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Dishwashers Buying Guide

Dishwashers save you both time and money and often clean your crockery and utensils far better and more hygienically than hand washing. Modern technology means that dishwashers are far more efficient and environmentally friendly than ever before.


The first choice you need to make is the size. Freestanding dishwashers come in three sizes: compact, slimline and full size. Compact dishwashers can sit on a worktop or fit neatly into a cupboard, whilst slimline dishwashers can fit neatly into a smaller gap underneath your work surface. Full size dishwashers are generally the same size as your average washing machine.

Place Settings

Place settings means the number of items a machine can be loaded with at any one time. A dishwasher with a 12 place setting capacity can wash 12 large plates, 12 small plates, 12 bowls, 12 cups and saucers, as well as 12 glasses and 12 sets of knives and forks. Even the smaller compact dishwashers can wash around 6 full pace settings.

Energy Rating

You can do your bit for the environment and save money with a more energy efficient dishwasher. The most efficient machines are rated “A+++” and then go down the scale to “A” dependent on the amount of energy and water they use. With energy and water bills at their highest ever levels, it’s a good idea to choose an efficient machine as you will save on the running costs.


All dishwashers have a variety of programmes. From basic quick wash programmes for lightly soiled items to the more intense washes for heavily soiled items such as baking dishes and pans. More advanced machines have a greater number of programmes to deal with the different types of items you may need to clean such as crystal and delicate crockery.

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