How to choose a dishwasher

Anyone who has ever had to wash a mountain of dishes, thought about buying a dishwasher. After all, it is not only convenient, but also useful device. Many do not know, but the dishwasher is much cleaner to wash dishes than it can be done manually. Optimally positioned water sprayers fan out a huge amount of micro-jets of water under high pressure. The high temperature of the sink contributes to the rapid removal of fat and the destruction of microbes. At the same time, much less water is spent on the sink. In addition, hands do not come into contact with aggressive household chemicals. And this is not to mention a lot of time that such a miracle of technology saves every day. Thus, a dishwasher is a device that must be in every family. And to make the purchase as useful as possible and take into account your individual needs, you must adhere to the following simple rules when choosing it.
Selecting the installation type
If you are changing your kitchen set and you have the opportunity to individually plan new kitchen furniture, then a built-in dishwasher is perfect.

In this case, you can choose a fully embedded or partially embedded model. There is only one difference between them. The front part of the fully integrated model is completely covered with kitchen elements, and the control module is located on the end part of the door. For a partially embedded model, the command display remains open, which makes it much easier to control.

The advantages of this choice will be even lower noise level in comparison with other types of dishwashers (furniture and hinged facades will provide additional noise insulation), as well as aesthetic harmony. However, the built-in dishwasher will cost more than its stand-alone counterparts, and in the case of repair or replacement of hoses, this process will be more labor-intensive. If you do not plan a large-scale repair with replacement of kitchen furniture, then the ideal option will be different models of separate dishwashers. Fortunately, now the market has a huge number of cars not only of different designs, but also a variety of colors. You can choose a classic white version of the case, as well as a silver or even black model. This variety will allow you to easily fit the machine into the interior of the kitchen.

We determine the dimensions

You can choose a full-size model (height: 81-85 cm, width 59-60 cm, depth 55-63 cm), a narrow dishwasher (differs in width up to 45 cm) or a compact model (height: 43-59 cm, width 54-55 cm, depth 51-52 cm). Making a choice between these options, it is advisable to proceed from the number of dishes that are planned to be washed daily. In addition, you need to take into account the size of the kitchen itself.

If the kitchen furniture is already installed, then when installing the dishwasher, it will be necessary to take into account the design capabilities of the kitchen set (the width of the shelves, the height of the countertop, etc.), as well as to proceed from the amount of free space not occupied by furniture and other appliances. In this case, a narrow dishwasher model is a good option. After all, it requires less usable space, and its capacity will not differ much from a full-size dishwasher. And at the price, this model will be cheaper than the full-size analog.

The full-size model is able to wash 12-14 sets of dishes in one cycle. One set is: 4 plates, a Cup (or saucer), a spoon and a fork. This option is ideal if you have a large family with many children. The narrow machine can handle 9-12 sets of dishes at a time. This will be enough for a family of up to 5 people. The compact dishwasher can wash 6-8 sets of dishes at a time. This is enough for a family of 2-3 people.

Wash modes and additional functions

Even the most budget versions of dishwashers have 3-5 washing programs. In more expensive models, the number of programs can reach 8-9 types. The most popular programs that you will definitely need are: universal, intensive and fast washing.The pre-soaking option will also be very useful. Thanks to it, the dishes that are stored in the machine while waiting for washing are kept in a wet state, which speeds up and facilitates its subsequent cleaning.

If, in addition to basic features, convenient options and the ability to wash a variety of dishes are important for you, we recommend paying attention to additional functions and washing modes. The most important of them are the following.

Possibility of rinsing with hot water. This mode is suitable for dishes that have already been washed. Table utensils in this case are not washed, but only rinsed for additional hygiene in case of long non-use or for heating before serving.

Special washing mode for fragile dishes.

Crystal glasses and wine glasses are made of thin glass and are susceptible to high temperatures and strong water pressure. Thanks to this mode, the machine will wash them without damaging them.

Selecting the water temperature within a single wash mode. The higher the temperature, the better the fat and sticky food remains are washed off. The choice of temperature will allow you to be more selective in the process of washing dishes, depending on their contamination. The possibility of such regulation is provided in the models of the middle and high price ranges.

Water consumption

As a rule, the larger the capacity of the dishwasher, the more water it will consume per cycle. Compact models consume from 6.5 to 9 liters per cycle. Narrow dishwashers consume from 9 to 13 liters of water. In full-size models with a capacity of 12-14 sets, it takes from 10-13 liters of water to wash. Expensive models are able to efficiently wash 14 sets of dishes, spending less than 10 liters of water. Here you should pay attention not to the number of liters spent per sink, but to the ratio of the amount of water spent to the capacity of the dishwasher. This indicator is best in full-size models.

If you want to save more water, then when choosing a dishwasher, you should pay attention to the following points:

Half-load capability. So that dirty dishes do not have to save up for a long time.

Availability of an aquasensor. Machines with such a device are able to determine the level of contamination of dishes themselves during the entire washing cycle and, based on this, correctly dose the water consumption.

Possibility to connect to the hot water supply system. This will significantly reduce energy costs and extend the service life of the heating elements of the machine.

Availability of a load sensor. Thanks to it, the machine itself dispenses water based on the degree of loading. This option is only available in expensive models.

Class of washing, drying and energy consumption

All modern models presented on our market have a washing class A. this means that at the end of the wash you get the most clean dishes. The same situation is with drying dishes. Almost all models are class A in terms of drying quality. However, there are nuances associated with the method of drying dishes. Therefore, one model will provide you with dry dishes, spending 20 minutes, and the other-more than an hour. Therefore, we will consider more detailed methods of drying in dishwashers below.
As for energy consumption, the situation is more complicated. With the introduction of a new classification of energy consumption in 2011, energy efficiency is now determined by energy consumption not per hour, but over the entire year of operation. Data on the amount of electricity spent on 280 washing cycles, together with the time spent in standby mode, are compared with the average electricity consumption. The average is understood as the consumption of 462 kWh of electricity for 280 cycles of washing 12 sets of dishes. Or 1.65 kWh per sink. This expense is standard.

If the dishwasher has an energy efficiency class A, it will spend less than 71% of this norm per wash, i.e. about 1.17 kWh. Class a + dishwashers will spend less than 63% per wash, i.e. less than 1.04 kWh. And if there is an energy efficiency class A++ – less than 56%, that is, from 0.92 kWh or less. Well, if you were lucky enough to buy a premium dishwasher with energy efficiency A+++, it will spend on a standard sink almost half the energy from the standard norm (less than 51%), that is, no more than 0.84 kWh. Models with the highest energy efficiency class belong to the upper price segment and are expensive.

Drying options

Various technologies can be used in the drying process.

The simplest and cheapest of them is condensation drying. This technology actually involves the natural drying of dishes after the final rinse with hot water. Drops of water evaporating from the surface of the dish settle (condense) on the walls of the dishwasher and then fall into a special compartment and are removed.

Convection drying (turbo drying) is a more technological and expensive process. Dishes are dried by blowing it with hot air. The hot air flow is created using a special heating element and a built-in fan. This drying is much faster than condensation drying, but entails additional energy costs.

Another type of drying is intensive drying. It also occurs due to air circulation. But air flows are created naturally, thanks to the difference in temperature and pressure and the presence of a heat exchanger. This type of drying is faster than condensation drying and does not consume electricity.

Noise level

This indicator ranges from 38 to 55 DB. If you want to turn on the car at night, you can use cars with noise levels up to 45 DB. These characteristics can boast of expensive models and some samples of the middle price segment.

Comparing the price tags and features of expensive and cheaper models of dishwashers, sometimes the question arises, what is the reason for the difference in price. As a rule, an expensive model uses less electricity and water, it works quieter. In expensive models, there are convenient devices that facilitate management: an aquasensor, a load sensor, a salt sensor, a water purity sensor, a convenient display, and so on.This dishwasher actually takes part of the control functions on itself. Often, there are many differences in high-price range models that are not visible at first glance, but they make the dishwasher more convenient and safer. For example, a high-quality door closer, a more durable and corrosion-resistant metal body, a more reliable protection system against leaks, etc.But it also happens that the more expensive model has even fewer programs and functions than the cheaper one. Therefore, in order to make the best choice for price and quality, it is necessary not only to carefully study the characteristics, but also to be interested in user reviews of the model you are interested in, as well as to study reviews of specific products.

Top 5 dishwashers

Danby (New Model DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher, White (Fivе Расk)

Washing has never been easier as it is with this stylish counter-top dishwasher. This unit utilizes just 3.1 gallons (11.7 liters) of water for a normal cycle. It comes with six different settings which can easily be programmed and monitored via the electronic LED display. The wash cycles range from soak, glass, rapid, economy, normal, and intensive. The dishwasher is designed for simple and quick installation as it can easily be hooked up to any tap in your kitchen. Keeping the appliance clean is a breeze due to its durable stainless-steel interior. There is an auto detergent and rinse agent dispenser for your convenience and this chic dishwashing unit is designed to fit under just about any type of kitchen cabinet. It also comes with a 12-month warranty on parts and labor.

 

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher – Energy Star Portable Mini Dish Washer in Stainless Steel Interior for Small Apartment Office and Home Kitchen with 6 Place Setting Rack and Silverware Basket

Product Identifiers

  • GTIN
    0853893007140
  • BRAND
    hOme
  • MPN
    HME010033N
  • UPC
    0853893007140
  • eBay Product ID (ePID)
    2229888023

Product Key Features

  • Model
    HME010033N
  • Item Depth
    20in.
  • Color
    White
  • Tub Material
    Stainless Steel
  • Finish
    Stainless Steel
  • Item Width
    22in.
  • Number of Place Settings
    6
  • Energy Star
    Compliant

Dimensions

  • Weight
    67lbs.
  • Width
    21 in.
  • Depth
    21 in.

Additional Product Features

  • Style
    Contemporary
  • No. of Place Settings
    6

 

SPT SD-9263W 18″ Energy Star Portable Dishwasher

Product Information

  • With the Sunpentown SPT Portable Dishwasher, washing your dishes is as easy as connecting to a kitchen faucet. There is no need for permanent installation or direct plumbing. It is made from durable stainless steel, meaning it is fully transportable and resistant to damage. This Energy Star portable dishwasher can hold up to eight standard place settings, saving you time and energy. It has six different wash cycles in addition to an automatic detergent dispenser and a rinse agent dispenser for your convenience.

Product Identifiers

  • GTIN
    0876840011908
  • BRAND
    Remington
  • MPN
    SD9241SS
  • UPC
    0876840011908
  • eBay Product ID (ePID)
    2255633404

Product Key Features

  • Model
    SD-9241SS
  • Item Depth
    25.98in.
  • Features
    Removable Filter, Door-Front Control, Door-Top Control, Delay Start
  • Color
    Silver, White, Multicolor, Stainless Steel, Gray, Black
  • Type
    Portable
  • Tub Material
    Stainless Steel
  • Finish
    Stainless Steel
  • Item Width
    17.72in.
  • Installation
    Freestanding
  • Energy Star
    Compliant

Dimensions

  • Weight
    121.3lbs.
  • Width
    17.72
  • Height
    36.02in.
  • Depth
    25.98
  • Length
    26in.

Additional Product Features

  • Band Material
    Aluminum
  • Measurement System
    Inch
  • energy consumption
    295kwh/yr
  • Decibel Level (dB)
    136.7 lbs
  • Power Levels
    6
  • Style
    Bar
  • Origin
    China
  • No. of Place Settings
    8
  • For Gun Model
    700
  • Item Number
    111249
  • Voltage
    120 V
  • Smart Home Compatibility
    No
  • OperatingSystem
    Android
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Power
    110W
  • Storage Capacity
    32GB
  • Compatible Caliber
    .308
  • Network
    Verizon
  • Dimensions
    26×17.7x36in.
  • Noise
    55dB
  • Screen Size
    5.5
  • Sport
    Hunting
  • Control Console
    Full Panel
  • Specific Part
    Foregrip
  • Number of Burners
    2
  • Gun & Rifle Type
    Rifles
  • Suitable For
    Washing Machine
  • Input Voltage
    120V / 60Hz
  • tub type
    Tall Tub
  • Processor
    Octa Core
  • Green Compliance
    Energy Star
  • Part Material
    Aluminum
  • Lock Status
    Factory Unlocked
  • Contract
    Without Contract
  • Amps
    15 Amps
  • Capacity
    8 Place Settings

 

EdgeStar BIDW1802SS 18 Inch Wide 8 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Built-In Dishwasher

Features:

  • With a compact footprint, this dishwasher can help you get the most out of a kitchen with limited space all while holding 8 place settings
  • Leakage sensor automatically shuts off water flow when a leak is detected to protect your home from water damage
  • Digital push button control panel and digital display allows you to easily select your cycle and wash options along with switches for on/off and a Delay option that allows a cycle to be delayed for up to 24 hours
  • Control panel lock feature prevents accidental usage
  • Rinse aid compartment helps remove spots and prevent film build up, while helping to dry your dishes more quickly (rinse aid sold separately)
  • Silverware basket and cup tray allow you to get the most out of each load by maximizing usable space
  • Slider wheel rack assembly gives a smoother rack glide
  • Six different wash settings allow you to customize each cycle depending on the type of dishes being washed.
  • Heated Dry option available for all cycles except Rinse.
  • Quiet 52dB operation keeps the disturbance to a minimum

Specifications:

  • Place Setting Capacity: 8
  • Number of Cycles: 6
  • Number of Options: 3
  • Number of Racks: 2
  • Sanitary Rinse: Yes
  • dB Rating: 52
  • Spray Arms: 2
  • Width: 17-5/8″
  • Height: 32-1/2″
  • Depth: 22-7/16″
  • Amperage: 6.67A
  • Voltage: 120V

 

EdgeStar DWP62SV 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Portable Countertop Dishwasher

Product Identifiers

  • GTIN
    0846844011952
  • BRAND
    EdgeStar
  • MPN
    DWP62SV
  • UPC
    0846844011952
  • eBay Product ID (ePID)
    24034590071

Product Key Features

  • Model
    DWP62SV
  • Item Depth
    19.68 in
  • Color
    Silver
  • Custom Bundle
    No
  • Tub Material
    Stainless Steel
  • Finish
    Painted
  • Item Width
    21.68 in
  • Installation
    Freestanding
  • Number of Place Settings
    6
  • Energy Star
    Compliant

Dimensions

  • Weight
    44 pounds
  • Width
    21 in.

Additional Product Features

  • No. of Place Settings
    6

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