Tips For Buying A Dishwasher
A lot of people are intimidated by sales people. You just want to look around and instead you are pounced upon by someone who needs to make their weekly quota of sales in order to win their commission bonus.
The truth is that sales people can become your best resource when trying to buy something. To make a sale, they MUST help you to buy. That means that they are there to answer your questions. To show you how some features work. To demonstrate why one model is better than another one. When you enter a store, and you have prepared your checklist of features, then you are in charge. If they want their commission then they have to earn it by earning your respect. If it is clear that you now know more about dishwashers than the sales person, and you still have questions, then find another sales person (or even another store).
The best reason for going to a store is to see the real thing. You can actually touch the dishwashers. You can see how easy it is to adjust the top rack. How simple is it to re-configure the flip-up tines and to move the cutlery basket from one side to the other? Are the control panel buttons easy to read and to operate? Do these things for yourself. Don’t just listen to the sales person talk about the features. Get in there and find out. Little clips that hold your stemware in place can sound great until you try to make them work and then find out how tricky they can be. If you can’t do it right away in the store then you’ll probably never take the time to do it at home if you buy that model.
A lot of people forget to bring along any of their own dishes to the store. You can use the few ‘demo’ dishes that they might have but I bet all of them fit easily. You won’t bring along a full load but make sure you bring one or two items from your normal breakfast and dinner sets. Even better, take some odd shaped or larger items too. Got a serving platter that you use regularly, that never fits in your current model? Now’s the chance to buy a model that can handle it. You will discover that your knives and forks will fit better in some cutlery baskets than others. Find these things out now rather than later.
Don’t forget to ask about warranties, guarantees, delivery charges and shipping policy. If you live in a top floor apartment, will the item be delivered to your kitchen or only to the bottom of the stairs? Which days do they deliver? What return policy do they offer, if any?
A really good question for a salesperson is to get them to demonstrate how quiet a model will be when it is running. Some showrooms cannot show you an operating dishwasher. Ask them how they are going to show to you how their ‘quiet’ model really is quiet?
Another way to get the most from your sales person is to ask them about other stores that you have been to or plan to visit. Ask them why you should buy a particular model from them instead of their rivals. At the very least, this will give you some more information, and may even lead to a few ‘extras’ added to any deal that they were offering you.
When you visit a store, try to collect more information. Grab any brochures that they have and scribble notes onto them. This will make it easier to remember which models you looked at and whether you liked them. When you get home, use the pictures in the brochures to ‘see’ what the model will look like in your kitchen.
It may seem odd but the best thing you can do in a store is to leave it without buying anything. Even though you are convinced that you were just looking at the dishwasher that you are going to buy. Go home and think about it. Give yourself time to remember about the question you forgot to ask or the feature that you forgot was in the other model rather than this one. Most of all, give yourself the chance to go online and verify what the sales person may have said. Check the website of the store that you went to and make sure that your understanding of the warranty and delivery policy is accurate. Research online about the model you looked at and see if anyone has anything bad to say about it on any of the review websites. Has that brand or model ever been recalled? Can you get the same model for less money elsewhere? If you can then maybe the store will match that price.
Buying a Dishwasher Online
Apart from being able to touch it and test it with your dishes, buying a dishwasher online is very similar to getting one at a store. You have to go through the same process to decide what type you want and which features you need. There is still no shortcut through the research you have to do. However, there are big advantages to looking and buying online.
The selection of manufacturers and models offered online is impossible for any store to match. You can compare and contrast websites from all across the country in minutes. You can also compare the warranties and guarantees being offered, along with the delivery policies and charges.
Often you will find websites have special discounts or deals that you won’t find in the stores. You can can even find deals online at the website of the store you just visited, deals that the sales person did not know about.
Sitting at your computer also means that you can ‘visit’ whenever you want and take your time. Look at the details about a feature in the User Manual online. There is no sales pressure whatsoever. However, if you have any questions then most good websites have 24 hour support lines that you can call. This gives you access to knowledgeable people whenever you need them.
Going for it !
If you have followed the advice given above then there is nothing to stop you from buying a dishwasher that will perform well and benefit you for years to come.
This is your money that you are spending and no-one should be making your decisions for you. That is why we have tried to provide you with all of the information you might need, right here at Dishwasher Guru. We want you to feel proud of what you have achieved so far. You have learnt a great deal, and are ready to apply it towards buying the best dishwasher possible.