Cost is a major factor if you’re buying a new dishwasher because it’s seen as more of a luxury household product.
There are different types of dishwashers that vary in price, but whichever you choose, you can look at spending anything from £200-£800. The dishwasher’s design and capacity have the biggest influence on price. Deciding which model is best for your needs will make sure you get the most for your money.
Standard dishwashers are a popular choice as they’re ideal for families and come in a range of capacities.
The smallest size has enough space to wash about 10-12 place settings – this type is the most common, meaning there’s a
lot of competition between manufacturers. This lets you pick up a decent model for a good price.
Standard dishwashers are the most common, meaning you can pick up a decent model for a good price.
Slimline dishwashers are cheaper than standard sized models because they’re narrower and have a smaller capacity.
A slimline model is perfect for saving space if your kitchen is small or if you’re catering for a couple of people.
Although they’re smaller than a standard size dishwasher, slimline dishwashers still have the capacity to wash a decent load of around 9-10 place settings. So, buying a dishwasher with a capacity that meets your needs could save you some money. However, for the number of dishes it can wash, a standard sized washer is more energy efficient.
Semi-integrated and integrated dishwashers cost a little more than freestanding models because it’s more expensive to build models that fit into a particular space.
Semi-integrated models tend to be manufactured by the premium brands only.
Compact designs are also more expensive than regular sized dishwashers.
You can place them on worktops or integrate them into work surfaces, which means you don’t have to bend down. However, as the name suggests, they have only a small capacity and are more suited to smaller households. Plus, compact dishwashers aren’t as energy efficient as other types on the market.
A slimline dishwasher’s running costs are roughly £30-£40 a year, while standard-sized models cost around £35-£45 to run.
When it comes to water usage, some studies show that dishwashers are more efficient than washing up by hand. It’s estimated that a dishwasher will use between 2,500 to 3,500 litres of water a year.