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Dishwasher Buying Guide



No kitchen is complete without a dishwasher for keeping dishes clean. Styles range from integrated dishwashers to standard dishwashers. Learn about why you may want to invest in a standard dishwasher instead of a portable dishwasher when you're considering a kitchen upgrade. Our guide can help you single out the best dishwasher for your kitchen cleaning needs.


Dishwasher Styles And Features

Dishwashers Of all the modern conveniences found in kitchens, the most loved is probably the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers are more powerful and dependable than ever before. Quieter, sleeker and more efficient, the days of having to wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher are over and modern dishwashers offer a wide array of features and styles to accommodate any family.

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Size & Capacity

Whether you are replacing a worn dishwasher, planning to remodel your kitchen or are building from the ground up, dishwashers have become a standard appliance in most kitchens. If you are replacing a dishwasher, then you will have the space ready for the new model. If you are installing from scratch, however, you will need to measure the area where the dishwasher will go before making a purchase.
  • The standard dishwasher is 24 inches wide. Some slim models are as small as 18 inches wide and larger capacity models can be as much as 30 inches. All of our dishwashers meet the standard 24 inch width.
  • Measure the height, width and depth of the space where you will be placing the dishwasher. Purchasing the wrong size dishwasher will end up costing you extra money in returned shipping costs or construction to make the dishwasher fit.
  • Capacity is a major consideration when purchasing a new dishwasher. You will want to ensure that that your new dishwasher offers enough space to wash a typical load of dishes. Traditional dishwashers normally hold up to 12 place settings, while tall, tub style dishwashers can hold up to 14. Several dishwashers also offer folding tines and adjustable racks to make room for pots and pans.
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Dishwasher Types

As dishwashers have become more popular, manufacturers are beginning to offer a larger variety of designs to meet the ever- growing needs and wants of consumers. There are several types of dishwashers available today, with each offering their own benefits.
  • Built-In Dishwashers - The standard in most homes, built-in dishwashers often feature drop-down, hinged doors, with sliding racks to load your dishes. Built-In dishwashers tend to be a little cheaper than other types of dishwashers and offer many of the same features as other models.
  • Drawer-Style Dishwashers - Drawer-style dishwashers are ergonomically designed and make it easier to load dishes into the machine. Offered as single drawer models for smaller families and double drawer for larger families, the double drawer dishwashers drawers work independently which allows you to set separate cycles for different types of dishes.
  • Tall Dishwashers - Tall dishwashers are perfect for washing larger plates and platters. Featuring a taller top drawer, tall dishwashers enable you to wash larger pots and pans without having to jam them into the machine.
  • Countertop Dishwashers - Countertop dishwashers are an ideal solution for smaller kitchens or kitchens without a built-in dishwasher. A portable dishwasher can also go on the road with you to wash your camping dishes. A convenient feature that adds ease to your life.
  • Portable Dishwashers - Portable dishwashers make living easier by providing the versatility of portability. Relocating is no longer a hassle with features such as casters for easy movement, and quick waterline hookups.
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Dishwasher Features

  • Multiple Cycles - Traditionally, dishwashers have 3 wash cycles which include light, normal and pots and pans. Newer models offer many other optional cycles that can help wash specialty items, such as fine china and even a sanitizing option that heats the water over the standard 140 degrees.
  • Temperature Controls - Temperature controls set your water temperature to the appropriate level to help ensure that dish washing detergent is dissolved and dishes are cleaned more thoroughly.
  • Delayed Start - Delay the start time of your dishwashers cycle so you have freshly cleaned dishes when you get home from work and save money by allowing you to wash dishes during off peak times.
  • Concealed Controls - Many newer dishwashers feature controls that are either fully or partially concealed. Fully concealed controls are placed on the top edge of the drawer, with the only drawback to this being the inability to see the wash cycle's progression.
  • Rinse Agent Refill Light - This handy light informs you when the rinse agent is low so you won't waste water from having to rewash to remove those pesky spots.
  • Adjustable Racks & Tines - Adjustable or removable racks, tines and other dish holders allow you to reconfigure your dishwasher to fit pots, pans and other dishes that would normally have to be hand washed.
  • Digital Displays - Digital displays give your dishwasher a modern look and make it easy to see the progression of your wash cycle.
  • Pushbutton Controls - Pushbutton controls allow for easy cycle setting without having to squint at the knob; helping to ensure your dishwasher is set correctly.
  • Tub Materials - Many modern dishwashers are designed with stainless steel and carbon-polymer tubs which will last longer and prolong the life of your dishwasher.
  • Dirt Sensors - Dirt sensors are a great feature that is becoming more common on newer dishwashers and adjust the water level and cycle length depending on the dirtiness of the dishes which can improve the dishwashers efficiency.
  • Noise Reduction - Many higher-end model dishwashers feature better insulation and dampers that reduce the level of noise which has been a major drawback for many years.
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