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All About Built-in Dishwashers

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With so many options on the market today, purchasing a dishwasher might be a confusing and time-consuming process. Dishwashers come in various types, styles, and sizes with various features and price points. So, when on the market for a dishwasher, you will need to consider several factors to get the unit that suits your kitchen the most. Built-in dishwashers in integrated and semi integrated styles are the most popular choice today. To help you choose the right dishwasher, we are going to guide you through all the important factors.

The first step before buying a dishwasher will be measuring your kitchen space and deciding what size will be the best fit for your kitchen. The standard size dishwashers are 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep with 35 inches high opening. Although, some dishwashers might be little higher or shorter, with larger or smaller washing capacities. There are also 18 inch wide dishwashers to accommodate smaller kitchens with limited spaces.

The next step will be deciding what type of built-in dishwasher you need. Built-in dishwashers are available in full console, fully integrated and semi-integrated models.

Full Console Dishwashers

Full Console Dishwashers are more traditional option that feature control panel on the exterior face of the door. They are installed under the counter, although there might be some gaps between the unit and cabinetry.

Fully Integrated Dishwashers

Fully integrated dishwashers are designed to be built-in into the cabinetry and have no visible control panel since they are located on the top of the door. They fit completely flush and with the matching cabinet panel, they create a seamless look with your kitchen decor. This means the dishwasher will look like just like another cabinet in your kitchen.

Semi-Integrated dishwashers

Semi-integrated Built-in dishwashers have a slightly different design. Similar to integrated dishwashers, these type of dishwashers are also designed to fit flush in the cabinetry, although the control panel is located in the front of the unit, so it is visible when installed with the custom panel.

European vs. American Dishwashers

When choosing the type of the built-in dishwasher, you'll also need to decide whether you want European or American style because there are some differences between these two styles.

European Dishwashers

European dishwashers are designed to sit completely flush in 24" deep cabinets. This means that the dishwasher door doesn't protrude and aligns perfectly with the rest of the cabinets and with a custom panel European dishwashers blend seamlessly with your kitchen decor.

European dishwashers are also known for a quiet operation. They are designed with a filter at the bottom of the unit, which catches the food particles and operated more quietly than most American models.

European dishwashers are more water and energy efficient because they use less water and energy compared to American models. Instead of separate the dry cycle, European dishwashers use the combination of heat and steam to use less energy for drying dishes. In addition to that, European dishwashers use cold water for the conservation of heat and electricity.

American Dishwashers

American dishwashers typically don't sit as flush as European models. The doors of most American units typically protrude two or three inches from the cabinet. Although, American models have larger capacities with more flexible racks for placing larger items.

Most of American dishwashers have a hard food disposers for getting rid of large food particles. The dishwashers with hard food disposers operate louder compared to models with filters

American dishwashers use a heated dry cycle, the heated dry cycle is located at the bottom of the dishwasher, which heats the air inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes. This results in more energy consumption compared to European dishwashers.

Take a look at our selection of European dishwashers:

Bosch is known for producing the quietest dishwashers on the market. Bosch's fully integrated dishwasher with panel ready door offers a sleek modern design that fits completely flush with the cabinetry and blends seamlessly with your kitchen decor. This 24" model features a spacious 16 place settings with three flexible racks to accommodate various sized items. The MyWay third rack with the industry's largest capacity allows placing large bowls and cooking utensils while providing a removable insert for the silverware. In addition to that, this model features the Easy Glide System on all three racks for easy loading and unloading of heavy dishes.

Miele's 24" fully integrated dishwasher is a great alternative to Bosch dishwasher, which offers a high-quality German construction for the maximum durability while providing a variety of advanced features for the optimal cleaning performance. Designed with panel ready handless doors, Miele's dishwasher can integrate seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry. The door opens automatically when tapped. This model features 12 advanced washing programs and flexible racks with 16 place setting capacity for washing a lot of dishes. In addition to that, Miele's dishwasher allows controlling the unit remotely via smartphone from anywhere.

Take a look at our selection of American dishwashers:

GE Monogram's 24" fully integrated dishwasher offers spacious capacity with flexible 16 place settings for placing various sized items. The adjustable upper rack of the unit is designed to accommodate the entire flatware collection, as well as tall glassware by allowing to adjust the rack 2 inches down. This integrated dishwasher also features an advanced wash system that can deliver the ultimate cleaning performance with more than 140 cleaning jets. The bottle jets integrated into the upper rack ensure the tall items get completely clean. This model also provides a Wi-Fi connection for connecting the unit to your smartphone to check the status of the wash cycle using your mobile device.

Viking's 24" integrated dishwasher offers a spacious capacity with 14 place settings to accommodate any size of items. Designed with 3 wash arms and triple filtration system, this model delivers a quiet yet powerful cleaning performance. In addition to that, Viking dishwasher offers a variety of advanced features including built-in water softener for reducing water hardness and adjustable upper rack to accommodate large utensils.

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