Dishwashers, experts are sure, are a very economical way of washing dishes. If you usually use about a bucket of water that flows freely from the tap while you rub the dishes, then the dishwasher will only need a third. The quality of washing will be high as standard, because the machine cannot deviate from the set program, and you use about 215 kW of electricity per year (about the same amount your TV requires).
That is, it is profitable to use a dishwasher – it saves water, and most importantly, the time and effort of a housewife..
Dishwashers are divided into three main types:
- Stationary. They can not be built in, but put separately, where there is free space. You can also not hang the facade, but partially build in, while covering it with the kitchen cabinet door. The control panel of such a dishwasher is located directly on the door, that is, it will be convenient to monitor the timer if the machine is standing alone.
- Built-in. It is these dishwashers that are most often bought for new kitchens, as an integral attribute. In this case, the kitchen facade is hung on the door when the dishwasher is opened..
- Portable. Small, they look like a microwave. Suitable for a small family of two, no more. Plus – compact, you can put it anywhere, the main thing is to stretch communications.
Stationary and built-in dishwashers can be regular size – 60 centimeters, as well as more compact, narrow – 45 centimeters. For small kitchens, narrow dishwashers will be the best choice, because they are similar in width to standard kitchen cabinets..
The height of the dishwasher can vary from 81 to 85 centimeters, and the depth is about 55–62 centimeters. Small-sized devices with a standard depth will have a height and width of 45-46 centimeters. Such a model can, for example, be hidden under the sink, where you usually have a trash can. It is very important to pay attention to the presence of large external buttons, because they can interfere with the integration of the dishwasher into the cabinet and cover it with a decorative facade.
The choice of a dishwasher depends, of course, not only on the size, but also on the functions, capabilities, characteristics. Carefully read the instructions, find out about the warranty period, pay attention to the reputation and popularity of the manufacturer, read the reviews about the model that attracted the price.
Remember that a standard 60 cm wide cupboard dishwasher can hold up to 13 place settings. This is more than enough for a family of four. Running the dishwasher partially loaded is not economical. The capacity is always indicated in the characteristics of the household appliance, so there is no need to calculate this indicator. Remember that a compact dishwasher may not fit a large pan or saucepan..
Experts advise placing very dirty dishes in the center of the dishwasher, because there is a particularly strong water pressure. However, modern devices can themselves determine exactly where the dishes are and direct the water to the right place..
For a dishwasher, they usually choose a place near the sink, next to communications. This is logical – less hassle with installation. In addition, traditionally next to the sink hangs a cabinet for clean, only washed dishes, so it will not be difficult to arrange them in their places..
It is best to entrust the installation of the dishwasher to professionals. We believe that you are able to cope on your own, but such unpleasant consequences as flooded neighbors and damaged kitchen furniture are usually the consequences of the wrong connection of the dishwasher to the communications.
Also, pay attention to whether the machine has overflow protection. This system includes a special valve that will shut off the water supply if the level in the sump exceeds normal. There is also full protection against leaks, dishwashers with such a system are more expensive, but they are safe. Such protection is called Aqua-Control or Aqua-Stop..
In general, common sense should be used when choosing a place for a dishwasher, as well as for other household appliances in the kitchen. It may be best to place the dishwasher in the top row of cabinets or in a pencil case so you don’t bend over. This issue is best addressed at the planning stage of the entire kitchen furniture, although the machine can be installed later, in an already equipped kitchen..