Which types of dishwashers should you buy?
Bonus: To use this machine correctly, please refer to this guide on How to use a dishwasher for beginners.
This type is recommended for home owners with limited space, those who want extra storage, or those staying in flats with readymade kitchens.
This dishwasher is a standout because it blends in. With its customisable front door, it gives your kitchen cabinetry a streamlined look. Choose between two types: An integrated dishwasher is fully concealed, with the control panel on the top edge, while a semi-integrated one has a visible front control panel for easy access.
Permanently installed underneath your kitchen countertop, built-in dishwashers take up cabinet space, so this is better for bigger homes.
*This type of dishwasher is popular in other regions, but isn’t as popular in South Africa yet.
SIZE AND CAPACITY
How to choose the right dishwasher capacity?
Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings. One place setting covers all the dishes, cutlery and glassware one person uses in a three-course meal. To know how much a dishwasher can effectively wash in one go, always refer to the place setting capacity, the number of household members, and your dining habits. Here’s a guide to choose a dishwasher with a suitable number of place settings.
1 - 2 People
3 - 4 People
What size of dishwasher to buy?
The dimensions of your dishwasher and the dimensions of the available space for your dishwasher are two separate things. The standard size of a dishwasher is 600mm wide, 820mm high and 600mm deep. Make sure your plumber or installer allotts space more than that. This gives it enough rear ventilation and ‘air gap’ to effectively protect it from flooding with waste water.
FEATURE AND BENEFITS
Consider the dish rack designs
Consider how much flexibility and care a dishwasher’s racks give you. It should be able to hold in place your most delicate stem glasses. If you have large or irregularly shaped crockery, make sure the appliance comes with foldable or expandable tines, and easily adjustable basket heights. To free up space in the bottom rack, newer models have a cutlery drawer that conveniently sits at the top.
But why not expect more? AEG dishwashers with ComfortLift let you easily lift the lower basket in one effortless motion, so you can load and unload in a relaxed position.
If applicable in your country, look for a dishwasher with the Energy Star logo. This certifies that it has been thoroughly vetted by experts to ensure it’s more energy efficient than other non-rated models. Also, check for special eco features like half load settings and delayed starts, which you can run during off-peak hours.
Some AEG models have an Ecometer that tells you how water and energy efficient your cycle is. They also have an AirDry technology that automatically opens the door ajar to naturally dry your items when the cycle ends — maximising drying with low energy use.
You can learn more about AEG dishwasher technology here
What is a normal noise for a dishwasher?
For a truly whisper-quiet set-and-forget model, opt for a dishwasher with sound levels of 45 db or lower — the noise equivalent of light rain. Those with a 45 - 50 db level sound like steady rainfall, while those with 50 db or beyond are similar to that of a normal conversation.If you need something more quiet or if you live in an open-plan studio setup, look for models with an Extra Silent programme which runs at a virtually silent 37db
Kitchen design and layout
Strategically identify where to place your dishwasher using the work triangle — the gold standard of kitchen layout design. This is the placement of the sink (and dishwasher), fridge, and stove that will yield the most efficiency in cooking, cleaning and storage. Map out how you’ll move around doing your daily tasks. Will there be enough space when you open your dishwasher? Is it near where you store your dishes?
Connection and installation
You’ll need to consider three connections as part of the installation process: A power supply, a washing water supply, and waste water drainage. If this is outside your expertise, contact a professional to install it, especially if you’re leaning towards a built-in dishwasher.
A freestanding dishwasher will have to be connected to the faucet and a nearby outlet every time you use it. Make sure the faucet spout is compatible with your dishwasher. If not, check with the dishwasher manufacturer if they provide a special adapter.
Cleaning and Maintenance
While you have to clean the dishwasher filter after every wash, it’s recommended to do a deeper clean once every few months to ensure it performs at its best. Buy a dishwasher that has a self-cleaning programme for more effortless cleaning. This lessens the chance of odours, and clears potential clogs in the filter, spray arm, air gap, and drainage hose.
Why settle for less?
For a major purchase decision that will impact different aspects of your life, never compromise. A good dishwasher does what a dishwasher is supposed to do, but the best one goes beyond your expectations. Raise your standards — discover AEG dishwashers.
MOST POPULAR DISHWASHERS
- FlexZone for washing smaller loads when needed.
- SmartSensors optimise the cycle for each load.
- FastWash cleans your dishes in 30 minutes.
- 15 Place Setting
- Satellite and ceiling spray arm
- Removable Third-Layer Cutlery Tray