Our Guide to Buying a Dishwasher

Our Guide To Buying A Dishwasher

Dishwashers can be useful appliances when it comes to decreasing water usage and saving time at home. One of the best parts of switching over to a dishwasher is no more dirty sink water—a simple rinse off is all your dishes need. If you’re ready to make the switch or would like to upgrade your current dishwasher, our guide is here to help you out.

Freestanding or built-in?

Freestanding and built-in are the most common types of dishwashers and they can come in a wide range of price points. You’ll find full-size, slimline and compact models—there’s something for almost every kitchen.

Free-standing and built-in dishwashers are pretty similar, although built-in ones tend to be larger in size. A built-in dishwasher is, as the name suggests, built into your kitchen. So, if you want a dishwasher that blends into your kitchen decor, built-in is the option for you.

Freestanding dishwashers are a convenient option if you’re renting or want to save the time and cost of installation. If your kitchen doesn’t have a space designed for a dishwasher, you can easily place a freestanding one in any available corner.

Eco-friendly dishwashers

If you are conscious of your carbon footprint, you’ll be happy to hear that upgrading your dishwasher is often better for the planet than continuing to use an older appliance. Modern dishwashers use approximately 40% less energy and 50% less water than dishwashers made in the ’90s, so it’s worth replacing your old dishwasher with a newer model—what’s more, the upgrade might even pay for itself in money saved on utility bills.

Many models come with an energy and water rating, so don’t forget to ask the seller for these details so you can find the most eco-friendly option. You may also want to look out for eco-friendly dishwasher tablets.

Compact dishwashers

Compact dishwashers roll out of the bench just like a drawer, making them incredibly easy to load—especially handy if you have trouble bending over, or are space-conscious and want a machine that blends seamlessly into your kitchen design.

Ideal for smaller households, these dishwashers are built into a drawer or microwave-sized space and take up less kitchen real estate. They also need fewer dishes to make up a full load. Double dish drawers are also available, giving you the option of only running one drawer at a time, or both at once. This is a great option for smaller households who need extra space for the occasional dinner party.

Countertop dishwashers

Designed to sit on top of your bench or counter, countertop dishwashers can be installed and removed without needing to modify your kitchen, so they’re a good option if you’re renting, space-conscious, or simply don’t have enough space in your kitchen for a large bulky dishwasher.


Look out for the following features to make your life even more comfortable:

  • Dishwashers with multiple programmed cycles
  • Dishwashers with quiet modes, helpful for homes with young children
  • Safety features such as child locks and flooding protection

To check out more options and find the model best suited to you, explore the range of dishwashers available for sale on Gumtree Australia.

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