Certain basic requirements need to be identified before considering features and appearance of a new dishwasher: Size, Noise Levels and Energy Ratings.
These three important specifications should determine your choice, but appearance also needs careful consideration as the dishwasher is normally visible in the main kitchen area.
Dishwashers are generally available in either standard (600mm) or slimline (450mm) width. Full-sized dishwashers typically have 12 or more place settings, making them ideal for the family home, while slimline models will offer 8 or 9 place settings. Slimline dishwashers are only recommended where a 600mm dishwasher is not practical.
The Energy Rating label lets you compare the energy efficiency of each appliance.
Programs and Temperatures
You need to ensure that your new dishwasher incorporates all the features you will find useful and think you will use. Everybody's needs are different but essential features should be pre-wash, quick wash or glass care programs.