When to buy a new dishwasher

The average lifespan of most dishwashers is between 11 and 12 years. Of course, that depends on how often you use the dishwasher and whether you maintain it properly. Either way, you will have to replace your current dishwasher at some point. On this page, we’ve listed the most common reasons why.

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When should you buy a new dishwasher

There can be several reasons to buy a new dishwasher. Here are a few:

Reason 1: You're getting a new kitchen

Of course, one of the reasons you buy a new dishwasher is because you’re getting a new kitchen. Sometimes you trade in your freestanding dishwasher for a built-in dishwasher or vice versa. Not all freestanding dishwashers can be converted to a fully integrated dishwasher and in that case you need a new model. You need a new dishwasher if your old one no longer fits in your kitchen. This can be because of the model, but also because of the look. In a country kitchen, a dishwasher with a stainless steel look does not look right.

Reason 2: You exchange your old model for an energy-efficient dishwasher

You can also buy a new dishwasher because you are looking for an energy-efficient dishwasher. New dishwashers often have a much better energy label, which can save you a lot on your annual costs. It is then more economical to invest in a new model, because you can sometimes earn back an energy-efficient dishwasher within a few years.

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Type of dishwasher

What kind of dishwasher are you looking for? A built-in dishwasher, a freestanding dishwasher, or an undermounted dishwasher?
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Noise level dishwasher

A quiet dishwasher makes little noise when washing wet dishes. Is your dishwasher located near your living room? Then consider a quiet dishwasher.
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Dishwasher price

Of course, how much maximum you want to pay for your dishwasher is entirely up to your budget. A more expensive dishwasher will almost always have a longer lifespan than a cheaper one.
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Dishwasher size

A large family requires a larger dishwasher, and also a higher number of place settings. A smaller family will suffice with a dishwasher with a smaller number of place settings.
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Energy consumption dishwasher

An energy-saving dishwasher has energy label A, B or C and uses less water and energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher, you almost always recoup this investment.
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When should you replace your old dishwasher

You should buy another dishwasher when the results are no longer optimal. Are your dishes clean? Then your dishwasher can last a while.

If your dishes no longer get clean even though your pump or drain is not clogged and you use plenty of cleaning products, it’s time for a new model.

Does a built-in dishwasher last longer than a freestanding one

A built-in dishwasher is often slightly more expensive than a freestanding one, but that doesn’t always mean it will last longer. They are mainly more expensive because they have to be modified to be fully integrated into your kitchen.

So it’s not the case that a fully integrated dishwasher will actually last longer. How often and in what way you use your dishwasher has more influence on the wear and tear than the type of dishwasher.

To make sure your dishwasher lasts as long as possible, it is a good idea to choose a dishwasher that matches the number of place settings. A built-in dishwasher can be 45 cm wide or 60 cm wide, with the former model having room for 9 to 10 place settings and the latter for 12 – 14. If your dishwasher has enough space, you can always get everything clean in one wash, which means you use it less. This is also beneficial for your water consumption. You calculate the number of place settings based on your household, one place setting equals a plate, glass and cutlery for one person. Also keep in mind that you will need more place settings if you want to clean large items in the dishwasher regularly.

Freestanding dishwashers are not covered on the sides, so they are more likely to get damage on the outside. This can also cause wear and tear in the long run. So make sure your freestanding dishwasher is always well protected. For example, don’t put it next to a door that bumps into it all the time when you open it.

Choose a dishwasher

There are several models on the market if you’re looking for a dishwasher. For example, an aeg dishwasher often appears in the lists of best dishwashers, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you. What kind of dishwasher is best for you depends on your wants and needs.

Compare dishwashers

During your search, you should always compare dishwashers. Perhaps the dishwasher that is the most economical is the best option for you or it is not the energy class that attracts you, but rather a low noise level. Additional features such as a load sensor, delayed start, short program time and techniques that can prevent leaks should also definitely be included in your consideration.

The choice between a fully integrated and a freestanding model is also not made in a day. After all, a built-in dishwasher with your control panel on the outside has other advantages than a dishwasher that is freestanding. You don’t have to give up kitchen cabinets for a freestanding dishwasher, but often only an open kitchen is large enough to accommodate a freestanding dishwasher.

Different brands

Then again, there are many popular brands that offer dishwashers. Most of those brands offer different sizes, so you can always find a dishwasher that fits your kitchen. Measurement is knowledge! A built-in or undermount dishwasher should fit under your countertop and between your kitchen cabinets. On the outside, you should have the option of opening the door of the dishwasher all the way, which you should also allow for at least one meter.

So do your research before buying a dishwasher!