How we use our dishwashers across the country

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On a regular basis, Canstar Blue commissions respected professional market research agency Colmar Brunton to undertake research into the buying habits and level of satisfaction that New Zealanders have with regards to a number of different household products.

Dishwashers is on that list; we have surveyed 701 Kiwis who have purchased and used a dishwasher in the last 3 years. The survey asked respondents to rate their dishwasher across eight variables:

  1. Value for money
  2. Performance (cleans well)
  3. Quietness while operating
  4. Internal layout of the drawers
  5. Ease of use
  6. Warranty and service
  7. Design (including appearance/finish of the dishwasher)

This year is the fourth year in a row that Bosch has won the top spot for consumer satisfaction in terms of dishwashers, making it one of the longest running consecutive award winners in Canstar Blue New Zealand’s history. You can view the survey results here.

As well as customer satisfaction in relation to brand of dishwasher though, what are some other insights the Canstar Blue survey uncovers about Kiwi’s dish washing habits across the country? Here are some examples…

Auckland

Aucklanders are most likely to say that disagreements over household chores are the biggest issue in their relationship (20%), most likely to not know that they needed to clean their dishwasher (30%), most likely to rinse their dishes before they put them in the dishwasher (84%), most likely to not actually unload the dishwasher, instead just taking clean things out as and when they need them (18%) and least likely to say that a dishwasher is a must have in any house they live in (71%).

Wellington

Wellingtonians are least likely to say that disagreements over household chores are the biggest issue in their relationships (11%), least likely (equal with Canterbury) to say that no one seems to ever want to empty the dishwasher in their household (42%) and least likely to not actually unload the dishwasher, instead just taking clean things out as and when they need them (5%).

Canterbury

Cantabrians are least likely (equal with Wellington) to say that no one wants to empty the dishwasher in their household (42%).

Otago

Those in Otago are most likely to believe that they are the most efficient in their household at loading the dishwasher (78%), least likely to not know that they needed to clean their dishwasher (16%), least likely to rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher (71%), least likely to try and squeeze as many dishes as possible into every load (49%), least likely to not understand their dishwasher’s cycle options (14%), least likely to use the same cycle every time (55%) and most likely to say that a dishwasher is a must have in any house that they live in (76%).

Bay of Plenty

Those in the Bay of Plenty are least likely to believe that they are the most efficient at loading the dishes in their household (61%), most likely to say that no one seems to want to empty the dishwasher in their household (50%), most likely to try and squeeze as many dishes as possible into every load (68%), most likely to not always understand their dishwashers cycle options (30%) and most likely to use the same cycle every time (89%).

For those who need a bit of help, here are some tips on how to stack a dishwasher. Plus some tips on dishwasher maintenance – after all, they’re not a cheap purchase. Plus keep in mind that there are some items you shouldn’t put in the dishwasher at all.

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