 20 glasses and 10 bowls. | Source
Original silverware basket has four slots.  My old one also fit in and I kept it like many people on reviews suggested. However, I eventually decided to use the one that came with the washer and put bigger items in the top rack.
Original silverware basket has four slots. My old one also fit in and I kept it like many people on reviews suggested. However, I eventually decided to use the one that came with the washer and put bigger items in the top rack. | Source
Simple dial control isn't as expensive to replace as the electronic panels (which cost $400 in our Kenmore!). However, after 5 years I haven't had a single problem.
Simple dial control isn't as expensive to replace as the electronic panels (which cost $400 in our Kenmore!). However, after 5 years I haven't had a single problem. | Source

Why Not to Buy High-End

Tired of fancy dishwashers breaking down? You aren't alone. As my repairman and many reviewers have noted, complicated models with electrical panels are prone to have problems and are expensive to fix. With my high-end Kenmore, the electric panel cost $400 to replace! Yikes, that was far more than the whole cost of this inexpensive Amana standard dial machine.

In my case, the repair was almost as much as the cost of the original machine, even though the machine was less than 2 years old! Moreover, as I discovered to my dismay, the manufacturers have reduced the warranty, so that you either have to buy an extended warranty or else a whole new machine a lot sooner than you may have expected.

Moreover, I found that I really didn't use all the high-end features of the dishwasher. I generally just used the same wash setting over and over, with an occasional use of a "quick rinse" cycle. Why pay so much for things I don't need that cause the machine to break more easily?

Amana Standard Tub Review

When I found myself having to replace my second high-end dishwasher in less than 5 years, I decided to investigate a different option. For one thing, I'd found the newer washers didn't clean my dishes very well. Sure, they were quiet, but I often had dishes that still had food on them. I remembered growing up with dial dishwashers that really scrubbed the dishes clean. I wanted one like that. Turns out, you can still buy one and they are incredibly cheap.

8 Reasons Standard Dial Dishwasher is Better

You might want to get an Amana Standard Tub or another base model like I did. I'm writing this review with the video because I couldn't decide after reading shorter reviews online. In fact, I actually ended up hand washing dishes for our family of 7 for six weeks while trying to decide! No one should have to do that! When I finally purchased the Amana Standard, I was more than happy. I like it a lot. Here's why:

  1. Dishes get very clean.
  2. The design of racks lets me get in plenty of dishes.
  3. Has all the cycles I really need: regular, heavy, rinse and plate warmer.
  4. Has a good heat dryer.
  5. Low overall energy cost--$25 a year.
  6. The cycle of the dishwasher is very short, about 30 minutes, so you can wash two loads quickly after a party, and only about 15 minutes of that is washing, so the noise doesn't last long.
  7. Reviews on this washer from many sites showed others are satisfied too.
  8. Checking with my credit card company extended warranty, I was able to get a refund on my old dishwasher which paid the entire cost of buying and installing the Amanda Standard Tub, with some left over to buy new silverware!

Update: No Regrets 5 years Later

After 5 years of use, this dishwasher is still going strong and still washes dishes better than any machine I've ever had. When this one finally breaks, I will buy another similar model. Why?

  • Cleaner dishes.
  • Cheaper price.
  • Short wash time.

Not only does this wash better than my previous models, it does so faster. Maybe it is noisier, but that only bothers us while watching a movie, so we just don't run it then. Even if there is a louder noise than you are used to, you aren't going to have that noise for very long. The rest of the cycle is drying and that is silent. When we are watching a movie in the next room, I don't turn on the washer. Other than that, the noise hasn't bothered me.

My conclusion? Skip the fancy models and shoot for the cheaper one with less that can go wrong!

My Video

Cons to Consider

While I read a lot of positive reviews, I was worried about the three negatives mentioned:

  • smaller dishwasher
  • small silverware tray
  • noise

You can look at my video and come to your own conclusions, but this is what I think:

Tub size: What "standard" seems to mean is that the interior is not as tall. If you have a lot of tall items, they may not fit. However, I don't find this to be a big problem for me. I like the straight lines of the two racks and I think that this dishwasher fits in at least as many dishes as my previous one. The updated model I linked above seems to be a taller version, so that may take care of that negative.

Silverware Rack: The silverware rack really is too small, and I did keep my previous one to use as many reviews had suggested. The Kenmore one does fit in well. I actually like being able to use the smaller one sometimes though if I have a party and need to fit a lot of bigger serving dishes or more plates.

Noise: Probably this was my biggest concern. How noisy is it? Listen to my video to see. Actually, although it is noisier than my Kenmore it is not a mechanical noise. It is a "water swishing around washing dishes" noise, which frankly doesn't bother me that much! Moreover, the noisy part of the cycle is only about 15 minutes.

Cleaning: The dishwasher doesn't have an automatic disposal to grind up all of the leftover food, so sometimes I need to go in with a paper towel and take out some bits of food on the bottom. This doesn't bother me, but if you don't want that maintenance task, you may not like this dishwasher.

Stains: Because it is white inside, the dishwasher has gotten stained over the years. I'm not bothered by that, but if you like a pristine clean inside, you'd probably have to use a cleaning product occasionally.

Overall Good Choice

Without having a chance to look at the machine and hear it, I hesitated. What did "noise" mean? However, I went back over the reviews a second time and finally decided to take the plunge and purchase this machine replace our broken Kenmore. Over five years later, I'm very glad I did and will probably purchase the same type of machine to replace this one.

I decided to write this review to help people who might be having similar concerns.I think it is also telling that there are so many different reviews and a lot of the people were just like me. They'd tried a fancier and more expensive dishwasher and wanted something less prone to break down.

Credit Card Extended Warranty

Want a free new dishwasher? Chances are, if yours broke down in less than two years, you can get one if you bought it with a credit card.

I almost missed this possibility! As I was trying to figure out what to do about our washer, I remembered something I'd read in the fine print of our card agreement. It turns out that many credit cards, like ours, have extended warranty benefits which give you an additional year of coverage equal to the manufacturer's warranty. We emailed our company and filled out all the forms. In just a couple of weeks, I got a check! This works on just about anything you purchase, so keep that in mind if your major purchases break down in a couple of years.

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