Dishwashers are a modern convenience that a lot of us are so accustomed to. Homes, condominiums and many flats now have one as a normal appliance, much like a stove and refrigerator. Like any appliance, however, they do not last forever. When it is time to buy or replace a dishwasher, take the time to research the many options that are out there. With prices ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand bucks, select wisely to make sure you locate the appliance that best meets your needs.
-Size and Color/Finish
How big is the space for your dishwasher? The standard sizes are 18″ and 24″ for the built-in kind. Stainless steel finishes are the most popular, but you may also select from standard finishes like a white, black, white, beige or even a wood grain finish.
Traditional versions have the controls on the front of the appliance. Some models are now made with the controls on top, so they are actually not seen when the door is shut.
Make sure the inside of the dishwasher has everything you need. Check out the amount of racks and the way they are arranged. Are they adjustable? Some versions have three racks, and most have a particular utensils area. Think about the way you’ll load it with dishes, pots, pans, glasses and other kitchenware as you look at the tub dimensions and interior features.
What are the different purposes of the dishwasher? A delayed start option is wonderful to have, so you can load it up and set it to run at a later time. Special wash cycles may include rinse only, a sanitary or high temperature rinse, heavy soil or heated dry.
Generally the more attributes you select, the higher the price. Also, if some of the options are specifically designed to conserve water or energy, you can expect to pay a slightly higher price for the item. Many appliance shops offer regular promotions and financing. The manufacturer may offer rebates for specific models. You can also consult your energy company to see if they offer incentives for installing Energy Star Certified appliances.
Dishwashers can cost a bit or a lot, and can offer a few options or many. You want yours to meet your household needs and not break your budget. Do a little research and shop wisely.