Basic Dishwasher Features
The key factors when buying a dishwasher are knowing what you need and knowing what is available. Both of these factors will require you to do some work but the good news is that there is lots of help.
I was in this same position that you are in now, and created DishwasherGuru to be a place that can give you all the guidance that you will need. If you take the time to work through the information then you will be prepared for any sales person when you walk into a store. You will know the questions that you need to ask and you will understand the answers.
The first question that you have to answer is what type of dishwasher are you looking for? The home page of this website will introduce you to the various categories of Dishwashers that exist. You will also find full descriptions of each type and when they are a good or bad choice. Look through these pages and get a good understanding of the basic selections that you can make. You may find a few surprises that never even crossed your mind.
Is this your first dishwasher or a replacement for an older model? In either case, the selection of features that you can choose from with modern dishwashers can be overwhelming. Just relax, and take each feature one at a time. You’ll soon get to grips with them. Start by reading the article onBasic Dishwasher Features.
If this is a replacement then it is a good idea to measure the existing model so that you have an accurate idea of how much room you have for the new appliance. If you can find the original user manuals then they will probably have installation details that list the measurements accurately. Even if the user guides are missing then have a look online at the manufacturer’s website. A lot of them have user guides for their whole range of models that you can view online to get the same information.
Preparation : Doing Your Homework
Once you’ve chosen the type of dishwasher that you want, and you’ve familiarized yourself with the many features that are possible, the next step is the hardest. Now you need to figure out which of those features you really need and which ones are a waste of money. Figuring this out will mainly depend upon how well you’ve understood the features and what they do. It can be easy to simply say yes to every feature, and convince yourself that you must have them all. You can, but you will pay for them. This is far easier for those who already own a dishwasher. Even though your current brand has 6 wash programs, how many times have you used them? Do you alway end up just running the same program each time? Maybe it has adjustable or removable racks. Have you ever taken the time to actually change them or do you simply fill them up until there is no room left. Then leave the remaining dishes in the sink until the next load? Do you currently use a rinse aid when you wash dishes? If you don’t then why get excited about an adjustable rinse aid dispenser?
Knowing which features you need (and a few that you might want) gives you power. When you look through a brochure or talk to a sales person, you can focus on the important items and steer clear of the things that don’t matter. All of the modern dishwasher features sound great and are very tempting unless you can take a step back and give yourself room to decide whether you will use it or not. If you are in this analytical frame of mind it means that coming across a new feature that you’ve never seen before won’t be a problem. You will just ask what it does and continue to decide if you want it or not. You will be in control, not the sales person.
Apart from this current website, there are many others that you can look at to gain knowledge about dishwashers. A very good source of information are the manufacturers themselves. Looking through the website of a good quality manufacturer will not only show you their current models, but a selection of other useful information, too. We will cover more on this later but also check out the following page for Links to other websites that show you things like the recall history of most brands.
The end result of this work is that you will create a list of the dishwasher features that you need to have. A real list – something on paper that you can carry with you to the store. Use it to check that all of your necessary features are in the model that you are being shown.