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Dishwashers Buying Guide

No one likes washing dishes, but thankfully some clever clogs invented the dishwasher, so we don’t have to. Our handy guide will give you the low-down on everything you need to know about dishwashers.

Choose your fit

Dishwasher fit types

Choose your size

There are three different sizes of dishwasher. You have standard full-size dishwashers which measure at a width of 60cm and can hold between 120-150 items. Slimline models are usually 45cm wide and can hold between 90-100 items. Finally, table-top options are ideal if you need to save space, as they’re much shorter in height at around 43cm.

Did you know?

Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings. One place setting consists of a large dinner plate, dessert plate, glass, bowl, teacup, saucer, two knives, forks, spoons.

Key Features

Dishwasher eco cycle

Eco programme

Eco programmes wash your dishes using 20 to 40% less energy by heating up the water slowly over a longer cycle. This will help you be more energy efficient and save you money too. Winner!

Dishwasher quick wash

Quick wash

The handy quick wash programme is perfect for when you need dishes in a hurry. It works best with lightly used dishes, and some models can even wash them in just 15 minutes.

Dishwasher quiet mark

Quiet mark

Dishwashers with a quiet mark are quieter than standard models. They use brushless motors which means they can wash your dishes without making a racket. This is ideal if you have an open plan living space and you want to catch some evening telly in peace and quiet.

Dishwasher baby cycle

Baby cycle

Also known as hygiene cycles, these special intensive wash programmes ramp up the heat to 70 degrees to make sure that baby bottle is properly sterilised and perfectly clean and safe to use.

Dishwasher adjustable racking

Adjustable baskets and racks

A lot of models come with handy adjustable baskets and racks that let you load your dishwasher the way you want. Some top racks can be positioned higher to fit bigger items underneath, or lower to squeeze in those tall wine glasses up top. Look out for models with a third cutlery rack, they let you easily pack in all those knives and forks and give you much more space for pots and pans underneath.

Dishwasher built-in flood protection

Built-in flood protection

A great safety feature, the built-in flood protection function will shut off the water supply automatically if there’s something wrong with your dishwasher. This way you won’t have to worry about any flooding.

Dishwasher sensor wash

Sensor wash

Why use more water and energy that you need to? The sensor wash feature works out how dirty your plates are after the first rinse phase. It then changes the cycle to use only what’s needed, saving water, energy and most importantly money.

Dishwasher drying cycle

Drying cycle

Some dishwashers have drying cycles that use condensation to dry your dishes. They work by coating dishes in hot water near the end of the cycle. The moist air from the hot water mixes with the cool stainless-steel interior of the dishwasher, forming drops of water that easily drain from your dishes. This is more hygienic and uses less energy that traditional heating elements.

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