Published at Thursday, August 29th 2019, 07:48:02 AM. Kitchen Appliances. By Alicia Vaughan.
Most people would consider a dishwasher as one of the most useful appliances in the modern kitchen. There are various different options available to suit most budgets, distance limitations and design avenues:
The optionsFor a kitchen of limited space and/or budget, a slender 45cm wide model is a viable option. Depending on the size of the household, and how often big meals are prepared, a little dishwasher should just about deal with a family of two who entertain sometimes. If more power is needed your kitchen designer may specify two of these to support the needs of larger families. This configuration can also be a consideration once the standard 60cm dishwasher is not adequate, as two 45cm versions in essence supply you with a 90cm wide dishwasher.
Another alternative is obviously the more standard 60cm wide version that should easily provide for the needs of a household of four. Very good dishwashers nowadays are quite efficient and generally incorporate an eco cycle which, whilst shorter, still cleans gently soiled crockery, glassware and cutlery easily. The shorter cycle also makes it practical to do more than one load, as long as you are happy to handle a sink full of dirty dishes before then. The alternative option would be to site the dishwasher in another utility area where the dirty dishes can be hidden from sight; particularly helpful in the open plan kitchen/living/dining spaces of the modern home. No matter how the compromise of locating the dishwasher at the utility instead of the primary kitchen would involve more of a trek between both spaces when loading and unloading; these are choices to discuss with your own kitchen designer. For a huge luxury kitchen utilized by a major family room, two full size dishwashers may be specified.
Freestanding is the most cost effective model and fully integrated the more expensive. The freestanding versions are best used in different utility rooms or in which funding is a constraint as they tend to be bulky and unsightly. The semi-integrated model basically suggests that even though the dishwasher front has an integrated kitchen furniture door, the control panel is still visible along the top. This works nicely if there are drawers of a similar elevation both sides of the dishwasher and thus the visual lineup is transported through.