Our Top Tips When Buying a Dishwasher
Sometimes when buying a new dishwasher there’s such a variety of choice it can be difficult to figure out which one is the best fit for you. So, this week we have laid out some of our best tips to help you decide which dishwasher to purchase.
The first decision you’ll have to make is whether you want a freestanding, integrated or semi-integrated dishwasher. Freestanding dishwashers can easily be moved from house to house and are also the cheaper option meaning you can easily find one to fit your budget, however they don’t blend into your kitchen space like an integrated one would. Integrated are the slightly more expensive alternative and while they can easily fit into your kitchen design. Semi-integrated can also be hidden away to fit with your kitchen design, however they are often the most expensive choice, and they are not very common so there is a limited variety in terms of brands and prices.
Secondly, you’ll have to decide what size dishwasher will best fit into your space. You can choose between compact, slimline and full-sized dishwashers, and measuring the space you’d most want your dishwasher to fit into is the best way to figure out which one you’ll be needing. Of course, varied sizes also means different capacities so if you’re choosing one for your family you’ll be needing a larger dishwasher than if you were living alone.
A high-priced dishwasher does not equate to high quality, if you’re just looking for the basics then a cheaper model will suffice. However, some newer, more expensive models include new technology such as anti-flood sensors and auto-open door features. Some modern dishwashers even have built in wi-fi so you can control your dishwasher from your smartphone. While these features may not be necessities, they could be an extra feature if you have space for it in your budget. You can also now buy eco-dishwashers to help reduce your impact on the environment, and replacing a dishwasher as little as possible is another way to lessen your carbon footprint while also saving you money.
Other added features you may be interested in looking into for your new dishwasher could be an automatic sensor wash, which detects how dirty your dishes are and adjusts the temperature and cycle length accordingly. You can also get dishwashers with child-safety locks, to make sure your little one doesn’t press any buttons during a cycle. You may also want to look into whether your dishwasher includes a cutlery basket or tray, and which you would prefer. Finally, you could make use of a delay button meaning you can decide when your cycle will start, whether that is overnight or once you’ve left for work.
While modern technology can sometimes make things seem very over-complicated when buying basic white goods, hopefully our top tips and advice can put your mind at ease, and you can find the perfect dishwasher for your home.