How to Shop for the Best New Dishwasher Features

Cleanup is quick work with today's dishwashers. See the best new features you should shop for.

[MUSIC] From the outside, most dishwashers look the same. Inside, it's a different story. Here are five things to consider when choosing a dishwasher. First, look for racks that maximize space. A third rack has been added to increase capacity. [MUSIC] In many new dishwashers. A removable tray means easier loading and unloading of flatware and kitchen tools. Many dishwashers now feature flexible, adjustable upper racks that move up or down to accommodate taller items. Second, if your dishes typically need extra effort to clean, choose a spray-on that offers better water coverage from all directions. One dishwasher even delivers a wall of water for powerful cleaning. Third, check the volume. No one wants to shout over a noisy appliance. Know your decibles. Dishwashers are categorized as quiet at 45 to 50 decibles of sound and whisper quiet at 45 decibles and under. Fourth, think efficiency. New dishwashers use less water and energy than ever before thanks to new standards. Check a model's Energy Star and Energy Guide labels to gauge efficiency. Finally, consider style. Standard dishwashers have controls on the front of the door, but if you prefer a streamlined look many models now have them located along the top of the door, so you can only see them when the door is open. [MUSIC] Knowing which features are most important to you will help you find the best dishwasher for your kitchen.

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