Built-in dishwashers are permanently installed in the existing kitchen structure. They are a popular choice because they can enhance the style of your kitchen and come with features designed to make cleaning after a meal less stressful.
This article can help you determine if a built-in dishwasher is right for your household by comparing stand-alone and built-in dishwashers and exploring the key points of each, such as the different types, advantages and disadvantages, and more.
How do the different types of built-in dishwashers differ?
The appearance of built-in dishwashers has made them more and more popular in households in recent years.
A built-in dishwasher tends to be somewhat shallower and can be installed at cabinet level in a standard cut-out. Some models can be created so that you can fit the dishwasher with the cabinets and strengthen the aesthetics of the kitchen.
Freestanding or freestanding dishwashers are designed for smaller spaces, whether it is a narrow kitchen or a trailer.
Freestanding dishwashers can be easily moved to and from the kitchen.
The good news is that most kitchens can accommodate either a built-in dishwasher or a stand-alone one. The decision is based on your preferences and the layout of your kitchen.
Dishwashers The finished sides and a finished countertop stand alone so you can place them anywhere in the kitchen.
The advantages of a built-in dishwasher
Some of the benefits of a built-in dishwasher include:
The tall tub configuration can hold some taller items.
Built-in dishwashers are designed to fit under countertops and between cabinets, creating a uniform look.
There are built-in models available that can be adjusted to fit existing kitchen cabinets.
Disadvantages of a built-in dishwasher
Built-in dishwashers require the permanent installation of plumbing, which means that homeowners may incur initial costs, including, but not limited to, hiring a plumber.
Another disadvantage is that you may lose some space in the closet. This is especially important if you have a small kitchen, where every inch counts.
Are all built-in dishwashers the same size?
Built-in dishwashers are not all the same size. They are either about 46 cm or about 60 cm.
To determine which size is right for your kitchen, consider the following:
A width of 46 cm is best for smaller kitchens or for households that use the dishwasher less often.
A width of 60 cm is usually a good option for large households, especially those who use the dishwasher more often.
Fully built-in dishwashers vs. semi-integrated
For semi-integrated dishwashers, the controls are visible, always accessible and at the door level. The cycle process is displayed by the external status lights.
With fully integrated dishwashers, the controls are hidden from view. Immediate feedback is communicated via status lights that have an external cycle indicator.
Frequently asked questions about built-in dishwashers
1. Are built-in dishwashers wired?
Yes, built-in dishwashers are wired. This means that before making a purchase, you need to see if the electrical outlet of your home has all the installation requirements (a grounded electrical outlet and a dedicated 15 amp circuit, among others). You should never use an extension cord or adapter. Finally, always follow the instructions for use and care and installation and installation of the appliance and the product before commencing any activity.
2. Is a cabinet needed for a built-in dishwasher?
Built-in dishwashers are usually placed under countertops and between cabinets for a perfect look.