Who designs KitchenAid appliances – engineers or accountants?

Posted By on February 25, 2012

kitchaidrusticemakerWhile cleaning out our KitchenAid refrigerator and freezer on Saturday, I wondered “what were the design engineers thinking” when they used corrosive fittings?

For all the years companies have been designing and building ice makers which operate in moisture prone environments, one would think someone might have suggested spending a few more pennies on stainless steel or even nylon fittings. I don’t think the rust has affected the taste of of the ice or caused any harm, but I can’t say the design flaw has me recommending KitchenAid appliances. Then again, the same can be said for the grade of stainless steel in our newish Bosch dishwasher (a little rust is appearing on the door edges — grr).


  •  The previous owner of my house did that with bolts to hold the toilet seat on.  I would have had to cut those suckers off except he used the plastic nut so splitting that was much easier.

    •  Although one of my bigger gripes is that the grade of stainless steel fasteners is not where is should be. Since a few of my customers are researchers in the polymer industry, I’ve become an advocate for what they can do in creating long lasting, strong and corrosion “proof” hardware. (unfortunately, there isn’t a good “hardware store” source or grading system for consumers)

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.