Dishwasher, You Should Learn This Before You Purchase It?

If you are a working member or older in age or have a scarcity of time or you have no housemaid to support or you find it painful to wash the utensils/dishes yourself, then, evaluating and purchasing a dishwasher is the best way forward to manage this repetitive, time-taking and tedious task. With this smart appliance, you can save your time, money, and effort and can also add much convenience, independence, and flavor of Smart Home into your life.

As per studies by Energy Star and other organizations, a dishwasher can save more than 230 hours a year, save water by over 80% (compared to manual washing), and can work as energy efficient as consuming around 1 unit of energy for each wash. If you are considering buying a dishwasher that the following may be good to learn.

Benefits from Dishwasher

  • Fits many utensils: Dishwasher can fit and wash many utensils like kadhai, cooker, patilas, plates, spoons, bowls, in a single go (with due size considerations).
  • Ensures hygiene with hot water wash: Dishwasher generally use hot water at 70 C which helps in killing germs (approx. 99.9%) , ensuring maximum hygiene for the family.
  • Cleans greasy, oily and burnt stains efficiently: Special wash programs like Intensive Kadhai Mode from BOSCH (as per their claim) leaves no trace of oil, grease, tadkas, burnt stains, & masalas on the utensils.
  • Perfected for Indian Kitchen needs: Generally no pre-rinsing of utensils is required before loading them. Inbuilt sensors detect & loosen leftover oil and masala stains before the start of wash cycle.
  • Washes utensils more efficiently and effectively than manual wash: It saves water by over 80%, deliver dry and ready to use utensils, add convenience & independence and ensures a hygienic wash.

Based on your requirement you may like evaluating and purchasing a dishwasher, in-principally either integrated or standalone with standard size/width of 24 inches or 18 inches. Dishwashers with multiple washing programs and other features are being offered by various competing brands in the market like Bosch, IFB, LG, Faber, Whirlpool, Toshiba……

Features of Dishwashers

Following are certain features, which may help you in evaluating and purchasing a dishwasher for your home:

Adjustable (or Extra) Racks and Loading Aids

Racks that move up and down and adjustable tines facilitate the users to reconfigure the interior of the dishwasher. Silverware baskets with individual slots and a third upper rack help the users to arrange the articles but also limit the size of the item that can be placed in the second rack.  

Soil Sensor

This adjusts the cycle’s time and water use to the load’s soil level, improving water efficiency.

Rinse/Hold Cycle

This cycle allows users to rinse dirty dishes when they are not ready to start a full cycle. This cycle can reduce odors and prevent food from setting while you stack up enough dirty dishes for a full load.

Wash Zones  

Some models designate a certain part of the dishwasher for heavily soiled items needing a special cycle. These zones don’t necessarily run the whole time—with certain models, it’s only for a few minutes.

Filter  

The filter keeps wash water free of food that could be re-deposited on clean dishes. There are two types: self-cleaning and manual. With self-cleaning filters, a grinder pulverizes the debris and flushes it down the drain. That’s convenient but can be noisy. A manual-clean filter doesn’t have a grinder, so it’s quieter. But you need to clean it regularly to avoid odors, a job that takes just a few minutes.

Special Wash Cycles

Most dishwashers come with at least three cycles: light, normal, and heavy (pots and pans), with many newer models, also including “quick” or “express” cycles that clean lightly soiled loads in as little as 20 minutes. Some offer single-rack, pot-scrubber, soak/scrub, steam clean, china/crystal, or sanitizing cycles as well. The three basic cycles should be enough for most chores—even for baked-on food. A sanitizing option that raises water temperature above the typical 60°C doesn’t necessarily deliver better cleaning for dishes; if it lasts long enough, it’s meant to disinfect the dishwasher interior.  

Stainless Steel Tub

Typically available in mid-priced and higher-end models, stainless steel tends to resist staining better than light-colored plastic. Some newer models have hybrid stainless/plastic tubs.  

Drying Option  

Budget-priced dishwashers typically dry in the few hours after a wash cycle using just drainage and the residual heat in the tub. Certain models will either heat the water further during the final rinse (to warm up the stainless tub) or use a heating element to dry the dishes—perhaps coupled with a fan to circulate the warm air. These options may increase convenience but also raise the electricity bills.

Touch pad Controls  

The control panel can be on the front (visible all the time) or along the top edge of the door (and hidden when the door is closed). This is based on the company’s decision for target customer preference/style. In top-mounted panels, users can’t see cycle progress at a glance. Partially hidden controls are a good compromise. Looking at the panel the user can also check the remaining cycle time. Some models have an indicator light to indicate that the dishwasher is on.

The Noise Factor

Some dishwashers sound like an airplane landing, which can be annoying when wash cycles range from 90 minutes to about 3 hours. Manufacturers may display a decibel rating, but they average the sound level of an entire cycle (including the—silent—dry cycle), which can be misleading and need further clarifications. 

More details of each brand model can be reviewed at their respective websites OR at the website of the e-commerce portal from where you can check the features, compare them and purchase them as well.

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