What is an undermount dishwasher

Every kitchen is different, and when you’re looking for a new dishwasher you sometimes have to choose between the different models. If your kitchen doesn’t have room for a freestanding dishwasher or a fully integrated dishwasher, you may soon end up with a built-in dishwasher. On this page, we’ll explain what that is.

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What are under-counter dishwashers?

An undermount dishwasher sits under your kitchen countertop, but unlike a fully integrated dishwasher, you can still see it from the outside. There’s no front panel on the outside, so it doesn’t completely blend into the design of your kitchen.

Control panel

The advantage is that, like most freestanding dishwashers, the control panel is on the outside. So you don’t have to open the dishwasher to turn it on or change the wash program.

Fits into any interior

For the view, this is not pleasant for everyone. Undermounted dishwashers also have no side panels, so this part is also in plain sight when placed at the end of your kitchen block.

Dimensions

The width of an undercounter dishwasher is always 60 cm and the adjustable feet allow you to play with the height.

The best undercounter dishwasher of 2022

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A built-in dishwasher vs. a freestanding dishwasher

The advantage of a built-in dishwasher over a freestanding dishwasher is that the former is placed under the countertop, making it less of an obstacle.

A freestanding dishwasher is placed opposite or next to the kitchen countertop, which means the appliance doesn’t always have a function.

A built-in dishwasher is also placed under your countertop to save space in the rest of the kitchen. Freestanding dishwashers, on the other hand, are a good alternative if you have a lot of space and don’t want to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet.

A semi built-in dishwasher is also often more expensive than a freestanding dishwasher. In some cases, it can save as much as hundreds of dollars. So always compare the different dishwashers before you make your purchase

What is a semi built-in dishwasher

With a semi built-in dishwasher, also called a semi integrated dishwasher, the control panel is on the outside. Unlike a built-in dishwasher, only the control panel is visible, the rest of the dishwasher is hidden behind a front panel.

Built-in dishwashers can also have the control panel on the inside of the door, in which case they are called a fully integrated dishwasher.

There are undermount dishwashers with the control panel on the inside, but these are considerably fewer in number. You may want to look for one of these semi built-in dishwashers if you don’t want to use your own front panel, but also don’t want to look up at the control panel. The front of the dishwasher is then just completely plain, with sometimes only the brand on it.

You can also choose to install a decorative frame, so that the adjustable feet of the dishwasher are no longer visible.