The difference between built-in and freestanding dishwashers


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The difference between built-in and freestanding dishwashers

Buying a dishwasher is a serious task and among a huge number of options existing in the market nowadays it is not so easy to choose the model that will meet all the desired parameters.  All dishwashing machines differ not only in size but also in the ability to be built into kitchen furniture. You can find:

  • built-in (fully integrated) models;
  • partially built-in (semi integrated) devices;
  • freestanding options.

Toronto appliance repair experts delivering dishwasher repair services in Toronto will reveal the difference between all these dishwasher types, their pros, and cons to help you understand which one is more suitable for you.

Fully integrated dishwashers

A fully integrated dishwasher is a machine that is installed in a niche in the cupboard. A worktop covers the top of the machine, and a facade panel of the same material as the furniture completely covers its door. When the door is closed, it is difficult to understand that there is a dishwasher behind it and not an ordinary cupboard. This is the main difference between built-in and freestanding models. The design features of this type of dishwasher determine its advantages:

  • Creating a holistic and modern design of the kitchen space.
  • The hidden location of the machine makes it safe for children.
  • Fully built-in dishwashers work a little quieter than free-standing models but in the opinion of our trained appliance repair professionals, this is the subjective opinion of users, since the declared noise level of the devices is the same.

Of the shortcomings of the fully built-in model, we can only note that it cannot be placed anywhere in the kitchen. It must be integrated into the furniture. Firstly, because built-in appliances do not have decorative side panels. Secondly, it may not be fixed in the open position or open tightly without the decorative facade panel on the door. Therefore, when asked whether it is possible to separately install such a machine, the professional technician would answer that no, this is not reasonable. Note, that with the same characteristics, fully-built models are slightly more expensive than freestanding units of the same brand.

Semi integrated dishwashers

The main difference between partially and fully built-in devices is the presence of a control panel on the top of the door. Some people like to make stylish appliances visible and a partially built-in dishwasher is exactly the option when you can accurately fit the appliance with the furniture but at the same time leave the door visible. Some models of dishwashers have the possibility of partial integration due to removing their top cover and covering with countertop. Semi integrated dishwashers can be:

  • full-sized;
  • slim;
  • compact.

Non-built dishwashers

Non-built dishwashing machines are also called freestanding. Their peculiarity is that they can be located in any place in the kitchen which is convenient for communications installation. Machines of this type have decorative panels on the front and sides, the top is also covered with a panel. Freestanding dishwashers are no worse or better than fully built-in ones in terms of technical parameters.

This means that the choice of this or that model will be based on the external performance of the dishwasher. Non-built dishwashers are best suited for large kitchens where the unit can be placed separately from all furniture. Non-built models have a rich color palette allowing you can choose a stylish and attractive dishwashing machine.

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