Published at Monday, 21 May 2018. Dishwasher. By Comforte Tremblay.
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.
So now that we've defined standard let's talk small. Small dishwashers dishwashers 18 inches or narrower are actually pretty common these days. Amazon.com has a few of them for sale as does Sears Best Buy Lowes and others. You can get them for $400 or less. The thing to pay attention to is how high they are. If the dishwasher you want is a different height than your counter it is not the end of the world but you will have to make some adjustments if you want your counter top to stay level. It is easy if the dishwasher is shorter than the counter top your installer just puts the dishwasher on a little platform to make it even. But if it is taller than the counter you'll have to get used to having a bit of counter space a few inches higher.
Another option that is often overlooked is the 60cm dishwasher drawer which as its name suggests is a pull out drawer that houses the dishwasher. This can be in either a single or double arrangement. The advantage of this design is that it is easier to load and unload as you would not need to stoop as much. It also gives greater flexibility on where it can be located within the kitchen. Be sure to opt for the premium brands if you can as they tend to more reliable. Recently their dependability has improved as scope for their popularity in the future increases. The reduced capacity of this design is also a consideration and it is common for a kitchen designer to specify two dishwasher drawers as a result. And if you are a larger family there are wider 90cm versions available.
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