For large family running a load of dishes every day, like pots and pans, Dishwasher is an Ideal Appliance to look for cleaning of these utensils. Use the below guidelines that will help choose the right product.

Factors to consider before making a purchase

Wash and rinse cycles

Many dishwashers now boast advanced cycle options, sanitize 99.9 percent of bacteria, which is an excellent option if you have infants or are worried about cold and flu season. In some cases, dishwashers now use steam, eliminating the need for prewashing (45° - 75° pressure wash).

Dry settings

Many dishwashers now offer different options for drying your dishes. In many cases, you can decide if you want to dry the dishes with heat or without. Using heat takes less time but also uses more energy. A key advantage to stainless-steel tubs lies in the fact that, because they are metal, they hold heat longer. This enables the dishwasher to dry dishes faster and more efficiently.


With most dishwasher manufacturers, you now have the option to choose whether you would like for your controls to be located on the front of the machine (as with traditional models) or on the top of the door. Many people prefer top controls because the dishwasher looks sleek and simple. In addition, many people find top controls easier to use since you can look down at them directly, without craning your neck.

Delayed start

Many dishwashers now offer delayed start options. This allows you to program your dishwasher to start later. This is handy if you want it to run at a particular time, perhaps during off-peak energy hours or when you and your family are asleep. Times differ from model to model.

Noise insulation

Many dishwashers are insulated better in order to run more quietly. In some cases, manufacturers boast that the dishwasher is almost silent (36 dB). This is fantastic if you want to run the dishwasher at night without waking anyone.

Flexible or Adjustable rack

If you do a lot of dishes, you may be interested in the third-rack option which is a cutlery rack available in many dishwashers now. This third rack gives additional flexibility and space for washing more items or, in some cases, smaller items. In addition, some dishwashers allow the heights of the two racks to be changed, allowing you to raise or lower the top rack to make space for whatever you need to wash. It is also worth noting that many dishwashers now feature what "flexible racks," which means that the positions of their dividers can be moved or altered to make room for differently shaped items.

Tub material

The current Dishwashers include stainless-steel tubs. These tend to be quieter during the wash process and are more resistant to high heat without warping or damage. This is excellent if you're looking to really sanitize your dishes.

Food disposal

Traditionally, when loading a dishwasher it was imperative that you scrape and rinse nearly all food and food residue off of the dishes so that the machine didn't get clogged or jammed. Prewashing to wash is inconvenient and wastes water. Many dishwashers now include food disposals that work similarly to the disposal in your sink, virtually eliminating any need for prewashing. Many manufacturers boast that you can take dishes straight from the table to the dishwasher without any additional intervention.

Spray arms and steam

Dishwashers, like washers and dryers, are getting the steam upgrade. The steam reduces, if not eliminates, the need for scraping or pre-rinsing by dissolving the food particles. And because it requires no direct contact, it is safe for all of your dishes, from the most delicate stemware to heavy-duty pots and pans. Dishwashers also feature better placed, better functioning jets that blast food particles off of your dishes. Some manufacturers have developed "scour modes" or turbo washes, using these jets.

Next-gen features

Dishwashers, like many home appliances, are getting smart makeovers. These smart features range in function from saving you money and time to making your overall product experience more enjoyable through ease of use.


Many dishwashers have smart sensors that can detect how dirty your dishes are and how much power the dishwasher will require cleaning them. It will then adjust its water level and pressure accordingly to ensure that your dishes come out sparkling clean and free of debris.

Touch controls

Gone are the days where your dishwasher was controlled by a series of dials. Newest generations of dishwashers now feature the same touch-pad controls as many other appliances. They're sleek, easy to use, and in many cases, are invisible when not in use.

Smart features

Certain dishwasher models (yet to be launched in this region) will send notifications to your smartphone when the dish cycle is done or when the machine needs maintenance.

Energy-efficient or "Green"

Energy star label

The Environmental Protection Agency uses its EnergyStar rating system to recommend products that save energy without sacrificing features of functionality. It is not only the higher-tech dishwashers that meet this standard of efficiency. Many of the most basic machines washers come with the EnergyStar seal of approval for their excellent water and energy economy.

Scrape don't rinse

While many dishwashers have eliminated the need to do either, you can cut down on your energy costs by scraping dishes into the trash or a compost bowl. It may seem tedious, and in some cases it is, but it will cut down on excess water use.

Use Phosphate-free detergent

Types of Dishwashers

Free Standing Dishwashers

This is the most common type of dishwasher. It’s the familiar 24-inch-wide (or 18-inch-wide) machine that’s hooked up to the water intake in your kitchen. Unless you have a specific need for something compact or portable, this is what you’ll be buying. They're generally 60cms wide and have capacity up to 14 place settings.

Built-in Standard Dishwashers

They're spacious and feature the familiar two-rack layout. Basic models use dials and buttons to set wash cycle settings, but some of the newer models feature such advancements as disappearing touch screens and advanced temperature settings.


Also referred to as “compact dishwashers,” these machines are ideal for really cramped living spaces. They have limited capacity—roughly half that of a traditional dishwasher—but they're more convenient and more efficient than hand-washing. This Dishwasher plug into your kitchen faucet as the water source and drain into your sink. These are excellent options if you have extreme space limitations but still want the convenience of a dishwasher

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