Dishwasher buying guide

Dishwasher Buying Guide

Electrolux’s dishwasher buying guide will help you decide which dishwasher to buy to get an everyday job done - effectively and quietly. Capacity, performance, efficiency, and design are key things to consider, so let this buying guide help you on how to choose the right dishwasher for your family.

1. Kitchen design & layout for your new dishwasher

The work triangle is considered the gold standard of kitchen layout design. This refers to the sink (and therefore dishwasher), fridge and stove placement for efficient cooking and cleaning.

Taking a bird’s eye view can help plan your work triangle (most are U or L shaped). Also consider storage options, strategically placed appliances, and map out how you’ll move around.

2. Buy dishwasher with cutlery drawer or basket

Some models come with your typical cutlery basket, where you stand your knives, forks and spoons up vertically, while others come with a horizontal removable 15 setting cutlery drawer. The more flexibility in the design means the greater options you have for stacking and loading, so you don’t have to hand wash a thing.

cutlery drawer versus basket

3. Dishwasher capacity

Dishwasher capacity is measured in ‘place settings’ a load can fit. A place setting counts as what you’d need to serve a three-course meal in dishes, cutlery, and glassware. Here’s a guide.

  • 1 - 2 people: a 6 - 9 place settings model is well suited to small households, especially if you dine out frequently, or have limited space.
  • 3 - 4 people: a 9 - 12 place settings model is ideal for a medium-sized household or couple who works from home. Also comes in slimline.
  • 5+ people: a 12+ settings model is best for large families, households who entertain frequently, or those with the kitchen space.


4. Types of dishwashers

Built-in Dishwasher

Most commonly installed, built-in dishwasher slides perfectly into the allocated kitchen space, typically under the benchtop to create a specifically designed custom-built look. Built-in dishwashers can be integrated (concealed behind cabinetry) or semi-integrated (concealed with the front control panel visible) and are available in three finishes (stainless steel, white or black).

Consider these following factors when buying a built-in dishwasher:


13 - 15 place settings

Elevating dishwashing to new heights

Designed for convenient unloading and efficient stacking, Electrolux’s ComfortLift™ technology offers a gentle slide and lift function for easy access to the lower basket, offering a favourable height, before using the ComfortRails to return the rack gently back into place.

Powerful washing

No stubborn food residue will be missed thanks to Electrolux’s ProClean™, an ingenious double rotating satellite spray arm, which offers three times the coverage than standard. Add to that it’s five spray levels and even the dirtiest dishes will come out clean - no pre-rinsing needed. 

The secret to dry touch dishes

Electrolux’s superior ProClean™ technology uses AirDry, a natural airflow function to deliver dry to touch dishes and sparkling glassware. The door automatically opens up 10cm at cycle completion, allowing air to do the work of a tea towel.

Spotless glassware every time

Let your special occasion glasses become any occasion glasses, with Electrolux’s SoftGrip rubber clamps that gently secure wine glass stems, while the SoftSpikes support against unwanted tilting. Combined with a dedicated glass washing program, sparkling glassware is guaranteed.

Spotless glassware

Space when and where you need it

Electrolux’s changeable design means bulky items now have somewhere to fit, with the fully adjustable FlexiLift upper basket, accommodating all types of loads.

Buy the best built-in dishwashers with our recommended products below:

  • AirDry technology uses natural airflow to finish its drying cycle.
  • 30-minute quick program.
  • Easy installation, PerfectFit
  • SatelliteClean® Dishwasher spray arm leaves every load spotless.
  • Delay start option from 1 to 24 hours
  • Smart AutoFlex function optimises water and energy use
  • SatelliteClean® Dishwasher spray arm leaves every load spotless.
  • QuickSelect is the effortless way to start your tailored dishwashing cycle.
  • AirDry technology uses natural airflow to finish its drying cycle.

Freestanding Dishwasher

With an exposed exterior and control panel, these standalone designs don’t need to be built into your kitchen. The moveable design means they can be placed anywhere with water and drainage access. Available in three finishes (stainless steel, white or black), freestanding dishwashers also come in multiple size variations suiting most allocated kitchen dishwasher spaces.

Make sure to consider these following factors when buying a freestanding dishwasher:


13 - 15 place settings

Pack away your tea towels

Maximise your drying performance with the natural airflow offered by Electrolux’s AirDry technology. At the end of the wash cycle, the door automatically opens by 10cm, allowing moist, hot air to escape and fresh airflow to enter, aiding items in drying faster and spotlessly.

Pack away your tea towels

A smarter way to wash

The intuitive sensors of AutoFlex measure the diameter and dirtiness of dishes to deliver superior wash performance, while maintaining time, water and electricity efficiency.

Fast and efficient performance

Electrolux’s 30-min quick wash programme offers simple functions and a timesaving solution, so you can easily choose the setting that suits your load with the touch of a button and walk away.

Run your dishwasher whenever it suits you

With the Delay Start function, you can get your dishwasher to work whenever you want it to and program it to start at the time that suits your schedule. The start can be delayed by up to 24 hours.

All your cutlery washed in one go

No matter how large or awkwardly shaped your cutlery is, the MaxiFlex drawer offers customisable dividers to load everything with ease.

Buy the best free-standing dishwashers with our recommended products below:

  • SoftSpike rubber supports keep your delicate glasses standing safely upright.
  • AirDry technology uses natural airflow to finish the drying.
  • XXL tub holds 15 place settings
  • Fast and efficient performance
  • Delay Start function, you can load it when you want
  • AirDry technology uses natural airflow to finish its drying cycle.
  • AutoFlex programme with smart sensor adjusts the consumption of each dishwashing cycle
  • Delay Start function, you can load it when you want

5. Dishwasher buying guide: Other considerations


You’ll need to consider three connections as part of the installation process. Your dishwasher will need a power supply, washing water supply, as well as wastewater drainage. If this is outside your remit, having yours installed and connected by a professional is the best option.

Dishwasher Installation

The standard size for a dishwasher is 600mm wide, 820mm high and 600mm deep, but it’s critical you measure both the space you have available and the dimensions of the dishwasher precisely. Also consider rear ventilation and your ‘air gap’, the most effective method to protect your dishwasher from flooding with wastewater, something professional installers or plumbers can help with.


For a truly whisper quiet set and forget model, opt for one with sound levels at 45 dB or under - the noise equivalent of light rain. If that’s still not peaceful enough for you, look for models with an Extra Silent program which runs at a virtually silent 37dB.

Energy Efficient

If wanting to save on your bills and help the environment, consider dishwashers with special features like half load settings and delayed starts (which run during off peak utility periods).

Dishwasher Cleaning

For appliance longevity and performance, a general rule is to clean the filter after each wash. When it comes to odours, wipe door seals, clean the filter and run an empty hot wash with a dishwashing cleaning product. Blockages are dealt with by long hot washes and clearing potential clogs in the filter, spray arm, air gap and drainage hose, while replacing the door seal can help leaks.

Water Rating

Modern designs use around six times less water than hand washing, so if you’re wanting to save on one of our most precious resources, choose a high-performance model that delivers a superior clean without any pre-rinsing needed.

6. Dishwashers FAQs


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