How to choose a Dishwasher
Posted on July 12, 2011
Dishwashers form a necessary device for any household, as it saves you the time and effort to clean the soiled dishes manually.
Integrated dishwashers can be fitted inside a full sized kitchen cabinet door. These are also known as built in dishwashers.
There are two types of integrated dishwashers, namely, fully integrated dishwashers and semi integrated dishwashers.
Fully integrated dishwashers are completely shunned from our view, as these are placed inside the cabinet. The control panel rests on the top of the cabinet door.
In the case of a semi integrated dishwasher, the dishwasher is partially hidden as the control panel can be visible from the top. These are cheaper as compared to the fully integrated models.
How to choose a dishwasher?
It is always advisable to opt for a branded dishwasher which offers a better warranty period and after sales service. Often, all the dishwashers are rated as A AA for energy, wash and dry performance. Dishwashers are mainly available in two sizes -45 cms and 60cms. Smaller dishwashers are used for a small family of two to four members. It is better to opt for a 60cms dishwasher as these offer better settings as compared to the smaller dishwashers. Generally, the dishwashers are equipped for 8 to12 settings. But if you opt for a portable dishwasher, then you may get 6 settings only.
With regard to noise, the dishwashers are rated as quiet and very quiet. The advantage of very quiet dishwasher is that you can operate the dishwasher at night when there are off peak rates for electricity, without disturbing your sleep. Certain dishwashers use water more efficiently than others. Choose a dishwasher which has alternate water sprays to clean the items. These consume less water. Some of the recent dishwashers are using steam. So, these consume even lesser water and are termed as using green technology.
Do not opt for too many programs in your dishwasher. More complicated a dishwasher is, greater are the chances of it being spoiled and you will have to spend more to repair it.
For a longer life of your dishwasher, clean the dishwasher from inside and outside regularly. Do not overload the dishwasher and do not use it for too few items, fill it as per its capacity so that you are able to use your dishwasher efficiently and effectively. If the dishes are lightly soiled, use quick wash option to save your energy bills.
There are many brands and models available for a price of $300 to $1500, so decide upon a budget.