Everybody in our house loves to cook, but no one likes to do the dishes. So having a dishwasher is a necessity. Our current machine is nearing the appliance graveyard, so we are actively looking at new dishwashers. Last time we were shopping for one, we made some monumental mistakes. Learn from us on what not to do and then get 5 things to consider when buying a new dishwasher.
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Our current dishwasher is on its last leg and is in serious need of replacement. Honestly, I am overjoyed at this because we never should have bought the machine we currently use. It has been buyers remorse since we installed it. Why you ask? Let me tell you….
How NOT to buy a new dishwasher!
A few years ago, the original dishwasher that was in the house when we bought it, just quite working. We wanted an immediate replacement and didn’t do any homework/research beforehand. We just went to the store to buy a new one with the following criteria:
- In-stock so we could take it home immediately to install ourselves
- Similar style to our other kitchen appliances
- Within our price range
Dishwashers have changed a lot in the past few years. Do you see what’s missing from our list? Size, capacity, noise level, energy consumption, various clean cycles, etc. We didn’t think about any of that! As a result, we bought a dishwasher that didn’t clean very well, didn’t have the capacity for our family of 5, and a drying cycle that had us drying dishes by hand every time we uploaded the dishwasher.
5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Dishwasher
Now that you know everything we did wrong the last time, let’s move forward with the RIGHT WAY to buy a new dishwasher. The brand/model that we are looking at is the Bosch AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series dishwasher from Best Buy. So I am going to talk about the things you should look for and why this is ranks at the best dishwasher for our family.
Size (width) & Capacity
Most kitchens have room for a 24” wide dishwasher and that’s what we have. Next look at how much capacity or how much “stuff” can
When we have family over or the kids have all their friends over, we have room for EVERYTHING. No more having to opt for disposable plates or hand washing all the extras that don’t fit.
Why Bosch? 24” width AND Space for Everything
This Bosch dishwasher model has a concealed heating element and room for up to 16 place settings. The RackMatic® design has 3 different height levels and up to 9 possible rack positions. you can customize each load for your needs. The flexible 3rd rack can accommodate uniquely shaped, deep, or tall items.
When the machine is one, do you want to hear yourself think or do you want to wonder if it’s actually on? Question seems funny, but machines range wildly here. Our current machine is the former and there is no doubt that it is on. It actually drives us all out of the kitchen.
Why Bosch?44-dBA noise level rating
Bosch is known for producing machines that are whisper quiet. They are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight® to know they’re on. Win Win!!
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Multiple Wash Cycles & Dry Features
Most dishwashers offer basic cycles like light, normal, and heavy. Yet some models offers customized cycles that perfect for china and crystal, delayed start, extra rinse, etc.
Why Bosch 500 Series?
This machine uses advanced PrecisionWash technology to offer sparkling clean dishes every time. Sensors scan throughout the cycle and check the progress and powerful spray arms target every item of every load. There are 5 wash cycles including five-level wash and 5 drying options including Extra Dry. A nice bonus on some models is AutoAir™ feature that automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle to let moisture escape and fresh air circulate for better drying results.*(Compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
With any appliance or machine that uses water, you need to examine the leak prevention features. Does it have a single seal, double seal, sensors, etc.
Why Bosch 500 Series? 24/7 Aquastop®
This series has a 4-part leak prevention system called AquaStop®. It is a sensor system that detects leaks, shuts down operation automatically, and then pumps out water.
I look for energy saving appliances whenever I buy. It’s important to be efficient and not be a power hog.
Why Bosch? ENERGY STAR
Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings.
So there you have 5 things to consider when buying a new dishwasher. Don’t make the same mistake we did and go in without doing your homework first. Check out the Bosch AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series dishwasher from Best Buy.