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#1 Castrophic

Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:28 AM

Hi all,

Trying to work out what would be the better of the two? Time vs investment.

We have a newborn coming in Sept and think we can wrangle enough money to hire a cleaner for the first 6 months but I got to thinking that maybe it might be worth getting a dishwasher instead (as I glare at the pile on my sink at the moment)

In our kitchen we could only fit probably this one: Bosch Slimline due to narrow benches and no free 600mm width spare cupboards.

It would cost about the same for the cleaner or dishwasher but was thinking in the craziness of the first 6 months a cleaner would be more appreciated.

Can anyone think of any further pros or cons? WWYD?

#2 Paddlepop

Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:36 AM

Do you need to spend money on a plumber to install water and drainage for the dishwasher? That could cost a few hundred dollars.

What about a cheaper dishwasher and a cleaner for 3 months?

#3 MAGS24

Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:51 AM

Have you looked at Appliances Online? They often have cheaper prices and have free postage to anywhere in Australia. We have bought three appliances from them already and have had no problems. http://www.appliancesonline.com.au/benchto...ne-dishwashers/

You might able to afford a cleaner and a dishwasher if you can find a cheaper dishwasher.

#4 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

I'd go the dishwasher - it gets rid of a daily chore.   Especially if you are going to use bottles and make your own purees and toddler snacks.  

I'm lucky and have both, but the "cleaner day clean" doesn't last long whereas its good being able to just shove the dishes in after every meal.

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:40 AM

I'd go the cleaner.

Dishwashers don't get rid of the task of washing dishes, they just change it.  A cleaner will actually do  whole tasks!

My DP does the dishwashing in this house, perhaps your DP might see fit to do the same?

#6 2bundles

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

I actually got rid of my cleaner when my kids were babies. It became too hard to organize to me out when she came. I hate being home when the cleaner comes.

I would go the dishwasher. You will have that for 10yrs.

#7 SummerStar

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

Dishwasher. A dishwasher will still be around after 6 months and takes the effort out of that one chore each day.
I am someone who never had an issue with the cleaning with newborns anyway though. Even just the bare minimum (bathrooms cleaned and floor vacuumed) once a week or even left up to 2 weeks if I could get away with it and couldn't be bothered.
I'm just not sure I would have felt spending money on something like that would have been a good investment for me.
Even with my first two who were 18 months apart almost to the day, I'd still pick the dishwasher.

A cleaner would come once a week or so, dishes will always be piling up and needing to be done every day.

Edited by SummerStar, 24 February 2013 - 06:21 AM.


#8 Madnesscraves

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:37 AM

Dishwasher.

Washing up with with a newborn was horrible. All I wanted was to sleep. Floors can be cleaned every fortnight or so. I'd think dishwasher has a better usage.

#9 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:39 AM

Dishwasher hands down.

I had houses without dishwashers for years, and it was the first thing I got when we moved into our new house. It was the best.

I have a cleaner ATM due to a difficult pregnancy, and a new baby and lot of illness in the past 12months. But I want to cancel them soon. It's lovely for 24 hrs, but then inevitably someone spills something or makes a mess, so we clean a lot anyway! My dh is a bit of a clean freak though so if I didn't have a cleaner he would do a lot.

We have had about 5 things from appliances online in two years and they have been great. You can enter dimensions.



#10 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:40 AM

I would go for the dishwasher without a doubt. It will last years and I can't stand washing dishes so I adore mine.

#11 ~Supernova~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:43 AM

Dishwasher. Children create SO.MANY.DISHES! Atm I am doing two loads a day, AND washing by hand. I shudder to imagine washing all of that by hand while DS clings to my legs and whines to be picked up. At least with the dishwasher he likes to "help" lol.

#12 vitaechel

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

Dishwasher. You will treasure it long after money has run out for a cleaner.
I bought a Bosch and loved it in my house back home. A dishwasher is now an essential in any house we live in (I do have bad eczema on my hands tho, so dishwashing is bad. Even with gloves the heat from water is an issue). DH works around 55 hours a week and often late atm - I would be a mess if I couldn't just throw the dishes in the DW.

#13 MintyBiscuit

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:06 AM

Dishwasher. Our dishwasher died when DS was three weeks old, and I last about three days before having a slight hissy and stating that we had to replace it immediately. I would've gone mad hand washing everything, and since DS moved onto solids the plates and dishes seem to have tripled.

I couldn't have cared less about how clean the house was in those first few months as long as it wasn't putrid, and got very good at doing quick five minute cleans of things. No one died. With a cleaner you're likely to need a tidy house for when they arrive, and there is no way I could have guaranteed tidiness at a set time each week.

#14 Duck-o-lah

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

Dishwasher.

My dishwasher exploded on Australia day and with me going on mat leave soon we decided not to replace it ($$$!). After two weeks without it I re-jigged the budget and sacrificed money set aside for other things to get a new one, I can't believe the amount of time we were spending washing dishes, it was ridiculous. (Not to mention DH sucks... I was re-washing half the dishes he had 'washed' wink.gif ) I bought a very cheap one, not expecting too much from it and I'm very pleasantly suprised by its performance.

As pp's have said, it's an investment that you'll have for years, rather than just 6 months. How much time would your cleaner be spending on the dishes anyway?

#15 Kay1

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:09 AM

Dishwasher for sure.

If you have any cash left over then a cleaner once a fortnight for a few months shouldn't cost too much and can be a sanity saver.

#16 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

Not having had a cleaner, but dishwasher for sure.

I found te messiest time with DD wasn't in the first six months where she was relatively stationary and DP and I were right there with her. It's the 12-18 month period where they don't sit still, tip toys everywhere, spill stuff all over the floor and drag you away from cleaning by your finger if you're not paying much attention to them. Oh, and the nap time decreases to one a day.

A cleaner for the first six months won't help after six months. A dishwasher will help when you've finally got the teething tantrumming toddler to sleep and the place is a bomb site and all you want is time to watch TV.

#17 Spa Gonk

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

Dishwasher.  Dishes need washing every day, whereas the cleaner only comes once a week.  So you are still dealing with dishes the other 6 days.  Unless you have a daily cleaner, that would be nice original.gif

I agree with the others that you don't need to do floors once a week and you can also give the bathroom a quick clean.  The stuff that I find I need to keep on top of are dishes and washing, all stuff that a cleaner coming once a week would not be that helpful with.

Another joy of the dishwasher is it keeps your dirty dishes out of sight, even if you then only need to run it every day or 2.

#18 Feraldadathome

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

Dishwasher. Then cleaner when both of you are working.

#19 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:40 AM

I think I'd like the cleaner.  But in reality, the dishwasher has longevity past 6 months, so I'd go for that.

#20 EsmeLennox

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:42 AM

Dishwasher. It's one of those appliances that I would not go without now.

#21 laridae

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

Dishwasher - its going to last longer than the 6 months, and TBH, newborns sometimes sleep a lot, you may find you have lots of time on your hands to clean if you want.

You can get cheaper slimline dishwashers. Try here: http://www.appliancesonline.com.au/benchto...ne-dishwashers/


Edited by laridae, 24 February 2013 - 09:58 AM.


#22 WastingTime

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

Dishwasher on interest free so it's small payments and cleaner for less time. My cleaner sometimes just does the floors and kitchen benches but it makes a huge difference. She also tidies for me, ie picks up things and puts them in a big basket so I don't have to clean before she comes if I don't have time.

#23 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

For me a dishwasher would win hands down!!!

With a cleaner, I would still have to tidy up before they came and clean in-between.

I hate doing the dishes by hand.



#24 niggles

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

Well I've had both a dishwasher and a cleaner for the first time in the last 12 months. I would say dishwasher. It really has changed my day and when home a lot I like being able to put the dirty dishes away through the day instead of them building up on the bench. There are very few things I have to wash by hand. A dishwasher is also something that will be useful for as long as you live in that home.

When I employed a cleaner recently that has made a huge difference but it does require me to have a fixed time each week when I get the house ready for the cleaner and then go out. I don't think it's all that practical with a newborn to have that sort of rigid schedule. I need 2 hours to get the house ready for the cleaner and then have to be out for 2 hours. That works well with a 1 year old but would not have worked so well when he needed 3 naps a day at unpredictable times. It's also a bit of a luxury having everything mopped and dusted every week. When busy with a new baby I don't think I'd really care all that much about letting the floors go with an extra sweep and a spot wipe instead of a thorough mop, and giving the bathroom a quick once over every now and then.

I love my cleaner but I love my dishwasher even more.

#25 Carabosse

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

Dishwasher no question! You might find a cleaner beneficial further down the track when baby is mobile, not sleeping so much and eating solids wink.gif




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