[?] Latest Dishwasher Buying Guide (10 Checklist) [May 2023]

Are you looking to buy a Dishwasher for your home in India in May 2023?

But in dilemma, How to choose the best dishwasher for your Home?

Don’t worry, I will guide you step by step.

Points to consider before buying Dishwasher

  • The Capacity of the Dishwasher
  • Type of Dishwasher (Free Standing or Built-in/Integrated Dishwasher)
  • Size of the Dishwasher (Determine based on the number of people in your family
  • Wash Programs Available
  • Water and Electricity Consumption
  • How much noise does a Dishwasher make?
  • Is there a child lock feature
  • Is there a Wash Program for Single Rack
  • Is there an extra drying feature

The Capacity of the Dishwasher (Compact Vs Standard Size)

The capacity of a Dishwasher is a crucial factor.

It determines the number of utensils it can wash in one cycle.

The use of water, electricity, and washing detergent quantity is also
measured as per the size.

However, the Dishwasher comes in several sizes. The most popular size is 18 and 24 inch.

The 18-inch dishwasher is compact size and generally suitable for a family
of 2 to 3 persons.

If you are growing a family of 4 to 6 Members. Buy a standard dishwasher of 24 inches.

The capacity of a dishwasher also decides the cost, energy consumption,
features, and more.

SizeDimensionsFamily Size
Compact18 inchCouples or Families of 3
Standard24 inchFamily of 4 or More
Standard24 inch

Types of Dishwasher

Dishwashers broadly can be categorized into 2 categories.

  1. Built-in Dishwashers
  2. Countertop Dishwashers
  3. Portable Dishwashers

Built-in Dishwashers can be fitted inside the kitchen cabinet beside the sink.

Today’s modern kitchen has built-in dishwasher space.

If you have your own house, it’s better to go with a built-in Dishwasher.

You also can reconstruct the space beside the sink to accommodate it.

The Countertop Dishwasher can be placed on the kitchen counter.

It also comes in many sizes.

If you want to put the Dishwasher on a counter.

The countertop Dishwasher is good to go with.

On the other hand, Portable dishwashers are best for rented apartments.

It comes with a wheel and can be placed in any corner of your home.

If you have a small kitchen, go for a portable dishwasher.

Below are the statistics

Dishwasher TypeKey FeaturesBest For
Built-inExpensive, Save Space, Standard Size (24, 24, 35), (35, Own House
Counter TopLess Expensive, can be placed on the counter, Comes in various sizeOwn House
PortableMovable, Less Expensive, Comes in various sizeRented House, Small Family

Size of the Dishwasher (Determine based on the number of people in your family

The size of a dishwasher is determined by the plate settings.

Dishwashers are available in 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 place settings.

More is the place setting, more utensils can be washed in it in one cycle.

below is the statistic as per family member

Place SettingsNo. of People
6 1
16More than 6

Wash Programs Available

All Dishwasher comes with 3 wash programs.

  1. Light Wash
  2. Regular Wash
  3. Heavy Wash

Expensive Dishwasher also comes with additional Wash Programs Such as

Normal Cycle

A Normal cycle is used to wash and dry everyday dishes with fewer leftovers.

It cleans utensils with less extra water, heat, and time.

The estimated wash and heated dry time is 2.43 to 3.10 minutes.

Quick Wash Cycle

This cycle uses more water, energy, and heat for fast results.

It is also known as 1 Hour wash.

It is the best wash program for fast cleaning a utensils load with
less dirt, and oil in a hurry.

Estimated wash and heated dry time: 1:33 to 1:48

Sensor Cycle

It automatically uses the best wash programs and dry settings for your load.

The decision is taken by sensing the soil level, load size, temperature, and
utensil type.

The Sensor Cycle is a good option for loads with mixed items, varying
levels of soil.

Estimated wash and heated dry time: 2:30 to 3.30

Heavy Cycle:-

This cycle is also known as the heavy-duty or pots & pans cycle.

It is used to clean thick oily pots and pans. casserole dishes and heavy dirty tableware.

Estimated Wash and heated dry time: 2.40 to 4.20

Prewash Cycle:-

This cycle is used to soak dishes with dried or baked food.

It can be used to rinse dishes right after use to keep food from drying before a full cycle is run.

In some dishwashers, this cycle is also known as the rinse-on cycle.

Estimated wash and heated dry time: 6:23 to 8:07

Delicate Cycle:-

This cycle is also known as a glass or light cycle.

It uses low temperature and pressure of water.

Best used for fine dishware, crystal, or fragile items.

The low temperature and water pressure avoid strong bursts of water from knocking items over.

High-Temperature Cycle:-

The higher temperature of up to 70 degrees.

It cut through tough baked-on food and greasy residue on your dishes.

This cycle is better performed if used with a prewash cycle.

Sanitize Cycle:-

This wash cycle is also known as Sani Rinse. It raises the main wash and rises the temperature to sanitize dishes and glassware.

Heat Dry:-

The heat dry option generates hot air that circulates around your dishes and fast evaporates water from utensils.

It adds a further 30 minutes in the Wash Cycle.

Extended Dry:-

This wash cycle increases the final rinse temperature or lengthens the time of Heat Dry.

It improves drying performance and reduces pesky water spots on your glassware or dishes.

Water and Electricity Consumption

Energy Efficient dishwashers use 10 to 12 liters of water per wash

The time taken for each wash cycle ranges from 30 minutes and 2 hours.

A Dishwasher with 3 or more energy stars awarded by the Indian
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) saves the Electricity Bill.

Today’s dishwashers consume half the energy ofg old models.

Less consumption of energy has increased the lengths of each washing cycle.

Material of Dishwasher:-

Broadly Dishwashers are available with either plastic or steel interior built.

Steel dishwashers show a high-end modern look.

These are highly durable, resistant to rust and stains, and can withstand high temperatures.

No doubt steel dishwashers are durable.

On the other hand, Plastic dishwashers are cheaper and hide water stains better than steel.

Auto Restart Option:-

An auto restart option restarts the wash cycle from the stage where it stopped.

It is useful if you experience frequent water cuts.

It also saves costs and protects the utensils.

How much noise does a Dishwasher Make

All modern dishwasher generally makes less noise.

The cheap Dishwasher makes a noise between 40 to 50 dB.

The high-end expensive Dishwashers are silent and make noise of less than 40 dB.

Sensor Technology

Miscellaneous Features


It is best to buy a Stainless Steel Dishwasher.

If you own a house and a spacious kitchen, go with a built-in Standard dishwasher.

For a small kitchen and a rented house. I would recommend a countertop
or portable dishwasher.

Go with a 12-place setting dishwasher. It will serve small and growing families as well.

Buy a Dishwasher with at least six wash cycles.

If your budget allows a Dishwasher with Sixth Sense Technology.

Anurag Pathak
Anurag Pathak
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