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The Buyers Guide to Built in Dishwashers
A dishwasher can be either of the above. "Fully integrated" is the term used to describe an appliance that is completely covered by a furniture door when installed. "Semi integrated" means that there will be a control panel visible above the furniture door. See below the examples below.
Dishwashers are regarded by some as a luxury, but by many as a necessity! Essentially there are essentially 5 types of "built in" dishwasher.
Once installed, this machine is virtually undetectable. A full height furniture door (approx. 715mm high) is fitted to the front of the appliance and covers it completely.
The controls for this type of machine are on the top edge of the dishwasher door. The machine is switched on first, the type of programme and temperature is selected and the machine starts seconds after the door is clicked shut (unless a delayed start has been set).
There are various models available, and most manufacturers offer a choice of 2 or more models. The main difference between these models will be the amount and type of programmes offered and the choice of different wash temperatures.
There are 2 heights of fully integrated dishwasher. The standard height machine is normally adjustable to suit a height (from floor to underside of worktop) of between 810-870mm. The alternative size machine adjusts between 860-920mm. These taller dishwashers do not fit all kitchens. They do offer a larger capacity, which could be 14 place settings, rather than the normal 12. Some manufacturers may also state in their literature that bigger plates can be accommodated.
Both 450mm (8 or 9 place setting) and 600mm sizes are available in the fully integrated option.
This type of dishwasher has a visible control panel, which is very similar in size to a standard drawer front. The door is fitted below this panel and is normally between 560 - 600mm high.
The control panels are available in different finishes. Depending on the manufacturer, there may be a choice of steel, white, black, and aluminium etc.
Most semi integrated machines come with filler strips or the actual control panel will be adjustable in size, so that various heights of door can be accommodated. This also helps line up the bottom of the furniture door with the adjacent units.
Please check the door sizes of your furniture to ensure the dishwasher and door is compatible.
In column dishwashers do not stand on the floor. These dishwashers are built in to a tall or mid height housing unit, which does mean that they are slightly smaller in width. As they are installed at a higher level than normal they are much easier to load.
Caution This design must be installed at a higher level to allow the waste water to drain properly. They cannot be installed at the normal floor level.
Unusual to say the least - basically, these models are a dishwasher inside a drawer!
Available in a single or double version, these are totally different in design to anything mentioned above. The dish drawer fits into a standard 600mm wide space and the double version adjusts from 820-880mm in height. The single version is installed in a similar way to a "built under" oven. This version fits to the underside of the worktop but as it is only approximately 410mm in height, it needs to be fitted onto a specially adapted base unit (see below).
A compact dishwasher would typically only have a capacity of 4/5 place settings.
They are not much larger than a "built in" microwave, which means they do not take up a great deal of room.
The Kitchen Appliance Store is a certified member of the Energy Efficiency Endorsement Scheme and pays particular attention to recommending energy efficient products. We display energy efficiency rating whenever they are available. Please call our helpline for the latest information and energy efficient models.
The majority of "built in" appliances have energy efficiency ratings. The only ones that do not are: hobs, hoods and microwaves. The ratings are in alphabetical form. The best is A (sometimes even A+) and the poorest is G. Double ovens will have two ratings, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven.
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