You’ve just moved into your new place and after the first night of cooking, you are confronted with the tedious task of washing up. Urgh. After a long day at work and other household tasks to attend to, you make the realisation that a dishwasher is more of a necessity than you first thought. Not only do you save time, which let’s face it is precious to us all, you save water and electricity as well!
Dishwashers are a great help and time saver. Most models even have a delay function which allows you to have the machine self-start in the middle of the night, so you just have to pack away the dishes the next morning.
However, buying a dishwasher is not as simple as just choosing the cheapest dishwasher, paying and Bob’s your uncle. You first need to consider your current household situation and a few other facts as well…
To help ensure you make the right choice when purchasing a dishwasher, here are a few tips to consider:
What Are Dishwashing Place Settings?
The capacity of a dishwasher is measured by the number of place settings it has.
A place setting consists of 1 soup bowl, 1 plate, 1 dessert bowl, 1 cup and saucer, 1 drinking glass and a knife, fork, soup spoon, dessert spoon and teaspoon.
When purchasing a dishwasher, you especially need to take into consideration the number of people in your household.
Take this Bosch 14 Place White Series 4 Dishwasher, it’s ideal for a family of four as it provides enough space for a total of 14 place settings. If your family is bigger than four or you are known for entertaining guests, you will have to make use of the dishwasher more than once a day, or get a bigger place setting dishwasher.
On average, and with our countries current water crisis, a family of four should only be using their dishwasher once a day.
Being the largest independent retailer in the Western Cape, we not only have a massive range of dishwashers available on the Tafelberg Furnishers website, but we also have the best pricing in South Africa!
How Many Washing Programs Are Needed?
Well, that depends on the variety of washing programs you need. Your entry-level dishwasher usually has either 3 or 4 programs to choose from which would be considered as your basic necessity programs. As you go up in price, as with most appliances, added features and programs are included for more specific wash cycles.
The program that you select on your dishwasher depends on the state of your dishes which will determine the time, amount of water and temperature of the water that will be used to wash your dishes.
If you wash dishes once a day, every day by hand, you’ll use 14 600 litres of water per year. The equivalent usage using an average A+ dishwasher accumulates to a water consumption of 4 745 litres per year. A third of the savings!
Apart from the general wash cycles, some dishwashers have a really nifty bonus feature often referred to as an “express” or “quick” cycle. What this does is, and with certain programs only, is speed up the washing-up process and can even cut your washing time in half. Although this saves you plenty of time which is a great feature when being in a hurry to get new fresh dishes out on the dinner table, it does, however, increase the water and electricity use for the cycle.
Here are a few dishwashers with the “express” feature:
- Smeg 13 Place Dishwasher DW6QSSA-1 – Metalic Finish
Be Energy Wise, Save Water and Electricity
With climate change affecting South Africa, and the rest of the world on a huge scale, we need to seriously consider how each of us can do our bit to reduce our water and electricity consumption. One way is, of course, switch to a dishwasher suppose to washing up by hand.
When deciding which dishwasher you want to buy, you should take a look at the energy efficient rating which is displayed on the label of the dishwasher.
On average, it takes 40 litres of water to fill a sink. Most dishwashers use half of that per cycle, some even use as little as 6 litres per washing cycle!
Ideally, you want to buy a dishwasher with an A+++ rating as they are the most water and energy efficient, but they can also be a bit pricey. As you move down in water and energy efficiency, dishwashers also tend to become more affordable.
All the dishwashers listed on our website has an A+ rating or higher. Energy consumption(kWh) will vary according to programme selected ranging from 0.8 up to 1.45(kWh) for most energy efficient models and a bit more for less energy efficient ones.
Below are a few options with A+/A++ energy efficiency rating and their energy consumption levels in kWh/wash cycle:
Bosch 13 Place Series 6 Dishwasher SMS68TI00Z(A++): 0.85-1.35 kWh
Defy 13 Place Stainless Steel Dishwasher DDW178 (A+): 1.80-2.10 kWh
Purchasing a dishwasher that uses less water and electricity is not only an excellent decision from an environmental point of view, but it also saves you a lot of money down the line considering your water and electricity bill.
Here are few dishwashers with exceptional Eco-Performance:
Bosch 14 Place Series 8 Dishwasher SMS88TI00Z (Uses 9.5 litres of water per Eco-Cycle)
Bosch 13 Place Series 6 Dishwasher SMS68TI00Z – Metalic Finish (Uses 6.5 litres of water per Eco-Cycle)
Is A Dishwasher Loud?
It is ideal to program your dishwasher to run during the night (should your dishwasher have a delay start functionality), so in order for you and your family to sleep throughout the night, you need a dishwasher with a low noise output so that you won’t be woken in the middle of the night.
Old dishwashers had the noise output of about 80db, but most new dishwasher has a low noise output which averages 48 dB.
The Bosch 14 Place Metallic Dishwasher has the lowest noise output which is 40dBA, making it ideal to use the delay start function to start during the night.
A new innovation is the dishwashers which have a silent mode, which will guarantee you a peaceful night’s rest.
Here are some of the quietest dishwasher available in South Africa:
Bosch 14 Place Dishwasher SMS88TI00Z – Metalic Finish (38 dB)
Siemens 13 Place Dishwasher SN258I10TZ– Metalic Finish (44 dB)
What’s On The Inside?
Modern dishwasher has a variety of stacking features, especially when it comes to where the cutlery goes, and adjustable racks…
Some dishwashers have a cutlery basket which is specifically utilised for your knives and forks. Most models have removable cutlery baskets which allow you to take the whole basket to your cutlery drawer, making it easier for you to unpack straight into the draw. Other models, such as this Siemens 13 Place Dishwasher, has a removable cutlery drawer which frees up more space on the bottom rack. The cutlery drawer has become more preferred in the market for the sole reason that it frees up packing space for even more dishes, which is kind of neat.
All models have a bottom and an upper rack, but some models have an adjustable top rack which allows you to increase the height of the upper basket in a situation where you want to place big pots in the lower basket and needing the bit of extra space below.
If you have little ones or small nieces and nephews who like to run around the house, it is ideal to purchase a dishwasher that includes a child safety lock to prevent them from opening the dishwasher door.
White or Metalic Dishwasher?
The traditional white colour dishwashers would suit almost any household, but over the years, as more kitchen appliances have adopted the more modern “metallic” look, dishwasher brands soon followed to create a wide range of metallic finished dishwashers.
As the demand increased for metallic/silver dishwashers, manufacturers started looking at ways to overcome the one drawback all metallic dishwashers shared, easily spotted fingerprints. It doesn’t sound like much of an issue, but when you have kids in the house, this seemingly innocent flaw soon becomes any parent’s worst nightmare. So as a result, most modern metallic dishwashers now have a special coating protecting them against fingermarks which makes the only difference between a white and silver dishwasher, the cosmetic appeal.
Here are a few white dishwashers to choose from:
Here is a few metallic dishwashers with the “no fingerprint” finish:
When you go to the shop to purchase a dishwasher, you will see that a dishwasher appliance will have a label with useful information, namely:
- Energy consumption in K.W.H/ cycle
- energy efficient rating from D to A+++
- capacity as the number of the place setting
- water consumption in litres
- noise output in dBA