Let’s dive into the ultimate dishwasher buying guide where we help you browse through the many different options out there and end up with the perfect one for your tailored needs.
I’m sure you’ve realised that there are so many different models at various pricing it can be beyond confusing. Competition between manufacturers is good for us consumers though. Each and every model is specifically created to cater to a specific segment of the consumers. You might be tempted to buy the cheaper models with very basic features if you’re new to owning a dishwasher. More seasoned users may be tempted by the many styles and features.
So the big question is – what should you focus on when buying a dishwasher?
The Best Dishwashers Brands
Bosch and Miele are the most highly rated dishwasher manufacturers in Europe while Kenmore and KitchenAid stands atop among American brands. The highest rated dishwasher currently is none other than the Kenmore Elite series dishwasher models but they are expensive at between $1100 to $1350. The Bosch Ascenta series models are not as highly ranked but they are naturally priced lower at between $600 to $700. The Miele Future models are excellent but among the most expensive at $1800. KitchenAid’s Superba dishwashers are very sturdy & packed with features and are priced between $950 to $1500 range.
The Best Dishwasher Features
Some of the most common and widely sought after features includes:
- Noise – quiet units are obviously the best.
- Specific controls – you can control the temperature, the speed, the time etc.
- Sturdiness – stainless-steel is the best material you can find.
- Smart Technology – Dishwashers nowadays can detect the load and tweak the wash cycles automatically. This saves in energy usage & hassle.
- Warranty – your dishwasher purchase isn’t cheap so choose one with sufficient warranty.
1. Quieter & quieter Dishwashers
One of the most sought after features in today’s dishwasher is quietness. It is especially important to not be frustrated by noise when we spend a lot of time as families in the kitchen.
Almost every major brand out there is promoting quiet as their most promising features in all new dishwashers. Naturally the higher you are willing to pay, the more quiet your dishwasher would perform.
The technology behind this is quite remarkable. In order to reduce noise, manufacturers have installed multiple layers of insulation, sound-absorbing tubs, vibration dampeners and low-noise water pumps.
2. Smart Dishwashers & Controls
Dishwasher controls have become simpler and simpler across the years. For example, Whilrpool has one of the easiest controls out there – one push of a button and it automatically detects the wash load and gets washing.
Electronic controls are naturally more stylish and sexier but they don’t serve any distinction to mechanical controls. In fact, they are more expensive and harder to fix if broken.
The basic cycles for any dish wash is light, normal and heavy. If you’re washing very fragile china, opt for a light cycle. Another popular feature is the delay-start which allows you to start the dishwasher at a later time, when you’re in bed for example.
Bosch and ASKO models boast the most minimalistic control panels while European brands like Creda does a great job integrating the controls on top.
Popular finishes to your dishwasher includes white, black, stainless steel and even some custom looks to match your kitchen decor. ASKO has the most vibrant colours, boasting red, plum, deep blue, teal & yellow.
3. Sturdiness & Longevity – Stainless-Steel
Stainless steel dishwasher interiors are the most stable & lasts a long time without any repairs required.
Stainless steel is also ideal because it requires less power to heat up, which saves on your energy bill and doesn’t damage any heat-sensitive objects. A good example would be the KitchenAid dishwashers which sets a competitive edge by boasting a 450-watt instead of the regular 600 to 750 watts.
Most companies now are introducing models that have durable stainless-steel tubs. Plastic tubs are still being used in the cheaper models and the price difference is very noticeable. I still recommend flashing those extra bucks because stainless-steel not only saves you money in the long run but is generally more quiet, easier to maintain and lasts longer.
4. Doing more at once – Dishwasher Capacity
Most dishwashers would be able to fit under a standard counter in approximately 24-inch width space.
The key is the number of racks as more racks would allow you to wash more in one cycle. However, take note on your commonly used dish-ware as different racks accommodate different size & shapes of cutlery. If you’re unsure, just bring along some of your dishes when you shop.
It’s good to buy a dishwasher with covered baskets as they can help contain small items. Flexibility is the key here as terraced racks, adjustable & removable tines & foldable trays can make your life easier.
5. Saving on bills – Energy-Efficient Dishwashers
Who doesn’t want to save on electricity bills? Do you know compared to 30 years ago, dishwashers now use half the electricity used and considerably less water too.
Over 70% of the electricity used to wash dishes goes to water heating. New dishwashers can boast less energy usage by keeping the warm water at a certain temperature so less electricity is used in the next cycle.
Modern dishwashers uses on average 8.11 gallons in a standard cycle compared to hand-washing dishes which stands at 16 gallons. They achieve this by recirculating a relatively small amount of water and filtering out the dirt through fine-mesh filters. The filters blocks any particulars from the recycled water and powerful pumps spray the dishes accordingly.
Newer dishwashers also saves you time but accepting any state of dishes. You don’t have to pre-wash them anymore! Maytag’s Six-Tier wash system boasts over 50 jets that will spray and clean your dishes from every imaginable direction.
When shopping, take note on the yellow Energy Guide label as that rates the average yearly cost to use said model. This calculation is based on average usage and a median price for gas & electricity.
The dishwasher line is surprisingly innovative so do checkout the latest reviews before you jump the gun.