How To Choose The Right Dishwasher For Your Kitchen

It may seem like an easy choice, but choosing the right dishwasher for your family during your kitchen remodeling and suited to your specific needs can be a difficult task. There are many different types of dishwashers in different price tiers that each have their pros and cons. When looking for the right dishwasher for your family, you need to first analyze the makeup of your house and your lifestyle narrowed down to three main aspects: the number of people in your home, the frequency of cooking, consciousness of purchasing products with an energy star rating, and the style of your kitchen. Every household has different needs and once these points are considered carefully, you can be sure your dishwasher will be the perfect fit.

If you live in a large home, there will inevitably be more dishes used. Put simply, this means more strain on your dishwasher. Imagine if you were a single person in a home. Your dishwasher would only be full and ready to be ran maybe 2 times per week. Even if you were an avid home cooker and made every mean from scratch, the dishwasher may see 3 uses within the course of a week. When the lower load and strain on the dishwasher, you can definitely get a cheaper model as the frequency of use does not warrant purchasing an expensive model. The more expensive models state they cal clean better but it truly depends on what is in the dishwasher, which brings us to the next aspect to consider - frequency and type of cooking.

If you cook every day and you are a pots and pans - skillet type cooker, you will probably need a dishwasher that is rated high for heavy soil jobs. Normally, a dishwasher with a heavier capacity usually comes with a higher price tag, but there are ways to cut costs such as visiting a scratch and dent appliance store or going to a Home Depot or a Lowes and purchasing the floor model. If you do a lot of cooking and never pre wash, it's a very good idea to spend the extra money to get a better model dishwasher that is good for heavily soiled pots and pans or you will regret it after installation.

Today, many dishwashers, and other types of appliances, come with energy star ratings that mean they use a low amount of energy when running. It's always good to look for a product with the energy rating but many times not for a dishwasher. If you frequently put heavily soiled pots and pans in your dishwasher, you want one that is a power machine and can knock off any amount of grease and food from a plate or any cookware. In addition to energy star rating are water consumption ratings. Again if you never pre-rinse and do a lot of skillet cooking, don't look for a product that uses little water as you do need the extra water for a great spotless clean. Alternatively, if are in a going green mentality, definitely pre wash if u buy an energy star rated dishwasher.

Lastly, you need to consider style. The style of the dishwasher, especially during a kitchen remodeling project, can bring the whole room together. A dishwasher, as with any kitchen appliance, is a big part of a kitchen and style needs to be considered as just as important as function. For instance, if you have stainless steel appliances, consider a stainless steel dishwasher. If your appliances are all one brand, consider purchasing a dishwasher in the same brand as it will match the rest of the appliances better.

Once you have answered all the points above, other aspects to consider are capacity of the dishwashers. Again, if you have a large family or are frequently washing many dishes or large pots and pans, consider a dishwasher with adjustable shelves or one that has designed racks for specific types of dishes for greater organization such as a special area for bowls, for sheet pans, etc. Movable flatware baskets are also convenient as sometimes when you load the dishwasher, the basket that holds your silverware may need to be moved to accommodate. Another point to consider is the cycles on the dishwasher, again, in tandem with the points above, if you are only washing light loads, settings are not as important as if you are washing heavy loads, where you would need special functions to clean, rinse, and sanitize. Lastly, if you want a dishwasher to be present in your new kitchen remodel but want to save money, a portable dishwasher can be purchased that can match your needs as well as your style.

Whatever dishwasher you decide on to replace your existing dishwasher or as a new appliance during your kitchen remodel, make sure the dishwasher suits your needs and will fit into the design of your kitchen.