Where to place my dishwasher

A dishwasher is a fairly large appliance so you need to think carefully about where in the kitchen you will place it. In addition, the placement of a built-in dishwasher is different from that of a freestanding one. On this page you will find all the information you need to make a good choice.

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Where to place my free-standing dishwasher

A free-standing dishwasher can be placed anywhere, which is also the biggest advantage over the built-in dishwasher, because you always have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet for that. However, there are a number of things to consider when looking for the best place for the dishwasher. Below, we’ve listed for you what you should consider when placing your dishwasher:

Distance from sink & wastebasket

First and foremost, you need to make sure the distance between the sink/wastebasket and the dishwasher is not too great. If there are still food stains on your dishes, you’ll want to rinse them off first, and it’s handy if you can then put everything straight into the dishwasher without having to go through half the kitchen. A freestanding dishwasher in the pantry is only useful if you really don’t have room in the kitchen.

Connections

Secondly, to install a free-standing dishwasher, you simply need the right connections for electricity and water supply and drainage. Keep in mind that a dishwasher uses so much energy that it should always be connected to a separate outlet. If there are no water connections nearby, this is not a problem. You can always make a new branch from your existing drain using PVC pipes. The outlet of this should be at a height of about 60 centimeters, so that it can be properly connected. The outlet should be placed slightly lower and preferably also 30 to 40 centimeters away from the water pipes. This is sometimes a bit of a puzzle.

Next to the sink

Finally, you can also place a free-standing dishwasher next to your countertop so that you can put things on it, for example. Your free-standing dishwasher then acts as a sort of under-counter dishwasher. Make sure that the top of your dishwasher matches the rest of your countertop. For example, you can order a piece of stone kitchen countertop of the same type. In this situation, it’s nice if your dishwasher comes right up to your countertop, so everything is nice and even. If you can’t find a dishwasher of the right height, you can always place it on an elevation.

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Where to put my built-in dishwasher

In the case of a built-in dishwasher, you also have a number of different options. You can plug your new dishwasher into the spot where your old dishwasher was built-in. All you have to do is unplug the old appliance and remove it from the installed mounting brackets. When buying a new dishwasher, it is helpful to choose a similar model, though. If you previously had a fully integrated dishwasher it is best to do so again now so you don’t have to purchase a new front panel. If you switch from a fully integrated model to a dishwasher with the control panel on the outside, you have to cut a new front panel from a sheet of plywood and that does not always fit with the cabinets of your existing kitchen.

Position of your old dishwasher

The advantage of installing your dishwasher in the place of your old one is also that you can easily connect it to the existing water supply. All the connections should already be in place, so all you have to do is connect the drain hose and plug it in.

New kitchen

Fitting a built-in dishwasher in a new kitchen is also no problem. Again, you need to make sure you have the right connections available. You can branch out just like with the freestanding dishwasher and you need to hang the mounting brackets. Keep in mind that you cannot attach the brackets to every surface. For example, a brick wall is too hard, it is better to attach the brackets to the adjacent kitchen cabinets. Connect everything first and hold the dishwasher on the inside, this is the best way to slide it into place.

Make sure the dishwasher is level, this will prevent it from wearing out too quickly or leaking. Finally, click the plinth back into place to hide all the cables.

Place a new dishwasher high or low

Most built-in dishwashers are flush with the lower kitchen cabinets, but it can also be very convenient to place it just a little higher. The dishwasher will then reach roughly to your waist, making it easier to put the dishes in and take them out. A tall dishwasher is also perfect with small children or pets, as they can’t reach it as easily.

The disadvantage of a built-in dishwasher that is a bit higher is that you have to reroute the connections. Most kitchens have them in the lower cabinets. A tall built-in dishwasher also takes up a little more space because it is placed on top of an existing kitchen cabinet. In a small kitchen, this can quickly become cramped.