Published at Monday, May 21st 2018. by Madelene Lebel in Dishwasher.
The options. For a kitchen of limited space and/or budget a slim 45cm wide model is a viable option. Depending on the size of the household and how often big meals are prepared a small dishwasher should just about cope with a family of two who entertain occasionally. If more capacity is needed your kitchen designer may specify two of these to service the needs of larger families. This configuration can also be a consideration when the standard 60cm dishwasher is not adequate as two 45cm models in essence provide you with a 90cm wide dishwasher.
While checking out dishwasher brands we found out that most are made by just two or three companies. Whirlpool manufacturers their own brand of dishwashers as well as dishwashers for Kenmore Roper and KitchenAid. Maytag manufacturers their own brand as well as Amana Admiral and Jenn-Air. GE manufacturers their own brand as well as Hotpoint. One thing that was definitely important to us when choosing a dishwasher was the noise level. As our dishwasher got older it got louder. We learned that most dishwasher noise levels are about 48 dB. We read that AEG and Miele dishwashers are the quietest at between 42 and 43 dB.
Another option that is often overlooked is the 60cm dishwasher drawer which as its name suggests is a pull out drawer that houses the dishwasher. This can be in either a single or double arrangement. The advantage of this design is that it is easier to load and unload as you would not need to stoop as much. It also gives greater flexibility on where it can be located within the kitchen. Be sure to opt for the premium brands if you can as they tend to more reliable. Recently their dependability has improved as scope for their popularity in the future increases. The reduced capacity of this design is also a consideration and it is common for a kitchen designer to specify two dishwasher drawers as a result. And if you are a larger family there are wider 90cm versions available.
We plan to live in our home for at least five more years and this fact does weigh on our dishwasher choice. We want to make sure we have an energy efficient dishwasher but want to be able to recoup our money. Another mistake homeowners make is buying the most expensive energy saving product. Sometimes this is not an efficient use of money. If you buy a $1200 dishwasher you may only be saving $20-$50 a year on water and energy usage. You would have to stay in your home at least 10 years to realize the savings over the $700 model. Something else to consider when buying a dishwasher.
Conserve your energy. Be sure to read up fully on your shortlist of machines; each dishwasher is rated on a scale of A to G for energy efficiency with A-ranked options being the most economical options. Washing performance is also graded so checking the full facts of each machine is always a good idea.
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