CAPACITY AND PLACE SETTINGS
If you’re not sure what capacity dishwasher to buy, you’ve come to the right place. This section of our buyers guide explains what counts as a place setting, and how much you can expect to fit into a full size, slimline or compact model.
Getting the right capacity is important as you’ll want to fit as much in as possible to avoid the dreaded washing up. Running a large dishwasher once for every two occasions you’d run a smaller model is much more efficient. But, how much can you really fit in? To get the most benefit, you’ll need to fill it completely.
BIGGER DISHWASHER, MORE CAPACITY
One of the biggest factors in how much you can fit inside a dishwasher is the size of it. If you have a large household or like to store up lots of dishes to wash in one go, you’ll likely need to invest in a full size dishwasher. However, as full size models are physically larger, you’ll need to make sure one will fit in your home.
Full size dishwashers usually have a capacity of 12 to 16 place settings, while a slimline might only have 10. Compact dishwashers tend to have a 4 to 6 place setting capacity.
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Most dishwashers have a 13 place setting capacity.
DEFINING PLACE SETTINGS
The standard measurement for the capacity of a dishwasher is the amount of place settings. Most dishwashers have a 13 place setting capacity, but what exactly does this mean?
Officially, a place setting consists of a dinner plate, dessert plate, single glass, soup bowl, tea cup with saucer, and an assortment of cutlery.
Of course, we don’t all have two types of plates and a cup and saucer to put into the dishwasher every time, but it helps give you an idea of what you can fit inside.
Place settings are a good starting point for assessing how much you’ll be able wash at one time. But what if you want to wash pots, pans, baking trays and other cookware? As pots and pans don’t come in a standard size, it’s hard to guarantee exactly what will fit. However, there are some options and features a dishwasher can offer to give you extra flexibility.
Folding tines are an excellent way of fitting more into the dishwasher. If you’ve just finished cooking and your kitchen is filled with saucepans, dishes and frying pans, folding down the tines lets you fit more inside. You can get models with this feature at the bottom, top or both for ultimate flexibility.
Having a cutlery tray at the top of your dishwasher, instead of a conventional basket at the bottom, also lets you arrange your awkwardly shaped dishes easily. If possible, it’s worth going to see your prospective dishwasher so you can get a better idea of how much you can squeeze inside. For help knowing what should or shouldn’t be cleaned in the dishwasher, click here.
There are some options and features a dishwasher can offer to give you extra flexibility.