If your current dishwasher is making strange sounds or you can see soap film and spots covering up your plates, it might be time to get a new machine. Today’s smart dishwashers including the lave-vaisselle LG can come with features like favourite cycle, greater loading flexibility, greater energy-efficiency, and quieter operation than older models.
Before you start shopping for a dishwasher, below are some things you will want to know:
Most dishwashers are 24-inch built-in and installed under counters. However, if you have a small kitchen or lack space for a full-size model, choose an 18-inch version. Also, you can opt for a portable machine that comes with finished sides, often featuring butcher-block tops and come with water hookups to attach to the sink faucet.
Dishwashers vary from less than $300 for a basic model to $1, 000 or more for a high-end model. Models available at $200 to $300 don’t operate quietly and do not have much rack flexibility. Meanwhile, you may come across a food disposer included that eliminates the need to pre-rinse dishes by hand. These days, a lot of manufacturers of $600 to $800 models are producing stainless steel interiors. Also, some machines include electronic sensors that measure the dish load’s soil level as well as adjust water usage and cycle time accordingly.
Important Factors to Consider
When buying a dishwasher, determine the features that best fit your lifestyle and your family size. If you cannot fit a standard size unit into your kitchen, check out a portable unit. Consider how long you will own the machine. If you are purchasing a condominium you may sell three years after, you may not want to spend as much on your dishwasher. But, if you are building your dream kitchen, you want to invest in a high-end dishwasher with a sleek design.
To measure the energy consumption of a model, read the Energy Guide label. The label will tell you the annual cost of running the model at different utility rates. Also, it offers a quick estimate of annual energy costs compared to other models. Some machines come with water-saving features.
If you tend to frequently entertain, opt for a dishwasher that holds up to at least 14 place settings and 13-inch platters upright and provides adjustable rocks for fitting serving bowls with odd shapes. In addition, choose a machine with fold-down shelves and tines to have greater room for long utensils and extra cups. Other features you may want to check out include add-a-dish, China/crystal, delay start, plate warmer, stemware holders, and child lock.