If you're in the market for a new dishwasher, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. From basic models to high-end machines with all the bells and whistles, it can be tough to know where to start. But don't worry - we're here to help. In this guide, we'll walk you through the key factors you should consider when choosing a dishwasher, including size, features, and energy efficiency. By the end, you'll have all the information you need to make an informed decision and find the perfect dishwasher for your home. Let's get started!

Choosing the right Size

To begin your search for the perfect dishwasher, one of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether to opt for a full size or slim line model. Full size dishwashers are always 600mm in width, while slim line models are always 450mm in width, with no in-between sizes available. Consider your available space and your household's dishwashing needs to determine which size is the best fit for you.

Installation Type

Once you've decided on the size of your dishwasher, the next step is to consider whether you want an integrated or freestanding model. An integrated dishwasher is designed to blend seamlessly into your kitchen, with a fascia door panel that matches the rest of your cabinetry. On the other hand, a freestanding dishwasher stands alone and does not require any additional installation. If you want a compromise between the two, you can opt for a semi-integrated dishwasher, which has a shorter fascia door panel that exposes the dishwasher's control panel. Consider your kitchen's layout and your personal preferences to decide which type of dishwasher is right for you.

How to measure the capacity of a dishwasher?

The capacity of a dishwasher is typically measured in "place settings", which refers to the number of dishes, cutlery, and glasses that can be cleaned in a single cycle. For example, if you regularly host dinners for eight people, you'll want a dishwasher with a place setting of eight to ensure that everything can be cleaned at once (excluding pots and pans). A typical place setting includes a large dinner plate, a small plate, a cup, a saucer, a bowl, a drinking glass, and a set of cutlery consisting of a knife, fork, dessert spoon, and teaspoon. Keep this in mind as you consider the capacity of different dishwasher models to ensure that you choose one that can handle your household's needs.

What is in one place setting?

Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings. One place setting consists of a large dinner plate, dessert plate, glass, bowl, teacup, saucer, two knives, forks, spoons.

Key Features to look out for

Energy Efficiency

Choosing an energy-efficient dishwasher is crucial for reducing your energy bills. The higher the energy rating, the more efficient the dishwasher is at using energy and water. Opting for a dishwasher with a fantastic A energy rating can help you save money in the long run. Leading brands such as Bosch, Siemens, and Neff offer a wide range of highly-rated energy-efficient dishwashers to choose from. Consider the energy rating and brand reputation when selecting a dishwasher to ensure that you are making an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective choice.

Noise Level

When shopping for a dishwasher, it's important to keep in mind that the noise level is measured in decibels. The higher the decibel number, the louder the appliance will be during operation. Therefore, it's worth considering the noise level of a dishwasher before making a purchase. Opting for a model with a lower decibel rating can help ensure a quieter kitchen environment while the dishwasher is running.

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