A dishwasher is one of those appliances that you don't miss until it's broken and no longer working. When you're forced to hand-wash each and every dish that goes through your home, you'll be wishing you had a working unit. Before you go buying the first dishwasher you come across, though, you should familiarize yourself on some of their functions and abilities. While some people may try to save money by purchasing an older used dishwasher, these could prove to cost more in terms of water and electricity. If you're in the market for a new dishwasher, keep reading and we'll walk you through some of the things you should look for in one.
Arguably, one of the most important things you'll need to consider is the size of a dishwasher. The kitchens inside most homes have cut-out areas in the counter-top specifically for dishwasher units. If you purchase a unit that's too large, you may be forced to do a little extra work on the counter-tops. To ensure your new dishwasher fits properly, take a minute to get the exact measurements where your old one was. Ideally, you want a new dishwasher that's going to be exactly this size, as smaller units will leave space between the counter-tops.
After purchasing and using a dishwasher with removable racks, I can say that I would never go back to traditional units without them. The reason why they are so helpful is simply because they make your dishwasher easier to clean. No matter how hard you try to prevent it, foul smells will inevitably develop in your unit. The food particles and residue from countless loads of dishes will sit in hard-to-reach areas that most owners probably won't clean. Once you remove the trays, however, you can easily get down there are spray and scrub all the gunk away, leaving you with a freshly cleaned unit that looks as pristine as it did when you first installed it.
Lastly, you'll want to consider the style and material used in a dishwasher's construction. For instance, if your kitchen features all stainless steel appliances, then a similar type of dishwasher would compliment the decor best. Ask yourself how it's going to look in your kitchen and only choose one that's going to work well the current appliances, furniture and furnishings. You don't want to end up installing a new dishwasher only to find out later that it clashes with the kitchen's decor.