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Dishwasher Types & Their Uses - Dishwasher Buying Guide

Dishwasher Types & Their Uses - Dishwasher Buying Guide

Let’s face it.

There are few tasks in the world that are as arduous and time-consuming as handwashing dishes.

In the modern age of the dishwasher, there’s no reason why that time couldn’t be better spent!

It’s not just about time, either.

Dishwashers are proven to be far more water and energy efficient than manually washing dishes.

At Appliances Today we are passionate about helping our customers discover and buy the best dishwashers for their budget and their needs.

We regularly have incredible dishwashers on sale that are just waiting to be snapped up!

Our range includes:

But which is right for you?

And what should you look for in your dishwashing unit?

In this ultimate dishwashing buying guide, Appliances Today will help you find the perfect unit and style for you.

What size is right for you?

Dishwashers come in a variety of styles, but thankfully, they are all pretty standard when it comes to sizes.

Most modern kitchens are designed with dishwashers in mind.

A full-sized dishwasher comes in at roughly 60cm wide, 82–85cm tall and 60cm deep. You also need to ensure there is some room at the back for proper ventilation.

Still, whilst dishwasher sizes are pretty standard across the board, it’s important to measure the space you have and ensure your new dishwasher will fit where you want it to go.

Other than the simple size factor, you also want to consider your accessibility.

For example, be considerate of how the dishwasher will open. Is there enough room for the door to be opened and the trays to be slid out?

If not, you might need to find a different spot in your kitchen.

The Pros and Cons: Working out the best type of dishwasher for you

The three most common types of dishwasher are:

In this section, we run through each type with a summary of their pros and cons.

Built under dishwasher

built under dishwasher

Also known as a semi-integrated dishwasher, the built under dishwashers are constructed to be built-in under your bench and usually do not come with sides or a top, meaning they would have uncovered internals that will be protected by your benchtop and cabinetry.

These dishwashers are very popular because of their general availability and easy installation.

They are also quiet because they are surrounded by your cabinetry.

These dishwashers are permanently connected to the plumbing.

The only real negative with a build under dishwasher is that it will not provide you a seamless look if that’s something you are concerned about.

Integrated dishwasher

semi integrated dishwasher

When installed, fully automated dishwashers are totally concealed in your kitchen. This makes the whole kitchen seem more streamlined and can lead to stunning results if you are after a contemporary look and feel to your kitchen.

Just like a built under dishwasher, an integrated dishwasher also runs quietly due to the fact that it is built into your cabinetry.

However, they can trigger issues if your dishwasher isn't running properly or if you try to take it with you when you move.

Due to their integrated nature, repair people will have to completely open up the appliance to make any repairs or maintenance on the dishwasher, which means that these services can become more expensive.

Freestanding dishwasher

freestanding dishwasher

A freestanding dishwasher is similar to a built under dishwasher but is a more portable option.

Freestanding dishwashers offer little integration into the kitchen but can still be built into a space within the cabinetry.

These come with a worktop and are ideal if your kitchen lacks an under-bench storage area.

If your freestanding dishwasher is used outside of the kitchen cabinetry, it may be louder than an integrated or built under dishwasher, however if you’re short on or lacking under-cabinet space, they can also provide you extra workbench space.

Don’t discount a freestanding dishwasher if you are working with a smaller kitchen space!

Other important factors when buying a dishwasher

Other important factors when buying a dishwasher include:

  • Internal configuration
  • Customisation of internal configuration
  • Wash cycles
  • Load sensing
  • Anti-flood device
  • Accessible filters
  • Tablet compatibility

The more expensive the dishwasher the more of the above features are typically included and offer several advantages.

Greater flexibility in wash cycles, for example, can lead to greater water and energy efficiencies and bigger savings in the long run.

Some dishwashers are also only compatible or are better suited to different types of dishwashing tablets and detergents, so be sure to take note of these before you buy.

Thanks to Appliances Today, purchasing the perfect dishwasher for your home has never been easier!

Our extensive range of dishwashers on sale means you can find what you need at a great price.

Chat to our experienced team today to find the perfect dishwasher for you.

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