Written by Rowan

What type of built-in dishwasher do I need?

When buying a built-in dishwasher, you pay attention to a number of important matters. You determine how you want to get rid of the dishwasher in your kitchen. Then you measure your niche dimensions well. If you do not do this, chances are that your built-in dishwasher will not fit. You can choose from 3 different models. On this page I explain which type you need.


Fully-integrated dishwasher

If you don't want to see your dishwasher at all, choose a fully-integrated dishwasher. You'll need a front panel for this, to make sure it blends completely into your kitchen design. The control panel is on the inside, which requires you to open the door for the controls. If you want to see the time remaining while washing, choose a fully-integrated dishwasher with floor projection.


Semi-integrated dishwasher

A semi-integrated dishwasher, just like a fully-integrated model, requires a front panel. The difference is that on a semi-integrated model, the control panel is on the exterior. An advantage of this is that you can control the dishwasher even when the door is closed. A downside is that the control panel is always visible.


Under-counter dishwasher

You place an under-counter dishwasher under your countertop. You don't need a front panel, meaning you'll be looking straight at your dishwasher. The dishwasher can be operated from the outside with the door closed. A downside is that, because it lacks a front panel, the appliance won't blend fully into your kitchen.

Important: measure the correct niche dimensions

Measure the niche dimensions of the built-in dishwasher

To ensure that your built-in dishwasher fits, it is important to measure the dimensions of your niche properly. When you opt for a fully integrated or semi-integrated model, you also need the right format front panel. Read more about this in the article below.

Important: measure the baseboard and determine the door system

dishwasher with baseboard

Finally, measure the baseboard under your kitchen. The size of this determines the door system you need. When the baseboard is lower than 9 centimeters, you need a sliding door system. If the baseboard is 9 centimeters or higher, both a door-on-door system and a sliding door system are suitable.

Oops, no built-in dishwasher needed after all?

Freestanding dishwasher

Don't have room in your kitchen to build in a dishwasher? Choose a free-standing dishwasher. It can be placed wherever you want. That's useful when your kitchen is already finished and there's no room for a built-in model. A freestanding dishwasher means you don't have to worry about niche dimensions. If you place the dishwasher next to the counter, you might want to measure the space you'll have.

Article by:
Rowan Dishwasher Expert.

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