Dishwasher Size Guide – Types, Dimensions, Capacity & Advice
You might be thinking, “A dishwasher’s a dishwasher, right?” Well, not exactly. There’s probably more choice than you realise, and dishwasher size can really impact your kitchen.
Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, replacing an old dishwasher, or becoming a first-time dishwasher owner, understanding the dimensions and variations in size is key to making a smart, informed decision.
In this post, I’ll explain why dishwasher size matters, what the various types of dishwashers are and their sizes and capacities. As well as answer some common questions about the topic.
Let’s get into it!
💧 The right dishwasher size is essential for your kitchen’s layout and functionality. Measure your space, consider your household size, and think about your lifestyle before choosing.
Read on to learn more…
What is the standard dishwasher size?
A standard dishwasher size is generally 60cm wide x 60cm deep x 85cm high (24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 34 inches high).
However, these are general standard dishwasher dimensions. The exact sizes (usually height and depth) and capacities can differ from brand to brand, so always check the exact dimensions of the specific model you’re interested in.
For instance, the height can sometimes vary slightly depending on the type of dishwasher, adjustable feet or the presence of a top control panel.
Don’t worry, this height is designed to fit comfortably under a standard kitchen countertop, which is usually 87-89cm (approx 35 inches) from the floor to the underside of your countertop.
It’s important to note that these are the external dimensions. Internally, standard full-size dishwashers typically have space to hold between 12 to 16 place settings, making them a good fit for families or households that generate a substantial amount of dishes.
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Why Dishwasher Size Matters
When selecting a dishwasher, it’s easy to focus on features and overlook the basics. However, size is an aspect you definitely can’t afford to ignore. Here’s why the size of your dishwasher matters.
Affects Your Kitchen Layout
The size of your dishwasher can significantly impact your kitchen’s layout and overall aesthetic. It needs to fit seamlessly into your existing cabinetry and not hinder the kitchen’s traffic flow.
If you have a smaller kitchen, choosing a full-size dishwasher will take up potential cabinet storage as well as impact the design and layout options of your kitchen.
The size directly affects the dishwasher’s capacity. Obviously, I know, but the larger the size, the more dishes it can accommodate in a single cycle, and vice versa. If you’re part of a big family or regularly host dinners, a dishwasher with a higher capacity – and thus, a larger size – might be your best bet.
On the other hand, smaller households might find a slimline dishwasher perfectly sufficient.
The dishwasher size plays a role in energy and water efficiency. Larger dishwashers use more water and power per cycle compared to slimline models. However, if a smaller dishwasher needs to be run multiple times a day to meet your needs, it may end up consuming more resources than a single run of a larger model.
A critical consideration when choosing a dishwasher size is its compatibility with your kitchen cabinets’ height and depth. Not all dishwashers are the same size. You may need one with a shallower depth to avoid those pipes, or you might be looking for an extra tall model to make the most of your cabinet’s height.
Types of dishwashers + Dimensions & Capacity
Knowing the different types of dishwashers and their respective sizes is crucial in making the right choice for your kitchen.
In this next section, I’ve outlined the different types of dishwashers as well as their approximate sizes and capacities.
1. Full-Size Integrated Dishwashers
A full-size integrated dishwasher is designed to blend seamlessly with your kitchen cabinetry, as it’s fully hidden behind a door that matches your kitchen units.
Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 55 cm (22 inches) + cabinet door, Height 82 cm (32 inches)
Capacity: 12-16 place settings
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2. Full-Size Freestanding Dishwashers
Full-size freestanding dishwashers, as the name suggests, are standalone units. They don’t require a cabinet door on the front as they will have a finished door and sides as part of the appliance. Most commonly in stainless steel or a white plastic finish.
Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 60 cm (24 inches), Height 85 cm (33.5 inches)
Capacity: 12-16 place settings
3. Slimline Integrated Dishwashers
Slimline integrated dishwashers are narrower versions of their full-size model counterparts. They are designed to fit into smaller spaces while maintaining the sleek look of integrated units. They’re sometimes referred to as compact dishwashers.
Approximate dimensions: Width 45 cm (18 inches), Depth 55 cm (22 inches) + cabinet door, Height 82 cm (32 inches)
Capacity: 8-10 place settings
4. Slimline Freestanding Dishwashers
Slimline freestanding dishwashers are ideal for small kitchens or for households that don’t generate many dishes, and like full-size freestanding models, they’re already finished on the sides and door front. No need to buy an additional cabinet door front to fit on it.
Approximate dimensions: Width 45 cm (18 inches), Depth 60 cm (24 inches), Height 85 cm (33.5 inches)
Capacity: 8-10 place settings
5. Semi-Integrated Dishwashers
Semi-integrated dishwashers are a hybrid between freestanding and integrated models. They have a visible front control panel at the top, but the rest of the unit is concealed behind a door matching the kitchen units. Usually, instead of a standard 720mm high door front, they will use a 570mm high door.
Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 57 cm (22.5 inches), Height 82 cm (32 inches)
Capacity: 12-14 place settings
6. XXL Integrated Dishwashers
XXL dishwashers were created to maximise the under-counter space of kitchens that have cabinets a little taller than the ‘standard’ size. Most often, but not limited to, more contemporary kitchen styles and manufacturers. I first encountered them when I sold contemporary Italian kitchens.
They’re slightly taller than their standard integrated model counterparts by approximately 5cm. It’s not huge but it does give those extra large dinner plates a little bit more breathing (washing) room.
Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 55 cm (22 inches), Height 87 cm (34 inches)
Capacity: Up to 14-16 place settings
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7. Dishwasher Drawers
Dishwasher drawers are a stylish and practical choice, especially for smaller kitchens or as a secondary dishwasher in a large kitchen, if you opt for an additional single-drawer version. They come in single and double-drawer variants that slide out horizontally.
Fisher & Paykel are the most well-known brand that makes these.
Both size types are available as freestanding or integrated models.
Single Drawer Dishwasher Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 57 cm (22.5 inches), Height 45 cm (18 inches)
Capacity: 6-7 place settings
Double Drawer Dishwasher Approximate dimensions: Width 60 cm (24 inches), Depth 57 cm (22.5 inches), Height 82 cm (32 inches)
Capacity: 12-14 place settings
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8. Countertop Dishwasher
Countertop dishwashers (sometimes called tabletop dishwashers or portable dishwashers) are the smallest type and are perfect for small apartments, offices, or households with fewer dishes. As the name suggests, these compact units are designed to fit comfortably on most countertops.
Standard dimensions are tricky here as these appliances can vary the most of all the types on this list. However, I’ve given a popular size you might expect to find.
Approximate dimensions: Width 55 cm (21.5 inches), Depth 50 cm (20 inches), Height 45 cm (18 inches)
Capacity: 4-6 place settings
Remember: These are all general dimensions and can slightly vary depending on the brand and model. It’s always a good idea to double-check the specifications before purchasing a dishwasher.
What Does ‘Place Settings’ Mean In Dishwashers?
The term ‘place settings’ in the context of dishwashers refers to the number of dishes and cutlery that the dishwasher can fit and clean in one cycle. It’s essentially a measure of a dishwasher’s capacity.
So, what exactly does a ‘place setting’ include?
A single-place setting typically consists of the number of dishes and pieces of cutlery that one person might use during a three-course meal.
- A dinner plate
- A dessert plate or soup bowl
- A small snack plate
- A glass
- A tea or coffee cup with its saucer
- A set of cutlery (consisting of a knife, a dinner fork, a small salad fork, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon)
For example, if a dishwasher is advertised as having a capacity of ’12 place settings’, it means it can hold and clean dishes and cutlery equivalent to what 12 people would use for a three-course meal.
However, keep in mind that this is a general measure, and actual capacity might vary based on the design and flexibility of the dishwasher’s interior.
Some dishwashers have adjustable or foldable racks, special holders for items like wine glasses or large knives, or other features that can influence how much they can hold.
Using ‘place settings’ as a measure helps standardize the dishwasher capacity across different brands and models. It just helps to make it easier for you to compare and choose a dishwasher that suits your needs.
Which Dishwasher Size Is Right For Me?
Deciding on the right dishwasher size for your kitchen boils down to three key considerations: your kitchen space, your dishwashing needs, and your lifestyle.
Assess your kitchen space and layout to determine the size and placement of your new dishwasher. Consider the proximity to water and electrical connections and the impact on your kitchen’s flow. Choose a model that fits well and complements your kitchen’s design.
Determine your dishwashing requirements based on your household size and usage habits. Small households or frequent users may opt for a compact dishwasher, while larger families or those who entertain might need a larger capacity or even two dishwashers.
Take into account your lifestyle and aesthetics. Portable or countertop dishwashers suit renters or those who move often. If aesthetics are important, an integrated dishwasher that blends with your cabinetry may be best. For varied dish loads, consider a double-drawer dishwasher for more flexibility.
The ideal dishwasher for you should balance fitting into your kitchen space with meeting your dishwashing needs.
It’s not merely about size but about the right fit for your specific situation.
Kitchen Design & Layout Considerations
If your kitchen has an unusual layout or tight spaces, here are a few additional considerations:
- Obstructions: Keep in mind any potential obstructions, like cabinets, kitchen islands, or pipes that might affect installation.
- Door Clearance: You need to ensure there’s enough space for the dishwasher door to open fully without hitting a cabinet, a wall, or any other obstruction, especially in a galley kitchen or a kitchen with an island.
- Working Space: Consider how much space you’ll need in front of the dishwasher to stand and load or unload your dishes comfortably.
Ideally, there should be enough room for you to stand in front of the open door and move around without tripping or feeling squeezed.
- Integrated or Semi-Integrated Dishwashers: These models require a cabinet door of the same size as the dishwasher. Make sure you have one available that matches your kitchen units and remember to factor this into the cost.
- Connections: Make sure your chosen location is near enough to the necessary water, drainage and electrical connections.
are all dishwashers the same size?
No, dishwashers are not all the same size.
There are various types of different sizes. However, the most common size is 60cm wide x 60cm deep x 85cm high (24 x 24 x 34 inches).
Are all dishwashers the same depth?
No. While there are ‘standard’ sizes for dishwashers, it’s important to note that not all dishwashers are the same depth.
Most full-size and slimline dishwashers usually have a depth ranging from around 55-60cm (or about 22-24 inches).
Typically, freestanding dishwashers have a greater depth of around 60cm (24 inches). In contrast, their integrated counterparts are around 55cm (22 inches).
However, with integrated models, you’ll need to factor in the thickness (depth) of the cabinet door as well. And with freestanding models, you may need to factor in the depth of a handle.
Are all dishwashers the same width?
No. Dishwashers are not all the same width. They will vary depending on the type and model of the appliance.
The most common widths are:
- Standard Dishwashers: Whether freestanding or integrated, standard dishwashers usually have a width of approximately 60 cm (or about 24 inches).
- Slimline Dishwashers: As their name suggests, slimline dishwashers are narrower. They typically measure about 45 cm (or approximately 18 inches) in width. Ideal for a small space.
Are all dishwashers the same height?
No. While many dishwashers do fall within a common height range, not all dishwashers are the same height.
The most common heights are:
- Integrated Dishwashers: Typically 82 cm (32 inches)
- Freestanding Dishwasher: Typically 85 cm (33.5 inches)
- XXL Integrated Dishwashers: Typically 87 cm (34 inches)
The height of dishwashers can differ depending on the type, brand, or model. As well as this, dishwashers come with adjustable feet, allowing you to slightly alter their height for a more perfect fit under your countertop.
What Is A Standard dishwasher opening size?
A dishwasher opening size can vary based on the model, but as a general guideline, you should account for a total depth of around 115 to 125cm (or 45 to 50 inches) when the dishwasher door is fully open.
The standard dishwasher opening size refers to the amount of space you need to install the dishwasher, including opening the door fully.
Don’t forget to consider your working space as well! You’ll want enough room to stand and move freely when loading or unloading your dishes. This is particularly important in kitchens where space is at a premium, such as galley kitchens.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about dishwasher sizes.
I hope this guide has helped you understand the nuances of dishwasher dimensions, types, and capacities, and how to go about measuring your kitchen space accurately.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to dishwashers. What works best is what fits your kitchen and your lifestyle perfectly.
While size is crucial, also consider the dishwasher’s features, energy efficiency, and of course, your budget.
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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.