A 2019  buyer’s guide to dishwashers

Buying a dishwasher should never be an impulse decision. There are many dishwashers out there with various features. You can learn more about the different types of feature a dishwasher may have, to help you decide which type you need for your home or commercial kitchen. Whether you want your dishwasher for a personal kitchen or a commercial kitchen, you need to ensure you have a good draining system. If your draining system is weak or faulty you could risk flooding your whole kitchen. There are ways to check any issues or if drains are up to standard. For example, you could use Drain lining Surveys from companies such as https://www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/drainage-services-cctv-surveys-midlands/ that gives an accurate diagnosis as to the condition of the drains.

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Integrated dishwashers

These are popular in fitted kitchens as they are built in for a seamless look. They can be either left exposed or covered with a cupboard door to match the rest of the kitchen.

Front panel versus top panel

Front panel dishwashers have all the buttons on the outside which means you can close the door and then set the wash. This has the benefit of not needing to be opened should you want to change or pause the cycle. In top panel dishwashers, all the buttons and controls are on the top of the inside door, this has the benefit of them being neatly tucked away for a cleaner look to the front.

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Compact, slim or standard

A full-size domestic dishwasher will have a width of around 60 cm, coming in at the same size as a washing machine or fridge. A slimmer version is perfect for smaller households or smaller kitchens with less space to spare. Really small kitchens or households of one or two people may benefit from a compact countertop dishwasher.

Helpful features

Look out for additional features. Do you want a dishwasher that has a delay cycle button? Do you need one with built in noise reduction? This is useful in small or open plan homes. Top of the range dishwashers may include a ‘soil sensor’, which senses how much debris is on your plates and sets the correct wash cycle accordingly. You may also want to look for one that has good eco-credentials.

Commercial dishwashers

Commercial ware washers, are the ideal choice for any commercial setting, including a cafe, restaurant, pub, bar or hotel. These larger dishwashers are also ideal for settings such as hospitals, schools and residential units. Commercial ware washers not only have much more space, but also have superior filtration systems. Most ware washers include dedicated glass and utensil washers.

As you can see, there is plenty to choose from and much to think about when you buy a dishwasher.