Electrolux’s dishwasher buying guide will help you decide which dishwasher to buy to get an everyday job done - effectively and quietly. Capacity, performance, efficiency, and design are key things to consider, so let this buying guide help you on how to choose the right dishwasher for your family.
The work triangle is considered the gold standard of kitchen layout design. This refers to the sink (and therefore dishwasher), fridge and stove placement for efficient cooking and cleaning.
Taking a bird’s eye view can help plan your work triangle (most are U or L shaped). Also consider storage options, strategically placed appliances, and map out how you’ll move around.
Some models come with your typical cutlery basket, where you stand your knives, forks and spoons up vertically, while others come with a horizontal removable 15 setting cutlery drawer. The more flexibility in the design means the greater options you have for stacking and loading, so you don’t have to hand wash a thing.
Dishwasher capacity is measured in ‘place settings’ a load can fit. A place setting counts as what you’d need to serve a three-course meal in dishes, cutlery, and glassware. Here’s a guide.
Most commonly installed, built-in dishwasher slides perfectly into the allocated kitchen space, typically under the benchtop to create a specifically designed custom-built look. Built-in dishwashers can be integrated (concealed behind cabinetry) or semi-integrated (concealed with the front control panel visible) and are available in three finishes (stainless steel, white or black).
Consider these following factors when buying a built-in dishwasher:
13 - 15 place settings
Elevating dishwashing to new heights
Designed for convenient unloading and efficient stacking, Electrolux’s ComfortLift™ technology offers a gentle slide and lift function for easy access to the lower basket, offering a favourable height, before using the ComfortRails to return the rack gently back into place.
No stubborn food residue will be missed thanks to Electrolux’s ProClean™, an ingenious double rotating satellite spray arm, which offers three times the coverage than standard. Add to that it’s five spray levels and even the dirtiest dishes will come out clean - no pre-rinsing needed.
The secret to dry touch dishes
Electrolux’s superior ProClean™ technology uses AirDry, a natural airflow function to deliver dry to touch dishes and sparkling glassware. The door automatically opens up 10cm at cycle completion, allowing air to do the work of a tea towel.
Spotless glassware every time
Let your special occasion glasses become any occasion glasses, with Electrolux’s SoftGrip rubber clamps that gently secure wine glass stems, while the SoftSpikes support against unwanted tilting. Combined with a dedicated glass washing program, sparkling glassware is guaranteed.
Space when and where you need it
Electrolux’s changeable design means bulky items now have somewhere to fit, with the fully adjustable FlexiLift upper basket, accommodating all types of loads.
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With an exposed exterior and control panel, these standalone designs don’t need to be built into your kitchen. The moveable design means they can be placed anywhere with water and drainage access. Available in three finishes (stainless steel, white or black), freestanding dishwashers also come in multiple size variations suiting most allocated kitchen dishwasher spaces.
Make sure to consider these following factors when buying a freestanding dishwasher:
13 - 15 place settings
Pack away your tea towels
Maximise your drying performance with the natural airflow offered by Electrolux’s AirDry technology. At the end of the wash cycle, the door automatically opens by 10cm, allowing moist, hot air to escape and fresh airflow to enter, aiding items in drying faster and spotlessly.
A smarter way to wash
The intuitive sensors of AutoFlex measure the diameter and dirtiness of dishes to deliver superior wash performance, while maintaining time, water and electricity efficiency.
Fast and efficient performance
Electrolux’s 30-min quick wash programme offers simple functions and a timesaving solution, so you can easily choose the setting that suits your load with the touch of a button and walk away.
Run your dishwasher whenever it suits you
With the Delay Start function, you can get your dishwasher to work whenever you want it to and program it to start at the time that suits your schedule. The start can be delayed by up to 24 hours.
All your cutlery washed in one go
No matter how large or awkwardly shaped your cutlery is, the MaxiFlex drawer offers customisable dividers to load everything with ease.
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You’ll need to consider three connections as part of the installation process. Your dishwasher will need a power supply, washing water supply, as well as wastewater drainage. If this is outside your remit, having yours installed and connected by a professional is the best option.
The standard size for a dishwasher is 600mm wide, 820mm high and 600mm deep, but it’s critical you measure both the space you have available and the dimensions of the dishwasher precisely. Also consider rear ventilation and your ‘air gap’, the most effective method to protect your dishwasher from flooding with wastewater, something professional installers or plumbers can help with.
For a truly whisper quiet set and forget model, opt for one with sound levels at 45 dB or under - the noise equivalent of light rain. If that’s still not peaceful enough for you, look for models with an Extra Silent program which runs at a virtually silent 37dB.
If wanting to save on your bills and help the environment, consider dishwashers with special features like half load settings and delayed starts (which run during off peak utility periods).
For appliance longevity and performance, a general rule is to clean the filter after each wash. When it comes to odours, wipe door seals, clean the filter and run an empty hot wash with a dishwashing cleaning product. Blockages are dealt with by long hot washes and clearing potential clogs in the filter, spray arm, air gap and drainage hose, while replacing the door seal can help leaks.
Modern designs use around six times less water than hand washing, so if you’re wanting to save on one of our most precious resources, choose a high-performance model that delivers a superior clean without any pre-rinsing needed.
There is no need to rinse the plates before placing them into the dishwasher. It is advisable to clear any leftover food particles from the plates before placing them into the dishwasher.