How to choose a dishwasher 5 questions to help you decide

02/05/16 Tips & Tricks
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So many types, sizes, colours and functions... One should almost take a vacation in order to choose the right dishwasher. Our 5 questions will make it much easier to find the ideal model.

1. What dishwasher size can you afford in terms of space?

The basic question is: How many centimetres of your kitchen space can you devote to a dishwasher? This will help you determine whether you should focus your selection on narrow dishwashers, which are 45 cm wide, or whether you can get a classic dishwasher that is 60 cm wide.

In a small kitchen where there is no room at all for the appliance, you can opt for a countertop dishwasher. Simply place it on the countertop like you would a microwave.

2. How many sets of dishware do you usually use?

There are basically 4 dishwasher sizes - for 4, 9, 12 and 14 dishware sets. However, there are also models that will take 5 or 15. One set consists of:

    • Soup plate
    • Dinner plate
    • Dessert plate
    • Cup
    • Saucer
    • Utensils

When choosing a dishwasher, however, don’t forget to consider pots and other dishes that are not included in the sets. Roasting tins from lunch or a salad bowl can considerably reduce the dishwasher capacity.

The important factor is not how many dishware sets you own, but how many you usually use at once.

3. Which dishwasher matches your kitchen - solitaire or built-in?

You should also decide whether you want to put the appliance on display in the kitchen, or hide it behind a kitchen cabinet door. In the first case, choose a solitaire dishwasher, in the second a built-in model that does not have the control panel on the front.

Built-in dishwashers have the buttons on the upper rim of the door, so you can easily set the chosen program when you open the door.

When looking for the right place in the kitchen, consider that no matter what type you choose, it is ideal to place the dishwasher as close as possible to the sink.

4. Is your kitchen connected with your living room?

If your kitchen is connected with your living room, the running dishwasher might be a nuisance. Therefore, consider the appliance’s noise level. This is listed in decibels and is generally between 39 and 45 dB. If you usually turn on the dishwasher in the evening, reach for a quieter model or get a dishwasher with delayed start function. Then you can easily set it to start washing while you are at work.

5. How much water and energy will it require?

When comparing dishwashers, keep track of water consumption, which is usually between 10 to 16 litres per cycle. The smallest dishwashers only need 6-9 litres of water. However, a small dishwasher doesn’t pay off for larger households, because you have to start the cycle that much more often.

Electricity consumption is equally important. The best value is A+++, which identifies the most efficient dishwashers, while A++ is still an efficient alternative. You should no longer encounter dishwashers in the lower “A” class. Also check the efficiency of drying - ideally choose class A.

Our tip! Also keep track of the programs offered by the given dishwasher - for instance ECO programs with a lower temperature, or 6th Sense function which identifies the level of soiling, which can save you several hundred crowns per year. On the other hand, be careful - fast intensive programs may not be as efficient as they seem at first.

No matter which dishwasher you opt for in the end, do not forget to choose carefully where you buy it.
AP appliances Whirlpool is one of the few vendors to offer both authorised warranty and post-warranty service. We will be happy to assist you throughout the lifetime of your appliance.

What’s more, we offer FREE TRANSPORT for most types.

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