How Do I Choose a Dishwasher? A Simple Guide

Are you tired of the never-ending cycle of washing dishes? Do you find yourself daydreaming about a magical appliance that can make your dishes sparkle without lifting a finger? 

Well, you’re in luck because the answer to your dishwashing woes is here in the form of a trusty, hard-working dishwasher! 

But before you start picturing a futuristic machine that can read your mind and do the dishes on its own, you need to choose the right one. With so many options available in the market, choosing the right dishwasher can be overwhelming. 

Don’t worry; we’ve made the whole taxing procedure easy with our simple guide on how to choose a dishwasher – that won’t leave you high and dry. 

How Do I Choose a Dishwasher? 

How Do I Choose a Dishwasher? 

While there are dozens of features that various dishwasher brands offer, some of us are just shopping on price. We’re bored of washing dishes, and we’re looking for the most affordable way to pass this chore onto an appliance. And that’s okay too! 

If this is you, jump straight to our specials and promotions page. If you would like to understand some key differences, then read on. 

Consider the Size and Capacity

When choosing a dishwasher, the first thing you need to consider is its size and capacity. Most dishwashers will measure approximately 600mm wide and 850mm high (unless you are shopping for a mini countertop dishwasher) and will fit beneath a standard kitchen counter. However, the interior layout will determine its capacity. (More on this later.)

AEG 15pl Stainless Steel Dishwasher

The AEG 15PL Stainless Steel Dishwasher is a high-quality appliance designed to provide efficient and effective cleaning for your dishes. This dishwasher features a variety of useful features, including a delay start function, adjustable baskets, and an auto-sensor system that adjusts the water usage and temperature based on the load size. Additionally, the dishwasher is made of durable stainless steel and has a capacity of 15 place settings, making it perfect for large families or households that entertain frequently. 

The benefits of this dishwasher include time-saving convenience, energy efficiency, and a thorough cleaning that removes even the toughest of stains. With its sleek design and advanced features, the AEG 15PL Stainless Steel Dishwasher is a great addition to any modern kitchen.

AEG 15pl Stainless Steel Dishwasher - FFB83706PM

AEG 15pl Stainless Steel Dishwasher – FFB83706PM

Look for Energy-Efficient Models

Energy-efficient dishwashers can save you money on your utility bills while reducing your carbon footprint. Look for models with the ENERGY STAR label, meaning they meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These dishwashers use less water and electricity than traditional models, which can save you hundreds of Rands over the life of the appliance.

Consider the Noise Level

Dishwashers can be noisy, which can be a bother if you’re in a smaller space or enjoy open-plan living. In this case, you might want to choose a dishwasher with a low decibel rating. Dishwashers with a decibel rating of 44 or lower are considered quiet.

Look for Convenient Features

Dishwashers come with various features that can make your life easier. Look for models with adjustable racks, which allow you to customise the interior to fit different dish sizes and shapes. Some dishwashers also come with a third rack, which can be useful for utensils and small items. Other convenient features to look for include delay start, child locks, and soil sensors. 

Consider the Price

Dishwashers can range from R5 000 to R20 000 (although be sure to look out for specials). As we’ve seen though, this isn’t the only cost involved, as a more energy-efficient appliance will cost you less over the following years than its greedier counterpart. 


Q: What is the best dishwasher brand?

A: Some of the best dishwasher brands in the market include Bosch, Defy and AEG. However, the best brand for you depends on your specific needs and budget.

Q: Can I install a dishwasher myself?

A: Installing a dishwasher requires some basic plumbing and electrical knowledge. If you’re not confident in your DIY skills, it’s best to hire a professional to install the dishwasher for you.

Q: How often should I clean my dishwasher?

A: You should clean your dishwasher at least once a month to remove any food debris, hard water stains, or mould. You can use vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner to clean the interior and exterior of the dishwasher. (Read more on maintaining your dishwasher here.) 

Spoilt for Choice

Choosing a dishwasher can be a headache, but with this simple guide, you can make an informed decision that meets your needs and budget. Consider the size and capacity, energy efficiency, noise level, convenient features, and price when choosing a dishwasher. 

Be sure to check out our range of quality dishwashers from the best brands. And look out for surprises and competitions – we may have a giveaway on your favourite brand!