The expert guide to buying a Dishwasher
Buying a dishwasher might seem like a luxury but if you use it properly, it will not only save you time but money too as a machine used on a full load can save water and energy. And that’s extra time to spend with your baby!
How to be an expert
Which type is best for my kitchen?
Freestanding: stand-alone machines that are usually white or chrome.
Integrated: these sit under the counter and may be hidden by a kitchen cabinet.
Which size is best for my family?
Full size: usually 60cm wide, these can wash up to 150 items, or a whole family’s meals for the day. They can be the most energy and water efficient when run on a full load. However, they are large and not efficient for a small family or when the machine is not full.
Slim-line: narrower, at around 45 cm, these can wash around 100 items. They can be freestanding or integrated. They are good for small kitchens and small families.
Compact: counter top washers are great if you don’t have room for a full size model. Good for small families and can be placed on a counter. They wash around 50 items.
What features to look for
- A range of programmes including energy saving, half load and intensive for very dirty loads.
- Timed start so you can run it at a suitable time.
- Clear displays and controls.
- Adjustable racks and baskets inside.
- Child safety locks so your little one can’t open it mid-wash.
- Anti flood features which stop the water escaping by accident.
Save money, energy and water
Many say a dishwasher is more environmentally friendly than washing up by hand which can be true – but only if you follow these simple rules:
Always wash with a full load, though don’t overfill. Put large items at the back so the detergent can reach everything.
Use the energy saving programme as much as possible; it uses less water and also energy as the machine is able to wash on a lower temperature; this does take longer.
Don’t pre-rinse or soak items as this wastes water.
Check who you buy your electricity from and switch to a green supplier or see if your supplier has a lower night time tariff – then use the timer to wash overnight.