Dishwashers first became popular in the 1970s, but their mechanisms were very simple and basic, and there weren’t as many modes as we may be used to today.
Now, dishwashers have become an integral part of most kitchens, and we’re presented with a vast range of different types of the appliance with a number of features to choose from.
However, with such a selection of dishwashers to pick from, it can be hard to find the perfect appliance for you. This article will guide you through the different dishwashers available to help you choose the most suitable product for you and your lifestyle.
A reasonable priceWith such a wide range of dishwashers each advertising different features and levels of technology, it means that their prices also vary considerably. This can make it difficult to set a budget.
For example, budget dishwashers generally cost $250-$600, while higher-end dishwashers can cost up to $2,200.
Cheaper dishwashers are fairly standard and are bought for their basic function instead of their glamorous design or endless features. These are fine if you’re on a budget and don’t need extra functions that simply offer convenience.
However, you don’t want to fall in a trap of spending thousands of dollars on a dishwasher that is very basic and only cleans dishes, as you can buy those for a fraction of the price.
To avoid this, it’s important to look closely at the product’s description before committing to buying it. If the price is high and you can’t seem to find any special features that stand out, then it might not be worth the money, and you can probably find a similar model for much less.
Price comparison sites are also a good way of comparing products, and many reputable retailers will offer this feature on their website. This service will compare 2 products and will show you which is better value for the functions they provide.
ConvenienceOne of the many reasons that dishwashers are so popular is because they’re so convenient. We use them to avoid having to wash our dishes by hand, and so it’s understandable that we’d aim to find a dishwasher with the most convenient controls and features.
A common feature of the dishwasher that makes them convenient is adjustable racks; these allow users to load more dishes, and they can adjust them to fit the specific types of dishes that they have instead of being restricted to the standard layout.
A clear control panelThe control panel is a very important part of the dishwasher and without it, you wouldn’t be able to use the appliance. This is where you turn it on, start the appliance and change the cycle and its settings.
Many more modern, high-end dishwashers have a touch screen control panel and, while this may contribute to the sleek, contemporary design, it may become inconvenient and some customers complain that the touch-screen style breaks much more easily than physical buttons.
Either way, these controls should be clearly marked to make using the appliance as simple as possible, and many dishwashers have a clear timer so you know how long is left on the cycle, or so you can set it to start at a certain time. Furthermore, the more controls that a dishwasher has often connotes its quality.
A rinse cycleSome believe that it’s unnecessary to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher as pre-rinsing is believed to waste up to six thousand gallons of water each year on average. However, this is because of the continuously running water that goes down the sink.
A rinse cycle in your dishwasher runs before your actual cycle, and is said to prevent food from sticking to the plates if you’ve left the dishes in throughout the day. While there are many benefits to the rinse cycle, it’s only necessary to use if your dishes are particularly dirty or if they’re being kept in the appliance for a long time.
A dryerDishwashers are great for saving time and effort, which is why it seems strange to have to dry the dishes by hand after they’ve been washed. Sure, you can leave them in the appliance for a while after they’ve been cleaned and they’ll become dry on their own, but this isn’t very convenient if you want to clear them away quickly.
For this reason, many modern dishwashers have installed ‘dryers’ which blast hot air onto the dishes after they’ve been washed, and this dries them quickly and efficiently so that you don’t have to waste time and effort doing it yourself.
CertificatesMany dishwashers on the market are certified to certain standards, and this indicates that they’ve been studied and assessed by professionals, and it makes the product appear much more reliable and reputable.
Perhaps the most common certificate is the ‘Energy Star’ certificate, which shows that the dishwasher is energy-efficient, and details on how much energy they use annually and the estimated cost of the yearly bill, which you can use to compare with other models before making your order.