Built-In Vs. Portable Dishwashers: How Do You Choose?


Several factors apply when it comes to a built-in dishwasher versus a portable one. Regardless of which option you choose, you won't have to face a sink full of dishes after you have a big meal. Several types of the newer units have many of the same alarms that weren't featured many years ago. It depends on your circumstances and some obvious advantages and disadvantages you need to consider before you make a decision.


A built-in dishwasher is perfect to fit under your counter as a permanent kitchen aid. It does need to be connected to the home's plumbing and electricity. You can multitask because you don't have to share the sink. Most units are 24 inches wide and deep and 35 inches high. It is best to measure the space where you want it before you make the purchase. However, the height can be adjusted. Some models also offer a more advanced wash setting choice.

Portable Freestanding Dishwashers

You can easily move it out of the way and into another room, but it does take up extra space. The most common size is 18 inches. It will connect to the faucet for its plumbing source, making installation a breeze. It is perfect if you are in a rental home because it can easily go with you if you move, and it is great for condos, apartments, and office kitchens. It is also good for small families.

Countertop Dishwashers

If you have limited space, some of the models are manufactured to fit under the cabinet on the countertop. This type is also great for a small family or a home with just a few tenants. If you have some space between the unit and the cabinet, it is a great spot for baking trays, place mats, or any cute decorative item you would like to display.  However, you cannot use the sink when you are washing dishes with a portable unit.

Dishwasher Drawers

Many of these models are smaller than a full-size washer but are beneficial for individuals with limited mobility issues. This unit is energy-efficient. You can purchase these with double drawers, so you don't need to run but one-half of the washer if you only have a few dishes.

Dishwashers, no matter what size and model, help keep you and your family supplied with sanitized dishes which reduces the risk of germs and bacteria. For more information, contact Assured Plumbing & Heating or a similar company.


20 July 2016

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