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Finding the right dishwasher for you

Dishwashers are a hardworking kitchen appliance, not only does owning one save an on-going argument of whose turn it is to do the dishes, it keeps counter tops clutter free. Less items are broken in dishwashers than washing items by hands. Dishes also tend to be cleaner as they are put through a cycle. Finding the right dishwasher for you can depend on a number of factors. How often will you use it, what you will be putting in it and what size house hold you have. They come in 3 different sizes; full size, slimline and compact. At EAW we have full size dishwashers available which are 60cm wide and the slimline at 45cm wide. The number of place settings, programmes and features can vary depending on the model and make.

Freestanding Dishwashers

Being the most common dishwasher, these ae widely available and are often the cheapest type. They are easier to maintain as you can pull them out. As they are freestanding you have more freedom of where to put it, whether it being your kitchen or utility room.. The downside is they might not always go with your kitchen décor. At EAW we have a range of freestanding dishwashers.

One of our current best sellers is the BEKO DFN05R10S Silver Freestanding 60 cm Dishwasher. it has 12 place settings. Features include a 30 min quick wash programme perfect for when you are in a hurry and a half load option perfect for days when you have fewer dishes and glasses to wash, use the half load function to save time and energy. The fold able cup racks make loading easier whilst the adjustable upper basket is flexible to suit your everyday needs.

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The popular Montpellier DW1064P-2 is a slimline dishwasher, with 10 place settings and 6 programmes including a 30 min quick wash for those on the go. Slimline dishwashers are ideal if you are short of space or for a smaller household. . No complicated settings or gadgets; simply load the machine, select the required programme and away you go.

Integrated Dishwashers

Designed to blend in with your kitchen for a stylish finish. Integrated dishwashers are hidden behind a fitted cabinet door, fitting perfectly under the counter top. The controls are often on the top panel of the dishwasher so they are not visible unless the door is opened, the downside to this is you can’t check how long if left on a cycle. However one of the features is a pause feature, so when you re close the door the cycle continues. Integrated dishwashers tend to be more expensive. Built in dishwasher’s often have more advanced settings such as multiple spray arms.

The Hotpoint LTF8B019 full size integrated dishwasher has 13 place settings. With 8 programmes to choose from including a 30 min quick wash for lighter loads, there is plenty of variety to suit your needs. It has a flexi load system so you can change to storage design to suit your needs.

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Most people don’t think about maintaining their dishwasher, they presume the cycles do this automatically. However, over time dirt is built up and food residue can cause a bad odour so it will need to be cleaned out. Built up can lead to poor running of your dishwasher, maintaining this appliance helps to keep it running smoothly and more efficiently.

Here are a few tips on maintain your dishwasher

Daily; Scrape left over food from pots and pans into a bin or compost before putting into the dishwasher. Use a good detergent as it will do a better job at cleaning your pots.

Weekly; Clean the seals with a damp cloth this it to get rid of the build up of grime, as the seal deteriorates faster. Dishwashers like frequent use, leaving them sitting too long can gives fats and other deposits time to dry or block the drain.

Monthly; The rinse aid needs to be regularly topped up, although many dishwasher tablets do include rinse aid. Clean the exterior from spillages. Unclog and clean the drain.

Annually; Run an empty cycle on the hottest setting, try adding some white vinegar to improve maintenance. Place 1-2 cups into a dishwasher safe bowl onto the bottom racks. This will help to flush out grime, limescale and residue.

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