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Guidelines on choosing a dishwasher

Dishwashers have already become indispensable tools in almost every modern kitchen. Even if at the beginning they were regarded as a sort of luxury item, the latest types of dishwashers have become more affordable. The sophisticated insulation technology that is used in order to design energy and cost effective dishwashers is combined with contemporary designs that can become an awesome compliment to almost every kitchen space, regardless of its overall theme. Here are some guidelines for you to follow in order to make the process of purchasing a dishwasher much easier than ever.




Most dishwashers come with an internal heater that will be used in order to heat up the necessary amount of water for cleaning the dishes. But if you go for a higher end model, this internal heater can come with a special hose that is connected directly to external water heaters. This hose will be used in order to draw the necessary amount of water directly from a water heater. The higher end dishwashers that come with external heaters will be used in order to heat up water in a shorter period of time, thus saving money and time. The cleaning itself will be faster and more thorough once you decide to go for a dishwasher that has both external and internal heater.




Another feature you should consider when looking for the right dishwasher is a quality built-in food disposer. Most dishwashers aren’t likely to come with this disposer. Once you purchase a dishwasher that hasn’t this disposer, you will have to manually dispose all the remnants of food. This could become a real painstaking task and you will have to do it on a daily basis. So, you should take the built-in food disposer in consideration when shopping around for a new dishwasher.




Another feature you should consider is the wash cycle availability – for instance, some of the gentle or hand wash cycles can be designed in order to clean the lightly soiled crystal and china. A glass cycle will be designed in order to clean glasses while a plastic cycle will be focused on reducing the possible risks of melting the plastic dishes and improving the plastic drying. So, you will have to make sure that you choose a dishwasher that comes with dedicated wash cycles for all your types of dishes.

Also, you should look for models that come with improved features of energy savings. Such features will reduce your future electricity costs and protect the environment as well. So, do consider the quality types of dishwashers that are already energy star rated. Another thing you should consider is whether the dishwasher can offer a really quiet operating environment. For instance, the ultra low sound emissions can render some of the models practically silent, due to the advanced triple or double layers of quality insulation installed in them. 

Once you are clear about all the things listed above, you will have to choose from various models available on the current market. Built-in dishwashers provide permanence and easy maneuverability. Being built-in right under the kitchen counter, such a dishwasher can be connected to plumbing without having to monopolize the faucets attached to your kitchen sink. A built-in dishwasher will not require hooking up either.

Due to its location in a kitchen space, a built-in dishwasher can be made to match the rest of your kitchen design. However, you should know that a built-in dishwasher will require expensive and special installation. For instance, you may even need to remodel your kitchen in order to have such a dish-washer installed in this space. A built-in dishwasher will also need a space that ranges from 19 to 21 inches in width and you may end up by having too little space under your kitchen counter top. A built-in dishwasher will also consume a large amount of water and energy.




Free standing or portable dishwashers will not require special installation and plumbing. A portable dishwasher will be hooked to almost any type of faucet by using an adapter. This kitchen appliance comes with the same options, proportions and capacity as the more conventional built-in dishwashers. However, a portable dishwasher will increase your kitchen counter top space but take up more from your floor space. So, you will have to decide whether the advantages of this type of appliance will outweigh its cramping of your kitchen floor. Also, a portable dishwasher will consume a large amount of water and energy too.




Counter top or tabletop dishwashers are cheaper when compared to the two types of dishwashers listed above. A tabletop dishwasher will require some of your counter top space – namely the space closest your kitchen sink whenever you use it. Normally, a tabletop dishwasher is constructed in order to fit between a standard overhead cupboard and a kitchen counter top. Its compactness will allow you to use your kitchen in an unencumbered way and you will also avoid any need for kitchen remodeling.




Even if the capacity of such a tabletop dishwasher is quite limited, it is more adequate for a family up to 3 or 4 members or for single persons.  A counter top dishwasher needs to be hooked to almost every type of faucet by using a simple adapter. But, in contrast to other dishwashers, its water consumption will be comparatively low, amounting to 3 or 4 gallons of water in every average run. The energy consumption is lower as well when compared to other types of dishwashers.

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