Date registered: Nov 2003
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Thanks to all who responded, both relevant and irrelevant.
In the end, I came to a full circle and going with the initial instinct - Bosch.
At the applicance showroom today, it was the dueling dishwashers between Bosch and Fisher-Paykel. Bosch was quieter, FP was more alluring, but the deciding factor was the 10-qt saucepan I took with me was a very tight fit in the drawer of Fisher Paykel.
It was easy once I was able to formulate car-dishwasher parallelism below:
Fisher Paykel - Land Rover (Range Rover)
Definitely sexy and sure to impress dinnerguests - a status item. Highly unreliable with most repairs necessitated - like LR's they'll spend half of their life in the shop or being dysfunctional.
Bosch - Mercedes
The gold standard of industry. Other manufacturers may have inched closer but still the leader and innovator in their respective fields.
Miele - BMW
Those poor German cousins. Snottier and gimmickier due to inferiority complex.
Asko - Saab
Esoteric high-end Swedish products. Breaks down just as much as FP-LR.
LG/Samsung - Asian Imports
Laughed at when they first entered the market but now forces high-end Germans run for their money. Highly reliable and stylish but somewhat soulless and tinny compared to German imports.
Kitchenaid - Cadillac
Once the best dishwashers around.
Maytag - Ford
Had its share in the olden days and old appliances are like Model T, everyman's model but has been posting horrendous losses lately.
GE - rest of GM
Think Oldsmobile Alero, 'nuf said.