Dishwashers: How to buy the best dishwasher Dishwasher features
Features can make a dishwasher so much easier to use.
We look at everything from delay timers which allow you to wash your dishes when you want, to measures which stop your dishwasher flooding. We also look at the difference flexible dishwasher racks can make.
A delayed start timer allows you to set your dishwasher to run after a delay of a number of hours.
Some dishwashers don't have a delayed start option but will work with an ordinary timer plug.
If you can set your dishwasher to run through the night you might be able to take advantage of cheaper electricity.
Flexible racks and baskets
Adjustable or removable lower baskets and a height-adjustable upper baskets make it easier to fit in large items in either basket.
Better models use a clip system to alter the height of the top basket, on other dishwashers you will need to remove the whole basket to change its height setting.
Front-facing dishwasher controls
Buttons may be raised or flush to the surface, and some dishwashers have electronic touch pads.
LCD panels showing details of the cycle are also common.
Some dishwashers have controls which sit along the top edge of the door. These are concealed when the door is closed, giving a sleek and contemporary exterior.
Despite using very hot water, very few dishwashers have child-safety locks to stop the door being opened while the machine is operating.
The best devices are either 'float switches' which detect the presence of water in the base of the dishwasher and stop it from filling further, or an 'aqua-stop' which stops any flooding if the hose which fills the dishwasher with water splits or leaks.