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Come inside a “Hurricane in a Box” — GoPro Hero 5 captures all the action inside the wash cycle of a vintage Kitchenaid dishwasher


The best of modern technology meets the best of vintage technology in this video: AutomaticWasher.org’s @joeypete of Concord, N.H., put his GoPro Hero 5 camera inside his vintage Kitchenaid KDM-21 dishwasher to watch exactly how his “Hurricane in a Box” cleans. His KDM-21 is just a bit different from the KDS-21 that I just put in my kitchen!

Amazingly, in his first “Inside [the dishwasher] Edition”: He found that a washer arm was not rotating correctly. So he fixed it, and in this particular video, we get the full-on dishwashing action.

JoeyPete says:

This shows the machine working properly after the lower wash arm was fixed. Now you can see how these machines got the nickname “Hurricane in a Box”. Rinse/Hold cycle with lower and upper views. Visibility was low. LOL. Enjoy!

As he says on his thread of videos — yes there are multiples — “Get out the Popcorn!” Howdy, hudee, we do have some fun here, don’t you think!

I’m kinda obsessed with the Imperial Forum — for washers, dryers and dishwashers more than 20 years old — over at automaticwasher.org.

  1. Carolyn says:

    Yeah, we got’s us some fun here alright, alright! I always wanted a showroom model of a dishwasher with the glass door front. This was back in the days when you: #1. Had to get up to turn the station, #2. There weren’t all that many stations (I was a little luckier than most being located midway between Milwaukee & Green Bay – choice on Sunday mornings of polka, Bowling With the Champs, and Wurlitzer organ music – take THAT MTV!) #3. What a world was opened to me when I found out about UHF!!!
    Funny when we think of “dishwasher safe” – I always thought it had to do with the detergent and heat – now I see it was because they were pressure washers in disguise!
    My daughter’s home made Cabbage Patch Kid got a little dirty and at that time I used the laudromat. Put him in with clothes in the industrial dryer with the window and I couldn’t figure out what she was cracking up about. She about died laughing (I’m talking bulging neck veins laughing!) every time he came up to the window, spread-eagled with that goofy smile pinned on his face, doing somersaults in front of the window.

  2. Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Hilarious that someone thought to do that! And even funnier that I spent a couple minutes watching it 🙂

  3. Lynne says:

    Well, some people watch a dishwasher wash, and that’s okay. Two weeks ago, I literally sat and watched 4 prospective paint samples dry.

    Truly, the fun just never stops!

  4. Nikki says:

    I SO want one of these! I need to figure out exactly what years, makes and models so I can stalk Craigslist!

  5. Paula Webb says:

    I wonder if I could get my husband to help out more around the house if I told him he could include the GoPro although that gives me nightmares of exactly where that little camera might turn up!

  6. Jeff K says:

    WOW – now I know why mine cleans so well and glad I have a spare in the garage – just in case I ever need it!!

  7. Carol says:

    Good Lord! Now I know why the holiday dinner dishes got so clean at Grandma’s house. Mom and I had a “first dibs” conversation about that machine years ago. We agreed they don’t make them like that anymore. I DISLIKE my current machine with a passion. That was very interesting and very reassuring. Thanks for the video. I have tried in the past, but I can’t leave the old stuff alone. Most of it is so much better quality than new today. 100% of the case goods I own is from the 30’s thru 60’s. My ex called me the junker. The shoe proudly fits!

  8. Scott says:

    Finally, someone has tapped into the full potential of GoPro technology. What a great idea, and fun to see, too.

    Just realizing that the GoPro could also answer the question haunting mankind since the dawn of the electric refrigerator, does the light REALLY go out when we close the door?

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