An adjustable rack allows the user to easily move a rack up or down depending on the height of the dishware being cleaned.
Dishwashers Buying Guide
Keeping it Clean!
This guide will answer any questions you may have before you decide to replace an existing dishwasher or adding one for the first time. Dishwashers are available in numerous colors and finishes, the most popular being Stainless Steel. The first question you need to ask yourself when determining which dishwasher works best for your needs is placement within the kitchen. The second question (but not last) is what features are important to you. From stainless steel tubs to hidden controls we will have the dishwasher that will fulfill your needs.
Where will this be placed?
Built-in Dishwashers offer a clean and custom look and feel to the kitchen. They install below a countertop and into the cabinetry itself. A dedicated water line will be required. A Built-in Dishwashers capacity is generally measured in number of place settings which can vary between 12 – 16. The most common are 24 inches wide.
Portable Dishwashers are different than their Built-in counterparts in that they are freestanding and aren't built into the cabinetry. They generally have wheels attached to the bottom for ease of movement. The water is supplied to the unit via an adapter that attaches directly to the sink's faucet. When not in use these can be moved or stored elsewhere to optimize room within the kitchen. Place setting capacity for these dishwashers' range between 8-12.
Drawer dishwashers are unique in that instead of a door that folds down, these slide-out on a drawer mechanism. These can either be single drawer or double drawer depending on how much capacity is needed. The most common width for Drawer Dishwashers is 24”. A double drawer dishwashers' capacity most commonly is up to 14 settings.
Design and Control
Offers a super sleek and seamless appearance in the kitchen. The buttons and control features on these dishwashers are all hidden on the top of the door and when closed disappear. These can be opened mid-cycle to adjust settings if need be.
If ease of access is more your style than front control would be the dishwasher for you. The buttons and control features are located on the front exterior towards the top and do not require the user to have to open the dishwasher to make changes.
Dishwashers come in a variety of not only colors but also handle types. For the most part this option depends on a persons' personal design preferences however one thing to keep into consideration is the ease of cleaning. The three main handle types are Recessed, Pocket, and Bar. A recessed handle would be the easiest to clean.
Dishwashers come in a variety of colors to best fit within the aesthetics of your kitchen.
Loading Your Dishwasher
Fold-down or Adjustable Tines
Certain dishwashers allow the user to adjust how the tines are distributed. Some have the option to fold down or adjusted. This is important because you have more room for larger pans or bowls.
A third rack is a perfect location to place utensils like tongs, knives, or whisks for cleaning. It can also be used to clean odd shaped dishware and free up room on the lower racks.
A silverware caddie is a plastic recepticle used to house your dirty silverware. These are removeable for ease of loading and in some cases are even moveable within the dishwashers interior.
When it comes to tub material you have two options at your disposal, stainless steel and plastic. There are pros and cons to each so lets start with stainless steel.
Stainless Steel tubs are good at resisisting stains and odors. They tend to dry easier and more efficiently in addition to commonly being quiter as well. For the most part Stainless Steel tubs are attributed to higher cost given the superior material.
Plastic tubs are durable. The gray interior does a good job at mitigating the appearance of any stains. They tend to be priced more affordably and are a good option for those wanting to stay within a budget.
Dishwasher installation isn't necessarily a simple plug and play operation. A dedicated water line will be required as well as some electrical hardwiring. The adjustors underneath will need to allow for level installation. For answers to questions regarding cost and scheduling for install please call 800-336-9136 after purchase.