Buying a freestanding dishwasher
The range of freestanding dishwashers on offer is vast, making it hard to be sure which one is right for you. To get you started, we’ve listed the choices for you here.
Dishwasher for a large household
Do you have a lot of dirty dishes? If so, you need a large dishwasher, so you don’t have to wash some by hand or leave dishes lying around.
Dishwasher for a small household
A compact freestanding dishwasher will save you space and prevent you from having to switch on the appliance with a half load.
Clean dishes are extra special when you can save water and energy as well. Energy-efficient dishwashers are rated energy class e or higher.
A beko dishwasher starts at €340, but there are also dishwashers with a price tag of over €1000. There is always a dishwasher that fits your budget.
In an open kitchen, it can be very annoying if your dishwasher makes a lot of noise.
Detached dishwashers with extra-clean programs
These dishwashers will even get your pots and pans spotless.
What different types of dishwashers are there?
Depending on your kitchen, you have a choice of different types of dishwashers. If you have a flexible layout, it can certainly pay to think about your different options.
A freestanding dishwasher vs. a built-in dishwasher
When you choose a built-in dishwasher, it blends in nicely with the design of the rest of your kitchen. With a fully integrated model, you won’t see that there’s a dishwasher in your kitchen. However, you do have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet, which means less space to put things away.
In addition, a built-in dishwasher always requires the right connections in the place where it is going to be installed. In some cases that means rerouting existing connections, which is not an easy job.
A freestanding dishwasher vs. an undercounter dishwasher
A undercounter dishwasher sits under your countertop, making it less of an obstacle. There’s no front panel on the front, so you can still see that there’s a dishwasher there. You will also have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet, leaving you with less space for other things.
Also with a built-in dishwasher, the connections need to be taken into account. This is because you can’t always just drop a dishwasher in any location.
Buying a freestanding dishwasher: what to look for
When it comes time to buy a new dishwasher, there are a number of features to consider, and we’ve listed the most important ones here:
A freestanding dishwasher is available in different sizes, with 60cm wide being the most common. You can also choose a narrow 45 cm wide model or a compact 45 cm high dishwasher.
The energy efficiency class and energy consumption per cycle of a dishwasher is always shown on the energy label. Most dishwashers fall between energy class c and energy class e.
Even if you have an open kitchen, it is important to look at the noise level of your dishwasher. 49 db is the noisiest option and anything below 43 db is considered very quiet.
The inside of a dishwasher is important for how easy it is to use. For example, a height-adjustable upper basket is very useful if you often want to wash large pots and pans. Think about how you place your cutlery, either in a cutlery basket in the bottom drawer or a cutlery drawer at the top that saves you having to bend down.
The drying technology a dishwasher uses affects how dry your dishes come out of the machine. Zeolite will be the driest. Even plastic dishes don’t need to be dried. It’s also fast and environmentally friendly. Ventilative drying is also fast and energy efficient, while condensation drying takes a bit longer and uses more energy.
What extra features are useful for you depends on your dishwashing needs. For example, a half load option is very useful if you don’t always have the same amount of dishes. A 14-cup freestanding dishwasher is designed for large or heavy-duty households. One cut is equal to a plate, a glass and a set of cutlery. A compact dishwasher can often accommodate between 7 and 10 place settings.
Control panel location
A freestanding dishwasher can have the control panel on the outside or on the inside. A control panel that is on the inside is less noticeable, but on the other hand you can only operate the dishwasher when the door is open. Also, the control panel does not always show how long the wash cycle has left.
Main questions about freestanding dishwashers
To make sure you know everything there is to know about freestanding dishwashers, we’ve outlined the most common questions for you.
Why should I buy a free-standing dishwasher?
A free-standing dishwasher has the advantage that it doesn’t require you to sacrifice any kitchen cabinets. This leaves you with plenty of room to store things. Also, not every kitchen has the option of adding a built-in dishwasher, making a freestanding dishwasher easily the only choice.
Always bear in mind that a freestanding dishwasher requires plenty of space. You need to be able to fit all the connections at the back, and the door needs to open fully at the front.
Which freestanding dishwasher should I buy?
What is the best dishwasher for you depends on a number of factors. Firstly, you should look at your kitchen. In a narrow kitchen, for example, it might be a good idea to choose a slimline dishwasher rather than a 60cm-wide freestanding one.
Additionally, you should also consider your dishwashing needs. For a large household, you will need a dishwasher with room for 14 place settings.
Which brand dishwasher should I buy?
Each brand of dishwasher has its own qualities. A proline dishwasher, for example, is very affordable, and the brand also has many freestanding dishwashers in its range. The Beko dishwasher is also inexpensive and, of all the inexpensive options, is also the most economical.