Did you know that using a dishwasher, instead of washing and drying dishes by hand, can save you over 230 hours a year? It’s easy to see why so many homes throughout Australia have this handy appliance in their kitchen!
If you’re in the market to buy a new dishwasher, it’s a given that you’ll want a quality model that stands the test of time and does the job quickly, quietly and thoroughly. As with any electrical appliance, it can sometimes be hard to determine which model is best for your home - especially with so many makes and models available.
To help you on your journey to finding the best dishwasher, we’ve compiled our top tips on how you can go about choosing the perfect dishwasher for you and your family.
Determine your dishwasher size
The most important step to finding the perfect dishwasher is to first determine what size you’ll need. Think about both the size allowance in your kitchen as well as the amount of people in the household.
Space-saving dishwashers are ideal for apartments, townhouses or other small residences, whereas larger dishwashers are more suitable for families or households with more than two people.
Look for the ‘Energy Rating’
Although using a dishwasher is quicker and easier than washing dishes by hand, it does use more water. With this in mind, you’ll want to ensure that your dishwasher is energy efficient - and you can do this by looking at the Energy Rating.
The star rating is all about how efficient the product is in relation to other models of the same size. The more stars, the more energy efficient it is. The Energy Rating label can also help you to determine running costs.
Check out consumer reviews online
While you think you may have found the “perfect” dishwasher at your local home appliance store, you can’t exactly test it out before you buy it! Luckily, there are a number of consumer review websites you can visit to check out what others have had to say about the product.
Make sure before you make any dishwasher purchase that you take a quick look online to read other’s reviews on the model. You might be surprised - sometimes that expensive model that promises all the bells and whistles doesn’t live up to its hype!
Try out an energy comparison tool
Once you’ve found the perfect dishwasher, you might still be thinking about other ways to save on electricity. One simple thing you can do, which can potentially save you hundreds of dollars on your power bill each year, is to compare electricity rates from local providers.
Try out our online comparison tool which allows you to view and compare electricity prices and deals from Australia’s top energy providers.
Saving money on your power bill doesn’t stop there - if you own a heat pump, check out our blog on how to make the most out of your heat pump this winter. Implementing small changes around the house can actually make quite a difference on your monthly energy bill.