Top Features To Look For In a New Dishwasher
Choosing to purchase a new dishwasher isn't a decision that should be made lightly. With the average American family using their dishwasher approximately twice a week, it's sure to see plenty of use. A poorly-made, low-quality unit simply won't be able to hold up under this stress. And as a result, parts may break, it could become less efficient, or it may stop working all together. Thankfully, however, this can all be prevented by choosing a dishwasher that's built to last. Here we'll take a look at some of the top features to look for in a new dishwasher.
#1 – Racks
While practically every dishwasher on the market comes with pull-out racks for storing your dishes and silverware, some units have more than others. Depending on how many dishes you intend on washing at once, you may want to choose a unit with 2-3 racks. This will save you both time and energy by consolidating your washing efforts into fewer loads. The only downside is that units with 3 racks tend to cost slightly more since they are larger. Of course this is a small price to pay for the advantage of washing fewer loads of dishes throughout the week.
Food Disposal Unit
Certain dishwashers come with built-in food disposal units that help remove large solids. Instead of stubborn food particles backing up the drain line to your unit, it will chop them up before properly disposing of them. This is arguably one of the most valuable features found in a dishwasher, so make sure you unit comes with it. Typically, they are found in mid-to-high end units that cost a bit more than entry-level units. With that said, none of the dishwashers manufactured by German-maker Bosch come with built-in food disposal units.
Recently, manufacturers have begun making dishwashers with special microprocessor sensors built into them which detect the "cleanliness" of the load and automatically make any adjustments when necessary. For instance, if a load of dishes isn't getting clean with the single cycle you previously set it for, the unit will change this for you during the wash load. It's completely hands-off and doesn't require any manual adjusting. This is especially helpful for owners washing large loads of dishes at once.
Hopefully, this will give you a better idea on what to look for in a new dishwasher. A good dishwasher is an investment that will make you and your family's life easier, so take the time to choose one that's suitable for your needs.