...because life's too short to do the washing up
For decades, the dishwasher has solved the question “Who’s doing the washing up?” But with fundamental innovations in water consumption technology and programmes which all strive to be the best in dish washing, choosing the machine that’s right for you and your household isn’t always an easy decision.
Using a dishwasher can actually use less water than washing up by hand – but only if your model is efficient and you use the machine properly. A great example of a machine which is both efficient and economic is the Bosch SMS65E38GB.This machine actually incorporates an ActiveWater hydraulic water system that uses an astonishingly low 6 litres per cycle. Choosing a dishwasher which is suitable to your household size will ensure that you are getting the most out of the machines capacity on each wash. And with many machines offering an ‘Eco’ or ‘Economy’ setting, you can save on energy and water while providing the same quality wash as the normal setting.
There are several considerations which you will need to take into account before buying a dishwasher, and one of them is most definitely whether you prefer a freestanding or integrated (built-in) model. A freestanding dishwasher such as the Siemens SN25M231GB is the most common choice of dishwasher as it can fit into any kitchen which can accommodate it; although the freestanding models are more portable, they don’t blend easily into their surroundings as easily as integrated models.
Integrated dishwashers such as the Samsung DW-BG970B are designed to be incorporated into built-in kitchens and fall under two categories: fully integrated – the entire front panel of the dishwasher is hidden behind a kitchen cabinet door; or semi-integrated – where all but the control panel is covered.
The capacity of the type of dishwasher you are looking for should be towards the top of the criteria list too. Full-sized machines are perfect for the larger family, or if you like to cook a lot, as there’s more room for your pots and pans. The AEG F88709M0P is a great choice for the family. With a generous 15 place setting capacity this dishwasher can comfortably wash up large dishes and cater for visiting friends and family all at once.
Alternatively, a compact or slimline model is more suitable if you live alone or are a small household, or you don't intend to use the machine that regularly. The Zanussi ZDS12001W Slimline Dishwasher is a clever choice with 6 place settings and a choice of 5 programmes which will take care of the dishes without taking up space. And even if you do find yourself entertaining and you need to reuse dirty crocks, the 30-minute Quick Wash setting will have your plates, pots and pans washed up in no time at all.
With a range of dishwashers come an abundance of features and benefits which can help the washing cycles achieve admirable results. From indicator lights showing cycle progress to automatic door openings, child locks and delayed start function to allow overnight running, think carefully about the features and programmes that will work for you before committing to a machine. The Samsung DW60H9950FW boasts the revolutionary WaterWall jet wash system which provides a superior dish washing performance. This unique piece of technology holds a spray bar which travels from back to front along the bottom of the machine with a consistent water pressure to ensure maximum coverage.
If you're looking for a less sophisticated model with a price to match, then the Hotpoint SIAL11010P is a good alternative. With 7 wash functions and 4 temperature settings, the dishwasher is simple but efficient to use with even a quick wash option if you are in a hurry.
A good buy is the John Lewis JLDWS1207, an A+ rated stainless steel machine, which only uses a miserly 13 litres of water on its standard wash.
So if the time has arrived to replace your old dishwasher or you have decided to try out these time-saving machines, make sure that you choose the right model which works around you. And to help, for a small charge we can even install your new machine and remove your old one for safe disposal.