Published at Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Dishwasher. By Fealty Boileau.
Both the above sizes of dishwashers come in three different configurations: freestanding semi-integrated or fully integrated. Freestanding is the most cost effective version and fully integrated the more expensive. The freestanding models are best used in separate utility rooms or where budget is a constraint as they tend to be bulky and unsightly. The semi-integrated model basically means that although the dishwasher front has an integrated kitchen furniture door the control panel is still visible along the top. This works well if there are drawers of a similar height either side of the dishwasher and thus the visual line is carried through.
While checking out dishwasher brands we found out that most are made by just two or three companies. Whirlpool manufacturers their own brand of dishwashers as well as dishwashers for Kenmore Roper and KitchenAid. Maytag manufacturers their own brand as well as Amana Admiral and Jenn-Air. GE manufacturers their own brand as well as Hotpoint. One thing that was definitely important to us when choosing a dishwasher was the noise level. As our dishwasher got older it got louder. We learned that most dishwasher noise levels are about 48 dB. We read that AEG and Miele dishwashers are the quietest at between 42 and 43 dB.
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.
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