March 17, 2018

Dishwasher Buying Tips

Before you step into a showroom or start a conversation with a salesperson at your local home store, educate yourself about today’s dishwashers. Then decide what type will be right for you. Here are some thoughts to consider:

Decide on a dishwasher type before you begin. The built-in dishwasher, ideal for fitting into a specially formatted space within your cabinetry, is the most standard of all dishwasher types. The drawer dishwasher, which features several drawers for different capacities, is a relatively new style that allows you to wash only a few dishes per drawer when needed. For smaller areas, countertop dishwashers might be more feasible. A portable dishwasherworks where kitchen space is limited, but can be found nearby. What type of dishwasher you choose will likely be dependent on the size of your kitchen as well as your budget.

Understand capacity levels in dishwashers. While couples and those with small families might find an 18-inch dishwasher to be suitable for their needs, larger families will probably be happier with a 24-inch dishwasher.

Consider energy costs. Look for the Energy Star symbol on dishwasher models, which indicates that the dishwasher conforms to Energy Star requirements and will thus save you money each month on utilities. Energy Star-rated dishwashers not only save you money, but also leave a smaller carbon footprint over time. For more energy savings, look for features like quick wash, which prevents the dishwasher from overusing water and expending extra energy.

Compare dishwasher cycles. While most dishwashers will include standard cycle settings such as economy, light and regular, some dishwashers offer advanced settings, such as a rinse cycle, or settings for specific dishware, such as glass stemware. Although these settings are not necessary, they can add to the overall convenience of the dishwasher.

Look at exterior style and decor. If you would like your large appliances to match, exterior color and look can play a huge part in the dishwasher you choose. When you find a dishwasher with the features you desire, see if that dishwasher is available in various styles. If your dishwasher will set the stage for the other appliances, consider how easy or hard it will be to clean the exterior of the dishwasher. While stainless steel is a popular choice, it’s also more difficult to clean.

Check out the interior layout. Consider how much you like (or dislike) the stacking ability of your current dishwasher and the placement of the silverware trays. You can find silverware trays inside the door of the dishwasher or within the pullout trays located inside the dishwasher.

Read reviews and consumer tips. While you will ultimately have to choose a dishwasher that will conform to your individual needs, reading reviews will give you a grasp on which models don’t live up to their hype. This extra footwork can save you money on repair bills and annoyance with your new dishwasher in the end.

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Portable Dishwasher

If you lack the space for a built in dishwasher or need the occasional extra capacity of second dishwasher, a portable might be for you. Danby makes this Model DDW1805W.

This Free-Standing Dishwasher is great for anyone who wants the convenience of a dishwasher but has limited space. The dishwasher can freely be moved around the kitchen to allow for more open space where needed. It has a 8 place setting capacity, a large lower disk rack and silverware basket and has 7 wash programs. The quiet operation of this dishwasher is a must have for anyone who wants a dishwasher in a small space.

You might expect a product this convenient to skimp on other features too, but that´s hardly the case. The Danby Portable 18 Inch Dishwasher features a stainless steel tub for long-lasting durability, convertible dishracks that adjust for regular or glass-only loads, energystar rated superior, super quiet operation and low water consumption.

  • 8 Place Setting Capacity
  • Large Lower Dish Rack and Silverware Basket
  • Dish Rack accommodates plates 11″ in diameter
  • Adjustable Upper Dish Rack
  • 7 Wash Programs
  • Three Tier Spray Wash System
  • Rinse Agent Dispenser
  • Maximum temperature allows for sani-wash option
  • Automatic Detergent Dispenser
  • Low Water Consumption
  • Normal wash uses 3.8 gallons (14.5 L)
  • Quiet Operation (55 dB)
  • Convenient hose storage
  • Built-in Casters for easy movement
  • Water Softening System
  • Stainless Steel Spray Arm & Interior
  • Energy Star
  • 3 Tier Filter
  • 17.7″ wide
  • 27″ deep
  • 36″ tall
  • Sent via truck freight (134 pounds packaged)
  • 18 month manufacturers warranty
  • This sells for around $400.00