Dishwasher Buying Guide
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The dishwasher is one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen. It is designed to do what you don’t want to do: clean even the toughest baked-on food.
What Should I Know About Dishwashers?
- Many models can boost water temperature for better cleaning
- Some models position wash arms and water jets strategically to target the dirtiest dishes.
- Dishwashers have gotten much quieter. Every manufacturer’s line contains models that range from quiet to near silent.
- Even if you have a small kitchen, there’s a dishwasher for you. Slim models take up less undercounter space, as do dishwasher drawers.
Before You Buy
- When you are looking for a new dishwasher, you may want to bring 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 that allow you to make adjustments, while others have fixed racking that doesn’t allow much flexibility.
- A dishwasher that proudly displays the Energy Star symbol will save money and energy.
- Some dishwashers have low water features or ‘quick wash’ options, which are handy if you’re on metered water use. Or, if your electricity usage is calculated on time-of-use rates, you can choose a dishwasher with a ‘delay start’ option: you can 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
- Quick Wash can give you an efficient wash using less time than Regular Wash
- Sanitize Wash provides high heat to help eliminate 99.9% of bacteria
- Enhanced cycles like Glass or Stemware are features you may want to inquire about
- If you want a dishwasher interior that is not only beautiful but more durable, hygienic and stain resistant than plastic, you can choose a dishwasher with a stainless steel interior.
Are you unsure about the benefits of adjustable racks and tines, cutlery trays, half-washes, or enhanced cycles? Ask a Trail Product Expert how these features make the job of washing dishes a little more convenient.
Water quality greatly affects how effective your dishwasher is in cleaning your dishes. If you have hard water in your area, you'll probably notice your dishes have water spots and become cloudy over time. You might also notice a build-up of calcium and limestone inside your dishwasher that'll shorten its life span.
With a water softener in your home, your dishwasher will work more effectively. You'll use less detergent, and your dishes will be cleaner. To extend the life of your dishwasher and get spotless dishware, be sure to discuss the hardness of your water with your product expert.