When the dishwasher breaks down, it’s never fun. Is there a kitchen appliance that’s more inconvenient to replace? Maybe it breaks one day out of the blue and it’s completely unexpected; or maybe it’s been hanging on by a thread for the past few months and you’ve been hoping it holds out just a bit longer, dragging your feet when it comes to buying a new one. If you’re like most contemporary families, the dishwasher is one of the kitchen’s must-haves. Yet, it can also be costly and time consuming to replace. Not only is there the price of a new dishwasher, but unless you’re an expert, you’ll probably need to find someone to install and set it up for you, not to mention finding an eco-friendly way of disposing of the old dishwasher. Simply put, while a better dishwasher might be more convenient, no one ever wants to go to the trouble of finding a new one or lay down the cash for it. Check out the tips below to make the process as easy and painless as possible.
The first, and possibly most important thing to consider when buying a new dishwasher are the size constraints that your kitchen holds. Unless you’re doing an entire kitchen remodel, chances are that you don’t want to have to reconstruct your whole kitchen just to fit in a new dishwasher. Many people assume that all dishwashers come in the same standard size, but this is actually incorrect. The average dishwasher is meant to fit in a space that is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 34 inches high, but this doesn’t mean that all dishwashers fit into these dimensions. Some dishwashers are built to fit into petite spaces, and others are larger than normal to accommodate bulk loads and unwieldy dishware. Before you start looking for a new dishwasher, make sure you know the measurements of your opening and choose accordingly.
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Another important factor for your decision is the cost of the new dishwasher. There are some very nice, very luxurious dishwashers on the market, but it doesn’t necessarily make them the best fit for your budget or your dishwashing needs. Rather than choosing a style first, consider your budget. Know your ideal price, and keep that in mind so that you don’t waste time looking at something that is over your budget.
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A great way to narrow down the many choices available is to decide what cleaning features are going to be key for your new dishwasher. Do you like to rinse your dishes before loading them? Then it’s probably a good idea to skip the high-cost models with scrubbing and power washing features. Maybe you like to load the dirty dishes right to the dishwasher and let the washer do the work for you. If so, you probably need to invest in a model with a built-in hard food grinder. For those who aren’t sure about their specific needs, there are dishwashers with settings that vary. Are your loads small or large? The interior dimensions of the washer can be compacted or enlarged to accommodate your load size without change the outer dimensions.
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Finally, here comes the fun part – choosing your style. If you haven’t purchased a new dishwasher in the last 10-15 years, you may be surprised to find just how diversely the styles can vary. While the more common styles come with a traditional stainless steel design that differ in the placing of the control panels, other dishwashers can be custom-made to blend in with your kitchen’s cabinetry so that when the dishwasher is closed it is not even visible. Other styles come as double roll-out drawers that operate individually for flexible washing and additional storage room. There are many different styles and designs, and it’s up to you to find the one that is most suitable to your needs.
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These are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind when choosing a new dishwasher for your kitchen. While having to replace your dishwasher might never be considered “fun,” it doesn’t have to be so painful as you might think. Try to get excited about the new possibilities that will come with the new machine, and find the one that’s right for you.