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Dishwasher Buying Guide
Dishwashers are often an overlooked appliance in the kitchen. Whether you use them or not, new dishwashers are probably a good financial investment. There has been documentation of mechanical dishwashing machine schematics as early as 1850 in the United States as a patent. Honestly, mankind’s fascination with automating chores and labor has been around since the scientific revolution because manual labor wastes time. Every chore in the house if done in a traditional sense would take up to an entire day or more to complete, appliances may be taken for granted, but there is no denying we can’t get anything done without them.
Sometimes, it’s easier to use a dishwasher to clean away stuck on food debris left by the likes of oatmeal, egg yolks, melted cheese and jam among others than scrubbing away by hand. The added appeal of having dishwashers alleviate you of this chore is that you can preload dirty dishes and wash them at a later time when you’re ready. Other things to consider is the size of your household, as typically, larger families produce a lot of dirty dishes, pots, and pans. After a while, it can become quite exhausting. However, dishwashers today aren’t just good at doing large loads, some machines are built for smaller households and some dishwashers are designed with isolated wash zone capacity.
There has been a lot of debate on whether dishwashers are more efficient in conserving water and resources than traditional hand washing.
Dishwashers versus Hand Washing
The main feature a good dishwasher should provide is being able to satisfactorily clean your dishes. Here are some of the features worth considering when purchasing a new dishwasher.
Purchasing a New Dishwasher
When buying a new dishwasher, the top concern is how much you’re willing to spend. Depending on the amount of features, expect to spend anywhere from $300 to $2000.
Dishwashers commonly come in a 24” width variety with some designed in a smaller size at 18” to accommodate smaller spaces.
Types of Dishwashers
There are a few types of dishwashers on the market. Depending on your needs, there is a right dishwasher designed particularly to your situation.
These dishwashers are amongst the most common in most households. They are typically located next to or in close proximity to the kitchen sink for convenience. A built-in dishwasher is also designed to fit flush underneath counters and cabinetry. Additionally, they require a plumbing hook-up with water being fed in and water being drained out, as well as, access to electricity to power the machine.
This type of dishwashers is designed to be more compact in size. It is similar to a built-in dishwasher where it can fit flush with kitchen cabinetry. These models of dishwashers are fairly new to the market and are intended to be an innovative new offering. Drawer dishwashers come in either a single drawer or double drawer design. For double drawer models, they can either run a single drawer or double drawer wash cycle depending on user needs. In addition, these dishwashers require a simple plumbing and electrical setup similar to a built-in dishwasher.
These dishwashers are typically the most budget friendly. Countertop dishwashers are an economical offering which require a faucet connection and sink close by for a water supply and water drain, respectively. These compact styled dishwashers are ideal for couples and single family households because of their smaller capacity, and would not waste too many resources.
Note: Faucet cannot be used when this dishwasher is in operation.
Panel Ready Dishwasher
Similar in design and operation as a built-in dishwasher, panel ready dishwashers provides the added luxury of being able to install user preferred custom paneling to match their kitchen décor.
This freestanding style of dishwasher is designed to be used for when plumbing installations or space is not convenient. These models are typically found in small apartments where they are brought out to be connected to a sink and faucet when they need to be used and stored away when not. This dishwasher also requires enough space next to your sink when you need to use it. Usually, this type of dishwasher comes equipped with wheels, so it's easier to move around.
Note: Sink cannot be used when this dishwasher in in operation.