Dishwasher Measuring Guide

We understand that finding the perfect dishwasher size and type of dishwasher for your kitchen can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to making sure it fits seamlessly into your space and meets your specific needs.

In this dishwasher size guide by Hoover, our experts help simplify the process and provide you with all the essential information you need to make an informed decision.

Below, learn about the various types of dishwasher fits, ensuring you choose the one that best suits your kitchen layout, as well as a step-by-step process on how to accurately measure your space for a dishwasher, how dishwasher capacity is measured, and the three main dishwasher sizes out here, helping you narrow down your options and choose the perfect fit for your kitchen.

Whether you have a smaller flat or a large family home, our guide will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to select the right dishwasher for your space and needs!

Types of dishwasher models

The first step when determining which dishwasher size to purchase is to find the dishwasher fit or model you will need. There are three primary types of dishwasher models:

Freestanding dishwasher

Freestanding dishwashers are designed to be placed anywhere in the kitchen where there's a water connection and a drainage point, typically under a countertop, and can be easily moved if needed. Freestanding dishwasher sizes typically come in a standard width of 60cm and a slimline width of 45cm.

Integrated dishwasher

Integrated dishwashers, or full-integrated dishwashers, are designed to be installed within a kitchen cabinet and hidden behind a matching cabinet door, giving a seamless, built-in look. The control panel is usually located on the top edge of the door, keeping it hidden from view when the door is closed. Integrated dishwasher sizes can come in a standard width of 60cm, with small integrated dishwashers available in a slimline width of 45cm.

Semi-integrated dishwasher

A mix of freestanding and fully integrated, a semi-integrated dishwasher is partially concealed aside from the control panel, which remains visible at the top of the door.

How to take dishwasher measurements

Before you start shopping for a dishwasher, it's essential to measure the space where you plan to install it. Taking the time to tackle this simple process can save you headaches later!

Grab a measuring tape and head to the opening space for your dishwasher to accurately find the right height, width, and depth your dishwasher will need to be with these three steps:

1. Measure the dishwasher height

Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the floor (or where the base of the dishwasher will sit) to the underside of your countertop. This will give you the maximum height of the dishwasher that can fit in the space.

3. Measure the dishwasher width

Measure the width of the space where you plan to install the dishwasher, counter to counter. This will give you the maximum width of the dishwasher that can fit in the space. Keep in mind that it’s better to have a little extra space rather than too tight of a squeeze.

4. Measure the dishwasher depth

Measure the depth of the space from the back wall to the front edge of your countertop. This will give you the maximum depth of the dishwasher that can fit in the space.

Make sure there are no pipes, electrical outlets, or other obstructions in the space where you plan to install the dishwasher. In addition, remember to leave enough space at the back of the dishwasher to accommodate for pipes. Depending on the dishwasher fit you choose, this will take up about 5cm to 7cm of space.

Dishwasher machine size capacity

Dishwasher capacity is measured in place settings, which refers to the number of dishes and utensils a dishwasher can accommodate in a single wash cycle. One place setting typically includes a dinner plate, dessert plate, soup bowl, glass, teacup with saucer, knife, fork, dessert spoon, soup spoon, and teaspoon.

When choosing a dishwasher, consider the size of your household and your dishwashing needs to determine the appropriate capacity. A larger family or those who frequently host dinner parties may require a full-size dishwasher that can accommodate 12+ place settings, while a smaller household or those with limited kitchen space may find a dishwasher size of 6 to 10 place settings more suitable.

Types of dishwasher sizes

Once you’ve decided which dishwasher fit you will need, the space you have to work with, and the capacity you’d like to have, you are ready to find the dishwasher size best for you!

Dishwashers are available in three main sizes: full-size, slimline, and compact. Let's take a closer look at each of these dishwasher sizes:

Full-size dishwashers

Full-size dishwashers are the most common type and are suitable for families or households with more significant dishwashing needs. They typically measure around 85cm in height, 60cm in width, and 60cm in depth. Full-size dishwashers have a capacity of 12 to 16 place settings, making them ideal for larger households.

Slimline dishwashers

Slimline dishwashers have a smaller width compared to full-size dishwashers, with the dimensions of a slimline dishwasher measuring around 85cm in height, 45cm in width, and 60cm in depth. Slimline dishwashers can accommodate 9 to 10 place settings, making them suitable for smaller families or households.

Compact dishwashers

Compact dishwashers are the smallest option available and are ideal for single-person households or those with very limited kitchen space. They can be installed in a small cabinet space. Compact dishwasher sizes vary, but they typically measure around 45cm in height and have a capacity of 6 to 8 place settings.

Find the perfect dishwasher for you

Taking the time to choose the right dishwasher size will certainly make your life easier while keeping your dishes sparkling clean!

Shopping for a new dishwasher? Explore all the options available at Hoover, where every dishwasher is designed to make your job easier, providing you with an excellent washing experience for even the dirtiest of dishes.