A dishwasher is a machine used for cleaning eating utensils and dishes. Unlike manual dishwashing, where you are required to scrub the dishes with soap and a sponge to remove food, the dishwasher sprays hot water at the dishes while mixing in detergent with a pump. It uses spray arms to blast the dishes with the mixture before beginning a rinse cycle. Once the rinse cycle ends, the water is drained and the dishes are dried, either with a fan or a heating element at the bottom of the tub. Dishwashers became incredibly common in the 1970s, and have improved significantly in efficiency and effecicacy since then.

Products Available

According to Reviewed.com, the Electrolux (Product Code: EI24ID50QS) was the best dishwasher model of 2014. It does an incredible job cleaning dishes thanks to a circular spray arm that provides even coverage, jets that hit all dishes including the insides of bottles, and silicone stemware holders. Its LED lighting and sleek front give it a luxurious feel, and will boost the aesthetic appeal of any kitchen. If you are operating on a budget, you may want to try the Frigidaire Gallery (Product Code: FGID2474QF), which won the best value award. Although it lacks a few of the luxurious features found on other models, it gets the dishes clean, which is all you need in a dishwasher. It gives you the option of using either a fan or a heating element to dry the dishes and has an easy-to-clean stainless exterior. For those people who have a smaller kitchen, Kenmore offers a portable dishwasher (Product Code: 14652). It is only eighteen inches wide and comes with extra counter space on top. It uses about four gallons of water for each cycle, and is incredibly easy to hook up and use. Lastly, the KitchenAid Architect Series comes with a unique feature called the “Ultra-Fine Filter”-a stainless steel filter that doesn’t need to be cleaned by hand and reduces redeposit.

Freestanding INOX dishwasher

Freestanding INOX dishwasher

Pros & Cons

A dishwasher is considered by some to be a luxurious appliance-many people decide to go without one and hand-wash their dishes instead. There are several pros and cons for both hand-washing and using a dishwasher. When you hand-wash your dishes, you control the water and have a better sense of how much you are using. Hand-washing also allows you to get dishes a little bit cleaner, because you can spend a extra time on those dishes that are especially dirty. However, hand-washing can run the risk of being extremely wasteful, especially if you leave the water running while you are organizing or drying your dishes. Dishwashers allow you to save a ton of time. A dishwasher can be loaded up in a few minutes, while it may take you half an hour to hand-wash all of your dishes. Avoid using a dishwasher with only a few dishes inside, as this is a waste of water and energy. Dishwashers can also be expensive and take up a fair bit of room in the kitchen if you don’t have a lot of space.

Price Range

In general, you can expect to pay somewhere between $800 and $2000 for a dishwasher. The Electrolux model, for example, costs around $900, and is one of the best appliances available on the market. If you are looking to save some money, the Frigidaire Gallery comes in at only $600, while the Kenmore model is under $400. Some dishwashers can run as high as $1500, however. Always remember that a higher price does not necessarily indicate higher performance.