Here is the second part of our guide to types of dishwasher. This time: dishwasher sizes.
Types Of Dishwashers Part 2
Full Size, Slimline or Compact?
Dishwashers come in three sizes – full size, slimline and compact. Larger dishwashers generally have more space for dishes, but take up more space in your kitchen.
Full-size dishwashers have a larger capacity and size. The smallest versions have room for 9 to 12 place settings, whereas the largest dishwashers can wash as many as 16 settings. This is perfect if you have a larger household or hold a lot of dinner parties. Both freestanding and integrated full-size dishwashers are available, and they measure a standard 60 cm in width. The large capacity means that full-size dishwashers haver great water and energy efficiency. However, you may not benefit from one if you do not produce enough dirty dishes to completely fill the machine before every wash. If you have a smaller kitchen it can be difficult to find enough space for another full-size appliance.
Slimline dishwashers are ideal if you have a small or narrow kitchen. At just 45 cm wide, they are much slimmer than a full-sized model, without sacrificing on cleaning power. They usually have a 9 or 10 place setting capacity, so you can wash about 100 items in anyone go. However, they may not be as efficient as larger machines.
Compact dishwashers are a bit bigger than a large microwave and they sit on top of the kitchen counter. Their small capacity - 4-6 place settings - makes them perfect for a single person household, if you don’t do a lot of cooking, or don’t have enough floor space for a slimline dishwasher they can be ideal. They also means you don’t have to bend down to fill and empty them. At 55 cm wide or so, they don’t have a large capacity. You may struggle to fit in large pots or pans. They’re also less efficient than both slimline and full-size dishwashers.
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