Investing in your first dishwasher will help get rid of all those dirty dishes that are piling up in your sink and all over your countertops. It will also save precious time in your busy life.
Just like any other first time home appliance purchase, it's important to make sure
that you choose the dishwasher that is best suited to your particular
needs. We've put together this page as an introduction to the world of dishwashers for new buyers, including some dishwasher tips and a features overview.
The first thing that you need to decide about your new dishwasher is the size that you need for your home.
A regular full size dishwasher measures 24" and has a capacity that will accommodate twelve to fourteen standard place settings, which is sufficient for a normal size family.
If there are only two or three people currently living in your home, then you may want to go with something a little smaller.
A slimline dishwasher measures 18" and it will hold six to eight standard place settings. This is adequate for smaller families, singles or couples just starting out in a new home. This is also sufficient for kitchens that are not used often and in smaller living spaces, such as apartments.
Once you have determined the amount of space you have available for your first dishwasher and the capacity you require, it is time to decide on the type of dishwasher that is right for you. Whether you are renting or own your home is an important factor when choosing between a built-in, countertop or portable dishwasher. Each model has its own benefits and disadvantages.
Now that you know the size and type of dishwasher you need, it is time to explore the features that you want.
With a standard 24" dishwasher, the capacities across models and brands are only similar to a certain degree.
Racking and stacking options vary, which means certain models will allow you to fit more dishes in per load.
Some of the most important dishwasher features include:
If you are willing to pay more, you can opt for a dishwasher with all the bells and whistles, which includes a host of special features, such as:
It is important to note that features vary depending on the brand of dishwasher that you choose. The big, renowned name brands are often more expensive, but you typically get a higher quality, better reliability and often times more features.
For many people buying their first dishwasher, budget can be an issue that limits what they can buy.
As a general guide to dishwasher prices:
You will not save much money by going with a portable unit, so if installation is a possibility, it is the most convenient route. A large family is likely to find the standard size dishwashers with a reasonable number of options will meet their needs. Couples may prefer the countertop or compact models with more limited features.
You can opt for features as your budget allows, but sticking with just the essentials for your first dishwasher will keep costs low.