Dishwasher buying guide
Energy efficiency information
Once you use a dishwasher you'll never look back. It's easy, convenient and
saves you a lot of time and effort so you have more time for yourself or your
children and guests. Dishwashers are more hygienic than the conventional method of
washing up and not only does it get your cups and plates clean it means that your
kitchen surfaces are free of dirty dishes! The guide below highlights the main
features that you need to look out for.
Dishwasher Sizes – Depending on the size of your family and needs will determine
the dishwasher size that best suits your needs. Dishwashers are categorised by place
settings which comprises of a dinner plate, side plate, bowl, cup, saucer and cutlery.
Energy Efficiency and Performance Ratings
- Full size dishwashers hold up to 12 place settings.
- Slimline dishwashers hold up to 9 place settings.
- Compact dishwashers hold 5 place settings and can rest on top of a kitchen surface.
All our appliances carry an energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A through to G where A is rated as the most efficient and G being the least efficient. To find out more details simply click onto the energy saving website.www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Dishwashers are filled with cold water and to ensure you cost–effectively and energy–efficiently run your appliance you
can set a time delay to set the wash during the night when electricity is cheaper. By opting for a more expensive model you can also take advantage of more energy-saving features including an automatic flood protection.
Although this is not a legal requirement some models do carry information on noise levels that the appliance emits. The lower the number, the less noise the appliance emits.
- This is based on the drying performance of your dishwasher. For
instance, a dishwasher that has a grade A will leave the least amount of
- Dishwashers have a variety of programme options that help you
to get the best out of every wash. These include:
Economy: This uses the minimum amount of water and electricity and is extremely
Half Load Option: Sometimes you don't have a full dishwasher but need to get
items clean. This option allows you to wash a smaller amount of pieces using half the
amount of water and electricity.
Quick Wash: This option allows you to get to those clean dishes in a faster time than
a normal wash.
Fragile Wash: This option protects those delicate pieces such as glassware and china.
Intensive Wash: When you need to get rid of that dried on food!
Fuzzy logic – This special feature enables your dishwasher to asses the type of wash to use based on the size and dirtiness of the load.
- Make sure that your crockery and kitchenware is dishwasher safe before
putting them into your dishwasher.
- To save energy and money use the time delay function on your dishwasher.
This will set up your dishwasher to wash at times when tariffs are cheaper e.g at night.
- If you do not like noisy appliances make sure you find out about the noise levels on
a dishwasher before you buy.
Energy efficiency - An energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency
and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A through to G where
A is rated as the most efficient and G being the least efficient. To find out more details
simply click onto the most energy efficient website.