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Dishwasher Buying Guide

yury, 10/07/2016

BUYING A NEW DISHWASHER?

Take the dirty work out of doing dishes with a new dishwasher. Using the latest technology, today’s dishwashers are easy to load and operate, using less water and energy. With so many innovative cycles and features available, getting dishes squeaky clean is effortless.

FINISH CLEAN

Whether you prefer shiny stainless steel, cool black or a clean white finish, these standard colors are readily available. Stainless steel might never go out of style, but it’s competing against today’s bright options. So if your kitchen calls for a splash of color, or maybe even custom wood panels, look for models that can be specially ordered to accommodate your decor.

FILL IT UP

It is important to choose the right size for your important. If the dishwasher is either too large or small you will waste water and energy from running a half empty load or overusing a machine. Dishwasher capacity is measured by the number of place settings the tub can hold. A traditional 24” unit can hold 12 settings while tall tubs hold 16 and a compact holds 8 full sets.

HARDLY A SOUND

No more noisy cycles. You’ll find many new dishwashers that hardly make a sound. The sound rating for dishwashers is measured in decibels (dBA). The rating consists of the noise made by the monitor running and the water circulating while it’s on. The optimum noise level is between 45 and 50 decibels. This will allow you to hold a conversation or watch your favorite TV show without interruption while the dishwasher runs. The lower the dBA number, the better. Some dishwashers on the market are so quiet that they shine a light on your kitchen floor to indicate when they’re operating.

The choice of tub and tub insulation also helps to reduce noise. Look for extra insulation that helps to quiet the motor. Stainless steel tubs are better for sound dampening than plastic. They are also more durable, better resist stains and odors and transfer heat energy for faster drying.

NO MORE DISHPAN HANDS

CYCLES YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER

Cleans light loads in 30 minutes or less.

Keeps food from getting stuck on or smelly between loads.

Safely removes spots and tough stains without pre-washing.

Gently cleans fine china and crystal.

Thoroughly scrubs pots and pans and greasy dishes.

Kills food bacteria and reduce the spread of germs. Look for dishwashers with NSF certification.

CYCLES ADD SPARKLE

Choose a dishwasher with several wash cycles to meet your everyday dishwashing needs. You’ll find machines with 4 to 16 cycles. Keep in mind that on average, ENERGY STAR® rated dishwashers are 10% more energy efficient and 20% more water efficient than standard models. You’ll save money and resources by choosing a dishwasher that has earned an ENERGY STAR® rating.

DISHWASHER TYPES

WASH YOUR WAY

Dishwashers come in several styles and sizes. The choice will depend in part on the space available – the setting itself is up to you.

BUILT-IN DISHWASHERS

  • 24” width – traditional style for homeowners with families
  • 18” width – compact and ideal for 2 or 3 people and smaller spaces
  • Tall Tub configuration offers more space between racks for oversized items
  • Usually has 2 racks with places for silverware, cups, plates, pots and pans
  • Fits beneath counters and between cabinets for a seamless look
  • Panel ready models are designed to accept custom wood panels to match new or existing cabinetry
  • Requires permanent plumbing installation

DISHWASHER DRAWERS

Single Drawer

  • Takes up same space as 24” width built-ins
  • Perfect for singles or couples with few dishes
  • Convenient for wet bars or second kitchens
  • Requires permanent plumbing installation and custom cabinetry

Double Drawer

  • 24” width; height varies
  • Two separate drawers that can operate alone or together
  • More expensive but saves water and energy when only one drawer runs for smaller loads
  • Requires permanent plumbing installation

PORTABLE DISHWASHERS

  • Available in 18” and 24” widths
  • Perfect for apartment dwellers, home renters or small spaces such as RVs or boats
  • Finished on 3 sides for freestanding use
  • Flexibility to wheel away for storage
  • Same features and capacity as built-ins
  • Added bonus of additional counter space with select models
  • Easily hooks up to kitchen sink and faucet without plumbing installation

COUNTERTOP DISHWASHERS

  • Available in sizes as small as a microwave that simply sits on a countertop
  • Ideal for space challenged kitchens.
  • Easily hooks up to kitchen sink and faucet without plumbing installation

DISHWASHER CONTROL PANEL OPTIONS

CONTROL WITH STYLE

The dishwasher’s style is determined by the location of the controls. The style you select is based on how you want the dishwasher to look and how you’d like to access the controls. Fully integrated controls are the new favorite for the sleek, modern appearance. See styles below.

FULLY INTEGRATED

Features a concealed control panel hidden along the top edge of the dishwasher door.

FULL CONSOLE

Displays features on the control panel on the front of the dishwasher at the top of the door.

SEMI-INTEGRATED

Combines controls on the top edge of the door with a partial display panel on the front of the door.

HANDLE OPTIONS

While most dishwashers feature a traditional bar handle, some models offer more unique handle options such as pocket handles.

AVAILABLE DISHWASHER FEATURES

UNDERSTANDING POPULAR DISHWASHER FEATURES

There are dishwashers that are more intuitive, while others make doing dishes seem effortless. Options to check out:

ADJUSTABLE RACKS

Equipped with fold down tines to customize a dishwasher to accommodate tall glasses or large platters.

SPRAYJETS

Uses water under high pressure to remove tough food particles.

HARD FOOD DISPOSER

Grinds away food particles making pre-washing unnecessary.

DETERGENT AND RINSE AID DISPENSERS

Hassle free dispensers for sparkling and spotless dishes.

BOTTLE JETS

Integrated into the upper rack clean hard-to-reach areas inside tall items.

STAINLESS STEEL TUBS

More durable than plastic interiors while resisting stains and odors better.

3RD RACK

Provides more space to fit everything from cutlery to small espresso cups.

SELF-CLEANING FILTRATION SYSTEM

Uses a filtration process to remove even small food particles for cleaner wash water.

WI-FI CONNECTIVITY

Allows you to monitor the status of a cycle from a mobile device.