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Types of Dishwashers: A Buying Guide

Other appliances in your upscale kitchen may help you entertain guests or refine your culinary prowess, but a high-end dishwasher is essential for superior cleaning and performance. A luxury dishwasher will not only provide you with sparkling glasses and shining flatware for your next occasion, but it will come with top-of-the-line features to help you clean with ease. From size and capacity variations to unique high-end features, explore all dishwasher options to find the best fit for your kitchen. 

What are the Different Types of Dishwashers?

Dishwashers are available in built-in, panel-ready, front control and large capacity models. From washing dishware after a dinner party or cleaning the kitchen after a meal with your family, learn more about the different types of high-end dishwashers available to fit your lifestyle.

1. Built-In Dishwasher

A built-in dishwasher will traditionally come in the standard size of 24-inches and will be integrated and installed underneath your countertops. You do not need to sacrifice performance for an upscale look of your high-end appliance, as the sleek look will elevate your kitchen. A high-end, built-in dishwasher can also accept different wood panels to match the cabinetry in your kitchen.

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2. PANEL-READY DISHWASHERS

Panel-ready dishwashers are built-in dishwashers that have a customizable front panel that can be altered to match the cabinetry or design of any kitchen. This allows you to blend the dishwasher into your surrounding cabinets and creates a streamlined kitchen appearance.

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3. FRONT CONTROL DISHWASHERS

Front control dishwashers have a control panel in clear view on the exterior of the appliance. Higher-end dishwashers generally do not feature front control panels because they are made to seamlessly integrate with your cabinets. Most high-end dishwashers have concealed control panels for a more cohesive look.

4. LARGE-CAPACITY DISHWASHERS

There are large-capacity dishwashers that can be customized to fit your kitchen. These oversized options can be helpful for those who like to host and entertain often, allowing you to clean up more efficiently after occasions. A larger dishwasher can hold more dishes but results in you having to remodel your space for it to fit properly within your kitchen. Larger dishwashers can usually handle 12-15 place settings for more dishes, JennAir dishwashers can accommodate 14 place settings.

However, even if your dishwasher is not oversize, a high-end dishwasher will allow you to customize your appliance to your liking. A luxury dishwasher is still very flexible in the different types of exteriors and interiors you can choose from, like the dishwasher’s tines, as well as the adjustable racks to fit your dishes and third rack for your cutlery.

DISHWASHER FEATURES TO LOOK FOR

Like many other high-end appliances, a luxury dishwasher includes different features, controls and capabilities that raise the bar. A hidden control panel provides you with optimal use of your appliance without the look of bulky buttons, while a third rack on the interior offers a higher capacity than others.

Luxury dishwashers also have more cycle options than low-end dishwashers, including specialty wash zones for your different glassware, flatware, and dishes. A smart dishwasher will allow you to control your appliance conveniently from your smartphone.* For those who want a quiet dishwasher available for their kitchen, these luxury appliances are designed to have high-performing cycles with minimal noise.

Review features found in high-end dishwashers:

  • Hidden Controls

  • Cleaning Performance 

  • Stain Removal 

  • Various/Additional Cycles

  • Third Rack 

  • Quiet Models

  • WiFi Connectivity*
  • Adjustable Racks 

  • Self-Cleaning

*Available on select models only.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST TYPE OF DISHWASHER FOR YOUR KITCHEN

Like any luxury appliance, there are key factors to consider before choosing the right one for your home. First and foremost, you should measure where you want to install a high-end dishwasher. It’s also best to review the different capacities and capabilities of the dishwasher to be sure it’s best for you.

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HOW TO KNOW WHAT SIZE DISHWASHER TO BUY?

The standard size of a dishwasher, luxury and low-end, is 24-inch wide. This size is nearly universal across the industry, as it is the size built into your cabinets for installation. If you are uncertain about the size of your kitchen, be sure to measure the area you plan to place the dishwasher, and check the sizing dimensions in the details of the product. Sometimes, a dishwasher may have sizing just under or just above 24-inches, as it accounts for the spacing of the handles.

HOW MUCH DOES A HIGH-END DISHWASHER COST?

A high-end dishwasher can cost from $1,300 to $5,000. Higher-end dishwashers tend to be in this price range because of the more advanced feature sets, the diverse, powerful and quieter performance options and the higher quality materials they’re made from that set them apart from standard dishwashers.

IS A HIGH-END DISHWASHER WORTH IT?

Definitely. A high-end dishwasher will elevate the look of your kitchen and help make your time in the kitchen more efficient. High-end dishwashers are designed to have a high load capacity, quick wash times and advanced cycles. Features like having a third rack, LED lights and quiet performance set a luxury dishwasher apart from a low-end dishwasher. They allow you to enjoy your washing experience without interruption or lack of space.

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