Where to buy a freestanding dishwasher?
A freestanding dishwasher can be placed anywhere in your kitchen, as long as there is an outlet and water supply and drainage. The advantage is that you don’t have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet. You just put the dishwasher where you have space, and if you put a top on it, you can even use it as an extra countertop!
Another big advantage of freestanding dishwashers is that they are often slightly cheaper than built-in ones. You also have plenty of choice, as you don’t have to consider the dimensions. You can simply choose the free-standing dishwasher that meets your needs and wishes.
Cleaning your dishwasher is also a little more complicated when you have a free-standing model. This is because it’s also important to keep the outside clean. With a fully integrated model, you don’t have to worry about this, as the outside is covered by your enclosure.
One final advantage of freestanding dishwashers is that you have more to choose from in terms of energy efficiency. A good example is a dishwasher with a half-load option, which allows you to wash your dirty dishes even when you don’t have that many dishes. This means that less water and energy is used to get everything clean.
Where to buy a built-in dishwasher?
When you want a dishwasher to blend in with the design of your kitchen, you should choose a built-in dishwasher. There are two types of dishwasher to choose from:
Fully integrated dishwasher
A fully integrated dishwasher has the control panel on the inside. The front of the unit is completely plain, so you can stick the front panel of your kitchen cabinets on it. With most dishwashers, you have the choice between a 45 or 60cm wide model. A 45cm wide dishwasher will hold a considerably smaller number of dishes, which is only useful if you don’t have a lot of washing to do and a larger model will often run at half load. A small model with an adjustable upper basket can make a small dishwasher a little more appealing to a larger household, as it can fit more dishes into a smaller space.
The fully integrated dishwasher is therefore built right into your kitchen, appearing from the outside to be a normal kitchen cabinet.
Semi integrated dishwasher
This type has the control panel on the outside, so you can only half stick your front panel on. So the dishwasher does stand out between your kitchen cabinets. The advantage is that you don’t have to open the dishwasher to turn it on or off, and you can often easily read the remaining time as well.
So when buying a dishwasher, think carefully about what’s important to you, do you want your dishwasher to blend in with the design of your kitchen or do you want to be able to control it from the outside?
Buying a built-in or freestanding dishwasher
You can buy a built-in or freestanding dishwasher from a physical store that sells white goods or from a webshop (such as coolblue.nl or bol.com). With both options, you have the option of having the appliance delivered to your door, and for an additional fee, most companies will install the dishwasher. This is particularly useful with fully integrated models, as it means you can be sure that your new dishwasher will get your dishes clean in no time.
A third option is to buy your dishwasher second-hand. However, this often requires you to pick up and install the dishwasher yourself. With a fully integrated model, that can be quite annoying. On the other hand, a second-hand model is often a lot cheaper than a new dishwasher.