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Dishwasher buying guide

Dishwashers explained
Energy efficiency information
Useful tips
Glossary

Dishwashers explained
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.

Key Features
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.

  • 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.
Energy Efficiency and Performance Ratings
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.

Noise levels
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.


Dry Performance - 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 water.

Programme Options - 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 eco-friendly.

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.

Useful tips

  • 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.

Glossary

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.