Compact and Slimline Dishwashers
Dishwashers are more hygienic than hand washing, and even the smaller models allow you to get everything cleaned conveniently. If you need a dishwasher that doesn’t take up too much space, there are two types you can choose from. Slimline dishwashers can be freestanding or integrated to fit into awkward spaces, while compact models can be moved to wherever suits you.
If space is really tight, or you’re restricted by built-in units, you could buy a compact dishwasher.
At around 55 cm wide, these models can sit on a worktop or in a drawer.
To get the size into perspective, tabletop models are often 10 cm wider than slimline models but around half the height. At about 50 cm deep, they are usually 10 cm deeper than the largest microwaves.
This means they can fit into snug spaces – perfect if you’ve got an awkward space to fill. However, their size can be a disadvantage, as they’re capable of washing smaller kitchen items only – so you might still need to hand wash your pots and pans.
You determine a dishwasher’s capacity by the number of place settings it can hold. Typically, compact dishwashers hold four – six place settings, but, despite being smaller, they don’t compromise on washing capabilities. Many models have multiple temperature settings, quick wash programmes and anti-flood devices – some models even offer glass care washes.
You might be worrying that counter top models produce a lot of noise – however, many are designed to run quietly, and most manufacturers specify noise levels for easy comparison with other models.
You can buy compact dishwashers for around £150. They’re cheaper than larger designs but are much less energy efficient.
Slimline dishwashers are ideal if you have a smaller kitchen, and will fit under any conventional worktop surface.
However, their capacities are slightly smaller than full-sized models, making a larger model more energy efficient.
At just 45 cm wide, they’re 15 cm slimmer than a full-sized version. The height of slimline dishwashers varies by only a few centimetres, while some have a removable worktop, which can save around three centimetres.
Slimline dishwashers comfortably hold nine place settings, while standard dishwashers can hold twelve. You’ll need to bear in mind that the number of place settings goes down if you use lots of pots and pans.
Most slimline models have similar features to standard models, including foldable racks and cutlery baskets.
More models have been designed with energy efficiency in mind.
Freestanding or Integrated
Like standard-sized models, slimline dishwashers are either integrated or freestanding. Integrated dishwashers are perfect if want your kitchen to have a neat, streamline finish.
Freestanding, slimline dishwashers allow you to move appliances to wherever suits you. This is perfect if you’re restricted to an allocated space in a flat or house share, or if you’re in temporary accommodation.
The price range is similar for slimline and standard-sized dishwashers – you can buy a basic slimline model for under £200. Integrated models tend to be a little more expensive due to installation costs.