One of the smartest investments you can make when remodeling your kitchen is to replace outdated appliances. Sleek, modern versions instantly transform a tired kitchen into a contemporary hub of home activity. If you’re considering a new dishwasher, keep in mind these features before purchasing:

Speedy Cycles – This feature is a must for big families or households that entertain guests frequently. At the very least, look for a dishwasher that has a 20-minute quick cycle.

Time Indicator – Knowing how much time is left on a load is helpful if your dishwasher is loud. Many newer models have eliminated the timer, so be sure to shop around for one that offers a digital reading.

Soil Sensors – If you want to save on your utility bill, opt for a dishwasher with a soil sensor. Most come equipped with technology that automatically adjusts to a load’s soil level, conserving water and energy.

Adjustable Upper Rack – This one’s a no-brainer; an adjustable upper rack makes it easy to accommodate large dishes.

Alternative Flatware Storage – If you’ve ever been dissatisfied with the cleanliness of your dishes, choose a model with slots above the utensil baskets. This not only provides a thorough clean, but gives you the option to wash larger utensils.

Source: Consumer Reports

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