Even if you have limited space in your kitchen, you can purchase a compact machine that sits on the counter to eliminate the clutter caused by dirty dishes piling up in the sink. Homeowners who want something sleek can purchase an integrated dishwasher to install underneath the countertop. Integrated appliances fit in a space with no gaps around the edges and are available in a variety of finishes to match the rest of the room. Some machines have hidden control buttons and are built with a mechanism that allows the owner to install doors on the front to make them blend in with the counters and cupboards. These integrated appliances come in standard sizes and will fit in almost any regular kitchen but homeowners should always measure the space available before purchasing any product and bringing it home to ensure it will fit properly.
Some consumers worry about wasting energy compared to washing dishes by hand and think they are too costly to operate. Even considering the fact that energy prices fluctuate, on average it costs approximately $100 to $200 every year to run a dishwasher regularly. This adds up to $1000 over a ten-year span, so some consumers should consider this figure carefully before purchasing any new dishwasher. To make sure the unit does not waste energy, purchase a product that has an A rating or higher awarded by Trading Standards in the energy efficiency category.
Studies show that washing a 12-piece dinner setting by hand uses just a little less water than energy efficient dishwashers when run at the ecological setting. This is an impressive statistic, especially when you realize if you washed an equal number of utensils you would probably need more than one basin of water and you probably would wash dishes more than once per day. To save the most energy, you must be sure to set the dishwasher on the ecological setting and avoid running it until it is at full capacity.