One of the modern appliances that has found its way into many people’s homes is the dishwasher. For some, they are a lifesaver that clears away a big source of arguments and untidiness in the kitchen. But for those who don’t have them, they are an unnecessary waste of electricity and space. So, what are the pros and cons of having one?
The negative side of a dishwasher
Let’s start with the case against the dishwasher which is around two main points – the cost of the appliance and the cost of electricity and peripherals to run it. Dishwashers can be acquired for anywhere from £100 now, so the cost is much less than in previous years. Get a well-rated dishwasher and it should easily last as long, if not longer, than the cooker, fridge or freezer.
The other main argument against the dishwasher is the use of electricity and other peripherals such as dishwasher tablets and salt. While it is true that dishwasher uses electricity whereas hand-washing doesn’t, most models are now top rated for their electricity use so this is relatively minimal. And there are often good deals on things like dishwasher tablets in the supermarkets.
Of course, there is always the argument that you can simply wash the dishes or get someone in the house to do it. It is a classic chore for the kids, learning about responsibility and things that need to be done around a house. But then, you can always teach them to load and unload the dishwasher instead!
The benefits of a dishwasher
One of the first things that people notice when using a dishwasher for the first time is that the dishes are cleaner and have a better sparkle than they ever do when you hand wash them. This is because the dishwasher uses both a higher heat than you can manage in a kitchen sink and special cleaning products to ensure that sparkling clean.
There is a case that dishwashers are better at clearing away germs from plates, cups and utensils for these reasons. And even if you leave things in the dishwasher overnight and empty it the next morning, it is a relatively sterile, enclosed environment.
There’s no doubt that dishwashers save time and solve arguments about whose turn it is to do the dishes. They take a few minutes to fill up and the same to unload. If you want to save electricity, you can use programs that don’t dry them and then simply run a kitchen towel over them when they are clean (tip – leave them in there overnight and they will be virtually dry the next morning anyway).
Fitting in a dishwasher
Balancing the elements you need in a kitchen can be tricky and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be the room needed to fit a dishwasher into your kitchen. But if you work with experts, they can find the space you need. Kitchens By Design can work with you to create a bespoke kitchen in Bristol that suits your needs. Arrange an appointment today by filling out our contact form or give us a call on 0117 962 2599.