Dishwashers are a modern convenience that a lot of us are so accustomed to. Homes, condominiums and many flats now have one as a standard appliance, much like a stove and fridge. Like any appliance, however, they do not last forever. When it is time to purchase or replace a dishwasher, take time to research the many choices which are out there. With costs ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand bucks, choose wisely to be sure you locate the appliance that best meets your needs.
Consider the following features when shopping for your next dishwasher:
-Size and Color/Finish
How large is the space for your dishwasher? The standard sizes are 18″ and 24″ for the built-in type. Stainless steel finishes are the most popular, but you may also select from standard finishes like a white, black, white, beige or even a wood grain finish.
Traditional versions have the controls on the front of the appliance. Some models are now made with the controls at the top, so they are actually not seen when the door is closed.
Make sure the inside of the dishwasher has everything you require. Check out the number of racks and the way they’re arranged. Some versions have three racks, and most have a particular utensils area. Think about how you’ll load it with dishes, pots, pans, glasses and other kitchenware as you examine the tub dimensions and interior features.
What are the different purposes of the dishwasher? A delayed start option is wonderful to have, so that you can load it up and set it to run at a later time. Special wash cycles might include rinse only, a sanitary or high temperature rinse, heavy soil or heated dry.
Generally the more attributes you choose, the higher the cost. Also, if some of those choices are specifically designed to save energy or water, you can expect to pay a slightly higher price for the item. Many appliance shops offer regular promotions and financing. The manufacturer may offer rebates for specific models. You might also consult your energy company to determine if they offer incentives for installing Energy Star Certified appliances.
Dishwashers can cost a bit or a lot, and can offer a few choices or many. You want yours to meet your household needs and not break your budget. Do a bit of research and shop wisely.