A Few Tips for Choosing a New Dishwasher for Your Home

A dishwasher is very important for homeowners today, as washing dishes by hand takes up far too much time for busy families and may also use more water and energy overall. You have a number of options in dishwashers on the market, and their prices will vary accordingly, so note a few important tips before you shop. This will ensure you get a brand and model that you'll love for years to come.

1. Sound insulation

Dishwashers might be advertised as being "whisper quiet," but rather than taking a manufacturer's word for it, check where the pumps and motors are located. If they're inside the tub, this often means that the sound will echo and be amplified. Pumps and motors at the bottom of the tub are more insulated. Also, check the material of the tub itself. A thick, soft plastic will insulate that sound whereas a thin, brittle plastic may work to amplify it. If sound insulation is important to you, be sure you check these two features carefully.

2. Hard or solid food disposer

A food disposer is better at rinsing away hard food particles; this can save you time and even excess water, as you don't need to rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. This is good for families who cook big meals where soaking and rinsing dishes can add quite a bit of time to your cleanup, and where you need that extra cleaning of foods common with kids, such as peanut butter and jelly and even baby food. These types of foods may not rinse or clean off so easily with lightweight dishwashers without this added feature.

3. Convenience features

If you want to ensure you never miss getting the dishes washed, get a dishwasher with a timer feature. This allows you to set the time for when it will start automatically; your family can fill it as much as they want during the day and then it will simply start on its own when programmed, so you never forget to start it. If you don't have many dishes to wash at once, look for a feature that controls the water and heat; for rinsing glasses and plates that only have a few crumbs, you don't need as much water and steam as you would for other dishes. These simple features make a dishwasher work much better for your particular needs overall.

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