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Keeping Clean:
Dishwasher options

Take a good hard look at your needs.

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a dishwasher.

  • Cleaning Capacity: Check out the water spray since it's the water that determines the quality of the job. The best models will have high-velocity jets that include a dual or triple filtration system to keep food particles from recycling in the wash water. Some offer a high-heat wash for sanitary reasons.

  • Noise Factor: Some models are super quiet, while others sound like they are about to take off into flight. If you have an open kitchen floorplan, you may want to strongly consider the quieter models.

  • A Little Help from the Washer: Dishwashers aren't so dumb anymore. Some models have flexible racks for easy loading. Others have sensors to determine the load and adjust the water level and temperature accordingly. Some offer lower-temperature cycles for delicate china. Others offer high-temperature settings for sanitation purposes.

  • Look: Want a seamless look with your cabinets? No problem. Most models today can blend in or even disappear within your cabinetry. Or they can become a feature within the kitchen....your choice. Take a close look at your options before you buy.

  • Conservation: You will want to look for energy- and water-conservative models to save you even more money in the long run. However, the more food you leave on the plates, the more water you will need to get them clean.

Be Careful...

Next we'll review some pitfalls to avoid when buying appliances.

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