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This buying guide is designed to be jargon free, to help you understand what you need to consider when buying a dishwasher and ultimately help you decide what sort of dishwasher is right for you.
There is a common misconception that using a dishwasher wastes more water than washing up by hand. The average household will do two or three hand washes a day using 21 litres of water every time while a new dishwasher only uses 15 litres per wash. Hand washing consumes around 23,000 litres of water per year compared to 3120 litres for a dishwasher. Washing up by hand accounts for about 10% of a household's daily water needs, but using a modern dishwasher could reduce this to less than 2%.
It is important to consider the capacity size you want inside the dishwasher, this is measured in place settings. Dishwashers range from 6 to 15 place settings, each place setting consists of a dinner plate, a soup bowl, a dessert plate, a tea cup and saucer, a tumblers, a knife, fork, soup spoon, teaspoon and dessertspoon.
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Look out for handy time saving features like quick wash. This will get a small load washed in no time:
All models are now rated by the EU to let people know how much energy is needed to run them. The energy ratings go from A to G with A being the best. A dishwasher with a high energy rating will save you electricity and money on your energy bills. The majority of dishwashers are 'A' energy rated. Some models are available with an 'A+' energy rating which on average will save 10% more energy than an 'A' rated model.
A good way to work out just how much buying an energy saving dishwasher will save you is to calculate how much it costs to run over a year. To help you we have calculated how much it costs to run your dishwasher depending on how energy efficient it is. These figures are based on the average household doing 7 dishwashing loads per week, and based on the average energy cost being 11p per kilowatt per hour. The useful chart will allow you to see how much you will expect to pay for the running costs of a dishwasher.
There are two fit types available when choosing a dishwasher and this may be pre-determined by the space you have available.
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