There’s no reason to continue suffering at the moment of washing your dishes. Nowadays, easy to use and practical dishwashers can simplify this task. Good news is that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have one; many of them can be bought at very low prices.
The best dishwashers are those that are easy to operate, clean well, have a silent operation and consume less energy.
If you are interested in buying a dishwasher, you must pay attention to the Energy Star program, as they shouldn’t use more than 324 kilowatts an hour per year and 5.8 gallons of water per cycle.
Energy Star models will use 32% less electricity than other dishwashers in market today. Always check the Energy Star label to get a good dishwasher.
Features like adjustable racks and movable baskets for cutleries can improve the washing cycle, as they offer an appropriate load. Expensive options like steam cycle won’t considerably affect performance; so please consider the following at the moment of buying:
Ecological washing is accesible. Bosch SHE33M0UC uses 5 gallons of water per load and you don’t need a lot of money to make it work; Whirlpool DU1055XTV needs 6 gallons to operate. All the recommended models fulfill with the legislation requirements and in some countries you can access discounts from the public services area.
Long cycles. As dishwashers have turned more efficient, cycles have extended and some can exceed the 3 hours. So, you must pay attention to the relatively noisy machines with long cycles, especially if the areas where you mostly stay are close to the kitchen.
Some models are very noisy, particularly during water drain. More silent models worked at such a level that no sound was perceived as bothersome. All of them have a delay start option, so you can program your dishwasher to start operating at a moment where it is not that bothersome and even make use of the best electricity fare.
The half load option is expanding. You always save more if your dishwasher operates with a full load of dishes. But if you frequently use the machine for not full loads, half load is a good option. You can save more energy and water, as compared with dishwashers not having this feature.
The total price of a dishwasher is related to the efficient use of energy, the interior design, controls and convenience. So there are several items you should consider before buying one.
Newer dishwashers offer a series of improvements. Baskets for cutleries and racks with small holes prevent utensils from moving keeping them cleaner. Split or movable baskets for cutleries leave spare room for bigger items. Folding racks reduce noise and protect wine glasses. Top removable racks are useful to accommodate very big articles.
Pay attention to the filter. Dishwashers from Asko, Bosch and Miele have manual filters and are more silent than dishwashers with automatic filter. Notice that manual filters require periodical removal and cleaning; if the water you use is hard, you will have to remove the filter and eliminate scale.
Consider turbo models. Dedicated sprays from Kenmore 1374, for example, can do a good job with solid food wastes. But if you generally rinse pots and dirty utensils in the kitchen sink before washing them this function could be not so necessary.
If you like a smart look for your kitchen, hidden controls are a good option. But, sometimes you can feel lost with them, and to solve this manufacturers supply dishwashers with lights or a digital reader.
Be careful of the stainless steel interior. Manufacturers claim that stainless steel interiors trap the radiant heat from the washing cycle and speed up the drying process, but this is true in models with an effective resistance. Most dishwashers with plastic interior can dry well too, and plastic resists spots. Besides they are cheaper than stainless steel interior dishwashers.