At its most basic, a dishwasher is designed to clean your dishes in an effective manner. However, whenever you are purchasing an appliance, there are a few other things you need to take into consideration.
The Size of the Dishwasher
Dishwashers used to come in one common size. That is no longer the case. You can now get a standard dishwasher, a super big dishwasher, or even a countertop dishwasher. To determine what type of dishwasher you need, you really need to take the overall size of your kitchen into consideration when choosing a dishwasher.
If you have a tiny dishwasher, you are going to want to go with a countertop dishwasher. If you have a traditional sized kitchen, you are going to want to go with a regular sized dishwasher. If you are building a custom home and have a large family, you'll want to go with an oversized dishwasher.
The Sounds the Dishwasher Makes
Not all dishwashers make the same amount of sound. Different designs, level of insulation, and motors can impact the amount of sound the dishwasher makes when it is running. Think about where your dishwasher is placed and how much noise you can tolerate from your dishwasher. For example, if your dishwasher is right next to your bedroom, you may want a quieter dishwasher. If your kitchen is at the back of your home, you may be okay with a slightly louder dishwasher.
Your dishwasher should have a decibel ratings. Dishwashers on the quieter end of things tend to be around 45-50 decibels, with louder dishwashers hitting 60 or more decibels. If you want a quiet dishwasher, be sure to check the decibel rating for the dishwasher.
The Cycle Options
Most dishwashers will have a normal, express and/or auto cycle. The normal cycle is designed for a full load with a regular amount of build-up on them. An express cycle is designed for when you are not running a full load. Auto cycles are used to adapt based on what you have inside of the dishwasher.
You can also look for more specialized washing cycles, such as heavy, china, or rinse only. Heavy is designed for washing a load full of pots and pans. China is great if you have a lot of fragile dishes, such as fine china or even lots of wine glasses. A rinse only cycle just sprays off your dishes.
When it comes to purchasing a dishwasher, you want to purchase a dishwasher that fits the size of your kitchen, has a sound level you can tolerate, and has the right cycle options. For more information, reach out to appliance stores near you.