Vote It Up When Buying a Dishwasher

Buying a new dishwasher doesn’t have to be a nerve-racking experience, but with all the latest dishwasher models and their various conveniences, capacities, and cycle options, there can be confusion and concerns as to just what machine is the best to purchase. There’s a lot to think through when it comes to buying a high-end appliance, and there are questions that should be asked to make the whole process a lot less stressful, which makes your purchase a positive experience.

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  1. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What should I consider first when purchasing a dishwasher?

    You should consider what machine best suits your living situation. Is there a small or large family involved with lots of meal preparation and baking, with constant use of a dishwasher, or is dishwasher use limited? Is there space for a dishwasher that can accommodate an opening of 18 or 24 inches? If there is not enough room, a portable dishwasher would have to be considered. Also, is the dishwasher going to be used for years on end in a permanent home, or is it going to be used in a temporary living situation? If your kitchen is undergoing remodeling, you might want to invest in a top-of-the line model with the latest efficiency features.

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  2. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What are the features to look for in a dishwasher?

    When you decide to buy a dishwasher, you want to look at the available features. If you need added room for a large family or entertaining purposes, you will want to ask how many place settings the dishwasher will accommodate (at least 14, and additional room for larger serving pieces and pans) and whether the racks are adjustable to fit these kinds of items. Look for dishwashers that have extra shelving and tines (prongs) to allow for putting large utensils and extra cups in place. Usually the larger the interior of a dishwasher, the more adjustability you will have for any large items.

    Other features to look for include being able to open the dishwasher for forgotten pieces, light washes and water savers, quick or short water saving cycles, cycles for fine china and crystal, delay starts, plate warmer settings, pots and pans cycles, and a child lock feature that prevents false starts and setting changes.

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  3. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What is the cost of most dishwashers?

    Dishwasher prices vary from about $300 for a basic model to $1000 plus for a high-end machine. American made dishwashers that are sold at the lower end of the spectrum sell for $200 to $300. Dishwashers in the lower price ranges do not operate as quietly as more upgraded models, but they may offer other features that make up for any noise.

    Higher priced models in the $600 to $800 range usually include an interior area of all stainless-steel, which allows for easy upkeep with little cracking, chipping or discoloring. In addition, higher level dishwashers usually have electronic sensors for the soil levels of the dish and pan load and adjust water usage and wash cycles proportionately.

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  4. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Will a new dishwasher make a lot of noise?

    The technical aspects of dishwashers have changed drastically in reference to the sound levels that were once both annoying and loud. Today, dishwashers are significantly less noisy. Many are quiet to the point that you can’t hear them going through their various washing cycles. A dishwasher’s dBA (decibel A-weighting-used in noise measurement) ranges are between 42 and 70. A lower number of decibels indicates how quiet the dishwasher will be. When purchasing a dishwasher, ask what the decibel ranges are. A 40 to 50 range makes for a fairly quiet dishwasher.

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  5. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Should energy efficiency be a priority when looking for a new dishwasher?

    Energy efficiency not only means that the dishwasher saves money on the power used to run the machine, but the environment will be protected as well. Dishwashers that have an energy efficient label must be able to hold and clean a certain number of place settings of dinnerware, as well as account for the actual consumption of energy for a year’s period, and the gallons of water used with each cycle of the machine. The Energy Star program, which works with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the DOE (Department of Energy), report that a regular sized dishwasher should be able to hold up to eight place settings and use less than 295 (kwh) kilowatt hours in a year’s time. Obviously, the greater number of place settings the machine washes along with the lower use of energy for a year, the more efficient the dishwasher will be. In addition, every dishwasher has a yellow energy guide label that is taped or glued to the dishwasher. The Energy Guide indicates estimated usage through an electric water heater. This guide informs the consumer the approximate yearly operation costs of an energy efficient dishwasher, which generally ranges from $20-50. It will also indicate the amount of energy that a dishwasher will use every year. So, when shopping for a dishwasher, you should be looking at energy efficient models that meet both the energy efficiency and cost effective guidelines.

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