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Dishwashers all look about the same. Virtually all
- models are the standard width of 24 inches. They all
- have two racks and a door that makes up the entire
- front of the unit. And now almost all have plastic
- liners. Porcelain or stainless steel interiors are the
- exception. But these similarities do not mean that
- there are not significant differences. With prices
- ranging from around $200 to over $500, the wise
- consumer will do some homework before making the
- final decision. The main factors to consider are built-in
- or portable, performance, economy of water and
- energy usage, and noise.
- Built-in Or Portable Built-in Or Portable
- Built-in dishwashers fit under the kitchen counter
- top, like part of your kitchen cabinetry, and are
- permanently attached to the water supply. The
- preferable location is next to the kitchen sink. While
- you may mourn the cabinet space you lose to a built-in
- dishwasher, it far exceeds the portable in
- convenience. Portable models are designed to be
- rolled to the sink and attached to the faucet and
- electricity. Many portable models are called
- convertible, since they can be adapted for use as a
- Washing Ability/Performance Washing Ability/Performance
- Today's dishwashers are designed to provide
- clean dishes without excessive use of water or
- energy. However, each household has slightly
- different needs: you will want a model that allows you
- to put all of your household's dishes and eating
- utensils in the dishwasher--or as many as reasonably
- possible. You may decide not to place fragile items,
- sharp knives, wooden items, and other utensils in the
- dishwasher. Not all dishwashers accommodate dishes
- of the same size, and you may have an extra large
- platter or tall plastic tumblers that you use frequently.
- You'll need to check that the dishwasher you are
- considering will accommodate your unique items.
- The internal configuration of a dishwasher
- determines the size and types of items you can load.
- A washer arm attached to the "ceiling" of the
- dishwasher will limit the height of glasses or pots that
- you can wash in the top rack. An arm under the top
- rack will limit the size of plates or platters that you
- can load in the lower rack. Some models use towers
- to shoot water to the upper rack; these towers take
- up space in the middle of the lower rack and reduce
- the space for dinner plates and other items.
- Some models offer adjustable upper racks that
- can be raised, lowered, or tilted to make space for
- taller items in either the top or bottom rack. Racks
- may have dividers that fold down. Some top racks
- are the same depth all the way across; others are
- deeper along the sides, allowing taller items to be
- placed in the center of the lower rack and along the
- sides of the upper rack.
- Dishwashers also offer different cycles. These
- may include light, regular, and heavy wash cycles as
- well as a rinse/hold or sanitizing cycles. These differ
- in the number or length of washes and rinses in the
- cycle. A sanitizing cycle will boost the temperature of
- the rinse or wash water. Your household size, cooking
- style, and consciousness
- about energy and water usage will determine which of
- these options are important to you.
- Performance cannot be accurately assessed in
- the showroom, even if you are able to learn about the
- number of spray arms, "wash levels", type of filter, and
- number of cycles. So, after determining which
- washers will accommodate your needs (special dishes,
- cycles, etc.), you may wish to examine comparisons of
- performance in a publication such as Consumer
- Reports. The October 1993 issue noted that
- dishwasher performance varies more than does the
- performance of other types of major appliances.
- Conserving Water And Energy Conserving Water And Energy
- Dishwashers vary in the amount of water they use.
- To conserve water, you may choose a model that uses
- a minimal amount of water per wash or rinse, and a
- model that offers a light cycle consisting of fewer
- washes and therefore less water usage. A rinse-hold
- cycle will also encourage you to run the dishwasher
- only when it is full, thereby saving additional water.
- These choices will also lower energy consumption by
- reducing the amount of water that must be heated.
- Choosing "air dry" rather than drying with heated
- air also conserves some energy. Dishwashers andBrought to you
by the University of Illinois
- Cooperative Extension Service Consumer
- and Family Economics Educators.
- their detergents perform best at water temperatures
- higher than those required for other household uses.
- Therefore, a dishwasher that includes a heating
- element to boost water temperature may allow you to
- lower the setting on your hot water heater and re-duce
- the energy it consumes.
- Noise Noise
- While dishwashers as a group have become
- quieter over the years, the noise level can still be
- distracting. The noise may be a special problem if
- your kitchen opens into a family room where your
- family watches television or enjoys conversation.
- Your visit to the showroom will probably not give
- you any information about noise levels. You may want
- to check published comparisons of dishwashers for
- ratings on noise levels.
- Other Options
- You may choose models that have manual or
- electronic controls. Some models may accept custom
- fronts. A delay-start option is another choice that may
- appeal to you.
- Making The Purchase Making The Purchase
- Inquire about delivery fees and installation
- charges before making the purchase. Do not be
- pushed into buying an extended warranty. Compare
- prices between stores before making your decision.
- Consumers Union. (1993). Dishwashers,
- Consumer Reports, 58(10), 637-641.
- Wilson, A., & Morrill, J. (1993).
- Consumer guide to home energy savings (3rd
- ed.). Washington, D.C.: ACEEE.
- Prepared 6/94 By Karen Chan, Consumer & Family
- Economics Educator.
- The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service provides
- opportunities in programs and employment to all persons regardless
- color, sex, creed, national origin, or socio-economic background.