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Dishwashers - Buyers Guide

Dishwashers have increasingly become an important feature of our kitchens as our lifestyles get busier and we try to optimise our free time. Dishwashers have certainly evolved along with our lifestyles, tackling dirtier, more stubborn loads as well as caring for our finer glassware. The results of a modern Dishwasher are truly fantastic and achieved in a shorter time using less water and electricity than ever before. They also offer a more hygienic way to deal with the washing of your cutlery. Below we lay out exactly what you need to know in order to choose the right Dishwasher for your needs. If you do need any more information please contact us at Armagh Electrical.com or visit Dalzells of Markethill.

Freestanding, Integrated (Built-In) or Semi-Integrated Dishwashers?

There are three main looks of Dishwasher to choose from, Freestanding, Integrated (Built-in) and Semi-Integrated. Your choice is determined by how you want your Dishwasher to look in your Kitchen. Freestanding Dishwashers push under an existing work top or kitchen units with the front of the appliance visible with all its function being easily to hand. Integrated or Built-in Dishwashers are fully integrated into your kitchen and are hidden when the door is closed. This way you maintain the overall design and look of your kitchen. Semi-Integrated Dishwashers combine the best of both worlds. Here the control panel of the appliance is visible and easy to hand but the rest of the appliance is hidden and helps maintain the look of your kitchen. As well as Standard sized model you may consider a Slimline Dishwashers for when space is it a premium or when there are a smaller number of people to serve. Table Top Dishwashers; although small offer an option where there may be an existing fitted kitchen with no flexibility for a normal dishwasher within the design. Newly available and pioneered by Fisher & Paykel are Drawed Dishwashers. These innovative appliances allow you to operate a true half load and are easily loaded.

Dishwasher Place Settings

The washing capacity of your Dishwasher is measured in place settings; a standard sized Dishwasher will typically hold 12, a Slimline 6 and a Table Top 4. A place setting is considered to be one large plate, one small plate, cutlery, cup/glass and a saucer. The size of your family will usually determine this choice.

Efficiency and the Environment

All Dishwashers have a European Union Energy Label which is designed to give you all the information you require in regards of the Energy and Water Consumption of that particular Dishwasher. These labels are colour coded and give alphabetical ratings A-G on the overall Energy Performance. Some of the most efficient appliances have been awarded the Energy Saving Trust accreditation and this is largely seen as the gold standard. Armagh Electrical.com and Dalzells of Markethill have Energy Saving Trust Retailer accreditation for our product knowledge, range of appliances and our commitment to the Environment. Some of the latest Dishwashers have a Timer Delay function to allow you to take advantage of off peak electricity rates; others have a type of Artificial Intelligence that will determine the most efficient wash programme. Some Dishwashers make more noise than others so its worth considering the noise level (dB) of your Dishwasher, especially if you have an open plan kitchen-living area. An average noise level is around 45-60dB


When considering where to place your Dishwasher you need to consider that itll require connection to the mains water supply. There should also be access for the waste pipe through an inlet to the U-bend of your sink or into a separate waste pipe. The surface where the Dishwasher will stand should be reasonably level (the appliances feet can be adjusted slightly to help). A guidance size of 850mmx600mmx600mm HxDxW should be allowed but please measure your space before you order. If you require any further information please contact us at Armagh Electrical.com or visit Dalzells of Markethill.

Managers Tip

When considering which Dishwasher to purchase, its a good idea to consider what guarantee the manufacturer is providing as well as your budget and specific needs. Most manufacturers like Zanussi, Electrolux and Beko will offer a one year warranty, but some such as Hotpoint and Indesit offer an additional five years of parts cover. Bosch and Siemens meanwhile offer a full two year warranty and their Dishwashers offer excellent value for this extra piece of mind. Neff and Miele also offer a two or sometimes longer guarantee but their appliances have a premium price. Many Dishwashers offer specialist wash programmes that may aid your lifestyle, keep an eye out when browsing our range.

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