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Dishwasher Buying Tips

What You Want Your Dishwasher to Do

The dishwasher is one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen. They are designed to do what you don’t want to: clean up even the toughest baked-on food. Many models can boost water temperature for better cleaning, and some models position wash arms and water jets strategically to target the dirtiest dishes.

Dishwashers have gotten much quieter. Most manufacturers carry models that are quiet, quieter, and quietest. Even if you have a small kitchen, there’s a dishwasher for you. Slim models take up less under counter space, as do dishwasher drawers.

Water Quality

Water quality will greatly affect the cleanness of your dishes when washed in your dishwasher. Phosphates in dishwashing soap have now been removed from detergents.  These harmful chemicals used to help soften hard water to keep the spots off your glasses and dishes. With a water softener in your home, this will help your dishwasher work more effectively by having cleaner, spotless dishes as well as preserving your dishwasher from limestone water deposits that can shorten its lifespan.

A water softener will help with these issues in cities with hard water.  To extend the life of your clothes and your washing machine, discuss the hardness of your water and what we can do to help with your sales consultant.

Buying Considerations

When you are looking for a new dishwasher, you may want to consider bringing in a few plates and bowls to test in different models to make sure the dishwasher you choose will work with your current dinnerware. Some dishwashers have flexible tines or adjustable upper racks, while others have fixed racking that don’t allow much flexibility.

A dishwasher that proudly displays the ENERGY STAR® symbol will save money and energy. Today’s dishwashers have become much more efficient to operate, but cycles have become longer. Some dishwashers have low water features or ‘quick wash’ options which are handy if you’re on metered water use or choose one with a ‘delay start’ if your electricity usage is calculated on time-of-use rates - you set the dishwasher to wash later when energy is cheaper.

The amount and types of wash cycles you need depends on your lifestyle. Light, Regular, Pots & Pans and Econo settings should meet your basic requirements. Enhanced cycles such as Glass or Stemware, Rinse, Quick Wash, and Sanitize Wash are features you may want to inquire about. Also a stainless steel dishwasher interior is not only beautiful but more durable, hygienic and stain resistant than plastic.

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