SMART CONSUMER GUIDE
What will be the most compelling reason to put a dishwasher in your kitchen? The sheer convenience of it? Time saving? Energy saving? (Definitely. A dishwasher uses on average 10 to 14 litres of water, whereas hand wash requires 30 to 40 litres. Moreover, a dishwasher uses only 1–2 kW of energy every wash, depending on the chosen programme.) Hygiene? (Manual wash is usually done with cold water, while a dishwasher uses hot water to wash the dishes; this helps to kill harmful germs during the washing cycle. Plus: The sponge used in manual wash accumulates and breeds germs.) A stylish accessory in the kitchen? A more dependable alternative to you or the help if you have one? Possibly all of these reasons will play their own role. What must be noted is that it is a long-run investment and one needs to do the homework well to understand the features well, and assess the best fit for one’s lifestyle.