Dishwasher : What is it?
Dishwashers are used to clean plates, cups, and other kitchen utensils. They spray hot water on the dishes in place of manual scrubbing, and often use special detergents that are too strong to be handled by humans. They usually start by spraying detergent water to remove dirt, followed by clean water for rinsing. Most models also have a heating stage for drying the dishes, which can also be used to heat the water before spraying.
Kinds of Dishwashers include the following:
- Portable dishwashers are designed to be used on tabletops or counters.
- They usually have butcher-block style tops to make them blend in with other kitchen appliances.
- Some models can also be placed under the counter, although these are more expensive and harder to install.
- Undercounter dishwashers are installed under the kitchen counter, with the top at the same height as the countertop.
- They usually have higher loading capacities while taking up less space than portable dishwashers.
- They also last longer because the body is sealed from water, heat, and other damaging elements.
- Full-size dishwashers measure 24 inches and may be separate or installed under the counter.
- They can hold up to 12 utensil sets or 140 pieces of cutlery.
- They take up more space, but they are the most versatile and durable type available.
|Tub material: Choose a dishwasher with a stainless steel tub if you use hard water for dishwashing. These are more resistant to alkaline content than plastic tubs and they operate more quietly. For soft tap water, choose a plastic tub for easier cleaning and maintenance. Avoid enamel-coated tubs because they tend to chip and stain.|
Sound damping: Choose a dishwasher with a muffler or sound-absorbent layer to reduce noise during operation. Damping is usually indicated in decibels on the dishwasher. Look for one with a rating of 44 decibels or lower.
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