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Dishwasher Buying Guide

The Dishwasher Buying Guide

Dishwasher Buying Guide

In today's modern home, dishwashers have become an essential appliance that can save you both time and money. However, choosing the right dishwasher for your needs will depend on the size of your family and the available space in your kitchen. Here are some factors to consider when buying a dishwasher.

Capacity (Place Settings)

The capacity of your dishwasher will determine how many dishes you can wash in one cycle. The dishwasher's capacity is measured by the number of place settings it can hold, which typically includes plates, bowls, side plates, teacups, knives, forks, spoons, and teaspoons. A larger capacity means you can wash more dishes at once, saving you time and energy.


Dishwashers come with different programmes to suit various cleaning needs. Some of the most common programmes include:

  • Quick wash: This programme is ideal for when you need to wash dishes quickly. The time it takes for a quick wash cycle will vary depending on the dishwasher model, but they usually take around 29 minutes.
  • Delicate programme: This programme is designed to protect your delicate cutlery and servingware. It uses a light spray and minimal soap to ensure that you don't lose any detail on your items.
  • Half load option: If you only have a few dishes to wash, you can choose to use the half load option. This will save water and energy compared to running a full cycle.

Dishwasher Buying Guide - Capacity (Place Settings)


There are two main types of dishwashers:

Full size: These dishwashers are 60cm wide and can fit 12-15 place settings inside for one wash. They are ideal for larger families or those who like to entertain.
Slimline: These dishwashers are 45cm wide and can fit 9-10 place settings inside for one wash. They are perfect for smaller kitchens or for those with limited space.

Fit Type

Dishwashers come in two fit types:

  • Integrated: These dishwashers can be hidden within cupboards, making them ideal for those who are conscious of their house's appearance. They also save space in your kitchen.
  • Freestanding: These dishwashers can be placed anywhere in your home that has a water supply source.

Energy Rating

All new dishwashers come with an energy label showing their energy rating, ranging from C (low efficiency) to A+++ (high efficiency). You can work out an appliance's annual running costs by multiplying the kWh used by 0.1427 (the average national cost of electricity + VAT). However, this figure may vary according to how much you pay for your local electricity supply.

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