Dishwashers are great; anyone who owns one will tell you that they do not know how they managed without one. They not only do a good job of washing the dishes; they also help to keep the home clear of clutter and – providing you buy the right kind – reduce your energy bills as well.
If you are thinking of buying a dishwasher here are a few tips to help you to choose the best one for you and your family.
Decide where you will put it
When buying your first dishwasher you have to decide where you will put it. Most people put it in their kitchen but if you do not have space in there do not despair because a utility room will be just as suitable space.
Ideally, you want to locate your dishwasher close to the sink. There are two reasons for this. The first is that you will find it easier to get the dishwasher plumbed in. You will also find it easier to scrape and rinse those pots that need it prior to putting them in the dishwasher. Most modern dishwashers will cope with even burnt on food and greasy plates, but unless you want to be constantly cleaning out the filter, it is better to rinse the worst off under the tap.
Once you know where you are going to put your dishwasher you can decide on what size you are going to buy. The location in the home will have some influence on the size of dishwasher you can buy. If you only have a narrow slot available you will have little choice but to buy a small and narrow dishwasher. On the other hand, if space is not an issue you can buy whatever size dishwasher you like. If you have a family and eat a lot at home you are likely to need a large 8 or 10 place setting dishwasher. If you live on your own a smaller dishwasher may make more sense. A lot of people buy a big dishwasher anyway and just turn it on when they need it. They just have to be careful to rinse things a bit more thoroughly to make sure that there are no issues with smells.
If you can afford to do so always buy a good make like a Bosch dishwasher. Doing so usually works out more economical in the long run.
A good quality dishwasher normally works properly for longer than a cheap one does. If it ever does experience a breakdown you know you can get the parts to carry out a repair. In addition, if the dishwasher is still under warranty you know that the company will still be in business to honour their guarantee and sort the problem out.
Looks are not that important
Lastly, do not be put off by the way dishwashers look. These days it is possible to attach a cabinet door to the dishwasher to make it blend in seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen decor.