Dishwasher Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, take a look at this buyers guide to get a good idea what to shop for.

Dishwasher Buying Guide

There are so many different dishwashers being manufactured these days that it can be quite a confusion trying to find the best one. Here are a few things to consider when you are out and about looking for a fancy new dishwasher for your kitchen.

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Energy efficiency

While you will probably want to choose your based on its fancy appearance, size or features, the energy efficiency rating is the first thing to be examined. You’re probably going to have this dishwasher for many years to come and use it on a daily basis to get your dishes done. This means that it is going to be using a lot of electricity and you’re the one that’s going to have to pay the bills for it.

When you start comparing the energy efficient of the different models, you’ll see quite a large variation from one to the other. By choosing the washer with the best rating you may end up saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars in energy costs during the lifetime of your dishwasher. Look for the highest rating for a dishwasher, which will be AAA.

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By using this buyers guide you’ll be able to cut down the cost of your energy use every time you use your new appliance. It takes about 1.5 kW of energy to heat the dishwasher to run the dishes and about 17L of water. When you consider that it takes 2.5 kW of energy to heat the water for a sink full of water for washing dishes, you’re actually better off using a dishwasher.


This is the next thing you’re going to want to examine when you’re out shopping.

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This is actually going to be the fun part. There will be all sorts of different settings available on the various models. Some will come with an LCD screen that displays the options and time left for a cycle, some will have simple buttons and others will have sophisticated technology that you will have to read the instruction manual to figure out.

Freestanding or integrated

If you are replacing an integrated dishwasher underneath your countertop, you won’t have to make a choice between purchasing an integrated or a freestanding kitchen appliance. If you don’t have a space assigned for a dishwasher already in your kitchen, you’ll have to decide whether you want to get the type that rolls on wheels or one that will fit under your counter. It’s actually pretty easy to get the plumbing set up for a built-in dishwasher and it doesn’t cost too much either. You’ll just have to make sure that you have enough space and are willing to give up some of your cupboards to fit in a dishwasher.

I can’t stress enough the importance of looking for an energy-efficient model first and then looking at all of the features second. When you consider that a dishwasher can last 10 years or more with proper care, that’s a lot of energy that can be saved over the years. It’s not just a matter of conserving energy to save money for your bills either – it’s a matter of doing your part to help the environment as well.

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