Replacing Your Dishwasher

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 13, 2015)

A modern kitchen simply is not truly complete without a dishwasher. For years my wife and I have wanted one, and finally, when we moved into our current home, we were able to get one. Granted, it is not the greatest one out there, but still it is a dishwasher. This unit is going to be a good one until we can find a better one.

With the goal of finding a replacement unit in mind, I found that there are really only a few things that we needed to keep in mind while my wife and I were looking to get a replacement. Very briefly and simply, those things cover such areas as the unit's size, sound level, interior design and exterior style. All of these items play a role in the final cost that a consumer pays. Be sure that, as you are looking for a new dishwashing unit, you keep in mind the role that each of these are going to play.

  • Size. Interestingly enough, all of the dishwashing units designed to go under a counter that are made in the United States typically share the same overall dimensions. The benefit of this is that they are all around 24 inches in width, not to mention that they are also similar in their height as well. Due to this, there rarely any remodeling of spatial configuration for the dishwasher, which is a good thing since it helps to reduce the cost of putting in new equipment. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the European models on the market, so you should take the time to, at the very least make sure where the model is from, if not the actual dimensions themselves.
  • Sound. The quieter a dishwasher is, well typically the more expensive it is. Many people may not realize this, but newer models are on average quieter than the older models, but to be truly considered quiet, you are going to be paying about $200.00 to $300.00 more than you would be paying otherwise.
  • Interior/Exterior Design. One of the most important factors in choosing a dishwasher is it's design. The interior design, meaning the way things look on the inside of the dishwasher is important simply for the fact that this directly affects how well, and the number of things that can get cleaned. Exterior design is more than just how pretty something looks or if it matches the decorations of the rest of your kitchen, but the basic shape of the unit as well. One of the new innovations that are becoming more common is the creation of "multi-drawer" dishwashers. These types of units can be used as both storage and washing units, thereby increasing both cleaning and storage capabilities.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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