There are a couple of options when it comes to choosing the right dishwasher capacity. If you’re tight on space, a slimline dishwasher is ideal for your kitchen. They’re a compact 45cms wide and can wash 9-10 place settings at a time. So, they’re brilliant for smaller households. If you have a large household or entertain regularly, opt for a full size model. At around 60cm wide and fitting between 12-14 place settings inside, there’s plenty of room.
Dishwasher Buying Guide
Here are the top 5 things you need to know when it comes to choosing your brand new dishwasher.
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If you like to cook up big one pot casseroles or stir fry in
a wok, look out for a dishwasher with flexible racking. This gives you more
room to fit in larger items. Some models will even give you enough space to
clean your oven shelves and grill trays. You might also benefit from a drawer at the top that secures delicate items such as knives and glassware.
Pre-Rinse and Intensive Wash
Sometimes regular cycles aren’t enough to remove burnt on food and stubborn stains. Handy pre-rinse cycles do all the hard work for you, they loosen food stains, so everything’s removed with ease in the main wash. There are also intensive washes which blast off stains with powerful jets of water and higher temperatures. Some models even offer intensive zones that tackle burnt on food whilst the rest of your pots get a more gentle wash.
Something you’ll want to take into consideration when looking for a dishwasher is how much noise they make, especially if you have open plan living. Models range from a whisper quiet 36dB to a moderately quiet 54dB. And with especially quiet cycles available on some models, you can set the dishes to wash overnight without disturbing anyone.
Energy ratings for dishwashers range from an ultra efficient A+++ through to D. Getting your dishes sparkling with a dishwasher is much more efficient than washing by hand because they use less water, meaning you save money as well as energy.
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