Buy a dishwasher
Looking for a new dishwasher? Here you can read everything you need to know about buying a dishwasher. We’ll also explain in detail how to find the dishwasher that’s right for you, as well as the most frequently asked questions about buying one.
Buy a new dishwasher
Find the best dishwasher by doing our quick decision guide
There are many aspects to consider when buying a new dishwasher, sometimes one of them is extra important. With so many different dishwashers on the market, we understand that you may want to look more closely at what you need. To be able to better focus on a new dishwasher, the following is useful to know: A dishwasher can be divided into three categories, namely: Built-in, undermount and freestanding dishwashers.
Before you can continue your search for a new dishwasher, you first have to choose which type of dishwasher you would like to have in your home. We’ve listed information for each type of dishwasher so you can make the best choice.
Types of built-in dishwashers
Would you like a built-in dishwasher? A built-in dishwasher is neatly integrated into your kitchen or another cabinet so that you don’t have a separate appliance in your room. The big advantage is that the new dishwasher then blends in perfectly with the current interior of your home! A built-in dishwasher can be divided into three different categories, namely:
A undermount, semi and fully integrated dishwasher. Below, we provide information about these three different types of built-in dishwashers. By clicking on the buttons you will see the top 5 best dishwashers within that category!
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Dishwashers for the size of your household
If you have a large household it is convenient to be able to put a lot of dirty dishes in the dishwasher. This also applies the other way around, if you have a small family then you don’t need such a large dishwasher.
To help you with this, we have made a list of the best dishwashers for a large or small family. Click on the button below to view the 5 best dishwashers for your family!
Choosing a dishwasher is not always easy. There are many different brands offering dishwashers and within these brands there are also many different models. This can make choosing a dishwasher very difficult.
To help you in your search for a new dishwasher, we tested the best dishwasher brands of 2022. Our top 9 can be found below! By clicking on the brand, we will show you the top 5 best dishwashers within that brand.
Choose additional features
In addition to the type, brand or size of your dishwasher, you can also choose additional features that the dishwasher may possess. For example, do you think it’s important that a dishwasher doesn’t consume much electricity and water? Then it’s best to choose an energy-efficient model. Or if your dishwasher is next to the living room where you are always watching TV, it is not convenient if it makes a lot of noise. Then it’s convenient to choose a quiet dishwasher. There are a number of additional features to choose from.
By clicking on the feature you are looking for you will be directed to a page where we show you the top 5 best dishwashers with these features. The dishwashers in this top 5 score very highly in tests that have been carried out on them. They have been tested for: build quality, wash quality, ease of use, lifetime, price-performance ratio, the reviews of current users and much more. So you can be sure that you have a good dishwasher in the house!
What to look for when buying a dishwasher
Before buying a new dishwasher, it’s helpful to know what to look for. To help you with this, we have compiled a list of the most important things people should look for when buying a dishwasher:
Type of dishwasher
Before buying a dishwasher, you need to decide what type of dishwasher you want to buy. A dishwasher can be divided into two main categories:
Freestanding dishwasher: A freestanding dishwasher is an appliance that one usually places loose in a kitchen or utility room. The exterior of these machines are usually white or stainless steel.
Built-in dishwasher: A built-in dishwasher is not something you put in the kitchen on its own, but you build it into your kitchen. This way, the dishwasher fits perfectly into your interior and blends very nicely into your kitchen.
Type of built-in dishwasher
A built-in dishwasher also has three subcategories, namely:
- Fully integrated dishwasher: These dishwashers are completely installed in your kitchen. A front panel is placed on the front of the dishwasher that is exactly the same as the rest of the kitchen cabinets. This way, the dishwasher blends perfectly into your interior. The control panel of a fully integrated dishwasher is on the inside.
- Semi integrated dishwasher: These dishwashers are fully installed in your kitchen with a front panel just like a fully integrated dishwasher. The only difference is that a semi integrated dishwasher has a control panel on the front that you can see. This control panel is usually on the top and is around 10 to 15 inches. The advantage of this is that you can control the dishwasher from the outside.
- Undermount dishwasher: These dishwashers are only installed under the kitchen worktop. The dishwasher will not have a front panel, so you will be facing the dishwasher’s own appearance. However, you can control these dishwashers from the front.
It’s also helpful to look at the noise level of the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is right next to your living room, it’s not convenient if you can’t hear the television at night. The noise level can be divided into three categories:
- Quiet: 43 dB or less
- Normal: 44-48 dB
- Loud: 48 dB or more
At first glance, the difference between 43 and 48 dB does not seem like much, but it is good to know that the sound doubles every 3 decibels. So there really is a difference between 43 and 48 decibels!
Besides the noise level, it is also useful to look at the energy label of the dishwasher. If you do not take this into account, you could end up buying a dishwasher with energy class e. This is not only bad for the environment, but also for your own wallet!
With a dishwasher with energy label a you will spend 36 euros annually on water energy costs, this is about 110 euros for a dishwasher with energy label F. With an energy-efficient dishwasher you can save up to 74 euros annually. Over its entire lifetime, you can thus save around 851 euros! So it’s not only good for the environment but also for your own wallet!
Number of place settings
With a dishwasher, the ‘payload’ is not indicated by the number of kilograms as with a washing machine, but by the number of couverts. A couverts is used as a unit to represent the size of the load of a dishwasher. A couverts is in fact a set of eating utensils for one meal for one person. So, for example, this is a plate, cup, cutlery, mug, bowl and glass.
Usually, you choose a dishwasher based on the number of place settings. You can use the following as a starting point:
- Household with 1 or 2 people: 6 to 10 place settings.
- Household with 3 or 4 persons: 11 to 13 place settings.
- Household with 5 or more persons: 14 to 15 place settings.
Frequently asked questions about buying a dishwasher
What is the best dishwasher?
The best dishwasher has top-class build quality and top-class wash quality. It also has the highest possible energy label, namely energy label A, which means it uses little energy and water. Usually, dishwashers from Miele, Siemens and Bosch come out best in the test. Looking for a good quality dishwasher? Then choose a dishwasher from the brands listed above.
What is the average lifespan of a dishwasher?
The lifespan of a dishwasher is on average 11.5 years.
Where to buy a dishwasher?
You can buy a dishwasher online on a web shop or in a store. However, ordering your dishwasher online has some great advantages, namely: you can compare a lot of models at the same time, most online shops have the dishwasher delivered for free and sometimes install it completely in its place. An example of reputable companies where you can order a dishwasher online are coolblue.com and bol.com.
What is a good cheap dishwasher?
A cheap dishwasher costs less than €400 euros. If you are looking for a good cheap dishwasher, always pay attention to the build and wash quality. These details determine the life of the dishwasher and how well it washes dirty dishes clean. You should also make sure that the cheap dishwasher does not have a very low energy label.