COMPACT AND SLIMLINE DISHWASHERS
Dishwashers are more hygienic than washing by hand, 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 on the market. Slimline dishwashers can be freestanding or built into awkward spaces, while compact models can be integrated or placed on your worktops.
If your space is really tight, or you’re restricted by built-in units, you could buy a compact or tabletop dishwasher.
At around 55 cm wide, these models can sit on your worktop or be integrated into your kitchen.
Compact models are often 10 cm wider than slimline models but around half the height. At about 50 cm deep, they are around 10 cm deeper than a large microwave.
This means they can fit into snug spaces which is perfect if you’ve got an awkward space to fill. However, their size means they can only wash smaller items so you might still need to hand wash your pots and pans.
You can determine a dishwasher’s capacity by the number of place settings it can hold. Typically, compact dishwashers hold six to eight place settings.
Despite being smaller, they don’t compromise on washing capabilities. Many models have multiple temperature settings, quick wash programmes, glass care washes, and anti-flood devices.
You may be worried that a countertop model will be noisy, but many are designed to run quietly. Typically, most models produce around 50 dB, which is the same volume level as a people talking.
Typically, compact dishwashers hold six to eight place settings. Despite being smaller, they don’t compromise on washing capabilities.
The price of compact dishwashers is relatively high as they aren’t commonly sold, so you’ll need a budget of around £300. They’re also much less energy efficient than larger models, meaning your long-term costs will increase.
Slimline dishwashers are designed to fit under a conventional worktop surface and are ideal if you have a smaller kitchen.
At just 45 cm wide, they’re 15 cm slimmer than most full-sized versions. The majority of slimline dishwashers are 85 cm tall and have a depth of 50-60 cm. However, their capacities are slightly smaller than full-sized models so larger, standard models are more energy efficient.
The majority of slimline dishwashers are 85 cm tall and have a depth of 50-60 cm.
Slimline dishwashers can hold nine to ten place settings, while standard dishwashers can hold up to 16. You’ll need to bear in mind that the number of place settings decreases if you’re washing large, bulky items.
Most slimline models have similar features to standard models, including foldable racks and cutlery baskets.
FREESTANDING OR INTEGRATED
Like standard-sized models, slimline dishwashers are either integrated or freestanding. Integrated dishwashers are perfect if you 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 both slimline and standard-sized dishwashers. You can buy a basic slimline model for under £250. But, integrated models can be a little more expensive due to the installation costs.
Integrated dishwashers are perfect if you want your kitchen to have a neat, streamline finish. Freestanding, slimline dishwashers allow you to move appliances to wherever suits you.