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How to buy - Dishwashers

How to buy - Dishwashers

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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.