Buying a new dishwasher is a complicated job, as there are many things to consider. On this page you can read how to choose a built-in dishwasher that suits you and we answer the questions most often asked.
Buying a new built-in dishwasher
Buying a new built-in dishwasher is no easy task. That’s because there are so many different types available that it’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees. In this section, you’ll find all the dishwashers by type, making it easier to compare.
Buying a built-in dishwasher: what to look for
To find the built-in dishwasher of your dreams, there are a number of features you should look out for. That way you can be sure your new purchase won’t disappoint.
Type of built-in dishwasher
You have the choice between a fully integrated dishwasher that blends in with your kitchen cabinets or a semi integrated model where the control panel is on the outside.
For the sleekest look, choose a dishwasher where the control panel cannot be seen.
Control panel location
With a fully integrated dishwasher, the control panel is on the inside, so you can only change settings when you open the door. This can be annoying if you do not know if the wash program has finished.
A dishwasher with the control panel on the outside is easier to operate, but does not fully blend into the design of your kitchen.
The layout of your dishwasher
If you often wash larger items, you may want to choose a built-in dishwasher with an adjustable upper basket. You can fully customize the dishwasher to the type of dishes inside, so you can always fit everything in.
Clean dishes are important, but of course you don’t want to waste too much money, water and energy. Most built-in dishwashers have energy class e through energy class c, which is fairly economical.
Especially in an open kitchen, it is very important to look closely at the noise level of a dishwasher. Anything below 43 db is considered quiet and dishwashers with a noise level between 44-47 db are considered normal. If your dishwasher is fully integrated, some of the noise is muffled by the housing.
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Frequently asked questions about built-in dishwashers
You can’t make a good decision about your new dishwasher until you really know everything, which is why we’ve collected the answers to the frequently asked questions about built-in dishwashers for you here.
What is the difference between a built-in dishwasher and an undermount dishwasher?
A built-in dishwasher sits alone under your countertop, but the front of the appliance is not covered. So you can always see that there is a dishwasher in your kitchen. With a built-in dishwasher you have two options, where the control panel is visible and the rest is covered by a front panel or where the entire front of the built-in dishwasher is hidden by a front panel. So the difference is in visibility.
Will a built-in dishwasher last less than a freestanding dishwasher?
It has not been proven that a fully integrated built-in dishwasher lasts longer than a freestanding dishwasher. What is known is that a fully integrated dishwasher is often slightly more expensive than a freestanding model. You could also argue that an integrated dishwasher is better protected from knocks by the kitchen cabinets around it, but the average lifespan of any dishwasher is about 11.5 years, regardless of the type.
Are all built-in dishwashers 60 cm wide?
No. There are different types of built-in dishwashers with different dimensions. If a 60 cm wide dishwasher won’t fit in your kitchen, you can opt for a narrower dishwasher. This is also a good idea if you often run a half load in a 60 cm wide dishwasher. Just keep in mind that the number of place settings in a 60 cm dishwasher is much higher, so you can have a lot more dishes to wash.
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