26th Feb 2008
Dishwashers have for many people become an indispensdible kitchen appliance, removing the need to spend time actually washing dishes by hand. There is a very wide range of dishwashers available, from small portable dishwashers to industrial devices designed for use in catering or hospitality, or even in hospitals and care facilities.
How To Choose a Dishwasher
Dishwashers come in a range of sizes and their interior capacity is often expressed in the number of place settings they can accommodate. Full sized models can take up to twelve place settings and are a standard 60cm wide. If you’re pressed for space there are other options, such as a slim line machine that will take up to nine place settings and are typically around 45cm wide. Finally, you can also choose a compact dishwasher which can take up to five settings and which are small enough to fit on a work top in the kitchen.
Dishwashers are rated using a lettering system called the EU Energy Label, which is required on all white goods sold within the European Union (EU). The lettering runs from ‘A’ to ‘G’ and there are three criteria taken into consideration when assessing the performance of dishwashers: energy efficiency, wash performance and drying performance. An ‘A’ rating in each category means that the dishwasher performs with maximum efficiency.
Dishwashers are available in a myriad of finishes from traditional white to aluminium, brushed stainless steel or silver. If you prefer a more streamlined or co-ordinated look in your kitchen, you can also buy integrated dishwashers.
Dishwasher Comparisons & Reviews
Major electrical and appliance retailers feature comparison tables on their websites. At a glance, you can get a very clear idea of which brands and models have the features you are looking for. By using the Energy Label ratings system you’ll be able to compare the energy efficiency and performance of each model. Reviews are also available on the internet.