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Buying Guides 2015 – Dishwasher Freestanding

Freestanding dishwashers

Freestanding dishwashers are very popular and can be easier to install than integrated, giving you more potential positioning options. They’re also easier to transport if you move house. The front door is completely visible, and they’re available in different colours and sizes to suit your taste, home and budget. A slimmer freestanding dishwasher may be best for smaller kitchens or homes where space is limited, while larger models are great for family homes and regular entertaining. Most dishwashers are designed to fit under a standard-height worktop.

Size and place settings

Dishwashers come in three sizes: full-size (60 cm wide), slimline (45 cm wide) and compact (sits on a tabletop). Capacity is measured in place settings, ranging from 6 to 14 - the maximum number of plates and eating utensils it can clean at once (excluding odd-sized items like serving dishes, saucepans and kitchen utensils). For example, a dishwasher with 12 place settings could simultaneously clean 12 dinner plates, 12 soup plates, 12 dessert plates, 12 teacups and saucers, 12 tumblers and 12 knives, forks, soup spoons, teaspoons and dessert spoons.

Full size dishwashers

Full size dishwashers are up to 60 cm wide and clean more at once, with smaller models offering 12 place settings, and larger dishwashers with up to 15 place settings that accommodate more than 150 items. They're ideal if you have a large family or entertain regularly.
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Slimline dishwashers

Slimline dishwashers measure up to 45 cm in width and hold 90 to 100 items - a good choice when kitchen space is at a premium. While they're 15 cm slimmer than full-sized machines they are still capable of washing 9 or 10 place settings.

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Compact dishwasher

Compact dishwashers offer 4 to 6 place settings, are up to 55 cm wide and can be positioned on a kitchen counter. Slightly bigger than a large microwave, they handle small loads and use more water and energy than slimline and full-sized machines. Consider a compact model if your floor space won't fit a full-sized or slimline appliance.

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Things to consider

Water consumption

We have dishwashers that consume between 6 and 15 litres per cycle. In comparison, washing by hand can use an average of 49 litres - so using a dishwasher saves money on your household bills and reduces your environmental impact.


Dishwashers with lower noise levels are ideal for open plan kitchens, smaller homes and general domestic peace. Our range features models with noise levels that vary from 38 to 55 dB(A).

Energy rating

Our dishwashers are rated from A to A+++ depending on their electricity and water consumption. The most energy efficient machines can cost as little as 37p per cycle to run.

Latest technology

New dishwasher technology helps make life easier. Some are fully automatic, giving you the most energy efficient wash at the touch of one button - others use steam technology to tackle stubborn dirt and stains.

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