What to Look for in Your Next Dishwasher

What to Look for in Your Next Dishwasher
With all the options, sizes, and designs out there it's important to pay attention to what you need.

Among kitchen appliances, dishwashers tend to get overshadowed by their cooking and refrigerating counterparts. Yet they perform the vital task of cleaning your kitchenware to ensure it’s spotless and safe to use. As such, it’s worth doing a little research to see which makes, models and features are best suited to your living space, lifestyle and budget.

Of course, build quality and reliability go without saying. Choosing dishwashers with stainless steel tubs, soil sensors and nylon-coated racks will ensure you get longevity and performance from your purchase. Here are a few other things worth considering.

 

Size

Whether you’re a small family, couple or a larger household will determine which size of dishwasher you need. Also, if you entertain frequently, you might decide that you need a model with a larger capacity to accommodate more place settings. 

The standard dishwasher measures roughly:

  • 24 inches wide
  • 24 inches deep
  • 35 inches tall

That’s adequate for most households, so long as you have the kitchen space to accommodate it. If you don’t, there are smaller options available, such as the compact 300 Series of Bosch appliances. While they measure just 18 inches wide, they provide room for up to nine place settings.

 

Quietness

There’s nothing worse than when you’ve got company and all you can hear is the cacophony of your dishwasher in the background. Rather than soundproof your living room, it might be worth investing in a quiet dishwasher. 

In particular, the European manufacturers tend to excel at this, as they often mount their motors directly on the base-pan to help keep vibrations to a minimum. Swedish-based Asko uses brushless motors on their dishwashers, resulting in a whisper-like 40-decibel rating.

 

Energy Efficiency

A quality dishwasher will provide years of service, so it’s a good idea to invest in one that’s energy efficient. Look for models that feature the ENERGY STAR certification, indicating that particular model is within the top 15 to 30 per cent of its class for energy performance.

 

Efficient Use of Space

The interior volume of standard dishwashers is going to be quite similar. However, the way in which manufacturers configure their rack systems can greatly affect storage capacity and ease of loading dishes. This includes options for:

  • Adjustable racks
  • Third rack for extra storage
  • Fold-down shelves and tines for utensils

KitchenAid appliances are a good example of this, as many models feature a third-level rack designed to accommodate hard-to-place items like spatulas and measuring cups.

 

Control Types

Like other modern kitchen appliances, dishwashers are being designed to blend in with the kitchen. Many feature top controls that are hidden when the dishwasher is operating. Others feature the traditional front control that allows you to program wash cycles once the door is closed. This really comes down to a matter of personal preference.

 

To learn more about dishwashers, read 4 Handy Features of Modern Dishwashers.

 

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