What to look for when buying a built-in dishwasher
Would you like to buy a built-in dishwasher? Then it’s important to consider a number of features carefully. There are many differences between free-standing and built-in dishwashers. To make things easier for you, we have listed the main points for you.
What to look out for when buying a built-in dishwasher
A built-in dishwasher has quite a few advantages over a freestanding dishwasher, but there are also additional things you need to consider. When buying a dishwasher, always pay attention to the following things:
The dimensions of the niche
For a built-in dishwasher you always have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet, which is one of the biggest disadvantages compared to a free-standing dishwasher. You lose a fair amount of storage space.
The cabinet in which you want to install the dishwasher must be large enough for the dishwasher to slide into. Most dishwashers are 60 cm wide, but for smaller niches there are also extra narrow dishwashers of 45 cm wide, so that it also fits in a small kitchen.
With a standard 45 cm wide dishwasher, keep in mind that you can’t put as many dirty dishes away. The number of place settings for a large dishwasher is often 12, 14 or 16 and for a smaller model 9 or 10. With a small dishwasher, always check to see if you can adjust the top basket to create more room for large dishes.
When looking for a new dishwasher, measure the height, width and depth of your niche. For the height, you measure from your floor to the bottom of your countertop, and for the depth, you should also keep in mind that the floor in front of your dishwasher is often a bit higher.
The connections behind the niche
For your new dishwasher to work properly, you’ll need a connection for electricity and a water supply and drainage system. Ideally, these should be directly behind the recess, but you can also make a branch from the existing connections.
The electrical outlet and the water supply should not be too close together. Make sure they are at least 30 centimeters apart, both in height and width. In this regard, the power outlet is always at the top and the water connections at the bottom.
Front panel dimensions
With a built-in dishwasher, you have the choice of a fully integrated dishwasher or a semi-integrated dishwasher. A fully integrated model has the control panel on the inside, so the front panel can cover the entire exterior. The dishwasher then doesn’t stand out at all because the finished exterior is the same as your kitchen cabinets. It blends in with the design of your kitchen, which is one of the biggest advantages over a freestanding dishwasher.
With a dishwasher that is semi-integrated, the control panel is visible. You can see that there is a dishwasher between your kitchen cabinets, because you don’t have a fully finished exterior. The advantage is that you can easily operate the dishwasher from the outside, so you never have to open it. This is useful if you have a delayed start, for example, because you can always see the screen with the settings.
Most dishwashers that are fully integrated immediately stop their program if you pull them open to change something in the settings. You then often have to run the program all over again from the beginning, which is a real waste. Even the most efficient dishwasher wastes a lot of water this way.
The noise level of your built-in dishwasher
Most dishwashers have a noise level between 43 and 47 dB which is considered normal. This is very important, as a dishwasher with a higher noise level can be very distracting in small and open kitchens.
An economical dishwasher often has a lower noise level, while the noise level of a cheap dishwasher is often somewhat higher.
As with a free-standing dishwasher, when it comes to built-in dishwashers you should also pay attention to the additional features offered. A half-load option, for example, can be very useful if you only have a small amount of dishes to wash, as it uses far fewer liters of water than a full load. There are also more practical features that automatically shut off the water supply when the dishwasher threatens to overflow. Do you often have dishes with stubborn dirt? Then a dishwasher with an intensive program might be a good choice, it will get all the dishes clean.
Finally, when buying a dishwasher you should also think about the layout. A cutlery drawer means you don’t have to bend over as much and if you can fold racks in and out you can make space more easily. The best dishwasher for you takes into account all your needs and desires.