You may think your oven and refrigerator are the reigning MVPs of the kitchen, but we beg to differ. Our nomination goes to the dishwasher. Think about it. Upon its very conception, dishwashers are meant to save you both time and labor, meaning you can load in your dirty dinnerware while you figuratively take a load off elsewhere.
In addition, you may be surprised to know that dishwashers save you money on your water and energy bill. When in use, a dishwasher uses
But if the title of this blog is any indication, dishwashers do more than just clean your dishes. Let our guide help you determine what to look for in a dishwasher!
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1. Flexible Rack Options
It wasn’t until recently that many mid-end dishwashers are now stocked with a height-adjustable third rack—so you can get more done in fewer loads. Yes, what was once a premium feature in high-end dishwashers can grant you the luxury of space to fit everything from tall wine glasses to tiny espresso cups.
Thanks to this dishwasher feature, you can accommodate long items, like soup ladles and grill tongs, with ease. Not only that, but a flexible third rack also gives you the option to forgo bulky silverware baskets.
The most prominent appliance brands to offer this useful feature are
2. Odor Control
If running your dishwasher results in a stench, then you might need to clean the filter, the interior of the appliance (including the walls, gaskets, and racks), and check your water softener.
If those solutions don’t fit the bill, then you might need to invest in a new
3. Specialized Jets
If you’ve ever agonized over needing to handwash items after the drying cycle, then
4. Sanitize Option
What good is leaving the job to your dishwasher if it doesn’t even eradicate germs?
Be warned: Industry experts recommend reserving this setting for tough loads or using it at least once a month for an occasional deep cleaning. That said, don’t forget to read the manufacturer care instructions for the items you’d like to run under higher-temperature water.
For a dishwasher that stands the test of time, we turn to Bosch.
The AquaStop system contains leaks through a precisely engineered system. If a leak occurs, Bosch dishwashers contain it by shutting down operation and pumping out water, so you have the ultimate peace of mind whether you are away or at home.
6. Unit Capacity
Less time in the kitchen means more time for you, so you might as well invest in a
7. Energy Efficiency
Engineered to be as energy-efficient as possible, many of today’s dishwashers come with soil sensors to detect how messy your dishes are and automatically adjust water levels and settings, saving you water and energy consumption (as well as utility costs) in the process. To reap these eco-friendly benefits, simply look out for the
To make your dishwasher even more efficient, we recommend only running full loads, skipping the pre-rinse, and air drying.
8. Hard Food Disposer
One of the questions you might be confronted with as you’re shopping for a new dishwasher is whether you’re looking for a filtration system or hard food disposer. Whereas the former works quietly to trap the food particles in a filter at the bottom of the appliance, the latter uses a chopper to disintegrate food particles so that they don’t end up recirculating onto your dishes.
That’s not to say that dishwashers with hard food disposers inevitably cause a racket, though. Quiet models are still available—and best of all, these dishwashers are relatively maintenance-free, as filtration-systems require manual cleaning every month or so.
9. Cutlery Trays
Maximizing space to strategically fit more items, many Bosch, KitchenAid, and
10. Noise Insulation
We’ve all been there. You’re on the phone with your mom or are just watching TV, and then suddenly, the noise from your dishwasher abruptly throws you off your groove. Luckily, there are
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Aztec Appliance can help you in your dishwasher shopping journey. Whether you’re wondering what features to look for in a dishwasher or you just want to browse our inventory,