Best Washing Machines and Dishwashers (Chapter 9, page 2 of 2)


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Chapter 9

While buying a dishwasher, you should first consider its capacity. A compact 18" dishwasher is adequate for 2 to 3 persons and can hold up to 6 or 8 standard place settings. A regular 24" dishwasher can hold 12 to 14 standard place settings and is sufficiently family-sized. While the compact size is ideal for a small kitchen or occasional use, the larger one is suitable for family use.

Dishwashers are generally of three types: built-in, portable or countertop. Your choice among these three will depend to a large extent on whether you are renting or own your home. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks. A dishwasher with the Energy Star symbol will reduce your energy bills compared to non-qualified models. You will also come across some dishwashers that have low water features or "quick wash" options. These options can be of great help in case you are paying for measured water use. Another energy saver is a "delay start." This feature is great if your electricity usage is calculated for off peak and on peak pricing. You can then set it to wash later when energy is cheaper.

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