1. Measure your Space
Use a tape measure to write down the exact dimensions (width x height x depth) for the space where the dishwasher needs to go, and remember you’ll need to leave room for ventilation at the back. Don’t make the (potentially very expensive!) mistake of guessing or trying to remember them. If you’re one or two centimetres out it can be a disaster. Always double check your measurements are 100% correct before buying, and make sure your water supply can reach where you want your dishwasher to go.
2. Load Capacity
Once you’ve measured the space for your new dishwasher, you need to consider.
- The maximum capacity inside the dishwasher for each wash load.
- The maximum dimensions the dishwasher can be to fit into the space.
Dishwasher capacity is measured by the maximum number of place settings that can fit in each load, with each place setting including everything one person needs for a three-course meal (one soup bowl, dinner plate, dessert plate, cup and saucer, tumbler, knife, fork, teaspoon, dessert and soup spoon).
Not many of us have three-course meals every night, so how many place settings will you need? That really depends on whether you work from home, eat out or entertain a lot, but here’s a rough guide:
1-2 people: 6 - 9 place settings
3 - 4 people: 9 - 12 place settings
5+ people: 12+ place settings
Full Sized Dishwashers
- 600mm width x 820-850mm height x 600mm depth
- With extra depth at the back for ventilation
- 12-14 place settings
- For households that generate lots of dishes
- Same height as a full-sized dishwasher but narrower
- 450mm width x 820-850mm height x 600mm depth
- 9-10 place settings
- For households with small kitchens where space is limited
- Same width and depth as full-sized dishwashers but half the height
- 600mm width x 430-460mm; height x 600mm depth
- Up to 8 place settings
- For small households who do small loads or have limited kitchen space