Previously, such equipment was considered an expensive surplus, but the desire for comfort and saving personal time takes its own, and now it is a potential helper for each family.
Dishwasher is better than hand washing: you get 100% clean and dry dishes with no traces of water and lint from the towel, and hands again do not come into contact with water and detergents. You can find out how to choose a dishwasher in our material.
So what is a dishwasher? Why do we need it so much?
Firstly, you only need to load dirty dishes and unload clean ones when you’re not home.
Secondly, you do not have to have hot water in your car to wash.
Thirdly, when washing in the dishwasher, water consumption is reduced by a factor of 3-5 compared to hand washing of the same amount of dishes.
Fourth, when washing in the dishwasher, strong detergents can be used that can be dangerous to human skin and therefore are not used in normal manual washing.
And fifthly, washing in the dishwasher allows you to rinse dishes at very high temperatures, which makes it possible to completely wash detergent from the surfaces, which is not the case with hand washing.
Each of these factors can serve as a separate agent for the purchase of this very useful household unit. Now let’s look at the main features that should be considered when choosing an appliance designed to greatly simplify our everyday life.
Standard dishwashers are divided into two types in widths of 45cm and 60cm. The 45 cm wide machine can hold 8 to 9 sets and the 60 cm wide machine can hold up to 12 sets and in some models even 14 sets of dishes. In addition, there are compact models that can hold 4 sets, but these models are less efficient and cannot hold large dishes.
Take dishwasher dimensions into account
You can choose the right dishwasher by first deciding on the size.
- The standard dishwasher size can hold from 10 to 13 sets of dishes. Suitable for families of 4-5 people. These appliances usually have several modes and functions.
- The narrow type of dishwasher is designed for just under 8 to 10 sets. This is the type of dishwasher you should choose for small kitchen owners. Usually these appliances save 10 to 15% of your budget. Many of these appliances are offered by European manufacturers Siemens, Bosch, Electrolux and others;
- There are also compact dishwashers that can hold up to 8 sets of dishes. They are suitable for small families and summer houses as well as small kitchens. They can be installed in a hinged closet or on a table. However, before choosing this type of dishwasher, you should know that it has not only minimal functionality, but also the most budget option. It is suitable for families of up to three people. You cannot wash the pan and pan in this type of device.
Built-in or free-standing
By type of installation, dishwashers, as well as other large household appliances, are divided into built-in and freestanding. Built-in, in turn, is divided into partially built-in and fully built-in. The difference is that in partly built-in machines, the operating unit remains visible, while the operating unit of the full-fitted machine is located on the top edge of the door.
In order to let you know when the washing programme is finished, a light beam is projected onto the floor next to the machine during the washing programme, the so-called “floor beam”, which disappears when the washing programme is finished.
Energy efficiency class/wash/dryer class
Dishwashers have three important indicators: energy consumption class, washing class and drying class. The energy consumption class is a characteristic of energy efficiency, the washing class is a characteristic of washing quality, and the drying class is a characteristic of drying quality. The higher the indicator, the more economical and environmentally friendly the dishwasher is.
Washing and rinsing
First, for most models of dishwashers, there are three main washing modes: light, normal and intensive – for pots and pans. Some dishwashers can offer up to 20 modes in addition to the main ones, such as crystal and porcelain washing, quick washing, steam cleaning, high temperature disinfection, as well as “half load” mode.
There are also post-wash drying settings such as condensation drying and warm air blowing. Condensation or economical drying saves energy, but assumes that small spots of dried up droplets can remain on the dishes.
Filters and removal of product residue
There are models with a self-cleaning function, filtration systems, and a waste crusher that allow you to load dishes into the dishwasher without having to clean them beforehand. Food waste filters and crushers remove food particles and perfectly eliminate them without clogging the dishwasher’s drainage system.
The new dishwasher models feature a digital display to give you an idea of how long a washing, rinsing or drying programme will take. In addition, some models have controls on top of the door to smooth out the outer surface. In addition, many machines include a child lock on the door.
Delayed start and noise insulation
Most models of dishwashers have a delayed start function in case you want to start washing preloaded dishes during the period of the least load on the mains, or after you left home. Since a dishwasher can be one of the loudest appliances in the house, when choosing a dishwasher, pay attention to models with enhanced soundproofing. Each manufacturer’s soundproofing function can be called differently, but you should pay attention to the noise level of the product’s characteristics – in the quietest models, the noise level is between 47 and 57 decibels.
Baskets for dishes and inside surfaces
Dishwashers are equipped with several baskets, the height of which can be adjusted according to the size of the dishes to be loaded. Typically, the upper basket contains special cup holders and cells for small plates, which, thanks to their sturdy construction can guarantee the safety of beating dishes. The cutlery is placed in a special tank which guarantees safety when loading and removing cutting and cutting items. The lower basket is designed for larger dishes. All stands are made of strong and flexible material, and the inside surfaces of dishwashers are often made of stainless steel.
We hope that this material will help you decide on the model of your future assistant.
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