What is a Built-In Dishwasher?
If you’re shopping for a new dishwasher, you may be curious to learn more about built-in dishwashers.
Built-in dishwashers are permanently installed into a kitchen's structure. They serve a few key functions such as enhancing the style of the space and providing owners with impressive features that help make cleaning up after a meal more efficient and streamlined.
To discover if a built-in dishwasher is the right choice for your household, we’ll perform a comparison between freestanding vs. built-in dishwashers and look at the important information you should know.
What Are the Different Types of Dishwashers?
The vast majority of homes in Canada have a built-in dishwasher. Very few have countertop or portable models as these are intended for uniquely small spaces.
Flush to cabinet is a kind of built-in dishwasher. This could be the right model for those who want something that is a touch shallower and, in a standard cutout, can install flush to the cabinets.
Sometimes these are offered as panel-ready so you can match your new dishwasher to your cabinets. Always keep in mind that non-flush will typically protrude about 1/2" (1.27cm).
Maytag does not offer any panel-read models.
Many kitchens are able to accommodate either a slide-in or a freestanding dishwasher. This means that the decision is yours and should be based on what will work best in your kitchen and for your life.
Freestanding dishwashers have finished sides and a finished top. This gives you the freedom to decide where it will be installed in your kitchen.
Pros of a Built-in Dishwasher
These are some of the more notable benefits to owning a built-in dishwasher:
- Select built-in models are panel-ready to match existing kitchen cabinets.
- Tall Tub configuration can accommodate certain taller items.
- They can fit between cabinets and under counters for a seamless look
Cons of a Built-in Dishwasher
- A con of built-in dishwashers is that they need permanent plumbing installation. This means they tend to have more upfront costs like having to hire a plumber.
- Another con is that installation could result in the potential loss of valuable cabinet space. This is especially challenging for small kitchens where every inch counts.
Are All Built in Dishwashers the Same Size?
The majority of built-in residential dishwashers are either 18" (45.72cm) or 24" (60.96cm). An 18” width is a good size for smaller kitchens or for households that use their dishwasher less frequently. A 24” width is often a popular choice among large households or those who use their dishwasher more often.
Need help measuring your Maytag® dishwasher? Learn how to measure here,
It’s wise to measure the space before buying your model.
Fully-Integrated vs. Semi-Integrated Built-in Dishwashers
Frequently Asked Questions About Built-in Dishwashers
Review these common questions posed by customers about built-in dishwashers. It may help answer some of your own questions.
Are built-in dishwashers hardwired?
Built-in dishwashers are hardwired. Before making your purchase, you will have to confirm that your home’s electrical output has all the necessary installation requirements such as a grounded electrical outlet and a dedicated 15 amp circuit.
Avoid using an extension cord or adapter. Remember that the first step is to review your appliance and product use and care and installation instructions.
Is a cabinet necessary for a built-in dishwasher?
Built-in dishwashers can usually be situated underneath counters and between cabinets. While this achieves a seamless look, you can always go one step further and opt for a panel-ready model to match your dishwasher to your cabinets.
Is a Built-in Dishwasher Right for You?
Buying a new dishwasher is a big deal for any household.
Now that you understand the basics of a built-in dishwasher, you should have an idea if it’s the right fit for your kitchen.