Published at Monday, 21 May 2018. Dishwasher. By Simone Marois.
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 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.
When my husband and I needed to buy a new dishwasher we wanted to buy one that is well regarded by Consumer Reports. We wanted to make sure it had a good warranty and not too many fancy bells and whistles we'll never use. We've read that a lot of homeowners make the mistake of going hog wild choosing appliances with lots of features they'll actually never use. These upgrades can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars and end up being a total waste of money.
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