When we bought this house, we went into it knowing that we'd have to buy all new appliances...except the dishwasher. This was a foreclosure, and the previous owner took just about everything with them when they left.
The first thing we bought was the stove, and we actually bought that and had it installed before the house was technically ours! We needed to have a working stove in the house prior to the appraisal or we may have had an issue with our loan. We choose a Whirlpool stove/oven, stainless "look" with a black glass cooktop.
Once the house was ours, we bought the refrigerator. For this, we went with a Frigidaire, stainless "look" with black handles. Basically, we're going for the sleeker look without spending the absurd amounts of money. :-)
At one point prior to taking possession of the house, we thought our dishwasher was also unusable. I have to admit I was a little bummed to discover that the dishwasher door does, in fact, latch shut, and therefore I didn't have an excuse to buy a new one right away. :-) Since we've moved here, the machine has done a decent job, although I've been noticing lately that it isn't cleaning all that well, and I occasionally end up re-washing some items. So I was thrilled when Shawn suggested a few days ago that we could use part of our tax refund to get a new dishwasher!! Yay!
So...any suggestions? I'd like to go the "stainless look" route if possible, just so that all our kitchen appliances match. I'm willing to consider black, though. The main things I'm looking for in a dishwasher are simply a machine that will clean well and a machine that is quiet. I had heard good things about Bosch, but on the Lowe's website, I've noticed that those machines aren't receiving very good reviews. Whatever we get, we're limiting ourselves to less than $700.
So feel free to give me some input!
Oh, and in case you're dying to know, we did purchase a washer and dryer for the laundry room when we first moved in, too. We just chose to go the Craiglist route for those, though. :-)