KitchenAid Complaint - Wheels falling off new dishwasher
I purchased a high dollar, stainless steel Kitchenaid dishwasher less than a year ago. My wife and I figured Kitchenaid has a good reputation and should have good quality. Well, think again. Two of the four roller wheel brackets on the bottom rack bent out of shape from less than normal use. The wheels now fall off every time the bottom rack is pulled out to load or unload the dishwasher.
Fortunately, the dishwasher is under warranty so a repair guy came out. He told me Kitchenaid makes its own parts and they probably don't want to make good brackets so they can sell more spare parts. As once a mechanical engineer, I reasoned that the brackets were not supporting the load of dishes on the bottom rack under the high temperatures during normal washing cycles. I think I could have easily designed a better part that could last 5 to 10 years without problem. How could Kitchenaid design rollers that last less than a year? All I can figure is that they must make good money on their spare part business at the expense of its loyal customers. As a not so proud owner of Kitchenaid, I now am fearful of what else will happen to the dishwasher when it is no longer under warranty (one year after purchase).
Note, I also bought a pricey Kitchenaid cooktop and already one of the six burner switches had to be replaced. Hasn't Kitchenaid heard of the big three car makers in the US who produced poor products and now they are playing catch-up to Japan's makers? Read "The Machine That Changed The World" by James Womack (from MIT) for that story. I imagine they will write a story about Kitchenaid someday as well.
Compare good roller to bent roller