Buying a dishwasher means you can say goodbye to washing up by hand! But if you’re unsure whether you need a full size dishwasher, a slimline model or a tabletop dishwasher this jargon free guide will help you decide on the right appliance for your home.
The first thing you need to bear in mind is whether or not a particular dishwasher is going to fit where you need it to when you get it home.
Full sized dishwashers are approximately 600mm (60cm) wide.
Slimline dishwashers are approximately 450mm (45cm) wide.
Table top (or compact) dishwashers are approximately 550mm (55cm) wide.
Please bear in mind that these are approximate measurements and individual appliances will vary from the measurements above.
All of the dishwashers available at Appliance Direct are labelled with full dimensions of height, width and depth so you can be sure your appliance will fit under your counter or in between your other appliances.
Full Size, Slimline or Table Top?
Dishwashers come in three different sizes: full-sized, slimline and compact. Each size has a range of capacities to choose between.
Full size dishwashers have room for between 12 and 15 place settings (see below), so they're capable of coping with the most demanding of wash loads.
If space is an option then a slimline dishwasher might be the best choice for you. While they are smaller than a full size model, you can still fit up to 10 place settings inside.
Table top (also known as compact) dishwashers are perfect is space is scarce. They are a little bit bigger than a very large microwave oven, and have a very small capacity of between four and six place settings, so you won’t be able to wash too many dishes at once. And because they're table top, you don't have to bend down to load and unload the dishwasher!
Freestanding or Integrated?
Once you know what space you have for your new dishwasher you will need to decide whether you'd prefer a freestanding dishwasher or an integrated model.
Freestanding dishwashers are the most common and fit into any kitchen that will accommodate them - their front door is designed to remain fully visible.
Integrated (or built in) dishwashers are designed to be incorporated into built-in kitchens so they look more streamlined.
There are two types of integrated dishwasher - fully integrated and semi integrated.
A fully integrated model has a control panel along the edge of the door which is completely hidden from view when the door is closed.
A semi integrated model has a control panel which visible when the door is closed. Please keep in mind that the kitchen furniture door you require will be shorter than the door you would require for a fully integrated model.
Depending on what you’re looking for, at Appliance Direct Morecambe, we have a wide range of both types in stock and ready to be delivered.
While commonly available in white, some models of washing machine are also available in cream, silver, graphite and black.
Dishwashers come with different load capacities, ranging from table top models that can take 6 place settings (approximately 60 items) to full size dishwashers that can take up to 15 place settings (150 items).
The guides below will give you a rough idea of how much you can fit in different sized dishwashers.
Table Top / Compact Dishwashers
Full Size Dishwashers
Adjustable racks give the option to change the rack height to accommodate different items. For example, you could have large saucepans in the lower rack and have a shallow upper rack or have tall glasses in the upper rack and have less space below. Some machines come with lay-flat cutlery trays instead of baskets where you place cutlery vertically.
Child lock: This is useful to prevent the door being opened mid cycle and risk scalding a child.
Timer delay: This may be useful if, for example, you want to time the machine to come on at night time if you are on a tariff which charges less for electricity used at night. However, ensure you have a smoke alarm if you do run the machine when you are sleeping.
Existing Water, Waste Water and Electrical Supplies
Please check that your current water, waste water and electric supplies are within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.
If we are installing your appliance for you we will, if required, provide a stop cap for your hot water supply. Please be aware that we do not supply any additional plumbing materials - we will only use what is supplied with your washing machine.