How To Buy A Best Bargain Dishwasher
There are times when a dishwasher is needed in a home. Perhaps there are physical limitations that prevent you from hand washing. There may be too hectic a lifestyle or numerous other reasons. It could be as simple as you desiring and wanting the luxury of a dishwasher. No matter the costs to your budget.
Although my personal preference is hand washing my dishes, I acknowledge there are those who want and/or need a dishwasher.
However, one doesn’t have to be foolish in their decision about acquiring a dishwasher either.
As technology improves, so do the dishwashers. There was a time when a dishwasher would use as much as 56 L (15 Gal) of water. Today’s dishwashers are more economical. On average, during an EcoOption cycle, an Energy Star rated dishwasher will use only 15 L (4 Gal) of water. That is huge savings.
Portable or Built-In?
Your first decision is deciding which kind of dishwasher you are looking for.
If you own your own home you have the option of deciding to build your dishwasher into your kitchen design. This is the more expensive of the 2 options. You have to possibly hire a contractor to design and build the cupboard/counter area and additionally, a plumber and electrician to connect it.
For many more people, a portable dishwasher is the best option, especially renters. A simple tap adapter that you can easily install is all that is needed. You need to make sure there is an electrical outlet close at hand too. Another thing to consider is your floor space. Do you have room for an 18” or 24” wide machine?
A positive point about a portable dishwasher is its very portability. You can wheel it in and out of the room or area as needed. In a pinch it also gives you a little extra counter top type space too. A portable dishwasher is easy to use and hook-up. No special skills or plumber required. This makes it cheaper to use already.
Buy Used or New?
The expected lifespan of a dishwasher is only 10 years. Buying a used 10 year old dishwasher off a buy and sell site is not recommended for a number of reasons:
- At 10 years of age or more, it is at the end of it’s usage lifespan
- How have previous owners stored it? If kept in an area with no heat over a winter, you will likely have a cracked pump or water hose. There is always a bit of water left in the machine. Frozen water expands and breaks plastic pipes and such. You could start using it and have a flood on your floor. Use caution when buying used.
- The older the machine the less likely it is an efficient model. For instance, does it use 15 L or 56 L of water? This difference alone can cost you hundreds of dollars a year.
My recommendation and advice is that if looking to purchase a dishwasher—buy new!
Energy Star and EcoOptions
Most appliances, including dishwashers, are Energy Star rated as they become more efficient in electricity usage. However, EcoOptions is another term of savings.
In the case of a dishwasher, an EcoOption model uses less water than other similar makes and models.
I would recommend that if you are spendng $500 or more on a dishwasher anyways that you look for both features—Energy Star and EcoOptions.
As you can tell from our article: Dishwasher VS Hand Washing there are many cost factors to be considered. A dishwasher is utilizing more than just the hydro utility. Water usage can be a huge financial burden also.
Dishwasher Best Bargains
In an effort to help narrow down your search for a new dishwasher, I have done some research for you.
Let me introduce the following products from Home Depot. I also searched dishwashers from other companies such as Sears, Best Buy, and Canadian Appliance. However, the product descriptions from Home Depot easily identified the EcoOption dishwashers.
There are a selection of both built-in and portable models. Both are also available in 18” and 24” widths. The surprise was that all of these machines are from General Electric.
18” Built-In Dishwashers
There are 2 models to choose from and very close in price. So the decision between these would just be your personal preference as the price difference is only $50.
24” Built-In Dishwashers
In the 24” width, there are 3 models to choose from. Again, all are from General Electric and easily identified as BOTH Energy Star Rated and EcoOption. Price ranges from $498 to $648, so even on a tight budget there is a low-cost option too.
18” and 24” Portable Dishwashers
The selection in the Portable Dishwasher was more limited, however, both an 18” and 24” model were found. If your budget is tight, the 18” portable dishwasher would be your better choice when it comes to the initial purchase price. The added bonus would be that it takes up less floor space in your kitchen, especially important if your kitchen is small.
There are times when a dishwasher is NEEDED or just WANTED. In either case, it is important to do your research before purchasing, after all, this is a 10 year investment. You need the dishwasher to not just cost you less at the time of purchase, but you also need it to cost you less when using it on a daily basis. Costing less in hydro and water usage.
So, shop smart. You can find excellent Energy Star/EcoOption dishwashers to cost anywhere from $498 up to $748.
Check these out for yourself to make the final decision for your budget and circumstances. This is how to buy a best bargain dishwasher.
One Last Tip !
Another cost associated with dishwashers can be the dishwasher detergent or pods. Here is a DIY recipe to make your own and cut costs too! Check out this article by Jillee from One Good Thing: How To Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Tabs.