Kitchen – Kitchen And Home Appliances – Kitchen Appliances – Dishwashers
The majority of Brits don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines, ovens and dishwashers likely to be the least-cleaned, a new survey by AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed. Many of us seem to be lacking in hygiene when it comes to cleaning these products. Some 71% of the 1,015 UK adults surveyed admitted they don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines only cleaned once a year on average.
Worryingly, the survey also reveals that nearly a quarter of Brits have replaced their appliances more frequently as a result of lack of cleaning. On the lookout for a new appliance? Go to our Best Buy washing machines.
The least-cleaned appliances in the home
After washing machines, the survey indicates that ovens and dishwashers are the least-cleaned appliances, with the average person cleaning them just two and three times per year respectively.
Fridges and microwaves tend to be cleaned slightly more often, with the average Brit cleaning them eight and 21 times per year respectively. The survey reveals some questionable cleaning habits, but the thought of cleaning your appliances needn’t be something that fills you with fear – as our tips below show.
Clean your washing machine in four simple steps
Don’t put up with a putrid pong coming from your washing machine – follow these four easy steps:
- Run a regular service wash – Washing at 40?C or less is a great way to save money on energy bills and is better for the environment. But the lower temperatures mean mould and bacteria can build up, especially if you use liquid detergents, rather than washing powder.
A service wash is a hot wash run when the machine is empty, ideally performed once a month. This will help kill the build-up of bacteria and should help to stop smells.
- Clean the rubber seal – Festering mould and bacteria in the rubber seal around the door hole can also be a source of smells, so cleaning it regularly can help prevent this.
- Wash the detergent draw and lint filter – Watch our handy videos on cleaning the detergent drawer and strange noises in your washing machine to help you with this bit.
- Leave the door open and drawer open – A simple, but effective way to let air in after your wash and help combat mouldy smells.
If you shy away from cleaning your oven, it may be worth buying an oven that cleans itself. Ovens with self-cleaning catalytic liners are increasingly common.
These are rough surfaces inside the oven that are designed to catch, absorb and break down food spills. When the oven is used at 200?C or higher, the food spills simply get burned away. However, some ovens only have liners at the back or on the roof of the oven and the liners don’t clean the shelves for you, so you’ll still need to use some elbow grease.
If you really hate cleaning your oven, you may want to invest in an oven with a pyrolytic cleaning function. This is a superhot cycle designed to reduce any baked-on cooking grime to ash that you can then simply wipe away. These ovens tend to be on the pricier side, but we’ve tested Best Buys ovens with this technology that cost as little as GBP380.
How to clean your dishwasher
A dishwasher cleans your dishes for you, so why would you need to clean it? Well, trapped food debris, blocked spray arms and unpleasant odours – the third most common dishwasher problem reported in our own annual dishwasher reliability survey – are unfortunately all too common. But more often than not, they’re easily fixable with a minimum of effort.
The more often you clean the filter the less unpleasant it is, and running the dishwasher empty and hot every six months is an easy way to help keep your machine running smoothly.
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We’ve put 10 of the latest dishwashers through our tough testing, including full-sized, slimline and compact models from AEG, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Hotpoint and Zanussi. Five of the dishwashers we tested did such a good job of cleaning and drying our dirty dishes that we’ve awarded them Best Buys. One model scored an impressive 87%, making it one of the highest scoring dishwashers we’ve seen.
But one of the dishwashers on test left our crockery so grimy that it got just one star for cleaning. It left glasses smeared with watermarks, and was noisy to boot. We simply couldn’t recommend it so we had to name it a Don’t Buy.
Below we take a look at some of the latest models we’ve just tested. Read on to find out more about the dishwashers on test, and click the links to head through to our full reviews. Dishwasher reviews – read all of our reviews of the latest dishwashers
This full-sized dishwasher has space for 13 place settings, so you can wash 130 items in one go. The lower rack can be adjusted using a ComfortLift mechanism, which lets you pull it out and raise it to the level of the upper rack for loading and unloading. The AEG FSS62800P, which was also on test, has the same feature.
The SMV68TD06G/01 is a full-sized integrated dishwasher with capacity for 14 place settings, which should be plenty for all but the biggest families or dinner parties.
It’s wi-fi connected, so you can control it via the companion app on your smartphone. It’s got an A+++ energy rating, but we check energy and water use on both the main and eco program in our testing so we can tell you how much each dishwasher will affect your annual utility bills. Find out how economical this smart and stylish dishwasher is, and how it does on cleaning and drying, by reading our Bosch SMV68TD06G/01 review.
This full-sized Bush dishwasher is exclusive to Currys and costs less than ?200. It can wash 120 items or twelve place settings in one load, so it may be on the small side for some. We know that price doesn’t correlate to performance when it comes to cleaning dishes and glassware – we’ve found plenty of good low-priced models and some pricey duds too.
Fisher & Paykel DD60SCTHX9
This Fisher & Paykel dishwasher is a semi-integrated one-drawer dishwasher that has room for 60 items.
It’s designed for built-in kitchens, but with a front exterior that’s designed to be visible rather than hidden behind a regular kitchen cabinet door. We put this dinky dishwasher through the same testing as full-sized or slimline models, so we can tell you if the cleaning and drying is up to scratch. So is this the perfect option if you’re tight on space?
Latest dishwasher reviews
If your favourite dishwasher model isn’t in those we’ve mentioned above, why not take a look at what we thought about these latest models we’ve just reviewed:
Prices correct as of 20 July 2017.
Dishwasher, fridge freezer and TV manufacturers are not always providing real-world information about energy usage on their EU energy labels. This is according to an 18-month investigation led by the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation. It found that manufacturers sometimes test appliances on the lowest possible setting to slash the amount of energy they appear to use.
At Which?, we test appliances in a way that’s a more realistic representation of how you would use them in your own home. This not only provides more relevant results, but it means we can let you know how much they’ll cost to run each year. Read on to find out more information about our energy efficiency tests on dishwashers, fridge freezers and TVs, and our advice on what to look for so you don’t accidentally buy a costly appliance that’s also dear to run.
In the investigation, which was also carried out by the European Environmental Bureau, Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standard Program (Clasp) and Topten.eu, researchers found that dishwashers consumed up to 73% more energy if they weren’t used in the eco mode that they were normally tested on by manufacturers. We assess dishwashers on the normal dishwasher program that most consumers use at home. We monitor how much it costs to run the dishwasher with a full load of dishes, five times a week for a year.
We’ve found there’s little correlation between EU energy efficiency labels and the running costs you’re likely to incur. For example:
- A+++ rated dishwashers we’ve tested cost between ?41 to ?63 to run.
- A++ rated dishwashers we’ve tested will chalk up ?31 to ?65 in running costs.
- A+ rated dishwashers we’ve tested would cost ?28 to ?65 a year.
Instead, we’ve given each model a star rating of one to five for energy and water use, taking into account the number of place settings of each appliance. A one-star rating is the worst, and five stars is the best.
Take a look at the Which? dishwasher energy cost calculator to discover which brands offer the best value for money. It compares the purchase price with the estimated annual running cost to give you a better idea of how much it will really cost to run over its lifetime. You can also see which dishwashers scored highest and earned our coveted Best Buy award by visiting our Best Buy dishwasher reviews.
Energy-efficient fridge freezers
Energy use shot up by 32% during testing on half of the fridge freezers in the European investigation, most likely due to a change from eco mode to the standard program. When we’ve tested fridge freezers, we’ve found that energy costs vary massively. The most expensive we’ve tested would run up a bill of ?115 per year, based on annual energy costs of 16.41p per kWh.
In comparison, the cheapest would cost just ?30 a year. As with dishwashers, before buying a new fridge freezer make sure to check our fridge freezer energy cost calculator. You can also find out how they compare with our fridge freezer reviews.
Measuring energy efficiency in TVs
TVs were included in the European investigation, even though they generally don’t cost that much to run.
However, we still measure this so that you can see how much you’ll spend on it each year. To do this, we use a multi-meter to measure power consumption in different modes, including when it’s on, in quick-start mode, when on standby and when it’s switched off. We’ve based our testing on how you use your TV – the average TV is switched on for five hours a day and in standby for the rest of the day.
The priciest TV on test costs ?37 a year to run, while the least expensive costs just ?6. Throughout 2014 and 2015, we also looked at how energy consumption changed when Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Philips and Sony televisions were optimised to ensure the best picture, compared with their default setting. We found that energy consumption increased by an average of 37% on Samsung models and 18% on Philips televisions.
Take a look at the graph below to see how they compare.
Want to find out which televisions offer the sharpest picture without bumping up your electricity bill?