Getting the Washing Up Done: Choosing the Right Dishwasher For Your Kitchen

Any piece of kitchen equipment that reduces time and effort is a welcome addition to the household. I’ve been researching recently on the purchase of a dishwasher and thought I would share my findings with you.

Dishwashers have become increasingly popular since they attracted mass-consumer interest back in the 1970s. Today, around 20 million of these time-saving units are sold each around the world. Available in a range of sizes, you can take your time in choosing a dishwasher so that you can find the one to suit your needs.

Size of family, size of dishwasher

The number of people in your family will make a difference to the size of model you should go for. Thankfully, they come in different sizes, so kitchen space is less of a problem than before. Of course, a slim-line dishwasher means a smaller inner capacity size but there will still be space for around nine place settings, more than large enough for the average family. If you go for a compact unit you’ll still have enough space for four place settings (the fifth place setting might just have to do some washing up!).

Energy efficient concerns

Many people are rightfully concerned about the amount of water and energy a dishwasher will use. The average unit uses no more than one gallon of water per day; hand washing your dishes will result in using five times the amount of water compared to a dishwasher. The newer models are also much more energy efficient than the dishwashers of only a decade ago and most models will be graded and then visibly marked with their energy efficiency ranking. Keep in mind that the more expensive dishwashers are more energy efficient — your investment will be rewarded with lower running costs over the long term.

Taking adequate care of your new dishwasher including regular maintenance should mean your new appliance will last for years. Remember — don’t overload the washer, use a dishwasher cleaner regularly and clean out the filter to extend the lifespan of your machine. 

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