Firstly, thanks for visiting! I hope we can make your search for a new dishwasher as quick and painless as possible.
My name is James and I’m the editor of this site. I’ve been reviewing appliances for several years now having struggled in the past to find concise buying information online and feeling there was a need for a site like this. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying there is a shortage of information on the internet – if anything there’s too much. The problem I found was wading through all the dishwasher reviews to come out with a shortlist and ultimately pick the best option for my budget. Surely, if you know you have, say £300, to spend it shouldn’t be that hard (or time consuming) to find the best option, or at least narrow it down to 2 or 3 possibilities?
My aim is to list all the best-selling and top rated UK dishwashers on the market in 2016 and then make recommendations of what I would buy given various budgets and criteria (ie Do you want a freestanding or an integrated model? Slimline or standard width?). You’re then of course welcome to do as much, or as little, further research as you like but at least I’ll hopefully have pointed you in the right direction.
So, without further ado, these are the machines I think you should definitely take a look at.
What are the different types of dishwasher?
If you’re not quite sure what sort of dishwasher you’re looking for, below is an explanation of each of the main types. The primary consideration really is, what size space do you want the machine to fit in?
If you have enough room for a full size (known as ‘standard’) machine these are your options.
Standard Size Dishwasher Options
A standard size freestanding dishwasher (like the example shown left) is 60 cm wide and at approximately 85 cm high is designed to fit under the vast majority of kitchen worktops. The depth of various models varies but will most likely be about 60 cm. A machine like this will be designed to wash 12/13 place settings (a place setting being a dinner and dessert plate, soup bowl, tea cup and saucer, glass and cutlery set. Click here for more info about place settings).
This is a very popular choice as these machines have a large capacity and can be very reasonably priced.
The pros are as follows
- Built in dishwashers look great matching the clean lines on your new kitchen
- They have all the functionality of freestanding models
The downsides are
- They tend to be more expensive than freestanding models.
- They can be harder to fit. You’ll probably need a professional to attach the door fascia as they can be tricky but this shouldn’t be an issue if you’re having a whole new kitchen fitted.
- There are fewer integrated models to choose from (still more than enough though at over 100 currently)
Like integrated units, these tend to be a little more expensive than free-standing models. Ultimately it’s really a question of taste as to whether you think one of these might look better in your kitchen than a fully integrated model. If you’re spending a fortune on your new kitchen and opting for top-of-the-range Miele appliances you might like the idea of the branding being visible – there’s no point spending an arm and a leg on top class appliances then hiding them away, right? Or maybe you find the controls in the top of the door a little fiddly to use? Either way, semi built in machines are an option you may want to consider.
Slimline and Compact Models
Don’t have room for a full size dishwasher? No problem! Check out the space-saving options below for more compact alternatives
Capacity-wise, a compact model can generally handle 6 place settings, which should be more than enough for a single person, couple or small family.
Why would you want one?
- You don’t have enough space for either a standard sized or integrated machine.
- You find it difficult to bend down so loading & unloading at counter level is more comfortable.
- You have a small household and don’t think a larger machine is justified.
One of the main questions we get asked about counter top models is how easy they are to install/plumb in and what is involved? Most models come with a kit which will enable you to use your kitchen tap as a water source and will have a waste hose which you can simply position into your sink for waste water to escape. This won’t exactly look ideal but has the benefit of being minimal hassle if you want to get up-and-running ASAP. You will also have the option to plumb your machine in on a permanent basis exactly as you would with an under-counter model. If you’re a competent DIY’er you can most likely do this yourself. If not you’ll need to get a plumber in to do the install for you but it shouldn’t be oppressively expensive – just get a few quotes from local plumbers before going ahead. They will need to drill a hole in your worktop to run the pipes through and then hook into your existing pipework for either your sink or washing machine. Obviously the closer you locate the unit to one of these the easier/cheaper the job will be.
As with compact ‘integrated’ models this is unlikely to be a super-cheap option so is only really worth considering if size/space (or height) is an issue. Having said that, if this type of machine does suit your needs there are some very fine options on the market which are well worth a look.
So hopefully the information above will have given you an idea of what the most suitable type of machine will be for you. Please feel free to consult our buying guides for more factors you might want to take into account when making your final decision (ie How much will your chosen model cost to run? Will it be noisy? Will it last forever or break 10 minutes after the plumber leaves your house?). You’ll find that we tend to focus our attention on appliances that are generally well-regarded (rather than go into vast detail about the ones to avoid) so most of the dishwasher reviews you’ll find here are pretty decent – your personal circumstances will then dictate which might suit your needs and budget.
If you’re in a hurry and just want to compare some of our Best Buy dishwashers you can do so here. See all key features at a glance and find out which models pack in the most features for the least cash.
Good luck with your search and please feel free to get in touch if we can help further.