Why Invest in a Dishwasher?
Whether a dishwashers is worth it depends on who you ask. Busy households with daily home cooking lifestyles will benefit from the time-saving results of dishwashers. In contrast, those who eat outside of the home often may not see the benefit of dishwashers.
Aside from the time-saving efforts, dishwashers’ advanced technologies and energy efficient motors will also ensure reduced use of resources, especially when compared to hand washing. Additionally, with greater high temperature and steam enhanced programs, dishwashers of today deliver hygienic washing results that ensure peace of mind.
Freestanding vs Built-In Dishwashers
Freestanding and Built-In Dishwashers feature similar functions and programs, however they differ most by their design and installation method.
As its names suggest, a Freestanding Dishwasher is a movable dishwasher that can easily be placed in a dedicated dishwasher nook. Freestanding Dishwashers provide flexibility of placement, as it can be stand-alone next to the kitchen benchtop and not just under it. A Freestanding Dishwasher can be removed so that you can take it with you when moving.
Meanwhile, Built-In Dishwashers are designed to be installed snug in the dedicated dishwasher spot. Once installed, a built-in dishwasher is meant to look seamless and part of the kitchen cabinetry. Unlike Freestanding dishwashers, Built-In Dishwashers cannot be removed and taken with you.
What are Integrated Dishwashers?
Installed snug into the kitchen’s cabinetry with a matching door panel, an Integrated Dishwasher blends in seamlessly with a hidden look. Integrated Dishwashers effortlessly exude a luxurious look that comes with ‘hiding’ the appliance. Integrated dishwashers may feature similar functions and features to Freestanding and Built-In models, except they have an elegant front door panel with the controls concealed into the top of the dishwasher’s door.
Dishwasher vs Dish Drawer
Dish drawers differ to dishwashers in two areas: their placement and functionality. Dish drawers, specifically single drawer models, can be installed at bench height to ensure easier loading and unloading. Double dish drawers, on the other hand, look like a typical dishwasher, however it features two individual drawers that’s adaptable to your needs. You can wash in one drawer, stack to wash later in the other or run two cycles at the same time for example, gentle for fine glasses in the top and sanitise baby bottles in the bottom. Dish drawers are also ideal for washing half loads, helping you save on consumption.
How Long Should a Dishwasher Last?
Many dishwashers on average, feature a 10-year life expectancy. Dishwashers used daily will start to show signs of ageing around the five-year mark, so it’s worth investing in careful cleaning and maintenance.
Tip: Observe the dishwasher’s warranty to enjoy greater peace of mind, most dishwashers feature a warranty period of 2 to 5 years. The longer the warranty, the longer you can use the dishwasher with peace of mind.
Installing a Dishwasher
Some dishwashers, like Freestanding Dishwashers, can easily be installed and set up yourself before use. If unsure, a licenced and experienced plumber should be employed to install the water connections and drain hoses of your dishwasher. Built-In and Integrated Dishwashers will almost always require the expertise of a plumber and cabinetmaker to ensure that the dishwasher fits within the cabinetry of your kitchen.
How to Install an Inlet and Drain Hose for your Dishwasher
- Make sure the dishwasher is switched off and disconnected from the power before installation.
- Ensure that the dishwasher is close to a water tap and drain.
- Installing the inlet: Thread the dishwasher’s hose through the cabinet’s cut out, checking that there’s no twists or bends.
- Connect and secure the water supply inlet hose to the water inlet tap. Then turn on the tap and check for leaks.
- To install the drainage hose, install into a sink drain pipe branch. Note: the branch should be above the trap so that the bend is at least 50mm above the floor.
- Use the dishwasher’s supplied drain hose and ensure that there’s no twists.
- Push the drain hose onto the spigot and secure with a clamp. If the drain is new, drill out the drain spigot.
- Both the inlet and drain hose is now connected and your dishwasher is ready to use!
Tips for Cleaning a Dishwasher
- Maintain a well-performing dishwasher for longer with the below cleaning tips and tricks:
- Use a cleaning agent and a soft cloth to wipe down the exterior
- Remove and clean the dishwasher filter regularly: simply rinse in warm water and use a soft brush to scrub off built-on particles
- Run a dishwasher cleaning tablet or liquid every few months to clean the interior of the dishwasher alternatively, run a hot wash cycle with a cup of vinegar on the top rack
- Remove accessories like the cutlery basket or tray and scrub with a soft brush or toothbrush to remove any stuck-on food particles
Compared to hand-washing, dishwashers are much more hygienic as they wash with high temperatures and hot water wash cycles. With the ability to effectively dissolve detergent, washing with a dishwasher will ensure greater peace of mind especially when cleaning jars, sterilising baby bottles, and removing germs and bacteria from dishes.
Dishwashers are tested for energy and water efficiency before receiving a rating. An Energy Rating rates the energy efficiency and a WELS rating indicates at the water efficiency of a dishwasher. As a guide, the higher the Energy and WELS rating, the greater the efficiency of the dishwasher. When purchasing a dishwasher, opt for one with an Energy and WELS rating of 3.5-Star and above, with an easily accessible filter to help ensure routine maintenance.
There are some easy ways to ensure effective and efficient use of your dishwasher, this includes running the dishwasher only when there’s a full load, selecting lower temperatures and shorter cycles and when possible, running the ‘eco’ or ‘energy saving’ mode. If the dishwasher allows, instead of running the drying cycle, let dishes dry naturally. Consider running your dishwasher during off-peak periods like late at night to save on energy costs.