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Dishwasher Buying Guide

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Dishwasher Buying Guide

With the busy lives we lead today, it can be tricky to find the time – and the will – to do all those chores that inevitably build up. Dishwashers offer ease and convenience when dirty dishes are piling up, but before deciding which dishwasher to buy, there are a few things to consider. Are you looking for a built-in or freestanding dishwasher? Have you thought about dishwasher sizes and energy efficiency? Perhaps you’re looking for the quietest dishwasher on the market? Compare dishwashers with our buying guide, to make sure you choose an appliance that meets your needs.

Dishwasher Types and Sizes

Full size and slimline models are available, with the flexibility to suit different spaces and household needs. Standard dishwasher sizes can vary, but most measure around 24x24 inches (or 60x60cm). When choosing a dishwasher for your home, measure the width, height and depth of the available space, and compare this against the model you’re looking at. Dishwasher capacity is given in place settings. One place setting equals to approximately one dinner plate, one side dish, a soup bowl, one glass tumbler, a teacup and saucer, and 5 pieces of cutlery. Some full-size dishwashers – including selected Samsung models – have up to 14 place settings. These larger types can easily take care of the washing up after dinner parties or big family meals.

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Dishwasher Features to Look Out For

Modern dishwashers come with optional extras; additional features that are designed to make life easier.

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Energy Efficiency

Understanding energy efficiency could save you money on your electricity bills. What’s more, energy efficient machines are kinder to the environment. The most energy efficient dishwashers have an energy rating of A+++. Once you’ve bought a dishwasher, you can continue to reduce your energy consumption in a number of ways. Samsung’s Eco Wash and Half Load settings are more energy efficient, for example, so use these wherever possible.

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Dishwasher Installation

Dishwasher installation is usually quick and straightforward, although fitting an integrated dishwasher may require more expertise. Whether you’re installing it yourself or plan to hire a professional, there are a few points to consider.

* Samsung offers free installation to all our Home Appliances

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  • On arrival, check your new appliance for any signs of damage; using a faulty appliance could be dangerous.

  • There should be no plug sockets directly behind your dishwasher, as this space can get hot and pose a fire risk. Instead, it should be plugged into a socket that’s easily accessible, so that the dishwasher can be disconnected quickly if needs be.

  • Don’t connect your dishwasher to a multi-socket or extension lead.

  • Switch off the water and power prior to installing your dishwasher.

Dishwasher Maintenance

It’s important to look after your dishwasher, to get the best possible results from each wash and to ensure the longevity of your machine.

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  • It’s recommended that you remove and clean out the filters weekly, to prevent food waste that has become trapped by the filter from being transferred back onto your dishes.

  • You should also use dishwasher salt and rinse aid – ideally on a monthly basis. Salt tackles limescale, whilst rinse aid helps kitchenware to dry without streaking.

  • When you’re not using your dishwasher, leave the door slightly ajar, to air out your machine and stop it from smelling.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for your friends or just need a bit of help tackling your washing up on a weeknight, dishwashers are a must-have for modern households. Discover Samsung’s range of dishwashers online, and let these handy home appliances take care of your kitchenware.