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A Guide to Dishwashers: What to Know When Considering a Dishwasher
What to Know When Considering a Dishwasher
For a start, there are a few key questions to consider before you browse for dishwashers.
- Is a quiet dishwasher your priority?
- Are you looking for something that matches your kitchen design completely?
- Do you have big daily wash loads?
- What is your budget?
See This Quick Video Guide on Buying a Dishwasher
Buying your first dishwasher or looking to upgrade? Here’s a quick guide to choosing the right model for your kitchen and your needs. There are many great options to consider.
Let’s break them down into 4 key points: Price, style, size and noise.
First of all, take exact measurements of the space where your new dishwasher will be installed. You’ll want a cozy fit – not too big, not too small.
Next, consider noise. Some dishwashers run more quietly than others, and the noise level should be indicated for you in decibels, or dBA. Anything below 45 decibels can be considered a low-noise dishwasher. You may not want to go for a model rated at over 50 decibels.
What about style? Choose the look that suits your kitchen and your preferences.
All these factors impact the price. You’ll want to strike a balance between your desired features and your budget. Happy shopping.
The standard dishwasher sizes are 45cm and 60cm (18 inches and 24 inches), and one of them will likely suit your needs.
But how do you know what’s an acceptable noise level? First of all, you look at the sound level generated, which is measured in decibels (dBA). If a dishwasher is rated at a low decibel, that particular model is probably quiet-running.
- Anything below 45dBA can be considered a low-noise dishwasher.
- You probably won’t notice a difference of less than 3dBA, so it doesn’t matter if you buy a 39dBA or a 41dBA dishwasher.
- You may not want to go for a model rated at over 50dBA.
Pick a low-noise dishwasher and keep your home quiet and calmCheck out these quiet dishwashers from Whirlpool brand.
How to Choose an Exterior Style
Semi-Integrated vs. Fully-Integrated Dishwashers
What Does Panel-Ready Mean?
Typically, you won’t find dishwashers finished in out-of-the-ordinary colours. Most brands are available in the standard black, white, and stainless steel. They can have a fingerprint-resistant finish, which makes it easier to clean. Stainless steel finishes may be more durable and easier to match with the rest of your kitchen cabinets and appliances.
How to Choose a Dishwasher Interior
Deciding Between a Built-in Dishwasher, Portable Dishwasher, and Countertop Dishwasher
What to know about built-in dishwashers
What If a Dishwasher Has Never Been Installed in My Home?
That doesn’t mean you can’t get one, of course. But you may want to consult a plumbing company or a general contractor to see how easy it is to install one in your kitchen. If you’re not sure about the available choices or how much work your kitchen needs, you can contact our experts for help to have all your questions answered. Remember to refer to the owner’s manual for your specific dishwasher for instructions and additional guidance.
Should My Dishwasher Be the Same Brand as My Other Appliances?
Dishwasher Loading Ability
Flexibility and Capacity
Drying Technology Options
Different Dishwasher Cycles
- Heavy Duty
- Rinse and Hold
Features to Look for When Dishwasher Shopping
The smart dishwasher takes things to the next level. These Wi-Fi enabled dishwashers can be controlled with an app. You can get the dishwasher pre-loaded and turn it on and check the progress on your phone whenever.