Appliance IQ: Kitchen
Dishwasher Tubs: Plastic vs Stainless Steel
Cleaning and drying performance, capacity, aesthetics, dimensions, and sound are just some of the things to consider when buying a dishwasher. An additional factor to consider is the interior tub material.
The interior of a dishwasher is often overlooked. Initially, there may not seem much to see, but explore further and you will find how much it can contribute to the overall experience.
Let's explore the advantages of plastic, stainless steel, and hybrid tubs:
Plastic dishwasher tubs
For those on a budget, these are a cost-effective alternative to stainless steel. Plastic interiors are typically the only options available with entry-level dishwashers.
Stainless steel tub
Because of stainless steel's less porous nature, rust or food stains are less of an issue with stainless steel vs. plastic.
The level of sound is measured in decibels or dBA and manufacturers typically list the decibel level for each model. Plastic tubs are generally loudest, stainless steel tubs are quietest, and hybrid tubs are in the middle.
Compared to plastic or hybrid tubs, stainless steel tubs are often better equipped to handle higher drying temperatures.
A stainless steel tub can enhance the look of your dishwasher in a way that adds an air of luxury and sophistication to the interior.
In terms of price, hybrid tubs fall somewhere between plastic and stainless steel, making them suitable for many budgets.
A hybrid tub is generally quieter than a plastic one, making it an excellent option for those looking for reduced noise.
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