Dishwashers - features to get/avoid?
We have been talking about replacing our very old Whirlpool dishwasher. It's been many years since I last purchased one, so I'm not up on the features that are out there these days.
One thing I don't think I ever noticed before was a manually cleaned filter. What are the benefits to going that route?
Controls - Hidden or on front...that doesn't really appeal to me either way.
I've seen some people talk about cutlery baskets. I guess I've never really thought about them before. Do some washers have clearly better cutlery systems than others?
Our current dishwasher is very loud. I'm guessing that almost anything we choose now will be much more quiet than our current one. I noticed that a few people here have said their dishwashers get louder with age. Are there any brands that are more or less better at staying quiet throughout their lifespan?
And of course, I want clean dishes. Guessing that anything I get now will be good at that, eh?
Any other considerations?