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Slimline Dishwashers Guide - An Introduction

A slimline dishwasher is designed to save you both time and effort in your kitchen chores, all while saving space. Slimline models are narrower than full-size models, which is ideal if your kitchen floor space is limited.

Dishwashers were first invented in 1850, with the first design being a wooden machine featuring a hand-turned wheel for splashing water on dishes. In 1865, a hand crank and gear system were introduced, although they still did not clean your dishes very well. In 1886 the first practical dishwasher was invented, although only large restaurants and hotels were interested. The early dishwashers used a conveyor belt to pass dirty dishes underneath hot water jets. In the 1950s, dishwashers finally became popular for home use as the prices dropped and the sizes became more suitable for home use.

Today, popular dishwasher colours include silver, black, steel, and white. You can choose a fully integrated model to make it blend seamlessly into your kitchen décor or a freestanding slimline dishwasher depending on your kitchen layout.

Whatever your lifestyle, budget, or space considerations, there is a dishwasher today to fit your needs. Price Inspector can help you choose the right one with our buying guide, and then we make sure you get the best price. We shop the UK to bring you the best models at the cheapest prices.

Tips to Consider before Buying Slimline Dishwashers

  • First, you need to decide whether you want a freestanding or a built-in model. To do this, consider your kitchen layout. If you have the space already allocated and need to move the dishwasher, such as a rental accommodation, a freestanding model is best. However, if you have a fitted kitchen, an integrated model will give your kitchen a seamless look.
  • Next, consider the dishwasher capacity. Larger households have more dishes to wash and will require a model that provides more capacity. A single person will have difficulty filling a large dishwasher. Consider how many place settings each dishwasher holds. A full-size dishwasher usually holds 12 place settings, while 9 is the average for a slimline dishwasher. A tabletop dishwasher usually only holds four place settings at a time.
  • Consider any special features you may need. Most models give you at least a few programmes, depending on what you need. Most have a standard cycle, a rinse-only cycle, and an eco cycle. An eco cycle takes longer but will use less energy. Other settings include an extra-fast setting or ones for only glasses. A pre-wash setting is handy for cleaning baked-on foods. There are also intense wash settings designed for removing bacteria, ideal if you are using the dishes to feed babies, small children, or have an illness in the home.
  • Even if you will eventually buy the dishwasher online, try to inspect the unit in person first if possible. Check the door seals, latches, and controls. If they are flimsy, poor quality, or difficult to operate, choose another model. Most people will use their dishwashers daily or at least several times a week, and they should be built to withstand several years of use.
  • Review the guarantee and whether there is a repair shop located conveniently if you need repairs.
  • As with any other appliance, you want to check the energy efficiency rating. Dishwashers are rated between A+ and G, with A and A+ being the best. More efficient models may be a little more expensive, but they keep your energy bills as low as possible, and they help reduce your environmental impact. Dishwashers are also rated from A to G for their performance in cleaning and drying.
  • Compare the delivery schedule, services, and prices. If you are in a hurry, you won’t want to wait two weeks for delivery. If you are planning ahead, other considerations, such as whether they will remove your old dishwasher or install the new appliance might be more important to you.

Popular brands

  • Aeg-Electrolux: AEG-Electrolux’s built-in dishwashers combine a high-quality build with stylish design. They are designed to perfectly fit into any kitchen layout or size. Their slimline dishwasher offers all the features of their full-size models, such as push button controls, LCD and LED displays, and an embossed handle. Their range of dishwashers is whisper quiet during operation. This is especially important if you want to operate your dishwasher in the evening while you watch TV in a nearby room or run the dishwasher while you sleep at night.
  • Baumatic: The majority of Baumatic’s dishwashers receive an A class rating for their energy efficiency, washing performance, and drying performance. They offer slimline dishwashers in both built-in and freestanding models. Optional features include different temperature settings, delay start, and collapsible plate racks.
  • Beko: Beko offers the DE2541F slimline dishwasher model. Features include an on/off switch with an indicator light, 5 programmes, adjustable rinse aid, water softening system, and hot air drying system. It also offers a special flood prevention system, and it can be installed under a worktop.
  • Bosch: Bosch offers dishwashers with either concealed controls or visible controls. Concealed controls give your appliances a sleek, modern look. Visible controls let you more easily control your dishwasher’s settings. Their Classixx slimline dishwasher is ideal for a smaller kitchen, as the slim, stylish design seamlessly integrates in your kitchen. It offers state-of-the-art programmes, optimum cleaning performance, and child safety features.
  • Hotpoint: Hotpoint’s popular slimline dishwasher is freestanding with 8 programmes and an LCD Programme Progress indicator, letting you monitor the remaining time left in the cleaning cycle. It is A-rated for energy consumption, washing, and drying.

Other Kitchen Appliances

Most of the major kitchen appliance manufacturers offer a complete line of appliances for your kitchen, letting you create a uniform design for your appliances. This is especially important if you are choosing stainless steel appliances, as there can be dramatic colour variations between manufacturers. Other details such as controls and door handles also combine to create a uniform look.

If you are building a new kitchen or completely remodelling your old kitchen, consider the other appliances in the same manufacturer’s line. If you are simply replacing a broken dishwasher, you may not think this is an important consideration, but at least look at the other appliances, as you never know when you may have to replace your fridge or cooker.

The reason this is important is that you may love a dishwasher by a particular manufacturer, but you might not especially like the rest of their appliances. There’s no rule saying your appliances all have to be made by the same company, but you’ll want to consider whether your dishwasher, fridge, and cooker look like they belong in the same kitchen. You might not want a white dishwasher and a stainless steel fridge freezer, for example. You definitely don’t want to select a stainless steel dishwasher that is greyer in colour, then fall in love with a stainless steel fridge freezer that has a much pinker undertone. These variances can greatly impact the finished look of your kitchen.

Another question to consider is whether the dishwasher has interchangeable front panels. If you want a black appliance now, then switch to all white appliances in the future, some dishwashers have an available front panel replacement. Prices vary, but they are certainly less expensive then completely replacing the dishwasher.

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LCD/LEDThese lighted, digital displays make it easy to see how much time is remaining on the wash cycle or which programme you have selected. Many will remember the last setting, so you simply have to press “start” if you want to run this same programme next time. This is convenient if you use one programme for the majority of your dishwasher uses, reserving others for special-need times such as heavily soiled items.
Collapsible plate racksCollapsible plate racks: Many modern dishwashers let you fold down the plate racks to more easily accommodate larger pans. This is especially helpful for slimline dishwashers, as your space is more limited than on a full-size model. One day, you might have more large pans, while another, you might have more plates. This feature easily accommodates either situation.
Water softening settingWater softening setting: If you have hard water in your home, you may find that softening the water reduces the film on your glassware. However, this can also be accomplished by reducing your detergent amounts, and if you have a water softener for the entire home, it’s not necessary to pay extra for this feature on a dishwasher.
Flood control featuresFlood control features: Anti-flood dishwashers detect water leaks, such as if an internal hose pipe bursts or clamps loosen. This feature is helpful if you plan to run the dishwasher when you are away for the afternoon, avoiding the risk of coming home to a flooded kitchen. With an anti-flood device, the dishwasher ceases operation and collects any leaked water in the base. The homeowner can then drain the collected water and investigate the cause.

Buying Guide to Slimline Dishwashers
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