How to install my dishwasher

To get a dishwasher in your kitchen you can follow a very easy step-by-step plan. It is therefore not always necessary to have it installed. Most dishwashers have standard dimensions, so you can easily install them yourself. On this page, you’ll find all the information you need to get your dishwasher built-in before you know it!

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How to install a dishwasher

Never built in a dishwasher before, but would like to try it yourself? You can! This step-by-step plan will make it a breeze.

Step 1: Attach the moisture protection strip

When you buy your new dishwasher, moisture protectors are included. You stick these on the underside of your kitchen worktop according to the instructions provided. You do this to prevent your kitchen worktop from being damaged by moisture coming from the dishwasher.

Step 2: Mounting the mounting brackets

Some dishwashers come with mounting brackets that you attach to your countertop or wall. Not every surface lends itself to this; a brick wall or stone kitchen countertop is too hard to drill into.

Step 3: Position the dishwasher in the right place

Before you slide the dishwasher into the niche, put it right in front of it. Next, connect the drain hose and plug it in.

If there is not already an existing drain or water pipe nearby, you will need to attach an additional hose. The outlet of this you then connect to the nearest outlet. For this you will need PVC pipes and a rubber transition ring. If your existing kitchen already has a dishwasher, all these outlets are often already in the right place.

Once everything is connected, slide the dishwasher into the niche, if you have one, also place the dishwasher into the installed mounting brackets.

 

Step 4: Make sure the dishwasher is level

It is important that your dishwasher is always level, otherwise there is a chance that the appliance will wear out too quickly. You can easily adjust this by turning the feet under the dishwasher. Note that some dishwashers require a screwdriver to do this.

Step 5: Attach the front panel

The nice thing about a built-in or undermount dishwasher is that it doesn’t stand out in the design of your kitchen, because you can mount the front panel of your cabinets on the front. Hold your dishwasher from the inside and screw the panel onto the front.

Step 6: Replace the baseboard

When you’re done installing your dishwasher, you can put the baseboard back in place. Make sure your dishwasher is fixed in place and check that the plinth still fits. You may need to saw a small hole to make sure the door opens and closes properly.

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How to build built-in dishwashers into an existing kitchen

Here’s how to install a dishwasher yourself:

Step 1: Find a good spot

Your dishwasher will require you to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet. So look at where you can spare some space and what the most convenient place is. For a built-in dishwasher you need access to a power outlet and water supply and drainage.

Step 2: Tear down the cabinet

Once you’ve found a suitable spot for your built-in dishwasher, you’ll need to tear down the kitchen cabinet. In most cases you only need to remove the door and the bottom shelf, which you can often click out very easily.

Step 3: Make sure you have the right connections

For a dishwasher, you need a wall outlet. You can install this yourself. Make sure it is at a height of about 50 centimeters. Also remember that a dishwasher is a heavy consumer and therefore needs to be connected to a separate group. From the wall socket, make a gray outer cable to a separate group.

For the water supply, first shut off the main valve. Next to the outlet, but about 20 centimeters higher, mount a wall plate. Then lay a branch of the existing water supply pipe to this wall plate and connect the tap on your built-in dishwasher to it.

Finally, the water from your built-in dishwasher also needs to be drained. Use PVC pipes to make a branch to the existing drain, to which you attach a siphon. This should be at a height of 60 centimetres and fitted with a rubber transition ring.

Step 4: Make the front panel fit

With dishwashers, there is a distinction between a fully integrated dishwasher and a semi-integrated dishwasher. In the first model, the control panel is on the inside, allowing you to completely cover the front with a new front panel.

A semi integrated dishwasher has the control panel on the outside, so you can only use the front panel for part of it. You can cut the front panel for semi-integrated dishwashers yourself from a sheet of plywood or use the same front panel as your kitchen cabinets.

 

Step 5: Remove the top panel

A built-in dishwasher, unlike a undermount dishwasher, does not require a top plate. This prevents your dishwasher from hitting your countertop.

Step 6: Push the built-in dishwasher into the recess

Make sure both the water and power are off. Then connect everything. Only then can you slide the dishwasher into the niche. Then make sure the dishwasher is level. You can do this by tightening the feet at the bottom and adjusting them accordingly.

Leveling your dishwasher is important because otherwise there is a risk that it will wear out more quickly. This is because the appliance has to work harder to spray all the water past your dirty dishes if it is not completely straight.

If these come with your built-in dishwasher, you can also lift the appliance into the mounting brackets that were installed earlier. These are attached to the cabinet next to it, the countertop, or the wall and ensure that the dishwasher is secure. Note that this cannot be done with a brick wall or a stone kitchen countertop, as you cannot mount the brackets on them.

Step 7: Attaching the front panel to the door

Make sure both the water and power are off. Then connect everything. Only then can you slide the dishwasher into the niche. Next, make sure the dishwasher is level. You can do this by tightening the feet at the bottom and adjusting them accordingly.

Leveling your dishwasher is important because otherwise there is a risk that it will wear out more quickly. This is because the appliance has to work harder to spray all the water past your dirty dishes if it is not completely straight.

If these come with your built-in dishwasher, you can also lift the appliance into the mounting brackets that were installed earlier. These are attached to the cabinet next to it, the countertop, or the wall and ensure that the dishwasher is secure. Note that this cannot be done with a brick wall or a stone kitchen countertop, as you cannot mount the brackets on them.

How to measure a built-in dishwasher

The dimensions of a built-in dishwasher are always indicated, so you do not have to go to any trouble yourself. What you do need to measure is the niche in which you want to place the dishwasher. This is done as follows:

Step 1: Measure the height of the niche

When measuring the height of the niche, it is important to take into account that the floor in front of the niche is often slightly higher than the niche itself.

You measure from the floor to the top of the niche to make sure the dishwasher fits in the hole.

Step 2: Measure the front panel

To really blend your dishwasher into the design of your kitchen cabinets, attach a new front panel to the front. You can be sure it will fit if you measure these properly beforehand. A front panel that comes up to your countertop is too long, which prevents the dishwasher from closing properly.

Keep in mind that some dishwashers have the control panel on the outside, so you only need to measure to where that starts.

Step 3: Measure the depth of the recess

If your built-in dishwasher is deeper than your kitchen itself, it will protrude. This can sometimes prevent you from opening and closing the kitchen cabinet next to the dishwasher properly.

The best way to get these measurements is to measure the depth of the niche itself. If you still can’t get your current dishwasher out, you can also measure the depth of your kitchen worktop or kitchen cabinet.

Always keep in mind that you need to leave room for the drain hose, supply hose and water hose coming out of the dishwasher at the bottom.

 

Step 4: Measure the width of the recess

There are two standard niche sizes for the width of a niche. The standard size is 60 inches and smaller niches are often 45 inches. Be sure to always measure the width of your niche. That way you can be sure that your built-in dishwasher will fit!

Step 5: Measure the height of your baseboard

If you have a high plinth in your kitchen, not just any dishwasher will fit. The door of your built-in dishwasher will be pushed back by your baseboard if it is too high.

A plinth higher than 9 inches only works with a built-in dishwasher with a drag door system, because the door then slides upward first and doesn’t hit your plinth.

Is your baseboard lower than 9 inches? Then you can look at dishwashers with both a door-on-door and a drag door system.

Step 6: Selecting built-in dishwashers

Now that you’ve gathered all of the niche dimensions, you can choose a built-in dishwasher. In your search, make sure the dishwasher is the right size. Most dishwashers have a width of 46 or 60 centimeters, so pay particular attention to depth and height.

A free-standing dishwasher as an alternative

If installing a dishwasher in your existing kitchen is too much or too risky, you can always opt for a free-standing dishwasher. You won’t benefit from your dishwasher blending in with the rest of the kitchen, but it will save you a lot of work.

Also, if you do not have access to an existing water pipe, outlet and drain under your kitchen cabinets, it can sometimes be better to opt for a free-standing dishwasher that you place in a place where you do have access to these facilities.

If you can’t find a suitable dishwasher for the space you have available, for example because the different types of dishwashers are not the right size, a normal dishwasher that stands alone in the kitchen can also be a solution.