No one likes washing dishes, but thankfully some clever clogs invented the dishwasher, so we don’t have to. Our handy guide will give you the low-down on everything you need to know about dishwashers.
There are three different sizes of dishwasher. You have standard full-size dishwashers which measure at a width of 60cm and can hold between 120-150 items. Slimline models are usually 45cm wide and can hold between 90-100 items. Finally, table-top options are ideal if you need to save space, as they’re much shorter in height at around 43cm.
Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings. One place setting consists of a large dinner plate, dessert plate, glass, bowl, teacup, saucer, two knives, forks, spoons.
Eco programmes wash your dishes using 20 to 40% less energy by heating up the water slowly over a longer cycle. This will help you be more energy efficient and save you money too. Winner!
The handy quick wash programme is perfect for when you need dishes in a hurry. It works best with lightly used dishes, and some models can even wash them in just 15 minutes.
Dishwashers with a quiet mark are quieter than standard models. They use brushless motors which means they can wash your dishes without making a racket. This is ideal if you have an open plan living space and you want to catch some evening telly in peace and quiet.
Also known as hygiene cycles, these special intensive wash programmes ramp up the heat to 70 degrees to make sure that baby bottle is properly sterilised and perfectly clean and safe to use.
A lot of models come with handy adjustable baskets and racks that let you load your dishwasher the way you want. Some top racks can be positioned higher to fit bigger items underneath, or lower to squeeze in those tall wine glasses up top. Look out for models with a third cutlery rack, they let you easily pack in all those knives and forks and give you much more space for pots and pans underneath.
A great safety feature, the built-in flood protection function will shut off the water supply automatically if there’s something wrong with your dishwasher. This way you won’t have to worry about any flooding.
Why use more water and energy that you need to? The sensor wash feature works out how dirty your plates are after the first rinse phase. It then changes the cycle to use only what’s needed, saving water, energy and most importantly money.
Some dishwashers have drying cycles that use condensation to dry your dishes. They work by coating dishes in hot water near the end of the cycle. The moist air from the hot water mixes with the cool stainless-steel interior of the dishwasher, forming drops of water that easily drain from your dishes. This is more hygienic and uses less energy that traditional heating elements.
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Dishwashers are very popular appliances. They save you from doing the dishes after tea, all you need to do is pop the dishes in the machine and let it do the rest.
No, they don’t, they actually use less water than if you were to wash your dishes by hand.
Yes, they certainly will, especially if you’re on a water meter.
Of course, they just can’t fit as much stuff in as they’re thinner than standard models.
Dishwashers don’t use too much electricity. Some models will come with handy eco-programmes that while take a little longer, they use a lot less water and electricity.
No, freestanding dishwashers can’t be built in. Take a look at our range of integrated dishwashers here.
Yes, like washing machines, they’ll heat the cold water that comes from your mains supply.
They can either be plumbed in like a traditional dishwasher, or they can be connected to your sink taps.
This can vary depending on the cycle and the manufacturer.
A dishwasher drains water through a drain pump usually at the bottom of the machine and feeds the water through to your sink drain.
Fully integrated means the appliance is placed under your kitchen counters and hidden behind a furniture door that matches the rest of your kitchen.
A semi-integrated model is like fully integrated; however, the dishwasher panel will always be on show.
The quietest dishwashers are models with the Quiet Mark symbol.
This can vary depending on the size of the model. But a standard 12 place setting dishwasher cost around £50 a year to run.
On average, a dishwasher should last at least 5 years.
Dishwashers generally do dry your dishes through a few different methods. Some models use a heating element to dry your dishes while others use the more hygienic and eco-friendly condensation method.
You certainly do. Manufacturers usually recommend cleaning your dishwasher once a month, so make sure you check your product manual for the best advice. Get some more top tips on how to use and look after your dishwasher with our how to guide.
You’ll find it on a label that’s usually on the edge of the door when you open the dishwasher.