Before You Buy
Before you buy a new dishwasher there are a couple of things you need to consider. You need to think about the type of dishwasher you want for your home, and how much space you have free. Most importantly, you need to make sure your dishwasher can be connected to a water source, outlet, and power source. Once these have been identified then you are good to go.
Before you start shopping around for your new dishwasher, there are a number different types to choose from. To help you decide which dishwasher will be right for you, we have set out the different types of dishwashers available and included a detailed description of handy features to look out for.
These hold around 12 place settings and are the most common type available. Approximately they hold around 120-150 items and measure 60 cm wide. Some of the biggest models can actually hold around 150 items at a time. These are great for saving water and efficiency as many items can be washed at the same time, without having to use numerous cycles.
These are more commonly known as top dishwashers because they are small and compact enough to be placed on a kitchen surface. They have a significantly smaller capacity than the fully sized dishwasher and hold around 40 to 60 items per cycle. They measure in at around 55cm wide but are very compact. These tend to use a lot more water and electricity and so are the least energy efficient on the list.
Features & Programmes
Height adjustable upper rack so you can raise or lower the top rack to allow for big items to be washed. The most favoured kind of rack is one with two quick-release clips on either side of the rack
Child Safety Lock
This is a very good feature to have, especially if you have young children in the house. This means that they are not able to change any settings or open the door at a bad time.
This enables the machine to determine how dirty the dishes and water are in the machine and to alter the heat and length of the wash accordingly. This saves you having to alter everything or having to bring them out when they’re still dirty.
Fold Down Prongs
This is a handy feature on any dishwasher machine because it makes loading bigger items easy. Say you have some tall glasses or a casserole dish, you can make it fit easier.
Most dishwashers come with this feature and it means that you are able to program the time you want the machine to start working. You can set it hours before you want it to start, as most have a standard 24 hour preset.
To keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape and lasting longer, you will need to look after it and take the time to maintain its needs. Dishwashers need certain things to keep them ticking over smoothly. Before you buy, it’s smart to think about picking these items up so you are ready to go:
To soften water and help detergent clean your dishes effectively. Elements inside your dishwasher can become blocked with limescale if you don’t use salt, especially in hard water areas. Dishwasher salt ultimately helps your dishwasher last longer and wash more effectively.
Reduces drying times and saves you money on your electricity bill. It leaves dishes shiny and streak free.
Detergent is the cleaning agent that washes your dishes. They come in the form of a powder, tablet or liquid and are inserted into the machine before every wash.
This is important to keep your dishwasher fresh and grease-free. You can’t wash dirty dishes in a dirty dishwasher or it will be ineffective. It’s important to periodically spruce up your dishwasher with cleaner.
This provides a fragrant scent when the dishwasher door is opened. It is not essential but gets rid of bad odours.