Cost is a major factor if you’re buying a new dishwasher, as it’s sometimes seen as more of a luxury household appliance. Different types of dishwashers vary in price, but whichever you choose, you can look at spending anything from £200-£1,000.
The dishwasher’s capacity and features have the biggest influence on price. Deciding which model is best for your needs helps 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. As this type is the most common, it’s easy to find a great model for a reasonable 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 only cook for a couple of people.
Although they’re smaller than a standard size dishwasher, slimline dishwashers can wash a load of around 9-10 place settings. But, 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 premium brands only.
Standard dishwashers are the most common, so you can find a decent model for a reasonable price.
Compact or table-top designs can be more expensive than regular sized dishwashers, as they aren’t made by a lot of manufacturers.
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 good full-size dishwasher will use 0.5 litres to wash one item, while by hand it can take up to nine litres.