Dishwasher Buying Guide
With so many options available, it may seem daunting to find the right dishwasher for your kitchen. Style, size and features all need to be well thought-out before making a purchase. Goedeker's wants to arm you with information on all the different choices we have to offer when purchasing a new dishwasher.
Before installation of any appliance, measure the space in which the appliance will be installed. Note your measurements, and measure again. Dishwashers are usually measured by the width of the widest portion of the unit - typically the outside of the front door. The most common dishwasher size is the standard 24 inch model, but the smaller 18 inch model is popular for smaller kitchens.
Dishwasher Installation Type
This dishwasher will be found in most kitchens. These models are typically placed under the counter with pull out racks and drop down doors. These dishwashers can come in standard colors, stainless steel and can even be matched to your cabinetry style.
This dishwasher is installed under the counter top and functions just like it sounds. These can be installed with one or two drawer options and is the latest style available today. Simply pull out the drawer to load and un-load.
This dishwasher can be full size with casters to not take up a permanent space in your kitchen, or they can be a compact size and fit on your countertop. Typically these would hook up to your kitchen faucet for water.
Dishwasher Control Panel Style
Fully integrated dishwashers are designed to be streamlined and unobtrusive, blending in with their surroundings. There are no controls on the front of these dishwashers. To locate the dishwasher controls, open the door and look at the top of the door. The controls will line the top of the dishwasher door.
A semi-integrated dishwasher lives between worlds. Most of the controls are embedded within the top of the door, as in a fully integrated dishwasher, but some frequently accessed options will exist as buttons or knobs on the front of the unit.
Everything's out in the open with a full console dishwasher. Controls for this unit are on the front door near the top.
Dishwasher Features & Issues to Consider when shopping
Preset modes to optimize cleaning.
Hold the plates, silverware, pots and whatever else you are looking to wash
Sensors & Timers
Are used to make the dishwasher cycles more efficient.
Grinds up large food particles so that they can be flushed out after the wash ends.
Insulation & Noise Control
Dishwashers typically have insulation on all sides of the body and some models have insulation on the door to further reduce noise and escaping heat. The more insulation the better the washing experience.
Jets & Streams
The number of jets in the washing arm will determine the level on efficiency of the dishwasher. The more jets and the smaller they are, the better.
Helps the cycle heat up faster for less energy and water use and easy cleaning.
This feature is available on some models for those that prefer to serve food on warm plates.
Newer models can now keep small children out, especially helpful if there are sharp knives in the load.
Rinse Aid Dispenser
Keep you glasses and plates clean and fee of spots by dispensing rinse aids.
New models can now clean themselves with this fuction.
Cycle Progress Indicator
Lets you know which cycle is currently taking place.
Energy and Water Efficiency
Models with this certification use about 4 gallons per cycle as opposed to 8-12 gallons per cycle on models that are not certified.
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What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a program from the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency that certifies appliances as "energy efficient" and helps reduce environmental impact and utility bills. Goedeker's offers a wide range of energy efficient ENERGYSTAR appliances. To learn more, visit our Energy Star page. For a full list of ENERGYSTAR dishwashers, click here.