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Different Types of Dishwashers: How to Choose the Best One

Dec 20, 2021

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Dishwashers are one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. But, with so many different types on the market today, it can be hard to choose which one to get. In this blog post, we’ll help you make that decision! Welcome to our comprehensive dishwasher shopping guide.

Dishwasher Types

Dishwashers make washing dishes much easier, less time-consuming, and more energy-efficient than washing by hand. For this reason, these appliances can be an absolute lifesaver for busy professionals and stay-at-home parents alike.

If you’ve been considering shopping for a dishwasher, all we can say is we think you’ll be glad you did. But it can be hard to choose which one you should get. So, let’s start by breaking down all of the different dishwasher types and what they have to offer you.

Built-In Dishwasher

A built-in dishwasher is a dishwasher that is installed inside your kitchen cabinetry. This dishwasher can come as either a top-mount or a bottom-mount style. A top-mount dishwasher is installed on top of a countertop. A bottom-mount dishwasher attaches under a countertop and does not extend into the cabinet space.

Drawer Dishwasher

A drawer dishwasher is built into a cabinet with a door that opens like a drawer. This dishwasher is good for small kitchens because it takes up less space than a traditional dishwasher. It can also provide a convenient place to store your dishwasher detergent and other supplies.

Portable Dishwasher

A portable dishwasher is not built into your kitchen cabinetry. This type usually has wheels on the bottom so you can move it around your kitchen. It also plugs into an outlet and can be temporarily connected to a faucet sink, so you do not need to have typical water or drainage hookups in your kitchen. The main advantage of this dishwasher is that you can move it to wherever you need it in your kitchen.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Dishwasher?

When you're trying to choose a dishwasher, there are a few different features that you should keep in mind.

How much capacity do you need in a dishwasher?

Are you just looking for something that can handle a few dishes at once, or are you looking for a dishwasher that can provide full service for a large family?

Consider the size of your kitchen

A portable dishwasher would be perfect if your space is on the smaller side. If you have a larger kitchen with lots of cabinet space, then built-in dishwashers are ideal. Whichever you choose, don't forget to check the dimensions of the dishwasher so you can ensure it will fit in your kitchen.

Which brand is right for me?

There are many different brands of dishwashers out there, so it's best to do some research before shopping for one. You can read reviews from other customers and check out the warranty information and price range to better understand what brand will best suit your needs.

Cycles & Options

Depending on which brand you choose, your cycle time can vary. Some cycles are as short as two hours, while others can last up to six or more! The more cycle options you have when it comes to washing your dishes, the easier it’s going to be for you.

How easy is it to use?

Is this dishwasher easy for everyone in the home — not only the adults in the house but also your children or visitors? Make sure you can easily use all the features of your new dishwasher and that your family is also comfortable using them.

Is it energy efficient?

Today's dishwashers are all energy efficient, so they don't take up too much power compared to older models. You’ll want a dishwasher that will provide years of amazing wash results without having high electricity costs. Making sure your dishwasher doesn't use too much water and energy is key to getting a great dishwasher that you can feel good about using. Looking at the energy star rating of your dishwasher can help you make sure you're getting one that is as energy efficient as possible.

Noise Level

When looking at getting a new dishwasher, you want to ensure that it isn't too loud. This can become annoying when trying to enjoy a quiet evening at home. Check the decibel rating of your potential dishwasher before making a purchase.

How much?

Look at your budget and see how much you’re willing to spend on the dishwasher that will best fit your needs. Compare prices online, check out sales in person or even ask for an additional discount if you get it from your local appliance store. Just because a dishwasher is budget-friendly doesn't mean it can’t do the work.

How Can Acima Help?

Acima is here to provide you with the best lease-to-own* solutions for dishwashers and other appliances. With various brands, models, and sizes, we’re positive that you will find the perfect dishwasher for your home. Apply online or in person today! Check out our complete list of Acima appliance retailers.

Common Questions When Choosing a Dishwasher

How do I choose the right dishwasher for me?

Choosing the right dishwasher for your household and lifestyle is a matter of considering all the factors. Choosing an energy-efficient model that can handle big loads in less time will save you money in the long run while providing exceptional wash results. The key to finding the best dishwasher is asking yourself what's important.

If it's efficient, get one with cycles and options designed for this purpose. If it's space-savings or cost-effectiveness, plenty of models out there are perfect for those needs too! Remember: No two households have the same needs, so take time to figure out which features work best with yours before getting a new appliance.

How long should a dishwasher last?

Dishwashers will typically last 10 to 15 years. However, you should consider getting a new one if the dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes or if it has rusting parts inside.

Is it worth getting a dishwasher?

A dishwasher can be worth it, depending on your situation. You’ll save time and effort by not having to hand-wash the dishes, and dishwashers are more efficient for larger loads of dishes than smaller ones.