If your kitchen is on the smaller side, installing a dishwasher might not be a viable option. You can find lots of small dishwashers on Gumtree that are more compact than the standard size. As well as narrower models, you can browse dish drawers and benchtop styles. Read on to find out what type of small dishwasher is best for your unique space.
Standard sized dishwashers are usually around 60 cm wide (the same width as a standard oven), 82 cm high and 60 cm deep. Slimline dishwashers can be as little as 45 cm wide. These small dishwashers won’t necessarily cost you less, as they still require the same mechanics. High-end manufacturers such as Bosch, Miele and Smeg all offer a range of alternative sizes.
If your kitchen is specifically designed to fit a dishwasher in one of the cabinet spaces, make sure you measure it carefully to find the perfect fit. Also note that different dishwashers require different sized ventilation gaps around them. Before buying any small dishwasher, check the ventilation requirements and ensure that you have the right amount of room available to meet them.
Dish drawers are semi-integrated so they have the disadvantage of needing a plumber or handy person to install them. You can’t fit as much in them and some models might be less energy efficient than a regular-sized dishwasher. The advantages of drawer dishwashers include easy stacking and the ability to be seamlessly integrated into your cabinetry—which looks great! Double dish drawers offer the capacity to split loads for different wash cycles or to just wash a small load. Fisher and Paykel is a popular brand for dish drawers in Australia.
Benchtops are a cost-effective small dishwasher option. They have the added advantage of an easier connection process if you have existing dishwasher plumbing, but if the sink tap is the sole water source you’ll have to connect the hose each time you use it. This may mean that the hose will have to sit visibly on the counter. Alternatively, if it’s nearby, having the dishwasher installed in the laundry can be a viable option.
A benchtop dishwasher is a good choice if you’re renting because it can be installed and removed without having to modify your kitchen—plus you can bring it along with you when you move. Kogan is known for their benchtop dishwashers and Domain also has small benchtop models.
Create extra bench space
A recent trend is to have your stand-alone dishwasher the same height as the benchtops, as this simply extends the work surface so that no space is wasted. Kitchen benches are usually between 85 cm and 105 cm in height, with the most common being 90 cm. There are some great bench-height worktop dishwasher models, many in stainless steel.
If your cosy kitchen needs a special size or type of dishwasher, browse the comprehensive collection of small dishwashers for sale on Gumtree. You can also browse used small dishwashers or dishwasher-repair specialists if you’re not in the market for a brand new model. If you need to update any other kitchen appliances, check the Gumtree Blog for more useful hints and tips.