Buying a new commercial dishwasher can feel quite exciting. Just look up any store and you’ll encounter plenty of dishwasher models that look more modern and feature packed. If you’ve been using the same old dishwasher for years, then buying a new dishwasher is a significant upgrade. Modern dishwashers today are having more functions and are more water & energy-efficient than previous models, which can help speed up the cleaning process and lower your electricity bill as well.
But the question is, how do you choose the best dishwasher for your applications? To help eliminate the confusion, we did the research for you. Here are 8 things you should look out for when buying a dishwasher that will hopefully aid you in making an informed decision.
- Cleaning performance
Let’s get one thing straight: a dishwasher’s price tag does not always correlate to a better cleaning performance. Instead of looking at its price, you should pay more attention to the dishwasher’s features. Some dishwashers have a concentrated wash cycle that cleans glassware and sports bottles more effectively while others have a power cycle which blasts the dishes with a powerful water stream to dislodge food particles and debris. Some machines have rinse booster pumps included, that remove excess wash residue and leave the items clean by thoroughly spraying hot sanitizing water to meet Health codes.
We recommend buying the best dishwasher you can afford. Look for reputable brands like Sammic, Washtec, Norris, Hobart, and Eswood. These brands offer high-quality dishwashers that have a reliable cleaning performance compared to generic dishwasher models.
- Rinsing performance
When buying a dishwasher, one of the main things you should look for is its rinsing performance. The dishwasher must rinse your dishes effectively with at least 82 deg water to sanitize it and with rinse aid to prevent water marks from forming. The rinse arms need to rotate freely with either incoming water pressure, or if pressure is low, have an in-built water rinse booster pump.
- Cycles and options
Many dishwasher companies pack in as many features as possible to entice consumers to buy their model. But more features don’t necessarily mean a better dishwasher, so sometimes we recommend buying a dishwasher with simpler controls and a more streamlined cycle option. Other situations require dishwashers with multiple options to select the best wash cycle time for your dishes. Depending on your situation, features such as low-pressure wash start – glassware or extended wash times for pot scrubbing are required. But usually simplicity is key when choosing a dishwasher, so make sure the model you’re buying is easy to operate.
- Dishwasher capacity
Dishwashers models vary in size and dishwasher capacity, making it crucial that you select the right one for your cleaning applications. Most dishwashers have a 500 mm rack size with 300mm height restriction and a 1, 2- or 3-minute wash cycle Smaller dishwashers have 400 mm racks with 220mm height, meaning you’ll have to run more cycles to clean more dishes. Factor in the size of your location and your cleaning requirements when buying a dishwasher.
- Style and finish
Dishwashers come in many models and types from under bench, to raised front loaders or to up right pass through models. The finish is usually stainless steel, but the control panel may have various colors, that match with the interior look of your kitchen. Black stainless-steel finishes are available with some brands. The overall look and feel of a dishwasher can also play a role in your buying decision. It all comes down to personal preference on which style of dishwasher you believe will best compliment your interior kitchen.
- Energy – water efficiency
Most appliances now have improved energy rating, this can have great savings on the overall operational cost. But lower energy sometimes means slower operational times, make sure that you choose the one that also gives you the fastest times, if you are in a busy location. Modern dishwashers are great at using your resources wisely (water and electricity) which can contribute to lower water and electricity bills.
- Extra features
Having extra features in a dishwasher can certainly improve the appliance’s usability. Features like in-built ventilation, quick wash cycles, rinse boosters, in-built detergent pumps, sound proofing, low water usage, are all handy for industrial cleaning. These modes that can make your dishwasher more versatile. Some dishwashers even have smartphone integration where you can monitor and control its wash cycles through your smartphone.
You can also receive feedback about your dishwasher’s efficiency during wash cycles to help you select the best wash cycle for your dishes. Having extra features is nice, but only if the dishwasher nails down the key essentials first like its cleaning performance, rinsing performance, etc.
And there you have it. 7 simple and practical tips to help you pick the right dishwasher for your needs. We suggest checking out different models from different brands to get a good feel of their quality, features, and overall performance. In the end, it all comes down to which dishwasher you feel is the best fit for your specific needs so make sure to do your research before buying a dishwasher.