What to Look for When Buying a Dishwasher

There are many features that should be examined before buying a dishwasher. If you consider that a dishwasher is a long-term investment, it may well be worth reaching a little deeper into your wallet


This includes making a decision about dishwasher insurance, but you should also be careful about unnecessary functions and choose the exact model that meets your own requirements. Here you can find out which aspects you should attach particular importance to:


Energy efficiency

As energy prices rise, the energy efficiency of a device is becoming more and more of a focus for manufacturers and consumers. The so-called energy efficiency class, which can be found on the energy label of the dishwasher, provides information about electricity and water consumption. You should buy devices with excellent energy class when deciding. The higher class is worthwhile because A+++ devices are on average about 30% more economical than A devices.

But a thrifty device is, as they say, only half the rent. You should also operate the machine sparingly and, for example, only turn on full dishwashers.

Water consumption

As with energy efficiency, water consumption should be particularly strict. Modern washers consume about 12 litres of water per cleaning process — that’s about 40% less water than models that came on the market 10 years ago.

But some manufacturers are raising the bar a bit higher: with the help of zeolite, devices such as the Neff S516P80X0E reduce water consumption to 9.5 litres per clean. Zeolite is a mineral that absorbs the water during the drying process and releases it back to the hot interior during the next rinse. Here, too, it is worth looking at the energy label of the machine.


What many people who buy a dishwasher forget is noise pollution. Especially with an open kitchen, good noise insulation is of great importance for pleasant usage. Less than 44 dB is what distinguishes a really quiet model which does not disturb the peace even during night operation. Thanks to innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers have been able to greatly reduce the noise generated by their models. Better pump circuits, structures and insulation have been able to lower noise standards to such an extent that models with a sound level of 50 decibels are already considered comparatively noisy. 50 dB(A) is roughly equivalent to the noise level of gentle birdsong, which is not dangerously loud, but it does affect concentration.


In order to avoid a nasty awakening, you should also pay attention to the operation when buying a dishwasher. This should be as intuitive as possible and be further elaborated by a comprehensive user manual. The right number of cleaning programs is also a central aspect for satisfaction. Only one program is usually too little, but ten programs can be overwhelming and will leave many functions unused. In general, the programs differ in terms of rinsing time and washing temperature. Which cleaning programs your device should have depends entirely on your individual requirements. A door lock with child protection can also be useful for homes with families.