Dishwasher Buying Guide
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Dishwasher buying guide: How to buy the right one for you

Are you thinking of buying a new dishwasher but are clueless about which one is right for you? The right dishwasher for your home can save effort and time. It also keeps your kitchen running efficiently. So, in this dishwasher buying guide, we will try to highlight the dishwasher features in 2022 to take into consideration before you buy one.

The entire process of picking the right dishwasher can be straightforward, if you know what you want and need.

What features do you need to look for when shopping for a dishwasher? 

In this Dishwasher Buying Guide we’d take into consideration two types of dishwashing features – features that affect dishwasher performance and features that affect the washer’s appearance.

The performance of your dishwasher should be good at getting the job done well. Here are some features you need to be mindful of:

Plastic Tub or Stainless Steel Tub

Dishwashers with plastic tubs are more affordable than those with stainless steel tubs. If you are on a tight budget, going for a  plastic dishwasher washer tub can be a better option.

Plastic tubs also come with some benefits other than their lower price point. Plastic tubs are made from heavy-duty plastic which, in most cases, can outlive the dishwasher.

On the other hand, dishwashers with stainless steel tubs are pricier. They are better than plastic tubs in terms of sanitization because plastic tubs tend to be porous. Conversely, stainless steel tubs repel odor, bacteria growth, and food stains.

Stainless steel tubs can provide a deeper clean because they can withstand higher temperatures.

Wash Zones

A dishwasher with heavy wash zones can effortlessly clean all your soiled dishes. Wash zones usually come with several spray zones so water can get to hard-to-reach spots on your dishes.

Flexible wash arms can similarly do the job. They can reach larger areas inside the dishwasher.

Dishwasher Cycles

Your choice of dishwasher should have several washing cycle options so you can wash different kinds of dishes. 

The most common washing cycles include : 

  • Heavy duty
  • Delicate
  • Quick
  • Sanitize
  • Steam
  • Half-load
  • Soil Rinsing
  • Rinse and Hold

Ceramics, crystals, and metals should be cleaned at different temperatures.

Adjustable Racks

With adjustable racks, you can fit in oversized plates and other dishes. Some dishwashers can come with a third-level rack or silverware baskets so you can organize the dishes you are washing in one load.

Adjustable or removable racks offer a lot of conveniences.  

Drying Options

It used to be that you would have to open the dishwasher after a finished load to allow your dishes to air-dry. Dishwashers today have built-in fans that remove the humidity inside the dishwasher and dry your dishes. 

The more modern dishwashers come with a drying option that you can preset to automatically start after a washing cycle.

While it is not really necessary for your dishwasher to have a drying function, it is a modern convenience that spares you from having to hand-dry all your dishes, utensils, and kitchenware.


Many dishwashers come with sensors to adjust cycle times to match how dirty your dishes are.

Some dishwashers also have leak sensors to warn you of a possible leak so you can prevent a pool on your kitchen floor.

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient dishwashers are equipped with new technologies making them capable of cleaning your dishes without consuming too much electricity or water.

Noise Level

Many homemakers do not bother to check the noise level of a dishwasher when making a choice. But if you live in a small home where your kitchen is close to your living room or bedroom, it is something you need to consider.

A dishwasher with a noise level of 45 dBA (decibel) is a low-noise dishwasher and a 50dBA noise level is really loud.


The standard size of a dishwasher is 18 inches and 24 inches. Measure the area where you intend to place your dishwasher.

Exterior Appearance

A semi-integrated dishwasher comes with all the controls at the top of the door. You can monitor the progress of the cycle via the exterior progress display.

A fully-integrated dishwasher has all the controls hidden. The status light changes colors to show the cycle phase.

Installing your Dishwasher

You may think that installing a dishwasher is a simple task. You just need to attach a couple of hoses and that’s it.

If you are replacing a broken dishwasher, then perhaps, you can install the new dishwasher yourself if you have the knack for it.

Make sure though that your installation meets the standards and regulations of the manufacturer’s installation guide or you may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Additionally, any electrical issues or water damage due to improper dishwasher installation are likely to cost you a lot of money.

Your insurance may not also cover the cost of the damage caused by your dishwasher. They will argue you were negligent because you failed to properly install your dishwasher or did not hire a professional appliance repair to do so.

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