Choosing the Best Dishwasher – Part 1

Choosing the Best Dishwasher – Part 1

Posted by Sherijan Ivan Dela Cruz on 16th Aug 2022

8 things not to miss when looking for your next machine.

It’s almost always a blissful experience when you replace a major appliance AND have the budget to splurge for a high-quality one. Let’s talk about dishwashers. These fabulous pieces of technology are major purchases worth carefully taking your time to decide on. Sometimes, it starts with a visit to a close friend’s house, where they show off their brand-new dishwasher designed to run all kinds of custom cycles, and it even comes with WiFi connectivity. But then you go online to shop and find out that the dishwasher market is riddled with all sorts of machines with mind-boggling features (voice-assisted dishwashers, anyone?)

Well, that’s good news for consumers like yourself. The past few years have brought on a technological revolution, not just to self-driving cars and AI-powered Robo-surgeons but also to our good ol’ dishwashers. The not-so-good news is you might need a more comprehensive guide in getting the best dishwasher for your kitchen.

Worry not! Our 8-point guide to buying the best dishwasher is made to help you weed through copycat models that aren’t worth considering so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s discuss the first three factors

1) Cleaning Performance

This is what it’s all about – how effectively a dishwasher cleans must be the major deciding factor when you make a purchase. The sleek designs, durability, and other special features won’t matter much if your machine can’t do its primary job properly. Nowadays, there are a lot of dishwashers that are designed to do specific types of cleaning. For example, some dishwashers feature a concentrated wash sprayer for glasses and sports bottles. You can even find machines with specially designed power-spraying cycles that remove baked-on grease and food stains. 

Features like this quickly stack up and make advertised products look flashy, so you may want to focus on features that matter to you. Out of the many features offered by some high-end machines by major brands, only a handful are genuinely useful for the average user. You’ll likely find a quality dishwasher with effective cleaning performance within your budget – no need to stretch out your wallet to get the top model. 

If you’re living in the Tri-State area, you need to consider one culprit that may cause issues with your new dishwasher: hard water. Some manufacturers are aware of this and so they include water softeners in their machines to ensure that users get crystal clear glassware without spots or fogginess caused by hard water.


Samsung StormWash™ 48 dBA Dishwasher DW80R5060U

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Special Features:

  • StormWash™ - powerful rotating spray jets that clean at every angle for hard-to-reach spots
  • Quiet Cleaning
  • AutoRelease™ Door
  • Fan-Enabled ProDry System

2) Drying Performance

Getting your dishes clean is one thing. Drying them effectively is another. To that point, think of a time when you opened your dishwasher to find the dishes still completely soaked. It’s not just frustrating – it’s a total hassle. You have to go through the daunting work of drying each dish by hand. As a result, a dishwasher that can’t dry properly isn’t worth much. 

Here in the United States, dishwashers often come with heating elements similar to electric stovetops. While these large pieces of metal are proven effective for drying the water, it can also bake food or calcium deposits onto your dishes which are almost impossible to remove. They can also melt plastic wares if placed near the elements. 

The most advanced and energy-efficient drying method is the use of a stainless steel tub. These stainless steel walls allow for condensation-based drying that won’t melt plastics or bake on food. They simply perform better in removing moisture from the dishes at the end of each cycle through built-in condensation processes.


KitchenAid 44 dBA Dishwasher KDTM604KPS

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Special Features:

  • Fan-Enabled ProDry System - combines a heating element and fan for optimal drying performance
  • FreeFlex™ Thrid Rack
  • ProWash Cycle
  • Advanced Clean Water Wash System

For the next article in this blog series, we’ll talk about how quiet your dishwasher should be, the best wash cycles and options, and if connectivity matters. Stay tuned!

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