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Dishwasher Sizes - Understand the Options

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Feb 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Beyond the typical dishwasher dimensions of a standard built-in dishwasher, there are several additional options on the market today to suit different needs.

Built-in dishwashers come in two standard widths: 24 inches and 18 inches. There are also portable freestanding dishwashers that roll around on casters, which come in 18 and 24 inches, as well as countertop dishwashers and the unique drawer dishwasher from Fisher & Paykel. These smaller options can be a great choice for apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes. There are also ADA compliant dishwashers that are typically slightly shorter than the standard 34 inches to suit lower countertops.


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Topics: Dishwashers, Portable Dishwashers

Typical Dishwasher Dimensions - Measure Before You Shop

Posted by Todd Buehler on Feb 8, 2019 11:15:00 AM


Before you head out the door to shop for a new dishwasher for your kitchen, one of the first things you should ask yourself is, "How much space do I have for installation?" This is especially important if you have an older home or custom kitchen that may have unusual dimensions. For more help buying a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!

The rough opening size for a dishwasher, in a perfect world, is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 34 inches high, but in older homes, this isn't always the case. With new models, typical dishwasher dimensions are 23.9'' wide, 24.5'' deep to the front of the door and 33.9'' high. Most brands make standard-size models, but there are some specialty sizes that are available to fit into spaces that are non-standard.

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Topics: Dishwashers

Amana Dishwasher Reviews - Should You Consider an Amana?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM


There are many brands to consider when doing your research for a new dishwasher. Some brands, like GE, Samsung, LG, Maytag, and Frigidaire, have huge national advertising budgets and seem to be featured everywhere you turn. However, there are some lesser-known brands that offer great quality and value at lower price points. Amana, a Whirlpool family brand, is a shining example of that.

We wanted to take the opportunity to provide a few Amana dishwasher reviews to help you get familiar with the brand. You may find that you want to add this brand to your shopping list. Amana has a long history in the appliance industry. Although they may be new to you, they've been manufacturing in the US since 1934! 

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Topics: Dishwashers, Amana

Panel Ready Dishwashers - Are They A Good Option?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM


If you are designing a new kitchen and want to achieve a modern and professional style, you may want to consider a panel ready dishwasher, also known as an overlay dishwasher. This style allows you to have your cabinetmaker design a panel for the front of your dishwasher which will match the doors on your kitchen cabinets and install a matching handle. These models are designed to hold the weight of the custom panel and add a nice look to the kitchen. They may pair well with a panel ready refrigerator and help you achieve that integrated high-end look you desire.

There are many other factors to consider when researching a dishwasher, but if looks are a top concern, a panel ready model may be what you need. For more information to help you choose a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!


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Dishwasher Decibel Levels - Learn The Facts Before Shopping

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 22, 2019 8:00:00 PM


People often ask our sales staff - "How quiet is this model?" We try to give the most precise answer that we can by using decibel (dB) rating. The quietness of a dishwasher wasn't an issue when dishwashers became a staple household appliance in the 1970s, but today consumers are willing to pay more for appliances that operate quietly. Bosch was the first to offer quieter models in the early 2000s, and other brands were quick to follow as demand rose.

Quieter dishwashers are recommended for homes with open floor plans - where sound can easily travel from the kitchen to other areas of the home - and for homes where the kitchen is a central gathering place. Older dishwashers are noisy enough that trying to carry on a conversation in the kitchen while it's running might be a frustrating task!

Dishwasher decibel levels are a way to describe exactly how quiet or noisy a dishwasher is while in operation. We'll explain what these ratings mean for you and explore why today's dishwashers can be so quiet! For more information on choosing a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!


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Topics: Dishwashers

Is a Stainless Steel Interior Dishwasher Worth the Price?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 21, 2019 8:30:00 AM


When researching a new dishwasher, you have a lot to consider. Most people want good quality, durability, washing capability and, of course, they want their new dishwasher to be quiet (learn about dishwasher decibel levels in our article, or check out our dishwasher buying guide for more info on buying a new dishwasher).

One of the biggest contributors to how your dishwasher will perform in most of these areas is the materials used in construction, particularly of the interior. Dishwasher interiors and door liners are made of stainless steel or plastic and sometimes a mix of both materials. A stainless steel interior dishwasher is an option you should consider, although they tend to have a higher price. Because plastic is less expensive, it is usually found in lower-end dishwashers. Most manufacturers use plastic to make spray arms, silverware baskets, dishwasher racks, and other interior parts.

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Topics: Dishwashers

Dishwasher Racks - Discover All the Options Before You Buy

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM


Before you head out shopping for a new dishwasher, you probably want to give some consideration to the racks. Dishwasher racks are not something people think about very often but they are something you interact with almost every day! A little education and thought before buying can make your day-to-day experience with your dishwasher much more convenient and enjoyable.

You'll want to consider the materials, configuration, number and style of racks and take into account what you really need. For more info on choosing a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!

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Topics: Dishwashers

Top Control vs Front Control Dishwashers - Which Are Better?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 21, 2019 7:30:00 AM


There are many factors that go into choosing a new dishwasher - quietness, reliability, tub material, interior layout - the list goes on. One of the basic things that you need to consider about your new dishwasher before you even open it is the exterior aesthetic. The control placement and handle configuration are some of the biggest contributing factors to the look of a dishwasher. (Check out our dishwasher buying guide for more information on choosing a new dishwasher!)

In this article, we'll explore the differences between these two control placement options to help you decide which option is right for you!

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Topics: Dishwashers

Drawer Dishwashers - Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher Reviews with Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Dish Drawer dishwashers are a unique concept that offer versatility and performance that you can't get with traditional dishwashers. They offer installation and operational options that you probably have not considered. In our Fisher & Paykel dishwasher reviews, we'll discuss the features, packages and pricing of their eye-catching drawer dishwashers (for more info on choosing a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide).

These unique products were developed by New Zealand-based company Fisher & Paykel in the 1990s and brought to market in the United States in the early 2000s. Other manufacturers tried to offer the product but were not successful and now Fisher & Paykel is the only manufacturer of this unique dishwasher type.


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Topics: Dishwashers

Drawer Dishwashers - Are They a Good Option?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Buying a new dishwasher can be fun! If you are looking for something different in your next dishwasher, you may want to consider a drawer dishwasher. These premium appliances are a unique choice for smaller households. (For more info on choosing a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!)

Drawer dishwashers come in double or single units. If you purchase a double drawer unit, you will have two individual dishwashers. You can operate them one at a time or both at the same time. The drawers slide out for easy loading. Single drawers can be installed side by side, eliminating the need for bending when loading and unloading, or you can just buy one drawer if it satisfies your needs for dishwasher space.

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Topics: Dishwashers

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