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5 On Your Side's tips for buying a dishwasher

Posted November 28, 2019 7:26 p.m. EST
Updated November 29, 2019 10:09 a.m. EST

— Using an automatic dishwasher can return 9.5 days annually and save you over $400, which is why experts say they are a good option for conserving time and money.

After 30 years of washing dishes by hand, Andrew Santeramo decided to get one.

He shopped for a dishwasher as part of his kitchen renovation!

“Who wants to do dishes by hand?" he said.

But consumers shopping for a new dishwasher should keep several things in mind, according to Consumer Reports.

The magazine advises that before you buy one, measure your space.

While conventional dishwashers have some height adjustability, they’re designed for spaces 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep.

“If you’ve changed your flooring after you’ve installed your cabinets that could affect the space that your dishwasher could fit into," said Perry Santanachote, a Consumer Reports Home Editor. "New countertops can also affect that space.”

Another consideration: cycle times.

“Dishwashers can run from 90 minutes up to 200 minutes," Santanachote said. "That’s like three hours long to finish a cycle!”)

A Bosch Ascenta, recommended by the magazine, offers one of the shorter times, with a cycle that lasts just 95 minutes.

It also earns excellent ratings for reliability, owner satisfaction and washing performance.

It's about $645 dollars.

Consumers who want a quieter dishwasher should. expect to spend more than $800.

Although this Bosch 100 series is just $550. It earned a very good for noise and washing performance.

Don’t forget about the filter.

Consumer Reports say they should be cleaned out once a week.

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