How to Buy a Dishwasher

Buying a new appliance is and always has been one of the most difficult things; not only is an appliance of this category a big investment, but there are so many brands and types of models out there, that even the most proficient of buyers has trouble figuring out what’s best to do. This article is going to detail some of the most important aspects one must consider when purchasing a dishwasher; together, they will help you determine what’s the most suitable appliance for you and eliminate some of the risk of buying something that is too expensive or not reliable enough.

What do You Want?

The first and most important thing a prospective consumer has to do is figure out exactly what they want and need in a dishwasher; if they haven’t had one before, this might be a bit difficult to do, but in general it has to do with the size of your family and how often you need to wash daily. For instance, a large family of five or six would have to look for a large capacity dishwasher that can hold as many table settings, plus pots, pans and whatever else was used at the table. If you have small children, you can also look for models that feature child lock safety, so they can’t be opened by anyone, or which feature sanitizing options, so you can wash a baby’s feeding items separately.


You have to choose between free-standing dishwashers, which may occupy the most space, built-in dishwashers that you may have to modify kitchen furniture for, and counter-top dishwashers that occupy the least amount of space, are the cheapest, but also offer the fewest wash options. The easiest way of clearing out some of these terms and being able to find a product that is perfectly suitable for your needs is to read as many dishwasher reviews as you can; see what the most popular brands are, and browse through their various models, always keeping in mind the aspects we draw attention to here. You can find the best reviews on


As you have seen above, a dishwasher’s capacity indicates the number of table settings it can hold in one load; anything above 12 or 14 place settings is ideal for average to large families. Dishwashers smaller than that are best suited for couples, student dormitories and any other small kitchen layout ideas.


The feature and specification sheet is the most important for any product, because it tells you exactly what each product does. Some dishwashers have adjustable racks: this is an advantage, because it allows you to move things around and make more space for larger items that don’t fit easily. The basic wash cycles that a dishwasher should have are normal wash, automatic, heavy soil, rinse only, and sanitize; these are the most useful wash cycles and the ones you’ll probably use the most. More than that will also add to the price of the dishwasher, so make sure you stay within budget. Some dishwashers also have a soil sensor, which allows them to sense how dirty the dishes are and adapt its performance to the difficulty of the task.

You should also check to see whether a dishwasher has an incorporated food filter if you’re interested in one, otherwise you will probably have to pre-rinse the dishes before loading them. Further than that, it is up to you to look closely at how the dishwasher was made, whether the tub is made from stainless steel or plastic, whether the features satisfy you or you need more, and whether the price is convenient on the product you chose.

There are many things that you need to consider before deciding to buy a certain dishwasher. Some people focus firstly on the size and design. These are important things to consider, especially when it comes to small kitchen layout ideas. Based on several reviews, the best rated dishwashers are the ones that are energy efficient. Cutting some of your energy costs can mean a big deal if you use lots of appliances, so you should consider this aspect before buying a specified model. Informing yourself about the main features that a dishwasher must have will help you make the best decision. If you’ve found your product and are still in budget, check to see the warranty on the product, as a final test of its reliability.