What is a built-in dishwasher

If your current dishwasher is due for replacement, it may be time to purchase a new dishwasher. If your kitchen allows, you can opt for a built-in dishwasher.

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A semi or fully integrated dishwasher

A built-in dishwasher can be a fully integrated dishwasher, or it can be a semi-integrated dishwasher. The difference is the placement of the control panel. On a semi-integrated model it’s on the outside, so it’s always visible, and on a fully integrated dishwasher the control panel is on the inside. Fully integrated dishwashers blend in nicely with the design of the rest of your kitchen, but you do need a front panel.

Which built-in dishwasher suits you best depends on your taste. If you don’t mind looking at the stainless steel look or white front of a dishwasher, it’s better to choose a semi integrated model.

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Noise level dishwasher

A quiet dishwasher makes little noise when washing wet dishes. Is your dishwasher located near your living room? Then consider a quiet dishwasher.
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Dishwasher price

Of course, how much maximum you want to pay for your dishwasher is entirely up to your budget. A more expensive dishwasher will almost always have a longer lifespan than a cheaper one.
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Dishwasher size

A large family requires a larger dishwasher, and also a higher number of place settings. A smaller family will suffice with a dishwasher with a smaller number of place settings.
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An energy-saving dishwasher has energy label A, B or C and uses less water and energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher, you almost always recoup this investment.
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What different dishwashers are there

Before you decide to buy a built-in dishwasher, it’s important to know what the differences are between them and the other types of dishwashers. That way, you can choose the type that suits you best.

A built-in dishwasher vs. a freestanding dishwasher

A freestanding dishwasher is completely visible in your kitchen. Both the top and sides are not covered by your countertop or kitchen cabinets. Most people choose a freestanding dishwasher because they don’t want to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet or because they don’t have the right connections under the kitchen. Freestanding dishwashers take up a lot of space, so you need to consider that!

Built-in dishwasher vs. undermounted dishwasher

Built-in dishwashers blend right in with the design of your kitchen, while under-mounted dishwashers are still partly visible. A semi integrated dishwasher has a visible control panel and with a fully integrated dishwasher you can’t see there’s a dishwasher at all. Using the adjustable feet, you make sure that the appliance comes all the way to the bottom of your countertop and then you hide it behind your kitchen plinth. A built-in dishwasher is placed under the countertop, so the entire front of the appliance is visible.

 

Helping you choose

Before buying a new built-in dishwasher, there are a number of features you should consider. This way you can be sure you’re buying the dishwasher that best suits you and your household.

 

Look at where the control panel is located

An integrated dishwasher has the control panel on the outside or on the inside. Both forms have different advantages, so you should pay close attention to where the controls are located. For example, if the control panel is on the outside of the dishwasher door, you can always see how far along the program is and what temperature is being used. If the control panel is on the inside, you can place a panel of your kitchen on the dishwasher and the appliance will blend in nicely with the rest of your kitchen.

Pay attention to the different connections

The biggest mistake many people make when buying a built-in dishwasher is not having the right connections. The dishwasher is already in the house the moment they find out that there is a water supply or power connection nearby. Sometimes you can use PVC pipes to make branches of your existing water pipes, but you have to be able to get behind your kitchen cabinets to do that. So, find out more before you decide to buy a built-in dishwasher!

Number of place settings - How many dishes will fit in the dishwasher?

A built-in dishwasher is often of standard size as it needs to be fully integrated into every kitchen. You often have the choice between a normal sized dishwasher or a smaller model. What is the best type of dishwasher for you depends on your household and the amount of dishes you have. For example, if you often run a half load because you just don’t have that many dishes, it’s better to choose a small built-in dishwasher. That way you’ll save space, water and energy! For households with a lot of dishes, it is actually important to look at the maximum load of the appliance. The capacity of a dishwasher is always indicated in the number of place settings, where 1 place setting equals one set of cutlery, one plate and one glass.

The different functions

Different types of dishwashers also have different functions, so it is important that you pay close attention to what is important to you. For example, an energy-saving program, delayed start, adjustable water softener or a wash program especially for caked pans. All dishwashers indicate what type of dishes they are particularly suitable for, such as large dishes, wine glasses or baby bottles.

Drying function

Having a dishwasher doesn’t always mean your dishes will be dry right away. Some items, such as plastic containers, may come out of the dishwasher wet. You’ll need to dry them before they can go back into the cabinet. A built-in dishwasher with zeolite technology features zeolite granules that convert moisture into heat, ensuring that all your dishes dry quickly, completely and in an energy-efficient manner. With ventilation drying technology, the dishwasher automatically opens after you wash to dry your dishes with cold air from outside. The old-fashioned condenser drying technique cools your dishes with cold water, this takes considerably longer and also consumes more energy.

The disadvantages of a built-in dishwasher

A fully integrated model is of course very beautiful in your kitchen, but there are a number of drawbacks. First of all, it is very difficult to get behind the dishwasher. If something isn’t working properly, it’s very difficult to check if all the wiring is in place. Built-in dishwashers are completely built into your kitchen and if you need to find out, you have to remove the appliance from the recess first.

With a freestanding dishwasher, you can check the back much more easily. In doing so, it’s also not easy to put the dishwasher back in the niche. Once all the hoses are connected, you need to put the unit back so that they don’t get stuck and so that the door can close. With a fully integrated model, even a few millimeters can cause your dishwasher to no longer fit.

A built-in dishwasher must also be properly leveled. Otherwise, there is a chance that the appliance will wobble, which can damage the dishwasher itself and your cabinets.