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Video:Tips for Buying a Dishwasher

with Debbie Anderson

In the market for a new dishwasher? Before you hit the stores, learn which features and settings are available, and what questions to ask about each dishwasher you consider.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Buying a Dishwasher

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. If you wish you had a dishwasher to take care of all these crummy dishes like I do, there are a few tips you need to know before buying a new dishwasher.

Dishwasher Sizes

The first thing to consider is the size of dishwasher your household requires. Although there are many compact or portable versions on the market, the Standard 24-inch dishwasher tends to work best.

The size of the dishwasher will also determine the internal configuration of sliding racks, baskets, and trays. The key to shopping for a good internal configuration is to find a design that will best accommodate YOUR glasses, stemware, plate sizes, and pots and pans. Also double check that the washing arm does not reduce the amount of loadable space inside the washer.

Dishwasher Efficiency Features

In addition to water efficiency and energy saving features, look for time saving features, such as an internal food grinder. This feature will help you avoid scrapping and pre-washing dishes, as well as reduces your time having to regularly clean and unclog filters inside the machine.

Dishwasher Settings

Next, the most important feature on any dishwasher is the number of dishwashing cycles because this determines performance. The most important cycles are the light, regular (normal), pots & pans and econo settings, however, there are many settings offered in addition to features such as electronic sensors that will determine the settings for you.

Buy What You'll Use

When purchasing extra wash cycle features, try to be honest with yourself about how many features you will realistically learn how to use. If you are happy to just stick to the basics, then it's best not to pay for the extra cycle features.

Dishwasher Noise Levels

Finally, double check that the noise level is appropriate for your home environment.

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