From cooking and cleaning to washing clothes and ironing, the average household requires a rather hefty amount of regular upkeep. It is only natural to seek ways of completing these tasks with greater speed and precision, and technology offers the perfect way to do this.
Appliances such as dishwashers are now routinely used to take over many of the chores we detest completing; often achieving a higher standard of finish and in quicker times. According to UK government figures, over 9,500,000 households owned a dishwasher in 2010 with projections expecting this to reach almost 12,000,000 by 2020.
However, in these difficult times saving money has become more important than convenience around the home. The first step most people take when trying to save money at home is to examine water and electricity usage and try to reduce them as much as possible. All luxury items such as dishwashers are cut out completely in place of the low tech replacements. However studies have proven that dishwashers actually save households money as washing up by hand uses more water, more energy and more time. In fact using a dishwasher can save you up to £70 a year.
For those yet to invest in a dishwasher, or considering upgrading their existing model, here are a few things which you should consider before deciding to buy:
Every household is different and no two homes will have the same amount, or type, of washing up to complete. Consider what type of dishes you are likely to need cleaning regularly and invest in an appropriate dishwasher.
Check dishwasher reviews to determine which models are best for heavily soiled crockery and which are designed to tackle more delicate dishes. If you think you may require a dishwasher capable of both these functions then opt for when which boasts multiple wash programmes.
This applies to both the physical size of your dishwasher and its load capacity. You need to invest in a model capable of coping with your washing requirements but which will fit into your home. Whilst opting for a dishwasher with the largest load capacity on offer is usually people’s first thought, it might not be the best idea. Washing dishes in an incomplete load will waste water and electricity so purchasing a dishwasher whose capacity matches your needs will prove more efficient in the long run.
Following on from this, you need to consider the implications your chosen dishwasher will have on the environment. All modern appliances come with energy efficiency ratings, making it easy for you to select the best possible model.
The scale runs from A*-G, with those rated A and above offering the largest benefits. How you use your dishwasher will also affect its efficiency. Altering the wash temperature or the length of cycle to match the level of cleaning is always recommended so look for dishwashers that offer you this level of control.
Lastly, the cost of the dishwasher will ultimately be one of your biggest concerns. In the current economic climate, families cannot afford to waste money and the cost of managing a dishwasher, as well as the cost of buying one, can be a daunting prospect.
Thankfully, there are plenty of price comparison services available and by investing in an energy efficient model you know you are getting an appliance which will last. Always compare the guarantee or warranty which is provided with the appliance as well as looking at the features it offers.