Cheap dishwashers: What’s available?

A household that hand-washes all of its dishes isn’t unheard of in this day and age, either because people think it’s more water-efficient to do the job by hand, or perhaps because they don’t want the expensive of buying and maintaining a dishwasher – which is perfectly reasonable.

To take the first point, studies generally show that washing dishes by hand actually results in more water usage than what a dishwasher needs to get the job done – arguably better. This is largely because it’s easy to use a lot more water than you actually need to. You might think you’re being water-efficient, but there’s a good chance you’re not. As for the second point, it’s absolutely right that most large household appliances can be very expensive to buy. But cheap dishwashers do exist – you’ve just got to look for them.

To give you a hand with your search, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best cheap dishwashers available in Australia at Appliances Online. In fact, we’ve been so helpful that we’ve not only given you an idea about prices, but also ongoing running costs. These running costs are based on the assumption that an average household uses its dishwasher 14 times a week (twice a day). If you run your dishwasher more or less than this, you can expect your running costs to differ from the figures found in this article.

Also keep in mind that these calculations don’t include the cost of water used, which will add an extra expense. And finally, this comparison is based on an electricity price of $0.29/kWh. Electricity rates vary across the country, so keep this in mind, too.

Samsung DW60H6050FW

Able to wash up to 14 place settings, this dishwasher from Samsung has 3.5 and 4.5 star ratings for energy and water respectively, making it reasonably efficient for a lower price range dishwasher. It comes with seven different wash programs, including one for delicate items such as champagne flutes and china. It uses 12.2L of water per cycle, and comes with half load and quick wash functions.

  • Purchase price – $538
  • Energy consumption – 270kWh
  • Energy used each year – 540kWh
  • Annual running cost – $155
  • Running costs over 10 years – $1,550
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,088

Dishlex DSF6105X

With a 4 star water rating and using only 11.6L of water per cycle, this Dishlex model is relatively water-efficient and comes with five different wash programs. It has only 3 stars for energy efficiency, but also has an eco-mode. With enough room for up to 12 place settings, it offers plenty of value for a lower price.

  • Purchase price – $589
  • Energy consumption – 275kWh
  • Energy used each year – 550kWh
  • Annual running cost – $158
  • Running costs over 10 years – $1,579
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,168

Fisher & Paykel DW60CHW1

This Fisher & Paykel dishwasher has a 3.5 star rating for energy efficiency and a 5 star water rating. It comes with safety features including anti-flood protection and a child lock, and uses only 11.4L of water per cycle. With six different wash programs and a quick wash option, this dishwasher’s a solid choice for the price.

  • Purchase price – $677
  • Energy consumption – 270kWh
  • Energy used each year – 540kWh
  • Annual running cost – $155
  • Running costs over 10 years – $1,550
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,228

Westinghouse WSF6606W

Designed for larger households, this Westinghouse dishwasher can hold up to 15 place settings and comes with six different wash programs to suit all dishwashing needs. That means it uses more water than any other model on this list – 13.5L per cycle – but it has a 4.5 star rating for water efficiency and 3 stars for energy.

  • Purchase price – $759
  • Energy consumption – 350kWh
  • Energy used each year – 700kWh
  • Annual running cost – $201
  • Running costs over 10 years – $2,009
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,768

LG LD1482T4

Equipped with silencing technology in the form of the DirectDrive system, this LG dishwasher can be used without fear of waking up even the lightest of sleepers, including any babies or young children in the house. It also has 4 and 5 star ratings for electricity and water respectively, which makes it one of the more overall efficient models on this list.

  • Purchase price – $859
  • Energy consumption – 230kWh
  • Energy used each year – 460kWh
  • Annual running cost – $132.02
  • Running costs over 10 years – $1,320
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,179

Bosch SMS50D08AU

With 4 star ratings for both water and energy efficiency, an eco-mode, and using just 11.6L of water per cycle, this Bosch dishwasher is one of the most environmentally friendly models on this list. It’s also a safe model, equipped with a child-lock and anti-flood protection, as well as auto-load sensing.

  • Purchase price – $885
  • Energy consumption – 230kWh
  • Energy used each year – 460kWh
  • Annual running cost – $132
  • Running costs over 10 years – $1,320
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $2,205

Does it pay to buy cheap?

The dishwashers mentioned in this comparison cover a wide range of efficiency levels and prices, but which is the most cost-effective? With the exception of the Westinghouse model, the total running costs over 10 years vary little between the brands. So if you’re going to end up spending roughly the same amount over time, the question is: Would you rather pay a lower price up front but a bit more on your power bills, or take a bigger hit to your bank balance in the first instance but benefit from slightly lower running costs later? It might sound tempting to take the cheaper initial option, but remember that a more expensive dishwasher could also mean better cleaning results. Plus a dishwasher with a higher energy efficiency rating will be better for the environment. The choice is yours.

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