Last month my family could no longer ignore the biggest problem in our home. I could no longer pre-wash all of our plates and cups. The kids could no longer rewash our drinking glasses to erase spots. And my husband could no longer open the door of our dishwasher and dry each fork and spoon with a hand towel.
It was time for a new dishwasher! If you are facing some of the same issues and need to replace your dishwasher here are a few tips to keep in mind.
If you have a small household and only use your dishwasher a few times a week then a basic model that cleans and dries is perfect for you. The cost is approximately $500 for a model that does not include a pre-rinse cycle and the interior walls are often made of plastic. Often retail stores offer free installation which can save you up to $150.
However, if you love to cook and hate washing anything in the sink then consider a high end model with a pre-rinse option, soil sensor and several adjustable racks. Higher end models have stainless-steel interiors that help keep water spots and stains away. Some have a third rack for silverware or small items but that feature often limits the use of larger pots and pans. The price of these dishwashers can exceed $2000.
IMO the two most important features in as dishwasher are the noise factor and self-cleaning filters. There is nothing more annoying than trying to have a conversation over the rumble of a noisy machine. Manufacturers often list the noise decibel rating of their dishwashers which is always helpful. Some dishwashers have built-in grinders which wash away the debris and flush it down the drain before it can be re-deposited on the dishes.