Lead image The BRIT IDW60 Cascata dishwasher from Britannia boasts 14 place settings, eight programme options and six different wash temperatures. Price around £500


We all lead such busy lives, and cleaning up the kitchen after cooking a late dinner is the last thing we want to do. This is why dishwashers make such a difference to your routine and it’s important to make sure that you have the right model for your lifestyle, so that you can spend less time on dishes each day.


Programmes to suit

Most dishwashers offer a multitude of different functions and programmes so that you can ensure each cycle gives a sparkling clean result. Whirlpool, for instance, uses 6th Sense® technology in certain models which helps to get the best possible finish. The PowerClean Pro™ function is found in the SupremeClean dishwashers and uses high pressure jets to remove burnt-on food from pots, pans and oven dishes while 6th Sense® judges the level of soiling and is able to automatically adjust the wash cycle to suit. The brand AEG also offer new AirDry technology, which opens the dishwasher door 10cm during the last part of the cycle to allow moisture to leave the machine and let natural airflow in to help dry the dishes even faster. There are also options such as half-load washes which are great for the eco-conscious or for those who need to wash little and often.


Below The Whirlpool 6th Sense® technology is behind some of the highlight features of this WFO 3P33 DL freestanding model. The technology is also able to offer savings of up to 50% on water, time and energy. Features 9.5 litre water consumption; 43dB noise level; Price from £649



Energy efficiency

According to Waterwise, the kitchen tap and dishwasher account for around 8-14% of all water used in the home. It’s beneficial on the purse strings to be aware of how much water and energy we are using and to try and reduce our usage where possible. Jennifer Taylor, senior brand manager at Whirlpool, says: ‘Many still think that the dishwasher is a water guzzling energy crazed appliance. However, today’s dishwashers are consuming less energy and water than ever before and have very green energy labels.’ SupremeClean models from Whirlpool, for example, can use just six litres of water in a cycle, which is a very low water consumption. Waterwise also recommends the following to save even more energy: try to use a full load every time, try using eco or economy settings and save extra water by not pre-rinsing dishes before loading.


Below A highlight bit of tech from the DFN28320 freestanding dishwasher from Beko is AquaFlex technology, which applies different water pressures to the top and bottom baskets so that different items can be washed in the best way needed. Features 6 litre water consumpion; 43dB noise level; Price from £329



Shape & size

Dishwashers are available in a variety of sizes and have different internal configurations. Deciding between freestanding or integrated depends on your scheme and what look you would prefer. A built-in model looks clean and streamlined in a contemporary kitchen, while the benefit of a freestanding model is that you can take it with you when you move if you wish. Working out what size you need is crucial and for large families you can have up to 16 place settings. There are plenty of options for more compact kitchens as well which are smaller in size and have less place settings inside. Andrew Wasdell, product manager for dishwashing and FS cookers Electrolux brands UK & IE, says: ‘Slimline and compact dishwashers are a great option for when space is tight as they still allow you to enjoy the benefits and ease of having a dishwasher, while taking up limited space.’


Article by: Lucy Macdonald