If you are on the market for a new dishwasher, the number of options available can easily overwhelm you. How do you know which features to prioritise and worth paying a little extra for? Which model can you afford? Before you begin the buying process, make sure to know your price range first. The majority of dishwashers come with an Energy Star rating which is also worth paying attention to since this can help you save money in the long run. Other things you must keep in mind when buying a new dishwasher include the following:
Think about the number of dishes you want to fit into the machine regularly. A dishwasher’s capacity is given in terms of the number of place settings it can fit. One place setting is composed of a big dinner plate, a bowl, a small snack plate, a drinking glass, a coffee cup, two teaspoons, a knife, a small salad fork, and a dinner fork. The majority of full-sized dishwashers hold between 12 and 16 place settings. A lave-vaisselle LG is made with a third rack at the top of the machine to increase its capacity. This offers a place for silverware, plastic lids, and utensils.
Inexpensive models have the front-facing controls. Some users appreciate the ability to see the buttons easily; however, they may get pushed too easily leaning up against the machine or by your kid’s little fingers. With the integrated controls, you can have a sleek and seamless look by hiding the buttons from little fingers. But, you may not be able to easily tell when the cycle is over. Also, the buttons are usually smaller.
Older dishwasher models are known for making loud sounds during cleaning cycles. These sounds are rated in decibels (dBs). Older models rate around 80 dBs, of which sound can be compared to the garbage disposal. Modern dishwashers run from 46-60 dBs. You will want to buy a quieter dishwasher so it does not interrupt your household activities.
Durability of the Interior
When it comes to the interior of a dishwasher, your main choice is a stainless steel tub or a plastic tub. The stainless steel tub is more durable and runs quieter than its plastic counterparts. Also, it eliminates a lot of the main major leaks that can take place when the plastic tub gets cracked over time. But, the kind of tub does not affect the dishwasher’s overall cleaning power.