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Choosing a dishwasher

Integrated dishwashers may be fully integrated or with a visible control panel, which is more functional but less visually attractive.

A fully integrated dishwasher may be housed in a base unit or a column unit. 

Consumption 

Check water consumption and noise levels, particularly if you plan to install it in an open-plan kitchen in the living room. If you have solar panels, remember to choose a dishwasher that can also be connected to the hot water pipe. 

Dishwasher capacity 

This is expressed in place settings, usually between 12 and 15, without changing the external dimensions of the dishwasher. 

The introduction of the third basket on medium-priced brands and models adds greater capacity at a lower cost. Cutlery, coffee cups and kitchen utensils can be placed in the third basket, leaving the lower basket free for pots and plates. This optimises use of space when the dishwasher is loaded.

Some dishwashers also have a larger interior, thanks to a new circuit design which lowers the bottom and doors with a hollowed-out interior.

Dishwasher programmes 

An essential function if you are often away from home is the delayed start-up, which allows the dishwasher to be started during periods when electricity rates are lower, depending on your provider. If you perform frequent washes with lightly soiled dishes, check that the dishwasher programmes include a daily quick wash. Some last just 30 minutes and may well be sufficient for your requirements.

Once you have checked water consumption, noise levels and basic options, what emerges as the essential feature of a dishwasher? Thorough washing! A dishwasher that washes well eliminates the need for pre-washing by hand, except for really stubborn residues. So, for excellent results without pre-washing, opt for a "smart" dishwasher: load the dishwasher, set the automatic programme and the dishwasher will select the programme, times, temperatures and power of the spray arms, depending on the food residues present. How does it work? Simply by continuously checking the level of murkiness of the water and monitoring the presence of particles that have not dissolved in the water. It then adjusts all the parameters accordingly: washing times and the temperature and pressure of the water coming out of the nozzles. 

For example, the dishwasher decides whether it is necessary to increase the water temperature or whether another rinse is needed. Simplicity itself, in other words. 

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