5 Things To Consider When Buying A Dishwasher

Posted on: 9 November 2021

Having a dishwasher can make your life so much easier. It can allow you to get things done in the kitchen quicker and will enable you to spend your kitchen time making great food, not cleaning everything up. When looking for a dishwasher, there are some things you will want to consider.

1. Capacity

The first thing you need to consider is what capacity you need. A compact size is great if you are handling dishes for two or three people. A compact washer is great for a couple or for people that don't use the kitchen that much. If you are handling dishes for a family with more than three people, you will want to go with a standard-sized dishwasher washer so that you only need to run one load per day.

2. Style

Second, you need to consider what style of dishwasher you want. One of the most common and popular methods for adding a dishwasher is to remove a cabinet and fit it in with your cabinetry.

You can also go with a countertop unit designed to run on your countertop and works best with a compact unit. Or you can go with a portable unit, which is excellent if you are renting and don't have the ability for a permanent installation. 

3. Energy Usage

Third, you are going to want to consider how much energy the unit uses. It is best to look for a unit that has an Energy Star symbol. That means that it has been certified by the Consortium of Energy Efficiency. That means that when you use the unit, you will be saving energy compared to using a non-Energy Star unit. The unit should use less energy and less water when in operation. 

4. Food Disposal

Fourth, you will want to consider if you like to pre-wash your dishes or if you want a dishwasher that will get rid of any food left on your dishes. If you want a unit that will get rid of the food on its own, you will want to look for a unit with a hard food disposal feature. This feature will work to get rid of food residue during the first rinse cycle so that the food residue isn't swirling around and impacting your food. 

5. Racking Configuration

Fifth, you are going to want to consider what type of racking configuration you want. Most units have two racks, although some have three racks. Many racks also include adjustable inserts that can be used to help wash a variety of different items. Also, think about what type of flatware tray you want; one that sits on the bottom or one inside the door of the unit. 

When it comes to choosing a dishwasher, before you start shopping, you will want to think about what features you want and need so you can select the best unit for your home. 

Check out local appliance stores to get started.


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