3 Dishwasher Buying Tips


Thought I would share a few dishwasher buying tips with you. Recently our dishwasher packed it in, and I had to go out, and buy a new dishwasher. Never had to do that before.

We bought our dishwasher our one and only dishwasher off our neighbor who remodeled his kitchen about seven years ago. So I think the dishwasher is about 14 years old. So it’s time to buy a new one. So if you are remodeling your kitchen, or deciding to buy a new dishwasher I hope these tips help out.

stainless steel dishwasherThree things that greatly, I found greatly affects the price of a dishwasher is:

1. The finish on the outside affects the cost. Stainless steel being the most expensive compared to a white one, or a black one.

44db-dishwasher2. Another thing that increases the price is the sound of the actual the dishwasher. So if you look at some of these images I took of the sound is measured in decibels. So 44 decibels is a really low sound.

The lower the number, the quieter the dishwasher. So obviously the quieter the dishwasher is the more you pay. So the 44 was the lowest I saw. I’m sure you can get lower ones, but 44 was the lowest one. The less expensive ones get up into the 50’s, here’s one 57. So I’m sure that’s pretty loud.

ss-bottom-dishwasher3. Another thing that affects the cost, of the cost of the dishwasher was the type of tub. So a stainless steel tub with a stainless steel door seem to be the most expensive. If you look at the image there is a stainless steel tub on all the walls, and the bottom is stainless steel, and the door here as well, it’s all stainless steel.So if you look at these cheaper plastic ones, cheaper models they are all plastic. So plastic reduces the cost.

plastic rack in dishwasher

Another thing that you might want to watch for is what the racks are made out of. The cheaper ones are made out of plastic, and you can see in here all the plastic racks, but the tub is also plastic. And the better racks are the nylon racks.

These three things I really noticed affect the cost was the finish on the outside, stainless steel being the most, the sound of the dishwasher, so the quieter the dishwasher the more it cost, and the inside tub being stainless it’s going to cost you a bit more.

I hope these tips help you buy your next dishwasher.

Should I Buy A Soft Tub Or Hot Tub


Scott here from RemodelingHO.com. I thought I would just share a story with you. If you are thinking about buying a hot tub be sure to check out a company called SoftTub. They offer an alternative to the traditional acrylic/fiberglass style hot tubs.

Recently I had a chance to attend our local home improvement, home design show, and I came across this great hot tub company called “Soft Tub.” What they do is, they make a lightweight, portable hot tubs out of rigid foam that you can take anywhere.

A couple of things that really excite me is that it’s very portable, like I just mentioned. They are lightweight, and you can take them anywhere you want. Comparing some of the acrylic style big hot tubs are very heavy and they are not very portable. Once they are set up, they are almost impossible to move around.

Another thing about the soft tub that is very exciting, it’s very energy efficient. It takes the heat from the motor, and uses that to heat the water for the hot tub, reducing your energy costs.

And then, another thing that I’m very excited about when it comes to the Soft Tub is you can just plug it into a standard 110 outlet. You compare that to an acrylic style hot tub, which requires 220 power that requires special wiring right from your fuse box, which can be very expensive.

And another thing, is the tubs very lightweight, portable, and it can be rolled out and set up in almost any location, comparing that to an acrylic style hot tub. An acrylic tub requires a minimum four inch concrete pad for your hot tub to sit on, which can be
very expensive.

A couple of things that concern me, and I would want to take a closer look at, if I decided to buy a soft tub, is the size. They are a two person, a four person, and a six person. So, if you have lots of family and like to have lots of people over, the size might be an issue. So, you might want to take a closer look at that. Some of the acrylic style ones can get very big and hold a lot of people, so that might be something you want to look at.

And another thing is – the jets. I’m not sure how powerful the jets are. Having recent back problems, having a powerful jet is obviously a good thing to really massage those sore and aching muscles. Some of those acrylic style tubs have special pumps inside just for the jets, so they can be very powerful.

Anyway, if you’re looking at purchasing a hot tub, I would definitely suggest looking at Soft Tub. It’s a great alternative to the acrylic style, fiberglass/acrylic ones.

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