Dishwasher Buying Tips

As with buying any appliance, buying a dishwasher requires some thought and planning. Dishwashers have improved over the years, both in cleaning ability and efficiency. With that improvement, though, has come a dizzying array of new features which you need to sort through and understand before making your choice.

  • The first thing you need to do is measure the space where the dishwasher will go to make sure that your new one will fit. Decide what size of dishwasher you want. Although there is a standard size, you can also opt for a smaller one, or even a portable or counter top model.
  • Do some research ahead of time to find out what features are available. Go to a few stores and talk to a salesperson about their store’s products. Talk to friends and relatives about their dishwashers and ask them what they like or don’t like about them.
  • Check out the energy star ratings to see which dishwashers will cost you less to run.
  • Now comes the tough part – sorting through all of those features. Ask your friends and relatives which ones they use. Like most people, even though there are numerous wash programs, they probably only use two or three of them. Why pay for more if you’re not going to use them?
  • Moveable racks can come in handy, but if you’re never going to move them, don’t pay for them.
  • Colors and fancy exteriors will cost more.
  • Quiet dishwashers have more insulation and may cost more. However, it may be worth paying for if this is important to you.
  • A feature which allows the dishes to air dry may also be worth the money if you use it. It comes in handy in warm months when you may not want the hot air venting into your kitchen.
  • When you get ready to buy, see if there are any floor models or scratch-and-dent models that are being offered at a discount.
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