Published at Monday, May 21st 2018. by Alexandrin Lemelin in Dishwasher.
The ideal size for a small dishwasher is whatever width your cabinets are next to the sink. Standard cabinet widths are 12 15 and 18 inches. There are plenty of 18 inch dishwashers for about $400 each. They typically fit eight plate settings which would work for a family of three. 15 inch dishwashers are far and few between none of the major retailers has one. So if the cabinets next to your sink are 15 inches or less you may want to skip an under counter dishwasher all together and try one of the newer counter top dishwashers.
If you didn't already find out there are so many benefits to owning your own dishwasher. One of the benefits is time saved instead of washing by hand even if your family is really big. Average families go through three sets of dishes daily; one for breakfast one for lunch and one for dinner. If you don't like washing dishes by hand and always feel like the sink is full of dishes you could well use a dishwasher in the kitchen every day. What is nice to know about dishwashers is all you have to do is load the dishes up put your soap in and then start washing. With most dishes and full sinks it only takes five minutes to load the dishwasher up.
So let's talk dishwashers regular size dishwashers before we narrow our focus down to small ones. A standard size dishwasher is 24 inches wide 24 inches deep and 35 inches high. Any dishwasher 18 inches or narrower is considered small. A standard dishwasher can clean 12 place settings at a time and this same size is considered big enough for a family of four. Before you go shopping for a dishwasher of any size you need to be sure there is room to install it even if its only 18 inches wide. Dishwashers almost always need to be installed next to a sink. But even if your kitchen is so oddly set up that you can't fit a dishwasher next to the sink you can still go with a counter top dishwasher. More on those in a moment.
Size up your options. While most conventional dishwashers are the under-counter type which are 60cm wide there are more compact options out there for those that want to save kitchen space. First off there are 45cm machines which have a capacity of around a third of a full-size dishwasher. That still amounts to around 20 pieces each of crockery and cutlery though so it's often an economical option for small families. Table-top dishwashers are also available for kitchens where space is at a real premium.
The fully integrated model is the best option from a kitchen design perspective and gives you that hidden minimal and understated finish. The dishwasher is completely hidden behind a full height kitchen furniture door and thus indistinguishable from other cupboard doors. Only the horizontal handle along the top hints that there is a drop down door but if you opt for a recessed grip rail handle system (a hidden strip along the top of each door that enables it to be opened without a handle) the effect is even less obvious. Some high-end luxury appliance brands have also introduced a self-opening dishwasher which enables a completely handless kitchen design when combined with touch opening on all the other kitchen units.
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