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Looking to buy a new dishwasher? Read this guide to make sure you get the best one!

Choosing the Right Style of Dishwasher

Let’s have a look at the different types of dishwashers you can buy:

Freestanding Dishwasher


As the name suggests, a freestanding dishwasher is designed to stand on its own. This is the cheapest option to install because you won’t need to get your cabinets or benches altered. Just make sure you have enough free space in your kitchen to fit it in.

Please note: these dishwashers are sometimes referred to as ‘under bench dishwashers’. You can install them in your cabinetry, but the door of the dishwasher cannot be altered to match your décor.

Built-in Dishwasher

There are two types of built-in dishwasher: fully integrated and semi integrated:

Fully Integrated


Fully integrated dishwashers are designed to ‘disappear’ into your cabinetry. The control panel will be hidden from sight – in most models it will be located along the top rim of the door. If you want your dishwasher to match your cabinets, you’ll need to get a custom furniture panel fitted – for which you will need to enlist the services of a professional.

Semi Integrated


This style of dishwasher is also designed to be installed into your cabinets. However you will be able to see the control panel from the outside. For best results, we recommend that you enlist the services of a professional installer.



This style of dishwasher is exclusive to Fisher & Paykel. It opens in the same way as a filing cabinet – making it really easy to load and unload.

DishDrawer dishwashers are available in single or double drawer configurations. Single drawers are perfect for small households – as they help to conserve water and energy usage. Meanwhile, double drawers are great for people who do a lot of cooking – as you can run a delicate cycle in the top drawer for glassware, and a heavy cycle in the bottom drawer for pots and pans.



Perfect for apartments, slimline dishwashers have a narrow width. They’re best suited for small kitchens, or for small households of around 1-2 people.

Bench Top


This style of dishwasher is perfect for renters, as it can be placed on top of your kitchen bench (connected to the sink) and then moved easily when you move home. They only have a limited capacity, however, and so are best suited for smaller households.

What do ‘Place Settings’ Mean?

The term ‘place settings’ refers to the capacity of the dishwasher. Here is our quick guide to getting the right size:

  • Small household (1-2 people): 6-9 place settings
  • Medium household (2-4 people): 9-12 place settings
  • Large household (4+ people): 12+ place settings

Remember to Measure!

Place settings are irrelevant if you can’t fit your dishwasher into your kitchen! Please remember to measure the space thoroughly before you buy.

Water & Energy Efficiency

Although water and energy efficient dishwashers tend to be more expensive, the investment is definitely worth it. An eco-friendly dishwasher will save you money in the long run, and it will also help to reduce your household’s environmental impact.

Look out for the star rating – the more stars, the more efficient your appliance will be.

Other Features to Look Out For:

Wash Cycles

Have a look at the list of wash cycles before you buy. The more advanced types of dishwashers will provide a greater variety of cycle options (for example, selected models come with a hygiene wash, which is great for people with allergies).

‘Sensor wash’ is a good one to look out for. This means the dishwasher will automatically set the best cycle length and temperature based on what you are washing.

Delay Start

This option will make it easy to take advantage of off-peak energy rates.


If noise is a concern, have a look to see if a decibel rating has been provided by the manufacturer. Anything quieter than 50dB is considered to be very good.

Drying Cycle

Drying cycles are convenient, however they do tend to use extra electricity.

Flexible Racks

Generally speaking, the more expensive the dishwasher, the more flexible (and durable) the interior will be. It’s very handy to be able to adjust the height of the top rack, in case you need to place large pots or long-stemmed wine glasses inside the dishwasher.


Filters trap solid food particles. If you are lazy, you should buy a dishwasher with a self-cleaning filter – otherwise your dishwasher will start to smell bad!

Need Help Finding the Right Dishwasher?

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