If you’re about to purchase a dishwasher, you can look forward to kissing goodbye to those piles of dirty dashes and arguing over whose turn it is to wash up. But there’s a few important things to consider, before taking the plunge and buying a dishwasher. Luckily here at Huby’s we’re dishwasher experts, and have put together this handy guide.
Freestanding vs Integrated
Perhaps the first and foremost thing to consider before buying a dishwasher is whether you will opt for a freestanding or integrated model.
Definitely the more common of the two, freestanding dishwashers will fit into a range of different kitchens. The front door remains visible unlike the integrated version, and they’re available in a range of different colours. As with both white goods, white is literally the most popular colour, but we’ve also seen black, grey and silver becoming more popular in recent years.
Because freestanding models are more common, you’re likely to find something suitable to match your budget, but this will be at the expense of it being visible under your kitchen counter.
Integrated dishwasher can either be fully integrated where the front panel is hidden by a matching kitchen cabinet door, meaning it effectively just looks like another kitchen cupboard at first glance, or semi-integrated, where just the control panel at the top is visible.
If you want to ensure your built-in kitchen benefits from the streamlined look, then you’re best choosing integrated appliances.
If you do opt for an integrated model, remember it’s less portable than its freestanding cousin, so if you move house it’s likely you’ll have to leave the dishwasher behind.
Full Size or Slimline
When it comes to choosing a new dishwasher, size really does matter!
Around 60cm wide, a full size dishwasher will accommodate between 120 – 150 items. This is ideal for large families, or if you regularly have quite a few dishes to wash. This size dishwasher is the ideal model for optimum water and energy efficiency too, so do take that into consideration.
However, some full size dishwashers may be too large for some kitchens, so make sure you’ve carefully measured where the dishwasher will go. If you’re a small household you may struggle to make a full load in a dishwasher of this size, so you may wish to consider slimline or compact models.
Approximately 45cm wide and with capacity for between 90 – 100 items, slimline dishwasher’s ae perfect for when space is a premium in your smaller kitchen.
Generally speaking slimline dishwashers are less energy efficient than larger models, so it might be worth keeping a note of how many dishes you typically use in a day to see if you’d be better suited to a larger model.
Different models often have a variety of different features, and here’s some you should look out for.
Adjustable racks will allow you to swap and change the layout of your dishwasher based on what you need to wash, which is useful when you need to change the height of the racks to accommodate a tall pan on the bottom rack for example.
A delay start feature is great if you’re on an Economy 7 tariff, so you can load your dishwasher and set it to start after you’ve gone to bed to save on energy.
A child safety lock is useful to stop changes being made when the dishwasher is mid-program, and this is a fairly common feature on most models.
The sensor wash feature will measure how dirty the water in the machine is, and will adjust the temperature and wash accordingly, but this is a feature typically seen in more expensive styles.
Dishwasher Repair Experts
Now you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about a new dishwasher. If your new machine experiences any problems, remember Hubys offer dishwasher repairs in Hull and East Yorkshire, and we can repair a wide range of machines including Samsung, Siemens, Whirlpool, Zanussi and Hotpoint, to name a few.