5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Dishwasher

Your search for a new dishwasher should be a quick and pleasant experience. This guide will help you choose the best dishwasher for your lifestyle and kitchen to save you effort, time and money.

Dishwashers differ in cost, type, size and features available. They also have noise levels, energy ratings, water consumption rates and more.

You should also consider your lifestyle and the amount of space you have when choosing a dishwasher. How much space do you have to put the dishwasher in? How long do you plan to keep it? Do you have a large family, cook all meals from scratch or entertain a lot? Do you eat out often and only do dishes once in a while?

There is an ideal dishwasher for everyone. Consider the five things below to find yours.


1. Cost

Entry-level or budget dishwashers such as these under £300 have fewer features and can be noisier and have fewer loading options.

Some premium models are super-quiet (see the quietest here) and have more fancy features such as extra-clean cycles, height-adjustable racks, lots of flatware slots, three racks instead of the usual two, fold down prongs, loading aids, interactive touch controls, time and heat controls, sensors and other smart functions.

Freestanding models are less expensive than integrated models, and can cost anything from about £200 to over £1000. A reasonably priced freestanding dishwasher is the Bosch SMS40C32GB ActiveWater.


2. Integrated, semi-integrated or freestanding

For the property owner, look at integrated models as they will fit better with the kitchen’s design and décor.

Freestanding models are movable and only require power and water sources for intake and a place to channel the dirty water exhausted away. They are usually easy to set up using connection kits that you can install yourself easily.


3. Size

Dishwashers come in different sizes or capacities, usually measured as ‘place settings’. The easiest way to understand what place settings are is to imagine a table laid for a 3-course meal. Each place at the table has several items of cutlery as well as a plate, a bowl and a glass plus a few other items. If a dishwasher has 10 place settings then it should hold as many items as you’d need to wash after serving a 3-course meal to 10 people.

A compact model could have 6 place settings and measure about 45cm which is enough for a single person, couple or a small family. This size is big enough to clean approximately 60 individual items at once.

A bigger dishwasher may have a 14 place setting capacity and be about 60cm wide. This size is good for a large, extended family and can wash about 150 items at once. There are also big industrial dishwashers available for commercial establishments.


4. Noise level

Most European manufactured and/or new dishwashers are very quiet. The noise level is especially important considering that the machine may run for a few hours non-stop before completing a full clean cycle. Will you be comfortable going about your business when it is running right next to you for that duration of time? See the quietest dishwashers on the market in the UK here.

This is especially important if you live in a small flat or your bedroom or living room is close to where you keep your dishwasher.


5. Energy and water efficiency

With most new models, you do not have to worry about heavy power and water usage. They are generally energy-efficient and consume minimal amounts of power and water.

Considering this is an appliance that may be used on a daily basis, energy and water efficiency is important when it comes to keeping water and power bills in check.

Some models come with an eco-wash program which uses cooler water to get the same results.

There are also models with a delayed start cycle whereby you can set the machine to start (and switch off when done) 6-10 hours later when you are sure there is scheduled running water. This can be used to hold the dirty dishes out of sight until you are ready to do the washing, or rather run the dishwasher, hours or even days later when it is full.

It is also advisable to “hold” dishes until the machine is full of them even if this takes days. The dishwasher will use the same amount of water and power to run a full capacity cycle as a half-filled one.

Don’t hesitate to ask for a demonstration of how certain features work and be sure you can set it up at home comfortably. Most shops, whether in-store or online, have plumbing experts ready and waiting to assist you to install your dishwasher.

If you want to buy from a reputable brand, Beko, Hotpoint, Bosch, Samsung, Grundig, Miele and Hoover are just a few of the top brands to look for. Most manufacturers provide at minimum a standard one-year parts and labour warranty.

Now you know how to choose a great dishwasher. Go and get it!