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Dishwashers Do the Work So You Can Relax with Family

Now more than ever, sanitization is an important part of your home-cleaning routine, and enjoying a meal on clean dishes is no exception. Dishwashers have become essential kitchen appliances, but do you know which one is best for you and your home?

Before diving into our wide category of reliable dishwasher brands—including Whirlpool®, the industry’s best-selling dishwasher brand—take a moment to learn how to accurately measure for a new appliance so your new purchase is truly a perfect fit.

Your dishwasher will also need:

  • A standard 110-volt outlet
  • A water line

What’s a Place Setting?

Simply put, a single place setting provides enough room for a large dinner plate, small plate, saucer, bowl, coffee mug, drinking glass, and silverware. With that said, it’s easy to see why a dishwasher with 12 place settings would be good for a large household, but too much for a smaller home of one or two.


  • Compact dishwashers hold four to six place settings (enough for two or three people)
  • Full-size dishwashers hold 12 to 16 place settings (enough for a family of four or more)
  • Slimline dishwashers hold 10 place settings

The Tub Matters

While plastic-tub dishwashers are budget-friendly, keep in mind they cannot get hot enough to evaporate water like dishwashers with stainless-steel tubs can. We suggest popping the door open at the end of the cycle to allow your dishes to air-dry. As an added perk, this option saves more energy, which costs you less.

Since dishwashers with stainless-steel tubs can sustain hot enough temperatures to evaporate water, you can expect dry dishes (even plastics!) at the end of every run.

Enjoy Quieter Washes

The last thing you want interrupting a peaceful night after dinner is the sound of a dishwasher, especially if you live with a newborn or light sleepers. Understanding decibels can be the difference in purchasing a dishwasher that sounds like leaves rustling, or a loud conversation.

Dishwasher Decibel Scale

The volume of a dishwasher’s operation is measured in decibels:

  • 38-43 dBA is equal to a whisper
  • 44-52 dBA is equal to running water
  • 53 dBA and above is equal to busy office conversation

Did You Know?

A stainless-steel tub also dampens the sound of a dishwasher when running.

No Need for a Lot of Space

Portable dishwashers are a low-commitment solution for small apartments and houses, dorms, or even as an extra station to wash delicate dishware and oblong items.

No installation necessary—simply connect the detachable hose to your kitchen faucet, plug into an electrical outlet, and run a load. Large-capacity portable dishwashers can be rolled away into a pantry when not in use, while countertop dishwashers easily fit on a kitchen cart if counter space is prime real estate.

Wondering About Other Dishwasher Features?

Between design (stainless-steel is always a good choice!) and controls, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a new dishwasher. Don’t forget about these features while you browse:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use as little as three gallons of water per load
  • Top-door controls are sleek, and cannot be seen or accessed with the door closed
  • A third rack is essential for fitting odd-shaped dishes
  • More spray arms reach more dishes

Unload Major Savings & Reliability

Dish duty doesn’t have to be a chore when you have a reliable dishwasher from your local Aztec Appliance. Whether you prefer shopping online or over the phone or enjoy being helped by our friendly experts at our store, you can trust us to find a dishwasher that works for you and your home. Browse now!