Ultimate Dishwasher Guide: 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Dishwasher

by Pete Lader May 13, 2021

Ultimate Dishwasher Guide: 5 Things to Consider When Buying A Dishwasher 

Dishwashers have evolved exponentially over the years. Whether you're a pro at purchasing appliances or a new buyer, there is a lot to consider when buying a dishwasher such as capacity, noise levels, energy efficiency, budget, you name it. Here is a 2021 guide for what to consider when purchasing a dishwasher.

Capacity - Standard or Compact

Whether you're renting or buying a home, consider the size of dishwasher that best suits your kitchen, you and your family. Are you searching for a Standard or Compact size dishwasher? 

What is the difference between Standard and Compact? Keep in mind the size of the dishwasher also determines the holding capacity. Many cabinet openings are designed to fit standard dishwashers measuring 24” wide by 24” depth. Compact dishwashers, however, measure 18” wide by 24” depth. Depending on the square footage and family size, you may prefer a heavy-duty standard vs a slim compact. The choice is completely yours. Lucky for you, newer models are designed to be sleek and lux. 

Design and Performance Features - What are your needs?

The overall performance of a dishwasher is heavily influenced by its wash cycle. Brands such as ZLINE have created sleek, professional dishwashers that feature 6 different wash cycles, a 100 Watt wash motor, heat of 700 Watt, and sanitization washing that eliminates bacteria. Additionally, design features include fingerprint resistant DuraSnow® designed by ZLINE and ECOwash technology. Sounds amazing right? 

Here's a dishwasher that is fingerprint resistant:

ZLINE 24 in. Top Control Tall Tub Dishwasher in DuraSnow® Stainless Steel and 3rd Rack, DWV-SS-24

Want to learn more about DuraSnow® and the benefits? Read this article!

Energy Efficient

Becoming energy efficient has never been easier when purchasing appliances. Newer dishwashers these days have focused on becoming energy and water efficient. Whether your goal is to decrease water usage or lower your energy expenditure, dishwashers are the way to go! 

Energy Efficient Label

Keep a look out for dishwashers that proudly display the Energy Star label or symbol. This label is certified by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency or CEE. But let’s touch on that later. Your investment is more environmentally-friendly when purchasing models with an Energy Star label rather than older, non-certified models. 

Noise Level - Focus on the Decibels

When purchasing a dishwasher for your home, it is important to consider the decibel range to lower noise levels. In other words, Keep it quiet. Older, heavy duty dishwashers are not the most conversation friendly; so consider searching for a newer model with a lower noise level/decibels. 

Let’s break down popular decibel ranges.

  • 50 Decibels - Louder noise level, normal conversation
  • 40 Decibels - Average, quiet noise level, quiet office 
  • 30 Decibels - Low noise level, whisper-quiet

Cost Efficient 

When it comes to prices, getting bang for your buck is the ultimate key. We know dishwashers can be expensive but that doesn't mean there aren't affordable dishwashers that possess amazing quality and features. 

After determining the size of dishwasher that best suits your needs, it is time to determine what works within your budget. Ready to upgrade your dishwasher to the next level!? Take a look at our affordable best sellers. We’re sure there is something you will love, guaranteed. 

Pete's Recommendation:

18 Inch Dishwashers

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