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Lowe's Guide to Buying a Dishwasher

Everyone agrees that dishwashers are great timesaving devices, but did you know they can also save water and energy over hand-washing the dishes? Dishwashers actually use less water than hand-washing. You'll save even more if you don't pre-rinse the dishes before loading them. Lowe's is happy to provide this dishwasher guide as a service to you.

How to Choose a Dishwasher

  •   • The key to getting dishes clean is using very hot water. Some dishwashers have a device that raises the temperature of the water coming out of your water heater.

  •   • Another feature you'll like is a built-in food disposer. It grinds up food particles and flushes them out with the waste water. So they won't end up re-deposited on your dishes.

  •   • Check the size of the spray holes on the wash arms. The smaller the holes are, the more scrubbing power they provide your dishwasher.

  •   • If you wash dishes only once every two or three days, you'll want a rinse and hold cycle to prevent build up.

  •   • Make sure the rack system will allow you to load the dishes easily. Some dishwashers feature fold-down shelving to give you greater flexibility.

  •   • A delay-start timer will start your dishwasher when the energy rates are lower.

  •   • Some dishwashers use sensor technology to detect how dirty the dishes are and then adjust the cycle accordingly. You can start the washer with a touch of a button, and this feature prevents water from being wasted.

  •   • The amount of insulation around the dishwasher tub reduces the noise, so check to see how thick the insulation is. Thicker insulation will make the dishwasher more quiet.


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