What distinguishes good dishwashers from good dishwashers

Dishwashers: branded appliances comparison 2021

Table of Contents

In the following sections you will learn everything you need to know about types of installation, efficiency classes, equipment and programming of dishwashers.

Installation types and designs

Anyone who buys a dishwasher is initially faced with the problem of choosing something from the variety of different appliance types that fits into the existing kitchen equipment. Some simply want a small table-top device, others want a "floor-standing device" that can be placed anywhere in the home, and the desire for one more or less is becoming more and more common integrable Voiced built-in dishwasher.

The different appliance types can be categorized into the following segments based on the design (our dishwasher comparison tables reflect the same segments):

Fully integrated dishwasher

These include dishwashers, which are under the continuous table top of a kitchen unit and with one at the front Furniture door are provided. Such devices are then actually "invisible".

In particular, the keypad on the top of the appliance door is only accessible after the door lock has been opened, which means that the keypad lock (child safety) required for other types of installation is generally not required for this type of appliance either.

Advantages and benefits
  • Parental controls unnecessary
  • Optimally integrated into the kitchen unit
Semi-integrated dishwasher

These devices are on the front Original furniture fronts mounted. However, not on the entire front: the control keypad is left out and is visible from the front.

For such dishwashers, a child safety device makes sense again. Some manufacturers (such as Siemens) also list partially integrated dishwashers in the "integrable" category.

Advantages and benefits
  • Control panel easily accessible
  • Well adapted to the kitchenette

These will without cover plate delivered. It is therefore assumed that there is already a continuous table top in the kitchen unit. The difference to "partially integrated built-in devices" is that the front is not adapted to the furniture, as the front door is supplied by the dishwasher manufacturer.

In this respect, this dishwasher can then also be clearly recognized from the front, in particular the keypad is accessible from the front and should be able to be secured by a keypad lock (child safety).

Advantages and benefits
  • Control panel accessible from the front
  • Easy to set up
Freestanding dishwasher

This device type is identical to the type Floor unit. Dishwashers of this type can be placed anywhere in the home, as long as there is a socket and a water connection nearby. But there is also nothing to prevent it from being used as a built-in device.

An important advantage is the resilient device cover, which in the case of partially or fully integrated devices is only provided by the kitchen unit above the device.

Advantages and benefits
  • Can be built under
  • Device cover is included
  • Can be placed anywhere

This is special compact devicesthat take up little space and are primarily suitable for use in single households.

Corresponding to their size, the energy and water requirements of the table dishwashers are usually lower than that of the larger dishwashers.

Advantages and benefits
  • Space saving
  • Low energy and water consumption

While in earlier times the free-standing devices could still be found in almost every household, today the trend is clearly in the direction "integrable": the fully or partially integrable or at least suitable for the substructure devices have become dominant in the market. More and more kitchens - also and especially in modern rental apartments - have fully equipped kitchenettes with integrated dishwashers.

Rank 1 of 7 - Bosch SMS6ZCI49E series 6
Bosch SMS6ZCI49E series 6 freestanding dishwasher / C / 60 cm / stainless steel / 75 kWh / 100 cycles / 14 MGD / SuperSilen ...
Bosch SMS6ZCI49E Series 6 Freestanding Dishwasher / C / 60 cm / stainless steel / ...
Overall grade VERY GOOD (1.33)

For one smooth integration Of course, the size (width) of the dishwasher must also be taken into account in the existing kitchen furniture. A distinction is made here between narrow devices (45 cm wide) and normal devices (60 cm wide). In our dishwasher comparison, we have based the categorization of the devices on the two most important criteria - design and standard width - so that you can easily determine the most suitable device for your circumstances.

The illustration shows a semi-integrated dishwasher from Beko (control panel on the front).

The machine fits seamlessly into the existing kitchen unit.

The trend can be seen in the offers from two major household appliance manufacturers: both Siemens and Bosch are bidding mostly integrated Dishwasher on. The "freestanding / floor-standing appliances" category only makes up a few percent of the total number of dishwashers.

When choosing a suitable dishwasher, in addition to the device type - fully integrated, built-in or free-standing, etc. - the Nominal capacity (number of place settings) an important role. Here you can roughly look at your own Household size orientate:

Standard widthNominal capacityHousehold sizetarget groupRemarks
45 cm9-10 Place settings1-2 Person householdsSingles / single people, couples without children A dishwasher with this nominal capacity is sufficient for single people and couples without children, and such devices are also used in all common technical variants offered - free-standing, partially or fully integrated or as a substructure.

60 cm11-14 Place settings3-5 Person householdsFamilies, shared apartments Families with 3 to 5 people or shared apartments with a similar number of people are well served with a dishwasher of this capacity.

Similar to the dishwashers with a smaller nominal capacity, there are devices with 11-14 place settings in all commercially available forms (free-standing, partially or fully integrated or as a substructure).

Once you have decided on a design, there are other important questions that need to be clarified:

  • What, how much and how often should be rinsed?

  • What is the maximum amount of energy that can be used?

You can find out more about this in the following sections.

In terms of energy efficiency, it is similar to installation forms: there is a clear trend towards machines with particularly low electricity / water consumption. This is supported and promoted by the requirements of the European Union, which oblige the manufacturers to mark the devices with the EU energy label. This label has been clearly visible on many household appliances since the early 1990s, be it a vacuum cleaner, washing machine or dishwasher.

Anyone who buys a dishwasher these days therefore always receives a matching EU energy label (one also speaks of the EU energy consumption label) with it. This label must be used in large electronics stores such as Media-Markt or Saturn clearly visible be attached to the top or front of the dishwasher, so that the potential buyer can see directly which energy efficiency class the appliance in question falls into.

New EU energy label valid from March 2021

Since 01.03.2021 there is a new version of this label. This new energy label can then be found on the devices offered for sale not only in dishwashers, but also in washing machines, washer-dryers and refrigerators. The reason for changing the label is enormous technical advancement of all household appliances, which also had an impact on energy consumption.

The most important point in the changes is the introduction of a new classification:

  • The classes A +, A ++ and A +++ have been completely deleted,
  • instead, the devices are in the classes A to G (best possible to worst efficiency class).

The colors for the individual energy classes on the new EU label, however, have not changed. The best class (A.) is therefore as usual in green color shown, the worst (G) in red color.

Consumption data on the new EU energy label

Differences between the old (valid until 02/2021) and the new EU energy label (valid from 03/2021).

An important change can be found in the representation of the consumption data in the lower part of the EU label. So far (until February 2021) the following data was given there:

  • the electricity consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) per year (with 280 standard washing processes),
  • the water consumption in liters per year,
  • the drying efficiency class from A to G,
  • the nominal capacity as the number of place settings,
  • the noise level.

Here you can now find on the new EU label applicable from March 2021 the following values:

  • QR code for further information,
  • Energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) at 100 operating cycles in the reference program,
  • Nominal capacity as number of place settings (unchanged),
  • Water consumption in liters for one operating cycle in the reference program,
  • Duration of the reference program (with maximum occupancy, in hours: minutes)
  • Noise level in dB (A) and Airborne sound emission class
Rank 3 of 7 - Bosch SMS46LW00E
Bosch SMS46LW00E Series 4 Freestanding Dishwasher / E / 60 cm / White / 94 kWh / 100 cycles / 13 MGD / SilencePlus / ...
Bosch SMS46LW00E Series 4 Freestanding Dishwasher / E / 60 cm / White / 94 ...
12 visitors chose this model in 2021