Dynamic angle of Modern interior kitchen with silver built-in Samsung dishwasher. Dynamic angle of Modern interior kitchen with silver built-in Samsung dishwasher.

Dishwasher buying guide

When dirty dishes are piling up, dishwashers offer an easy and convenient solution. However, before deciding which dishwasher to buy, there are a few things to consider.

What will meet your needs?
Are you looking for a built-in or freestanding dishwasher? Have you thought about dishwasher sizes and energy efficiency? Perhaps you’re looking for the quietest dishwasher on the market?

Compare your options
Compare dishwashers with our buying guide, to make sure you choose an appliance that meets your needs.

Built-in or freestanding dishwasher?

Whether you decide to go for a built-in or freestanding dishwasher will probably depend on your budget, the space that’s available and your personal preference.

Do you want it to blend in?
Built-in dishwashers are a good option for anyone who wants to create a streamlined look in their home, because they’re hidden behind cabinet doors.

Will you want to move it?
Freestanding dishwashers can be moved more easily, so if you’re likely to relocate, choose this type. Make a statement out of your new appliance by choosing a dishwasher that’s sleek and modern.

Dishwasher types and sizes

Full size and slimline models are available, with the flexibility to suit different spaces and household needs.

Measure up first
Standard dishwasher sizes can vary, but most measure around 24x24 inches¹ (or 60x60cm). When choosing a dishwasher for your home, measure the width, height and depth of the available space, and compare this against the model you’re looking at.

Understanding dishwasher capacity
Dishwasher capacity is given in place settings. One place setting equals to approximately one dinner plate, one side dish, a soup bowl, one glass tumbler, a teacup and saucer, and 5 pieces of cutlery. ²

Larger dishwasher options
Some full-size dishwashers – including selected Samsung models – have up to 14 place settings. These larger types can easily take care of the washing up after dinner parties or big family meals.

Dishwasher features to look out for

Modern dishwashers come with optional extras; additional features that are designed to make life easier.

The bowls and pots are being washed. The bowls and pots are being washed.

Energy efficiency

Understanding energy efficiency could save you money on your electricity bills. What’s more, energy efficient machines are kinder to the environment. The most energy efficient dishwashers have an energy rating of A since 1st March 2021.

Reduce your energy consumption
Once you’ve bought a dishwasher, you can continue to reduce your energy consumption, by using features like Eco Wash and Half Load on Samsung machines.

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Dishwasher installation

Dishwasher installation is usually quick and straightforward, although fitting an integrated dishwasher may require more expertise.

Silver dishwasher dimensions of depth, width, height. Silver dishwasher dimensions of depth, width, height.

Installation checklist

Whether you’re installing it yourself or plan to hire a professional, there are a few points to consider:

  • On arrival, check your new appliance for any signs of damage; using a faulty appliance could be dangerous.

  • Upon arrival, check your new appliance for any signs of damage - using a faulty appliance could be dangerous

  • There should be no plug sockets directly behind your dishwasher, as this space can become hot and pose a fire risk

  • Plug the dishwasher into a socket that’s easily accessible, so it can be disconnected quickly if necessary

  • Don’t connect your dishwasher to a multi-socket or extension lead

  • Switch off the water and power prior to installing your dishwasher

Dishwasher maintenance

It’s important to look after your dishwasher, to get the best possible results from each wash and to ensure the longevity of your machine.

The dishwasher icon door is open. The dishwasher icon door is open.

Maintenance checklist

  • We recommend removing and cleaning out the filters weekly, to prevent food waste trapped by the filter from being transferred back onto your dishes

  • You should also use dishwasher salt and rinse aid, ideally on a monthly basis - salt tackles limescale, while rinse aid helps kitchenware to dry without streaking

  • When you’re not using your dishwasher, leave the door slightly ajar, to air out your machine and stop it smelling

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for your friends or just need a bit of help tackling your washing up on a weeknight, dishwashers are a must-have for modern households.

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