Published at Tuesday, May 22nd 2018. by Comforte Tremblay in Dishwasher.
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.
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.
It is easy to look at a small kitchen and think "oh great I'll just never cook again. Or have friends over for dinner." But it does not have to be that way. Your tiny kitchen can have any of the things large kitchens have. You just can't have all the things large kitchens have. But if you really want a dishwasher there are more options than you'd think and you do not have to drain your savings account.
The other alternative is of course the more standard 60cm wide model that should easily provide for the needs of a family of four. Good dishwashers nowadays are quite efficient and usually include an eco cycle that whilst shorter still cleans lightly soiled crockery glassware and cutlery easily. The shorter cycle also makes it practical to do more than one load as long as you are happy to cope with a sink full of dirty dishes until then. The alternative option would be to site the dishwasher in a separate utility room where the dirty dishes can be hidden out of sight; especially useful in the open plan kitchen/living/dining spaces of today's modern home. However the compromise of locating the dishwasher in the utility as opposed to the main kitchen would involve more of a trek between the two spaces when loading and unloading; these are options to discuss with your kitchen designer. For a large luxury kitchen used by a big family two full size dishwashers may be specified.
They provide functional flexibility and make a good alternative for stationary kitchen appliance. They are available in different models and offer block-styled tops to match the interior of your kitchen easily. If you have a portable dishwasher you can convert it to function the way undercounter does. Just remove the top surface wheels and side panels to convert the portable model into undercounter installation. You may need to purchase a conversion kit for this procedure.
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