If you're getting fed up of having to constantly hand wash your dishes, it's time to get a dishwasher in your life! Not only will this make your life much easier, it is an efficient way to clean your dinnerware.
Whether you're living in a one bedroom apartment or a large family with an endless supply of dishes, we'll be able to find the dishwasher for you.
The first choice you'll have to make is whether you want a freestanding or an integrated dishwasher. This will depend on your kitchen interior design, how much floor space you have and your existing cabinets.
A freestanding dishwasher is a standalone appliance that can be placed wherever there is a water and electricity supply. This gives you greater flexibility to move your appliance to a position that is most convenient.
For modern kitchen designs with sleek surfaces, an integrated dishwasher fits seamlessly into your cabinets. This model is an ideal choice for households with limited floor space.
The second consideration you'll need to make is how many place settings you want. This will depend on how many people live in your house and how often you wish to run your dishwasher.
- 9-10 place settings: 1-2 person household.
- 12-13 place settings: 2-3 person household.
- 14+ place settings: 4+ person household.
For the smaller place settings, it may be worth considering a freestanding or an integrated slimline dishwasher. These models will take up less space without sacrificing wash quality.
With such a variety of dishwasher available on the market, it is worth looking out for these key features for a reliable performance.
One of the most common features across dishwashers on the market, flexible baskets makes sure loading and unloading your dishwasher is as easy as possible. Looking out for a height-adjustable top basket and a removable lower basket will give you optimal convenience.
Fed up of having your dishwasher flood on you after a wash cycle? An anti-flood device gives you extra peace of mind when an inlet pipe springs a leak, which automatically turns off the water supply.
Salt & Rinse Indicator Lights
Found on the outside of the control panel, these indicator lights remove the guess work when your salt and rinse aid runs out. Rinse aid ensures your dishes are sparkling clean whilst salt helps soften the water.
Make loading up your dirty cutlery even easier with a separate cutlery basket. Often removable, you can take the basket to your dinner table, load up and put into the dishwasher ready to wash.
A common myth is that dishwashers use more energy and water than hand washing, however this isn't true! Dishwashers are now much more environmentally friend and energy efficient than hand washing, with ratings ranging from A+ to A+++.
For households with an Amazon Alexa, Google Home or smartphone, utilising smart technologies means you can remotely control settings and change functions with ease.
As you can imagine, over the years we've been asked a wide variety of questions about dishwashers. Here are just a few of the most common.
Will dishwashers save me money?
Absolutely! On average, dishwashers use less water and energy than traditional hand washing. A lot of models now come with sensors and environmentally friendly features that adjust water and energy levels needed to keep your dishes clean.
What should I do if my dishwasher starts to smell?
Regularly cleaning your dishwasher filter will prevent any smell build-up inside the cavity. This should be done at least once a month.
Can I use dish soap instead of dishwasher detergent?
You should never substitute dishwasher detergent with liquid hand soap. This is because liquid soap can cause too many suds which could cause your dishwasher to overflow.
Do I need to pre-rinse the my dishes before loading?
Pre-rinsing is no longer needed! As long as you use an especially designed dishwasher detergent, you won't need to pre-rinse dishes.
How much is the cheapest dishwasher?
At Kitchen Economy we have a wide selection of dishwashers available at under £250.