After a long, exhausting day, most people don’t want to battle a sink full of dirty plates and utensils. This is where the convenience of a dishwasher can save time. If you’re in the market for a new one, the choices may be overwhelming. With a bit of homework, the search doesn’t have to be. Consider the following features as you shop around for the perfect dishwasher.

What Features Should You Have for a New Dishwasher?

1. Cycle Options

Most dishwashers come standard with regular, heavy, and light wash cycles. If you want additional choices to accommodate delicate stemware and champagne glasses, for example, some appliances provide customized cycles. Look for ones that fit with your unique washing preferences. 

2. Size 

dishwashersIf you’re pressed for space, a large dishwasher can take up a significant amount of square footage in the kitchen. Take measurements of the area where the appliance will be located.

Consider a smaller dishwasher that fits under a countertop or a portable model if you’re working with limited space. Larger families will typically use more dishes and may need a bigger dishwasher. A built-in or drawer-based model offers additional space.

3. Energy Efficiency

Seek out dishwashers that have the Energy Star designation. This means the appliance has met certain energy-efficiency standards set by the Consortium of Energy Efficiency.

For you, it means less water consumption—without sacrificing clean dishes—and lower water bills. There are also additional efficiency features, such as quick washes and programmed settings based on water usage rates. 

4. Dish Rack Accommodations

You’ll want enough rack space to place the largest number of dishes. While the standard dishwasher provides two rack tiers, many of the newest models have three levels.

There is a wide range of configurations to accommodate everything from big bowls to wide platters. Look for dishwashers that contain racks that fit your household’s unique needs. 


Armed with a checklist of preferred amenities, you can find the ideal dishwasher. Since 1945, Boyd Appliance Center in Creston, IA, has been the area’s premier store because of their massive inventory of leading manufacturer brands. Even if you’re not sure about what to look for, count on the friendly and knowledgeable staff to help. From competitive prices to home delivery service, this neighborhood appliance center is 100% committed to your complete satisfaction. Stop by today or call (641) 782-2163 with your dishwasher questions. You can also shop online