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What to look out for if you’re buying a dishwasher in 2019

 

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If your dishwasher has seen better days or if you’re sick of doing your dishes by hand, it’s probably time to invest in a new machine.

Life is too short to deal with plates and cutlery that still have food residue stuck to them after a cycle. With recent advances in technology, you’ll find that the latest machines will make your life a whole lot easier and save you time and money.

The main thing to look for when buying any new appliance is reliability, a machine that operates efficiently, and one that doesn’t negatively affect either the environment or your pocket.

If you’re planning to invest in a new dishwasher in 2019, here are a few key factors to consider when choosing the perfect dishwasher.

1. How can my dishwasher help me save money?

Look for a dishwasher with LoadSensors and AquaSensors to prevent unnecessary usage and water waste.

The LoadSensor will determine how much water is needed per individual loads. For smaller loads, less water will be dispensed as against heavier loads, where the level will be increased in order to complete rinsing to an acceptable level.

AquaSensors, meanwhile, regulate the water usage depending on the type and degree of soiling, using light beams to manage the rinse. Depending on remaining food particles, grease or detergent residues in the rinse, the rinsing process is assessed to evaluate whether it needs to be continued.

Saving energy is important, and the less water you use for specific loads, the better. Not only is a Bosch machine better for the environment, but it will also save you money on your bills. 

2. Silence is golden - you need a dishwasher that doesn’t raise the roof

There is nothing more aggravating than not being able to hear yourself think while you’re running a household appliance.

If you consider that normal conversation comes in at approximately 55 decibels, it makes sense to choose a dishwasher that comes in at 40-46db. The quieter the machine, the less electricity is being used, so it all adds up to a more economical and environmentally-friendly decision.

This Bosch machine comes with an Eco Silence Drive, which works without brushes to deliver an exceptionally quiet and energy efficient clean. It’s so quiet that you won’t even know that it’s there.

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3. Choose a dishwasher that works in a hurry

This is going to be particularly important if you live in a busy house with a high turnover of dishes, cutlery, pots and pans.

You should look for a dishwasher that completes an entire load in as short a time as possible. This setting will use more water and energy than a longer wash, but in a far shorter timeframe - essential if you need to get the kitchen clean, tidy and ready for the next family dinner in a hurry.

What you need is a machine that saves time but doesn’t lose the quality of the clean. This freestanding dishwasher from Bosch comes with a VarioSpeed Plus option and, crucially, an adjustable top basket with extra space for tall dishes.

The Serie 8 dishwasher comes with Home Connect, which can help wash the dishes even more efficiently, even when you’re away from home. The handy app enables your dishwasher to be started remotely, gives you its current status and can even advise on salt or rinse aid levels. Plus, Easy Start will recommend the right programme for your dishes.

4. Search out a dishwasher that’s also a dishdryer

There’s nothing worse than opening your dishwasher only to realise that all of the cups, plates and cutlery are still wet. Many dishwashers leave a lot of moisture on your dishes after the cycle is over, forcing you to dry them by hand before you can put them away. 

Bosch’s unique PerfectDry feature uses natural Zeolith minerals to dry everything to perfection, including pans, glasses and plastic items. Plastic objects don’t retain heat like glass or ceramics so they usually take longer to dry but even lunchboxes and containers will be perfectly dry and cupboard ready.

Bosch models without the PerfectDry feature also come with an extra dry function to speed up the drying of plastics. So the days of finishing the job with a tea towel will be a thing of the past.

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5. Pick a dishwasher that doesn’t destroy your glasses

Did you know that soft water causes glass corrosion?

If you’ve ever noticed what appear to be white scratch marks on your glassware after removing it from your dishwasher, chances are that the type of water in your dishwasher needs to be regulated to protect the more delicate items in the load.

Most Bosch models include Glass 40°C, a protective program for gently cleaning and drying glasses without the need to polish them before putting them away. This ensures a perfect shine every time.

6. Not all dishes, pots and pans are created equally

If you tend to use a lot of pots and pans, and cook items that leave a stubborn residue (porridge springs to mind), then choosing a dishwasher that concentrates extra power on the lower basket - where heavier items tend to be placed - makes a lot of sense.

Dishwashers with an IntensiveZone setting offer a higher spraying pressure and boost the temperature in the lower basket. So heavily-soiled pots and pans are cleaned perfectly while more delicate dishes are placed in the upper basket.

To purchase a Bosch dishwasher, please click on one of the retailer logos below, or visit select kitchen retailers.

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