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    Dishwashers Buying Guide



    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.

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    Dishwasher fit types

    Things to know

    Energy Rating

    Dishwashers are one of the most helpful appliances you can have in the kitchen. But you don’t always want to have to wait around for those dirty knives and forks to be sparkling again. This is where a quick wash setting comes in. It’ll clean a load in a much shorter space of time, making it great if you have a busy schedule.


    Dishwashers are built to last, but sometimes things can go wrong. That’s why the warranty is so important, it keeps you safe from any nasty surprises. The standard length is usually one or two years, but check the warranty section on our product pages to know exactly what you’re entitled to.

    Number of place settings

    Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings. As a rough guide, a place setting consists of a large dinner plate, dessert plate, glass, bowl, teacup, saucer, two knives, forks and spoons. Sizes range from 6 place settings on a small dishwasher, to over 15 on larger models. The more place settings, the more cookware can go in.

    Noise level

    Nobody wants the dinnertime conversation disrupted by the noisy rattle of a dishwasher. So, if you have an open-plan kitchen or want to put a programme on at night, look for a model with the quiet mark. This means they’re less noisy than standard dishwashers, so you’ll get to enjoy your evening in peace.

    Number of programmes

    The number of programmes on dishwashers vary but can be from as little as four to around eleven for the higher-end models. If you have lots of different types of cookware, or you like the choice of different temperatures and times, a machine with a wider range of settings might be the one for you.

    Fit type

    Freestanding dishwashers don’t have a cupboard door attached to them and they can be popped into any standard kitchen unit space. Semi integrated dishwashers are hidden behind a cupboard door but will have the control panel exposed for easy access. And fully integrated dishwashers are completely covered by a cupboard door to match the rest of your kitchen.

    Key Features

    Dishwasher with quick wash cycle

    Quick wash

    Dishwashers are one of the most helpful appliances you can have in the kitchen. But you don’t always want to have to wait around for those dirty knives and forks to be sparkling again. This is where a quick wash setting comes in. It’ll clean a load in a much shorter space of time, making it great if you have a busy schedule.

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    Automatic detergent dosing

    Automatic detergent dosing

    Not having to do the washing up is one of the best things about a dishwasher. But how do you know how much detergent or rinse aid to use for different loads – one that’s smaller than usual for example? That’s where automatic detergent dosing comes in. Here we’ll learn more about this clever tech and all the benefits that go with it.

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    Dishwasher fully loaded

    Easy Loading

    With easy loading, filling the dishwasher becomes a breeze. From flexible spaces to moveable baskets, popping in all those plates, pots, and pans will be a chore no more.

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    Dishwasher quiet mark

    Super quiet

    Say goodbye to the background buzz of the dishwasher as it runs through the wash cycle. With the latest super quiet designs, whether it’s a silent programme or a quiet inverter motor, you’ll barely notice your appliance is on.

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    A dishwasher that can connect to your smart phone

    Smart connected

    Washing up after dinner is even easier when you have a smart-connected dishwasher. Just download an app on your smartphone or tablet and start the wash cycle from the palm of your hand. So, if you’re busy packing school bags, or you’re in the garden enjoying the sun, you can still get the dishes sparkling.

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    Dishwasher with flexible space

    Flexible space

    Whether it’s an extra big pasta pot or batter-covered mixing bowls, a dishwasher with flexible space can easily fit everything inside. From raisable shelves to adjustable cutlery trays, these nifty features give everything from your ladles to your frying pans the space they need. Ready to put the scrubber down? We thought so.

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    Dishwasher built-in flood protection

    Built-in flood protection

    With flood prevention tech, you can protect your kitchen from catastrophes. This clever feature uses sensors to keep an eye on the water level and, if there’s too much, it’ll drain the machine before it overflows. Now you can keep those puddles outside, where they belong.

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    A dishwasher with a cycle that protects you glass

    Glass cycle

    If you’re tired of spending ages cleaning up after a busy day, a dishwasher is the perfect companion. But what about those lovely glass champagne flutes you got gifted as a wedding present? Well, there's no need to worry. When you choose a dishwasher with a dedicated glass cycle, you can look after them with a delicate wash that leaves them sparkling.

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    A man installing a new integrated dishwasher

    Easy installation

    A new integrated dishwasher is an exciting addition to your kitchen, but what about installing it? Nobody wants it to be a hard slog after all. Luckily, they come with handy features that make fitting them into place a doddle.

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    Inside a clean dishwasher

    Machine Clean

    You’ve got fifty things on your to do list, but cleaning the dishwasher doesn’t need to be one of them. Because, when you choose a model that has a machine cleaning feature, you can put your feet up knowing your dishwasher is being perfectly maintained, so it’ll perform at its best and it’ll be sparkling ready for the next load.

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    Automatic washing cycle

    Automatic Washing

    A dishwasher with an automatic cycle will take the guesswork out of washing up. From creating shortcuts to your favourite programmes, to starting a full wash and dry cycle in just a touch of a button – this nifty tech cuts down on the cleaning chaos. Ready to make your life easier? Silly question – of course you are.

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    A light shining on the floor

    Floor indicator light

    We can all agree that dishwashers are a fantastic appliance. No more washing up? Yes please. But did you know they also have some very handy features, including some with a floor indicator light that tells you when the washing cycle has finished?

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    Intense clean

    Intense clean

    Not only are dishwashers brilliant for helping us with the day-to-day washing up, but those with an intense cleaning programme really take the hard work out of cleaning heavily stained dishes. So, you can enjoy your Bolognese or Tikka Masala, and still have sparkling kitchenware.

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    Energy-efficient washing machine


    Some dishwashers come with specialist cycles designed to run really efficiently. Whether they use sensors to detect dirt and reduce waste, or they run at lower temperatures with less water, they'll save you energy while still getting everything sparkling clean. Ready to save the planet and a few pennies? You're in the right place.

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    If you have little ones in the house and are looking to get your cookware extra clean, an antibacterial programme means there's no lingering nasties on their plates. Read on to discover some of the benefits of this handy tech.

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    Sensor-controlled wash

    Sensor-controlled wash

    Getting a dishwasher can take a real load off your plate – but did you know that some models come with a sensor-controlled wash? These special sensors detect how dirty your dishes are before accurately adjusting the amount of water and pressure needed, so all you need to do is pop your pots and pans in before sitting back with a cuppa. Aaah.

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    Clean dry crockery in dishwasher basket

    Dish drying

    Want a hand with those everyday chores? A dishwasher with a self-drying setting will be your new best friend. No more damp tea towels and no more standing in the kitchen for hours after a long day – just sit back and relax, while the dishwasher ticks off your to-dos for you. Bliss.

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    Measure, delivery & Installation

    Kitchen & Home Delivery

    We deliver 7 days a week and have flexible delivery options, but for a little extra you can pick a timeslot. Get everything from fridge freezers to dishwashers delivered exactly when you want them

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    We'll take care of the DIY and install your new product for you

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    Features We Love

    A-Rated Dishwashers

    This guide covers all you need to know about dishwashers with an A energy rating.

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    Beko WiFi connected dishwasher

    Check out this WiFi connected dishwasher with AutoDosing technology from Beko

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    Bosch Serie 6 dishwashers

    Discover the amazing features included in Bosch's Serie 6 dishwashers

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    Dishwashers with sanitising cycles

    Our handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about dishwasher sanitising cycles

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    Do dishwashers use a lot of electricity?
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    How long is an average dishwasher cycle?
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    What does fully integrated mean?
    What is a semi-integrated dishwasher?
    Which are the quietest dishwashers?
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    Where can I find the serial number on my dishwasher?
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