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Efficiency and Convenience: A Closer Look at Dishwashers
Dishwashers make quite boring and non-desirable chores quick and easy! And who doesn’t want that? After taking the time to cook, no one is in favor of spending much time cleaning up and washing dishes. Investing in a dishwasher can therefore change your evening drastically and you can spend your time on more important things.
This fantastic appliance easily dissolves tough grease and dirt while at the same time limiting water and energy usage.
Choosing the right dishwasher that suits your home and family can be quite tricky, especially with so many models and features available on the market. If you are not sure what you need yet, here are some important points to consider:
Long live the dishwasher!
The dishwasher is, like our cooktops and range hoods, a vital component of a well-equipped kitchen. When you invest in a dishwasher, you want to be sure that it can accommodate your family’s needs. It’s therefore wise to check the washing capacity, meaning the number of place settings it can handle per load. Normally, the bigger the machine, the bigger the capacity as well.
You should also consider the energy efficiency, the dishwasher will display a label where the energy rating (going from D to A+++) is indicated, this is also featured in our Refrigerators and Freezers. Another part of the efficiency is the water usage of the dishwasher. In the product details, you can find information about the machine’s water usage across the different programs to be able to decide which is the most beneficial.
Decide on the essential features.
Based on the model and pricing, dishwashers offer a wide range of features. Which are the must-haves for you?
The washing cycles can vary quite for different dishwashers, and you should make consider which programs can improve your cleaning and efficiency, programs such as express, rinse, and sanitize. This could be more costly but also a good investment in the long run!
Most of the advanced dishwashers also include a soil sensor, this sensor automatically determines and adjusts the cycle’s time and water usage to help improve cleaning efficiency.
By having a customizable layout in your dishwasher, it means that you can reconfigure the setup of the racks to suit the size of your dishes. And why not add a third rack that can be placed above the top for extra capacity?
If you often have dishes that need some extra cleaning, it’s wise to look for a model that has special wash zones. Dishes placed in this area get targeted cleaning, so they emerge sparkling!
For the more hi-tech homes, there are newer models that include Wi-Fi connectivity and smart-home technology. You can then control the dishwasher through your smartphone or tablet to either turn it on, get the estimated running time or determine the suitable program.
The noise level of a dishwasher is indicated by decibel level and the newer models offer a reasonable noise level compared to the older ones.
A rating of 50 decibels or above is considered a loud dishwasher, it equals the noise of an average conversation. A rating of 30 decibels or below is considered a quiet dishwasher and will perform its job while whisper quiet!
Shop your style.
When choosing the finish of the dishwasher, you should consider the rest of the small kitchen appliances, sand try to make it fit into the general design and look. The different models come in an array of colors, brushed stainless steel, stainless steel, white, black but also integrated models. The fully integrated models look like a normal kitchen cabinet from the outside and the semi-integrated models have partly a cabinet front and a smaller part of the control panel visible. On the fully integrated models, you will find the control panel along the top edge of the door, not visible from the outside when the door is closed.
The integrated and the semi-integrated is normally an under-counter dishwasher, meaning it needs to be placed under the counter, in between the kitchen cabinets as it doesn’t have a covered top. If this doesn’t fit your kitchen you have freestanding models available, but there won’t be as many.
Tip! Be sure to know the proper dimensions of the space you have available for your new dishwasher. They usually come in a standard size that equals a cabinet, but this could differ, or your space might be a bit different. So, make sure to buy a washer that fits your kitchen.