How To Choose The Best Dishwasher For Your Needs

Increased consumer confidence has seen sales of dishwashers in Australia continue to rise, as more people embrace the energy and water savings offered by dishwashers over conventional hand washing. There are various factors to consider when buying a dishwasher that offers value for money, and your choice of detergent will also play a big part in determining the quality of washes.

Advantages of Dishwashers

If you’ve never owned a dishwasher before – or you’re deciding whether to replace a broken dishwasher or go back to hand washing – these dishwashing facts could help sway your decision:

  • Dishwashers could save you up to three weeks each year compared to the time spent hand washing dishes
  • No more dry and chapped hands from washing liquids.
  • Dishwashers have been proven to be more economical or convenient than hand washing.

Once you’ve decided to buy a dishwasher, there are several major aspects to look for when you compare models from the leading brands.

Performance

Dishwashers are made for every price range, and while buying a more expensive machine will usually result in a higher quality wash, you can still find reliable dishwashers in more affordable price brackets – the key is to use a good detergent. High-end dishwashers can look great in modern homes, but unless you’re putting together your dream kitchen, you may not need to pay for this level of luxury just yet.

Some dishwashers are designed to operate silently, such as units mounted to base pans, while those that produce higher noise levels are typically cheaper to buy. If this is a deal-breaker for you, check whether manufacturers boast about their dishwashers’ whisper quiet operation or enquire at your local appliance store to find a suitable dishwasher for your kitchen.

Energy and water efficiency

With rising energy costs and depleting water reserves, conserving these precious resources by any means has become a more pressing issue in recent years. Did you know that you can boost your home’s green credentials with an efficient dishwasher? Compared to hand washing, dishwashers can save a significant amount of energy and water.

Not all dishwashers boast the same energy efficiency though, which is why you should check the product’s energy star rating. This independent rating will usually be indicated on the machine itself, or you can find details on manufacturers’ and suppliers’ websites.