Kitchen
Dec 14, 2010

shopping for a dishwasher

By: Natalie DiScala
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Kitchen
Dec 14, 2010

shopping for a dishwasher

By: Natalie DiScala
My kitchen makeover won't be complete without the final piece of the puzzle: The dishwasher. I've decided on a stove and fridge and this has been the last piece to complete the set. Now that I've decided that a stainless steel finish is definitely the way to go, I wanted to know what other considerations were important in informing my final decision. Sophie Boudreau, product trainer from Whirlpool helped me figure out my options: Q: What capacity of dishwasher should I be looking for in my small kitchen? A: The standard cutout for dishwashers in kitchens is 24" and all of our built-in dishwashers fit this space. There are two types of built-in dishwashers - the standard tub and the tall tub dishwasher. The tall tub dishwasher does not have the tower feed in the middle of the rack, which allows you to load tall and odd-shaped items in both racks and gives you an additional three inches of interior space compared to standard tub models. Whirlpool tall tub dishwashers can accommodate 14 five-piece place settings. Q: How can I ensure that my dishwasher is energy-efficient? What kinds of features should I be looking for? A: Our entire line up of Whirlpool dishwashers is Energy Star qualified. For the past two years, Whirlpool Canada has won the Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year. This is a very prestigious award as it encompasses many industries, not just the appliance industry. Additional features are offered to help you achieve even greater energy-efficiency. Features such as Delay Wash let you program the dishwasher to run during off peak hours to reduce your energy bill and the Air Dry feature helps lower energy consumption since it does not use the heater to dry the dishes. Q: What other features are important to be on the lookout for when shopping for a dishwasher? A: Feature importance is driven by lifestyle and personal preferences. Parents of young children may choose a dishwasher with a Sani Rinse Option since this option sanitizes dishes by eliminating 99.9% of food soil bacteria. Others who entertain frequently may value a feature such as the Glass Xpress cycle, which washes glassware or lightly soiled items in just 30 minutes. Finally, design-savvy consumers may favour a stainless steel interior since it delivers durable performance and offers a high-end look.
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