What kind of built-in dishwasher do I need
If you are looking for a built-in dishwasher you will quickly see that there are many types of dishwashers. You have fully integrated dishwashers, a semi integrated dishwasher and a undermount model. On this page, we’ll tell you when you need which one.
Which built-in dishwasher do I need
Are you looking for a new built-in dishwasher because your current one needs replacing? Then make sure your dishwasher fits in with the setting of your kitchen. In addition to free-standing dishwashers, you have a choice between three different built-in models:
Fully integrated dishwasher
If you want your built-in dishwasher to blend in with the design of your kitchen, a fully integrated dishwasher is the best option. The control panel on a fully integrated model is on the inside, so you won’t see it. When the door is closed you won’t see that there is a dishwasher, because the entire exterior has the same front panel as the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
Semi integrated dishwasher
The semi integrated dishwasher has the front panel on the outside. This allows you to see how long it will take or the temperature of the water even during the wash program. With a semi integrated model, the height of the front panel is determined by the location of the control panel. In most cases you cannot use the whole front panel and you have to saw off a piece. This is because when the panel is higher, you cannot see or operate the control panel.
A built-in dishwasher is almost the same as a freestanding dishwasher, except that it is placed under your countertop. The dishwasher sits loose in the niche and is not covered by a front panel. The front of the dishwasher is fully visible, and the adjustable feet allow you to adjust the height so that it meets the bottom of your countertop.
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Making sure your dishwasher fits
Make sure you keep your tape measure tight and that you take into account the type of dishwasher. Measure from one inside of the niche to the other and from the floor in front of your dishwasher to the bottom of your countertop. This way you can be sure that your new dishwasher will fit in your kitchen.
Most dishwashers are between 60 and 65 centimeters wide, but you may have less space. In that case, you should choose a narrow dishwasher. Also, if you often run a half load, a narrow model can be a good choice. Don’t worry, these can also be fully or half integrated.
Then, once you’ve found the right type of dishwasher, you still need to think about where you want the controls to be and what kind of door you want. This has everything to do with your kitchen plinth, if the plinth is lower than 9 inches you need a built-in dishwasher with a drag door system. Otherwise, you can choose between a drag door system and a dishwasher with a door-on-door system.