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A Buying Guide for Dishwashers

What type of dishwasher do you need?

Choose the type of dishwasher that would complement your kitchen design:

  • Freestanding

    A freestanding dishwasher can be placed anywhere in your kitchen or utility room. They can also be placed under work tops, but make sure you take measurements.

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  • Integrated

    Integrated dishwashers are completely hidden from view and blend seamlessly into your kitchen. A cabinet door attaches to the front of integrated dishwashers disguising it completely.

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  • Semi-Integrated

    Semi-integrated dishwashers are hidden from view by attaching a kitchen cabinet to the front of the dishwasher. Unlike fully integrated dishwashers, however, they are not fully hidden from view as the control panel remains visible.

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  • Slimline

    Slimline dishwashers are a great choice if you don't have much room in your kitchen. Typically only 45cm in width, Slimline dishwashers fit into small gaps, giving you the luxury of a dishwasher without compromising on space.

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What size dishwasher do you need?

Choosing the right size dishwasher for your home can be a tricky decision. The majority of dishwashers are around 60cm wide but the main thing to look for when deciding on your dishwasher is the number of place settings.

A regular full size dishwasher will have 12 place settings meaning it will be able to wash the following items in one wash;

  • 12 large plates,
  • 12 small plates,
  • 12 bowls,
  • 12 cups/glasses,
  • 12 knives,
  • 12 forks,
  • 12 tablespoons,
  • 12 teaspoons.

For an average family of four, this would hold three meals worth of cutlery in once wash. If you have a smaller family there are dishwashers with as low as four place settings and for larger families you can purchase a dishwasher with up to 15 place settings.

If you are looking for a slimline dishwasher, they typically contain between 8 to 10 place settings.


What should you put in your dishwasher?

Dishwashers are the easiest and most convenient way of cleaning your dishes and save you the gruelling job of washing up by hand. Most items are suitable for dishwashing and the majority of dishes now come with symbols stating whether they are suitable for dishwashing or not, however there are some items that are not suitable to be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Here is what you should avoid putting in your dishwasher:

  • Fine China Dishes – Delicate china may chip in a dishwasher and patterns risk becoming faded over time. Gold lining on fine china also risks being removed by the heat and water pressure in a dishwasher.
  • Wooden items – Wooden items such as spoons, chopping boards and salad bowls will swell and crack in a dishwasher.
  • Crystal Glasses – Dishwasher detergent can damage delicate glasses and the heat can cause cracking.
  • Brass items – The protective layer on the brass will be washed off.

Energy Efficiency

We know that everyone wants to save money on the running costs of their appliances, and it is no different with dishwashers. The easiest way to save money on the running cost of your dishwasher is to be as energy efficient as possible.

All dishwashers come with an energy efficiency rating provided by tests monitored by Trading Standards. Energy ratings are graded from A to G, with A being the most efficient and G being the least energy efficient.

The running costs of your dishwasher will be less if you use your dishwasher as eco-friendly as possible. Below we have a number of tips to help you save money on your energy bills while using your dishwasher:

Wash at lower temperatures. Many dishwashers come with en ‘eco’ programme that washes your dishes at lower temperatures so saves on energy used heating up the water. (If your machine doesn’t have an ‘eco’ programme, use the setting that washes at the lowest temperature for the longest time.)

Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load of dishes and cutlery. If you use your dishwasher when it is not full, the same amount of water and energy will be used, so to be as efficient as possible, make sure your dishwasher is full but on the contrary over filling should be avoided as your dishes may not be cleaned properly.

Avoid rinsing and soaking by hand before using the dishwasher. Many people think their dishes need to be rinsed and soaked before they are put in the dishwasher. This should be avoided as it uses more water, costing you more money.


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