How to Choose an Ecologically Sustainable Dishwasher
Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? Are you also looking for something that is socially responsible and ecologically sustainable? If so, this guide may be just what you are looking for. Today I am going to talk about a few simple strategies that can help you make an informed purchasing decision you can feel good about when shopping for a new dishwasher. When making any major purchasing decision, it’s important to do your research. But, if you are looking to make a sustainable purchasing decision, the kind of research you do becomes a little more focused.
The first step in the research process is to consider the top brands in the industry. In the dishwasher space, it might make sense to consider KitchenAid, Electrolux, Bosch, and Asko as some brands to begin researching. You can also do a quick google search for “top dishwasher brands” to get a good list. Once you have the brands you would like to consider, the next step is to do a google search with the keywords “BRAND NAME + corporate social responsibility” and “BRAND NAME + sustainability” and see if you can get any results from their corporate website. In this case, let’s take a look at Electrolux’s Products and Sustainability page. We can read through all the different sustainable practices that are important to them as a company and decide if they are in line with our own sustainable practices and product needs. On this page we can see a few of their top sustainability practices include:
- Products for recyclability
- Consumer health and safety
- Energy-efficient labeling
If we look around a little deeper we can even see that Electrolux takes the importance of sustainability even further by publishing sustainability reports that detail the social and environmental issues facing their industry and how they have integrated the concept of sustainability in to the company beliefs, practices, and goals. They even go in to detail on how climate change, demographics and producer responsibility issues are impacting the way they do business and the products they bring to market. It is important to look through all of the brands you would like to consider in your purchasing decision, and decide for yourself if their sustainability missions and goals are in line with yours.
After we get through most of this sustanibility research, it’s important to do one last step, which is to find a specific model that fits your needs and falls in line with one of the brands you would like to purchase. The easiest way to do this is to find a reputable and unbiased dishwasher review site. Let’s say for instance, we’re looking at an Edge Star countertop portable dishwasher. Visiting this well known dishwasher review site gives us alot of additional information. For instance, we learn that this specific model uses only 200 kilowatt hours per year, which is 61% less energy per year than most of the other portable dishwashers in it’s category. We also get a direct look at the Energy Star Certification, as well as a brief description of the dishwasher’s energy-efficient technology. Additionally, this review site has a “Dishwasher Guide Rating” category for wash efficiency, and this specific model is rated a 10. Not only that, but if this is one of that brands we researched earlier and we like, we can then start to look at all the other categorical factors that make this the ideal dishwasher for us. you can consider things like visual appeal, child locks, wash cycles, usability, warranty, customer rating, specials features, or whatever else is important to you.