Dishwasher manufacturers have refined their lines over the last few years to provide buyers with more and better choices. The newer generation of dishwashers differs from previous machines with amenities like increased energy efficiency, decreased noise during operation, styles that are more pleasing to the eye and more space-conscious designs.
Sleek and Seamless
With electronic touch pads or hidden, integrated controls, it's much easier to keep the machine looking spotless. One-piece front panels can help create a sleek, modern exterior. Stainless steel continues to grow in popularity with the newer generation of machines. Or if you prefer, cabinet panels and trim kits can blend the dishwasher in with the rest of the cabinetry seamlessly. There are plenty of styling options available for any design preference.
Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation or watch a television program while a loud dishwasher is running? The quietness or loudness of a dishwasher often depends on where the motor is mounted. A motor located in the base pan will create much less noise than in the tub. Extra insulation can also help dampen the sound. A well designed kitchen takes into consideration all five senses to create a pleasant and inviting space.
Minimum energy-efficiency standards are set by the government, but many models now significantly exceed that standard. A more efficient machine can cost a little bit more up front, but can save in the long run with lower utility bills. Some machines are very smart, adjusting wash cycle duration depending on the quantity of dishes or the amount of dirt present. Energy Star is also an increasingly common efficiency standard that many manufacturers are striving to meet.
Dishwashers are no longer just limited to the standard 24-inch under-counter unit. New machines provide options for compact under-counter, in-the-drawer, countertop or portable dishwashers. Such smaller units can significantly conserve space and make your new kitchen more ergonomic. Manufacturers have also redesigned the inside of their machines with new racks and holders, making room for a variety of dish shapes and configurations.