Buying a dishwasher
We carry a large selection of dishwashers from over ten different manufacturers. Why not visit our team of experts in store, to help you find the perfect model? Alternatively we have a large range available to purchase online.
Consider your needs before you buy: how many times a day or a week do you typically run a cycle, will you use the dishwasher for specific stemware or cookware. Do you need a full size dishwasher, a compact one for space-conscious kitchens, or an integrated model?
Look carefully at the dimensions to assure that the new model will fit in your designated space. For integrated models, you will need to know the overall dimensions of your undercounter space as well as your cabinet opening dimensions. Most manufacturers will provide these specific dimensions for cut-out requirements. Seek the help of a professional for a first-time installation.
You will also need an available hot water line with water pressure and temperature specifications, set by the manufacturer. Electrical volts are also specified, and a time-delay fuse or circuit-breaker and a separate circuit is recommended.
Some dishwashers have rear wheels on models for easy installation. This eliminates heavy lifting and reduces scratching of wood or linoleum floors when you move the heavy appliance around.
If you are replacing a dishwasher, compare the location and type of connections on the old and new models to verify that the existing wires and drain and water lines are long enough and correctly positioned for the new unit. Typically, the only problematic change from one model to another is a difference in the water line if you are changing brands.
Performance & Features
Almost any dishwasher will clean your dishes. But if you're looking for improved performance, consider model features such as temperature and soil sensors, cleaning options, and noise reduction. Dishwashers need heat to work their best. Wash water should reach a hot enough temperature to activate the detergent and provide a sanitary wash. Temperature sensors are beneficial because they ensure water heats properly for an optimal wash every time you run a load.
Soil sensors: these gauge the cleanliness or purity of the water during the wash cycle. The sensors make sure that dirty water is not recirculated through the wash and soil is not redeposited on dishes. Soil sensors improve the efficiency of the dishwasher by helping to ensure that dishes get clean the first time, eliminating the need to run the cycle twice.
Cycle selection: most dishwasher offer at least three different cleaning cycles, typically Light, Normal or Heavy. Some manufacturers offer an Economical wash, and other models are able to automatically select the most appropriate cycle for each load of dishes.
Option selection: these are used to enhance the dishwasher cycles, for example you can add a sanitary rinse option, for example, which is certified by NSF to eliminate 99.999% of the food soil bacteria in the wash. Delay wash is another convenient option, allowing you to run the dishwasher in the middle of the night, while you're at work, or during off-peak utility hours.
Quiet dishwasher operation: think about how much you want to spend and whether a quiet dishwasher is a priority. Typically, increased sound insulation will add to the cost of the model. Before you select a model, consider where the dishwasher will be in your home, how often you will run it, and at what time of day.
Capacity: a super capacity model is a good option for households with a high volume of dishes. The tall tub can be capable of cleaning 14 five-piece place settings at a time. The added height of the tub makes it possible to hold tall and odd-shaped dishes. If you have lighter washing demands, consider a standard tub configuration. Many standard tubs offer enough capacity for 12 five-piece place settings and tub features that make it easy to load specific types of dishes.
Loading flexibility: your dishwasher will work harder for you if you choose a model that is designed for the types of dishes you wash most often. Adjustable racks make it easy to customize tub space and most models offer features like fold down tines, cup shelves, stemware holders and silverware trays for extra capacity or special sizes.