Choosing the Right Dishwasher for Your Home

Choosing the Right Dishwasher for Your Home

Washing dishes can be a pain, and getting stuck with the task can take you away from family time after meals. Yet with how many types of dishwashers are out there, it can be overwhelming to decide which one you need. The article will demystify the different types of washers and get you on your way to choosing the right dishwasher for your home.

Portable Dishwashers

For homeowners with not a limited amount of counter space, a portable dishwasher is the best option. All you need is an adapter for your sink, and the dishwasher will wash and dry just like any other. Then, you can put it away to free up counter space when you’re finished. It’s great for small apartments that don’t come with a washer.

Selecting the Right Size

The biggest downside to the portable dishwasher is the same as its upside—the size. You can’t put any large dishes in there. So, while it will cut down on how many dishes you wash, you’ll still need to wash the large pieces by hand.

As a side note, countertop dishwashers are almost the same as portable dishwashers. The only difference is that their dish capacity is smaller than that of a portable dishwasher.

Built-In Dishwashers

Built-in dishwashers are perfect if you have extra counter space and live in a larger household. They have a much larger capacity and have specialized cycles that portable and countertop washers just don’t have. In addition, they’re much quieter, and you don’t need to pull them out every time you need them.

Plumbing and Electrical Considerations

Built-in washers use more water and need plumbing and electrical maintenance if they break down. They also take up quite a bit of storage space, as once they are installed, they cannot be removed.

While this may be convenient for some people, a built-in washer might not be the best option for you if you’re looking for something you can move around or if you don’t have a lot of space.

Drawer Dishwashers

Drawer dishwashers are best for those that need customization. If you have a lot of people living under one roof, you can even install two drawers. If you want a drawer washer but don’t have that large of a household, you can install a single drawer instead.

Loading Flexibility

Drawer dishwashers are a great option for those with a disability, as they are easy to pull out and can be installed next to each other. In addition, if you choose to have two drawers, you can have fragile dishes in one drawer and pots and pans in the other.

However, this is the most expensive option, whether you choose one or two drawers, as the model is sleeker, more modern, and requires different materials.

All dishwashers have their pros and cons, and no matter what you choose, every washer will need some form of maintenance. Hopefully, this guide to choosing the right dishwasher for your home helps make your life a little easier.

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Mallory Knee, the Detroit Mommies Lifestyle & Parenting Contributing Expert is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things home, lifestyle, and parenting. She particularly enjoys writing for communities of passionate women who come together for a shared interest and empower one another in the process. In her free time, you can find Mallory trying a fun new dinner recipe, practicing calligraphy, or hanging out with her family.
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6 months ago

Good and helpful guide. Thanks! Also, remember that some dishwashers have filters. If a dishwasher you chose have one, clean it once every couple of months. Filters tend to get clogged up with food debris.