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What to consider when buying a dishwasher

What to consider when buying a dishwasher

If your dishwasher is on its last legs, or your manual (human) version is not working so well. it might be time to start shopping for a new automatic dishwasher! But with all the different brands and models out there, how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a new dishwasher:

1. Capacity. How many place settings do you need? If you have a large family or entertain often, you'll need a model that can accommodate more dishes. But if you live alone or have a small family, a smaller dishwasher will suffice.

2. Another important factor to consider when purchasing a dishwasher is water and energy efficiency. Choosing a model that uses less water and energy, will save you money on your utility bills.

3. Every thought about noise level? Some dishwashers are very quiet, while others can be quite loud. If you have small children or live in an apartment, you might want to opt for a quieter model.

4. Stylish design or price does't mean much if your dishes are not being cleaned properly. There are a huge range of dishwashers from the cheap to ultra expensive. Generally the more expensive the greater the features and additional cleaning options you have. 

5. Cleaning is only half the job. The machine needs to dry them effectively. We have another Folders blog specific to drying thats worth a read. Some dishwashers have specific drying features that provide selected solutions for particular loads.

6. Effective interior design is worth taking time to consider. For the best results you need to load your dishwasher optimally. Better designs give better performance. Is there a third cutlery rack as well as a basket?  Is there a way to fit long stem wine glasses? Are the tines foldable so you can make room for larger items?

7. Dishwashers can range in price from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. Set a budget before you start shopping so you know how much you're willing to spend.

8. Some dishwashers need to be installed by a professional, while others can be easily installed by the homeowner. If you're not comfortable installing the dishwasher yourself, be sure to factor in the cost of professional installation.

With these things in mind, you're sure to find the perfect dishwasher for your needs. Happy shopping!

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