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Dishwasher Buying Guide

Here are the top 5 things you need to know when it comes to choosing your brand new dishwasher.


Measured in place settings, this tells you how much you can fit in. We've got models that can hold anything from 6 place settings right up to 16.

Flexible Baskets

Flexible baskets allow you to fit in bigger pots and pans. Look out for racks that lower and sections that secure more delicate items.

Intensive Wash

An intensive wash is great if you need tough cleaning. This powerful programme can easily tackle baked and burnt on food.


The lower the noise level, the less intrusive your dishwasher will be when it runs. Our models range from a low 36dB to a moderate 54dB.

Energy Rating

Dishwasher energy ratings range from A+++ to D. The higher the rating, the more money you'll save, whilst being kinder to the environment.

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Dishwashers Capacity Buying Guide


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. 

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Flexible Racking

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. 

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Dishwashers Flexible Racking Buying Guide
Dishwashers Pre Rinse Buying Guide

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. 

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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.

Dishwashers Noise Buying Guide
Dishwashers Energy Rating Buying Guide

Energy Rating

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. Some models even feature intelligent tech that use the perfect amount of water for every cycle. So you don’t waste any water or energy, and your dishes get the best clean.

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