What is a dishwasher

A dishwasher is a machine that eliminates the need for manual washing of dishes, everyone knows that. Only not everyone is aware of the different types of dishwashers there are and what advantages and disadvantages they have. On this page you can read about all types, so you can better understand what a dishwasher is exactly.

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Different types of dishwashers

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Type of dishwasher

What kind of dishwasher are you looking for? A built-in dishwasher, a freestanding dishwasher, or an undermounted dishwasher?
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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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Energy consumption dishwasher

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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A dishwasher, what is it

There are four different types of dishwashers. In this piece, we’ll discuss each type individually.

Built-in dishwasher

You need a built-in dishwasher if you want the appliance to be unobtrusive in your kitchen. This is because you can use a front panel to cover the front, giving the dishwasher the same look as the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Built-in dishwashers can be divided into three different types:

Fully integrated dishwasher

The fully integrated dishwasher stands out the least because the front is completely covered by the front panel. The control panel is on the inside of the machine, so you can’t see anything when the door is closed. This means you have no view of what the machine is doing, you can only stop it by pulling the door open. For this type, you always need a front panel.

Semi integrated dishwasher

With a semi integrated dishwasher, the control panel is on the outside. The front panel extends to the control panel, so the machine is always partially visible. This may not always look neat in your kitchen, but semi-integrated dishwashers can be operated from the outside. This is useful if you want to see how long the wash program will take or if you want to stop the dishwasher during the program.

Under counter dishwashers

A built-in dishwasher is placed under your kitchen worktop, but unlike the (semi) integrated dishwasher it is not covered at the front and sides. The dishwasher has a finished top, so you don’t need a front panel. You can install the dishwasher under the countertop.

Freestanding dishwasher

A freestanding dishwasher stands apart from the rest of your kitchen. This is a good option if you have enough space, because you don’t have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet. In addition, freestanding dishwashers are also useful if you don’t have the connections under your kitchen unit. You don’t have to re-route everything, but just plug the appliance in where it can be done.

Free-standing dishwashers vs. built-in dishwashers

Built-in dishwasher

Fully integrated dishwashers can look really nice in your kitchen, but you always have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet for them. That means you have less room to put away your things in the kitchen. Even narrow dishwashers still take up a lot of space, which is not always convenient if you already have a small kitchen. In addition, for a built-in dishwasher, the connections must always be in the right place. If that is not the case, you have to reroute them, which is not always easy. The advantage, however, is that the dishwasher does not stand out in your kitchen.

Finally, a built-in dishwasher is also always slightly more expensive than a freestanding model. Fully integrated dishwashers are especially expensive because everything has to be hidden in the door.

Freestanding dishwasher

The disadvantage of a freestanding model is that it takes up a lot of space in your kitchen and therefore stands out. This is not a problem in a large kitchen, as you can place additional items on top of the dishwasher. Always be careful with the sides of a freestanding model. These are not protected by the outside of a kitchen cabinet, making them more susceptible to damage from knocks.

Washing by hand vs. a dishwasher

Many people also want to know whether it is more economical to wash dishes by hand or to have a dishwasher clean your dirty dishes. This depends on a number of things. First, you need to look at where the heated water is coming from. A close-in boiler for your kitchen tap uses a lot of energy. It is also important to know whether you get your dishes clean by holding them under the running tap or washing them in a tub of hot water. In the first method, you use almost as much water as a dishwasher.

First stage

For your comparison, it is also important to know how a dishwasher works. In the first stage, the water is heated and used to pre-rinse your laundry. This way, the worst of the food residue is already removed. The hot water is pumped through the machine with great force, which is how the spray arms start to spin.

Second stage

Next, the water is sprayed through the holes and spread over your dishes. After that, the dishwasher automatically releases the dishwasher tablet, causing the dishwasher detergent to mix with the water. Once all the rinse water is drained away, your dishes are dried, this is to prevent a layer of water from remaining on them that can cause a deposit on your glasses. If you use rinse aid, this effect can be reduced even more.

Program duration

An average dishwashing program takes about 1.5 hours, but when you choose the eco-program it can take up to 4 hours before your dishes are completely clean.

Conclusion

It depends on a number of factors which method is more economical. It is better to choose a fuel-efficient dishwasher if you use a lot of water while washing by hand or have the water heated by an electric water heater. A thrifty model can then save 1.5 liters of water per wash.