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If I mentioned washing the dishes most people would cringe with disgust at such a heartless and utterly dull chore, (the men folk amongst us looking over at the women in the hope of them doing the tedious task), but nether-the-less those dishes still need washing before they can be used again, (unless you use paper plates and throw away plastic cutlery). So, many years ago, someone, (probably a woman), came up with the idea of a machine which would wash those pots and pan with little effort to oneself, (possibly after a few terrible incidents using a traditional washing machine resulting in many broken plates), and the thing they came up with was the good old dishwasher, (unimaginative name me thinks).
Anyway, I first bought a dishwasher quite a few years ago, I recall it being a rather dodgy looking Indesit of some kind, ( I forget which one exactly), which lasted quite some time, and have owned a few more since then. These days though there are so many brands on the market making it a little easier to chose one that will fit your everyday needs, whilst trying to match the décor of your kitchen and your own lifestyle to boot.
But the one I am using at the moment, and have been for a while know is from the boffins at Hotpoint, which has been a bit of a godsend in the washing of the dirty dishes department.
** Firstly, some technical bits for the boffins out there… (This information comes mainly from the booklets that came with the machine).
Silver exterior and interior
12 place setting…
‘A’ ratings for ‘energy’, ‘wash’ and ‘dry’
16 litre water consumption
Low noise level (49db)
7 wash programs
5 temperature settings
37 minute quick wash cycle
Half load capability
Adjustable racking for larger items
Up to 9 hour delay timer
(Quite a bit for the technical minded out there but there but it all goes to make a dish washer).
In the past, before we joined the dishwasher brigade, the wife and I used to have a routine of sorts when it came to washing the pots, if I cooked then she would do the dishes and if she cooked then I would let her do the dishes, which I thought was fair, (only kidding, I would do the dishes if she cooked), and this routine went on for some time, that was until we bought our first dishwasher. (oh happy days…) And from that day on we never looked back, never having to wash a dish by hand again, although I do sometimes have to wash the odd pan by hand when I’m ‘creating’ in the kitchen, (my wife says I am one of those people who uses every pot in the house when I’m cooking). I think I’m drifting off the road a little here, were we not talking about dishwasher a minute ago, not about cooking?
** Right then, back to the dishwasher.
It is silver in colour and looks quite stylish sat in the corner of the utility room, being of a good size, about the same a s a standard washing machine or dryer, approximately 850mm high by 600mm by 600mm, making it looks nice and neat, with all the control buttons situated along the front top of the machine with the door being shut. When opened there is so much room inside the unit, they say enough for 12 place settings although I have never actually had the opportunity of filling it up as yet, usually it is only just over half full when I set it running in the morning. The inside shelving slides out very easily, letting you load the machine to its maximum with such ease. They are also segregated very well indeed, allowing the dirty dishes to have ample room around them so the water spray can get to every inch of those dirty dishes, giving you good results every time. The noise levels are quite low when in use, although it is by no means silent as the water gets do work inside the machine, dragging the dirt from you dirty dishes.
As with all new devices of this type it is advisable to read any instruction manual which comes with it, this will give you the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ about that particular machine. But if you have had, or even just used a dishwasher before then this silver beauty will be no surprise as it works just the same as the majority on the market… Simply fill the shelves with dirty dishes, set the machine to run, empty it of the clean dishes when cycle complete…
In all, it is a rather tasty looking machine, (in the super model scale I would have to say it is more a Claudia Schiffer than a Kate Moss), it will get your dishes cleaner than a vicars conscience and its about as noisy as a slithering snake slicing through the grass. As I said, I have owned several dishwashers and I have to admit that this has to be one of the best ones I have had the pleasure of loading and unloading, (one day I will have to show the wife how to use the thing).
For some strange reason the price for this particular Hotpoint does seem to range quite dramatically, I have seen it advertised a price as low as £250 and as much as £350. If you can get it for less than the £280 region than I do advise grabbing it quicker than a chocoholic grabs a mars bar, you’ll be glad you did.
** PLEASE NOTE:
I do want to emphasise that the results of a dishwasher do depend a lot on the actual cleaning fluid/tablet you use, but this Hotpoint does go a long way in helping your chosen fluid/tablet get those dishes clean. This dishwasher seems to have a good bit of cleaning power in itself, giving some sparkling results to your dishes.