Which dishwasher should I buy
There are many types of dishwashers and it is not always clear which one is best to buy for yourself. There are free-standing dishwashers and built-in dishwashers, and in the latter category there are semi-integrated dishwashers and fully integrated dishwashers. Which type of dishwasher is best for you and your kitchen depends on a number of factors. We’ve listed what to look out for here.
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Which dishwasher should I choose
What is the best dishwasher for you depends on a number of factors. Here we’ve summarized the pros and cons for each type of dishwasher for you.
A free-standing dishwasher stands alone in your kitchen, so you don’t have to sacrifice a kitchen cabinet. However, you do need to have enough room to put the dishwasher away. This is because a free-standing dishwasher will not fit in most kitchens, as it takes up too much space.
In addition to space, you also need to consider connections. A dishwasher needs access to water and electricity, and you can’t just run a branch to anywhere.
The built-in dishwasher category can be divided into two parts. The fully integrated dishwasher, where the control panel is on the inside and the semi integrated dishwasher, where the control panel is on the outside.
What is the best dishwasher for you depends on what you find beautiful and convenient. This is because with a fully integrated model, you can’t see that there is a dishwasher because it is completely covered by a front panel that is the same as your kitchen.
In addition, some people find it easier if they can see the control panel even while washing the dishes. This way you can see how long the dishwashing program has left, how hot the water is and whether something might need to be refilled. With a built-in dishwasher where the control panel is on the inside, you can only see this information when you open the door. Also, you can only turn the dishwasher on or off when the door is open.
Under counter dishwasher
A built-in dishwasher is similar to a freestanding dishwasher, except that it is placed under your countertop. The front of the dishwasher is completely visible. It often has a white or gray color, making it stand out among your kitchen cabinets. Cleaning your dishwasher is also more necessary with a built-in model, as the white or stainless steel exterior gets dirty faster than the Plexiglas plate that you stick over the front with an integrated model.
The control panel on undermount dishwashers can also be on the inside or the outside. You just don’t have a choice of a narrow model, as all under-counter models have a standard dishwasher dimension of 60 cm width.
Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean you don’t have enough room for a dishwasher. A narrow 45cm wide dishwasher can still fit into most kitchens.
However, you should bear in mind that narrow dishwashers have less space for dishes. For example, a Siemens dishwasher with a small footprint has room for 9 place settings, while a 60 cm wide model has room for 12. Each place setting equals one glass, one plate and one set of cutlery.
Most dishwashers are much more economical than before. An average dishwasher uses 1 liter of water less than washing dishes by hand, and the power consumption is also much lower than with a non-efficient dishwasher. Despite the low water consumption, your dirty dishes will be just as clean as with other types of dishwashers.
We have collected the best dishwashers for you, so you are always guaranteed to make the right choice!