Dishwashers have come a long ways in the last decade or so. Today’s machines actually get the dishes clean with minimal effort on your part. Some have small, built-in garbage disposals, so you don’t even have to worry about scraping everything off the dishes. There are different cycles for china, pots and pans as well as energy savings. You can choose to have your dishes go through a drying cycle or simply allow them to dry after the wash.
There are many different brands of automatic dishwasher liquids and powders. There are cubes that have a special rinse aid and now, you can buy automatic dispensers for your dishwasher, too. Very often, the only thing you do is load and unload the washer. However, not all dishwashers are the same, though. Depending on the kitchen design ideas you have for your home, you may find that one type of dishwasher works better than another does. Consider the following:
Many homes do not have the counter space available to place a dishwasher under the counter. Portable dishwashers can help this problem. The difference is that a portable dishwasher has wheels! You can roll it to the sink when you need to use it. Simply plug it, attach the hoses to your kitchen faucet, and put your drain into your sink. It’s really rather simple and a nice option for smaller kitchens, although there are a few drawbacks. First, most portable dishwashers are about 18 inches wide. They don’t hold as much as the traditional, under-the-counter dishwashers, which are usually 24 inches wide. Most portable models are noisier, since there isn’t the barrier for sound on three sides. Finally, you have to attach all the hoses and power cords each time you want to use it. It can be a hassle for some.
A countertop dishwasher is a great idea for homes without enough floor space to accommodate a portable model on wheels. Many countertop models are made to look like a microwave oven, as it is roughly the same size. For households with only one or two people, this model can be a great choice. You still have to hook up the hose and power, but it can easily accommodate two place settings and a couple of smaller pans. Perfect for apartments or dorm rooms, the countertop model isn’t as expensive as you might think.
These are relatively new, but are quickly becoming one of the mainstays with new kitchen designs. Easy to load, a drawer dishwasher gives you quite a bit of flexibility. Most are a double drawer design and you can wash each drawer separately. It’s a good way to save water and only clean the dishes you need. There are also single drawer models but the double is more popular.
As you can see, there are some new designs available in dishwashers today. From the compact countertop model to the state of the art drawer designs, you are sure to find that one model that perfectly suits your dishwashing needs.