Contrary to popular belief, dishwashers use less water than washing-up by hand and the latest models offer a range of water-saving features to conserve water and energy, too.

Think about your need in terms of how many place settings you want, which programmes would be useful and whether you would benefit from adjustable baskets and racks. Most full sized models offer 13 place settings however you can find larger capacities and for smaller kitchens, there are slimline models that are 45cm wide.

Freestanding dishwashers largely come in white, black or stainless steel with the door on display while an integrated design is completely concealed behind the cabinet for a seamless finish.