Last updated: August 9, 2021

Welcome to our large built-in dishwasher test 2021. Here we present all the built-in dishwashers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the Internet. In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best built-in dishwasher for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a built-in dishwasher.




Summary

  • The fact that more than 70 % of people in Germany no longer wash dishes by hand but prefer to use a dishwasher says it all. People are becoming more and more comfortable and technology leaves nothing to be desired.
  • The continuing development of electronic appliances is becoming more and more professional and economically efficient. The environment has a big influence on this. And we will be presented with ever more modern dishwashers, whether built-in or undercounter, in the years to come.
  • Safety and luxury are big criteria when buying a dishwasher these days. Manufacturers are constantly striving to develop new and interesting programmes to ensure that the focus is on ecological action.

The Best Built-In Dishwasher: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a built-in dishwasher

What is a built-in dishwasher?

A dishwasher is a machine that washes your dishes. You can choose between different programmes and the layout of the appliance allows you to stack your dishes well. There are different types of dishwashers. For example, you can find freestanding dishwashers (all sides are covered and can be placed freely in the kitchen), undercounter dishwashers and built-in dishwashers.

The special thing about built-in dishwashers is that they are visually invisible in your kitchen. The appliance blends harmoniously into the overall look of the kitchen and adds structure. This is because it has no appliance cover and is installed directly under the worktop. The front of the built-in dishwasher is adapted to the shape and colour of your kitchen so that you have a smooth transition between the individual kitchen elements. The choice and wide range of built-in dishwashers allows you to find the right appliance for your kitchen.

What is the difference between a built-in dishwasher and an undercounter dishwasher?

Undercounter dishwashers are an intermediate level between freestanding and built-in appliances. They can be fitted in any kitchen, as they can simply be slid under the worktop. The cover is removable on undercounter dishwashers and can be varied in height.

Nahaufnahme einer Spülmaschinen- und einer Ofenfront

A built-in dishwasher can be perfectly adapted to your kitchen. (Image source: pixabay.com / PhotoMIX-Company)

The undercounter dishwasher is often used if you already have a kitchen or if you want to replace a defective appliance. Visually, undercounter dishwashers also look harmonious with the kitchen, as they can be decorated and the base is usually already recessed.

What are the dimensions of built-in dishwashers?

Built-in dishwashers come in a wide variety of sizes. It always depends on what options you have in your kitchen. If you have a single kitchen, you will probably only be able to fit a 45-centimetre-wide built-in dishwasher. But if you have enough space, you can also find built-in dishwashers in widths of up to 60 centimetres.

The dimensions always depend on which type you choose. Whether it's an integrable, fully integrable or standard appliance, you always have to pay attention to the dimensions of your kitchen. Especially the worktop and the plinth should not be ignored.

What does a built-in dishwasher cost?

The price range for built-in dishwashers goes from 300 to 1700 euros. Whether it's a brand-name dishwasher or a no-name appliance, you'll find everything on the market to suit your needs.

Whether you are a student and don't feel like doing manual work or a millionaire. You'll find a wide range of built-in dishwashers. Special features, size, capacity, programme selection will increase the price, but the quality in terms of economy and economical consumption will also increase continuously.

What does consumption cost me?

The table compares dishwashers of different efficiency classes with a capacity of 12 to 14 place settings for 280 wash cycles.

Efficiency class A+++ A+ old appliance
Electricity consumption 237 kWh 292 kWh 384 kWh
Electricity costs 57€ 70€ 92€
Water consumption 2800 l 3360 l 4200 l
Water costs 11€ 13€ 16€
Total costs 68€ 83€ 108€

Which built-in dishwasher suits me?

Which built-in dishwasher suits you depends entirely on your needs and possibilities. Go to a specialist shop for advice, look at the appliances beforehand and make comparisons. Find out about manufacturers and guarantees in advance. The most important thing is that you know your measurements, so measure your kitchen carefully beforehand, otherwise you could end up with a shocking awakening.

Be aware of what is important to you. Do you want a design-oriented version? Are the programmes important to you? Should the appliance be energy-efficient? What do you want for the number of place settings? These questions should be answered before you buy a built-in dishwasher. And if you know what you want, you will find the right built-in dishwasher.

Did you know that nowadays more water is saved when using a dishwasher? People who buy a dishwasher usually do so to save time. But nowadays these household helpers are also much more efficient than we humans are. Dishwashers use up to 50% less water than washing dishes by hand.

Decision: What types of built-in dishwashers are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of built-in dishwashers:

  • Standard dishwashers for installation
  • Single built-in dishwasher
  • Compact dishwasher for built-in installation
  • Integratable built-in dishwasher
  • Fully integrable built-in dishwasher
  • Decorative dishwasher

Standard built-in dishwashers

These are standardised appliances that have a width of 60 centimetres. As a rule, they include a dimensional deck of 12 to 14. The standard dishwashers are height-adjustable and can be adapted ergonomically.

Advantages
  • enough space for lots of dirty dishes
  • standard size
  • height adjustable
Disadvantages
  • too big for some kitchens

Single built-in dishwasher

The mini dishwasher measures 45 centimetres wide. This size is often used when there is no room for a large dishwasher. But even if you don't have enough dirty dishes to wash, it's worth buying a single built-in dishwasher.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • more economical
Disadvantages
  • small

These single dishwashers can take up to 9 place settings. The appliance is very similar to standard dishwashers in terms of convenience, operation and efficiency.

Info: The single dishwashers can also be installed vertically.

Compact dishwasher for built-in installation

Like the standard dishwasher, the modular dishwasher is 60 centimetres wide, but only 45 centimetres high. That is why it is also very popular in very small kitchens. Up to 6 place settings fit in this compact dishwasher, which generally looks great.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • can be attached individually
  • can be combined with other appliances
Disadvantages
  • small

The appliance allows you to plan your kitchen in a versatile way and can be individually adjusted to your height. The modular dishwasher can be installed horizontally or vertically and can be combined with other appliances such as steamers or ovens.

Integratable built-in dishwasher

Integratable means that the built-in dishwasher can be fitted with the same front as the kitchen. The panel usually has a thickness of 2- 3 centimetres and brings a visual advantage. This gives the dishwasher a high-quality appearance and creates a frameless installation.

Advantages
  • enough space for lots of dirty dishes
  • standard size
  • can be perfectly integrated into the kitchen
Disadvantages
  • too big for some kitchens

Fully integrable dishwasher for installation

The controls for programme selection, on/off and timer display are located on the inside of this model. This means that the control bar is no longer visible on the front of the dishwasher, but that the control panel is located on the top of the appliance door when it is opened. This allows you to cover the entire front of the dishwasher with the furniture front and the fully integrated dishwasher is hidden. These appliances are popular with kitchen lovers who attach great importance to design and modernity.

Advantages
  • enough space for lots of dirty dishes
  • standard size
  • nothing of the dishwasher is visible from the outside
Disadvantages
  • Operation is only possible when the front is open

With fully integrated dishwashers, however, it is only possible to select the programme when the door is open and you have no way of tracking the time of the wash cycle. Manufacturers have come up with a solution to this problem, too. The display is projected onto the floor by LED spots, allowing you to check the washing process.

Decorable dishwasher

The decor of decorable dishwashers can be applied to the front of the appliance by means of a frame. A thin panel of kitchen furniture is inserted. The display and control panel are visible.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate built-in dishwashers

In the following, we show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate built-in dishwashers. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective appliance. In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Programmes
  • Safety measures
  • Energy efficiency and consumption
  • Interior equipment

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.

Programmes

There are countless programmes, each of which depends on the manufacturer. Every manufacturer comes up with something to make their product stand out. But in the case of kitchen appliances, there are usually standard programmes that are available on every appliance, regardless of the manufacturer.

Which programmes you need depends entirely on your needs. In the following, we present a few of the most common programmes to give you an overview.

Normal programme

As the name suggests, this programme washes normally soiled dishes at 60-65 degrees Celsius. Slightly dried-on food residues can also be removed with this programme.

ECO programme

The ECO programme is ideal for those who like to save money. The economy programme has a longer soak time, which is why the running time is usually up to 3 hours. However, this soaking time saves water and energy during the actual cleaning of the dishes. These environmental programmes are preferable from an economic point of view. So look out for this programme when buying.

Automatic programme

The Auto programme has special sensors. These detect how dirty the dishes currently in the wash cycle are by means of a built-in microchip. As a result, the dishwasher automatically sets itself to the required washing programme with the exact running time, temperature and amount of water.

Due to the built-in high-tech, however, the power consumption of these dishwashers is somewhat higher than that of conventional appliances, and they are also more expensive to buy because this programme is normally only found in premium appliances.

Quick programme

The short programme -also known as TurboSpeed- allows you to get your dishes back into use quickly. After only 20 minutes, the washing process is finished and you can use the dishes again.

However, tests have shown that this washing programme is not the most economical. Also, the drying effect is no longer given by the quick programme. So you usually take the dishes out of the dishwasher still wet.

Other programmes

Hygiene plays a major role in many households, especially if there are children in the house. For babies and toddlers, you need a programme that kills germs. Special programmes can reduce germs because they clean with a high-temperature rinse. So you can put not only baby bottles but also cutting boards in the anti-germ programme, for example.

The manufacturers also like to call this programme Hygiene programme, HygienePlus or Disinfection programme. There are countless other programmes, most of which are specific and individual to the manufacturer.

Safety measures

A major issue in the kitchen is safety. Dishwasher accidents happen all the time. Usually water has something to do with it. That is why the water-stop mechanism "Aqua- Stop" is nowadays a standard feature of a dishwasher. The Waterproof is equipped with an Aqua-Stop hose and a stop valve.

This reliably protects you from water damage. Many manufacturers also offer an additional guarantee that covers you if water damage occurs despite the Aqua-Stop. It also happens from time to time that small children get hold of dishwashers.

Children are curious and usually do not know the consequences that can follow from an act - for example, hot steam can escape, leading to burns. That is why many manufacturers have built in a child safety lock that locks the door during the wash cycle.

Energy efficiency and consumption

Nowadays, every electronic appliance should be modern and economical. Especially in the kitchen, the energy efficiency label plays a major role. Since 1996, the energy label has been mandatory throughout Europe for every household electronic appliance. It informs the end customer about all the properties of the appliance. The individual efficiency levels range up to A+++ (most efficient level).

Since 2013, certain regulations must be observed - for example, a dishwasher with a width of 60cm must demonstrate at least an energy efficiency of A+ in order to be sold. For single dishwashers, the limit is set at A.

geöffnete Spülmaschine in Küche

Just as with a normal dishwasher, you should pay attention to energy efficiency and water consumption with a built-in dishwasher. (Image source: 123rf.com / 43398556)

The energy efficiency class is determined by energy consumption during operation of a certain standard programme, electricity consumption in kWh per year (ideally less than 1.05 kWh per wash cycle), and water consumption in litres per year. Here, the ideal consumption is below 10 litres per wash cycle.

Other important classifications are the drying effect, which indicates how dry the dishes are after the wash cycle. The strengths are indicated on a scale from A to G, with A being the best drying effect and G the worst. Test runs are based on 280 dishwashing cycles per year. However, despite the same efficiency class, deviations may occur.

Interior design

The main thing is convenience, comfort and huge storage space - that's what people like when it comes to the dishwasher. Unloading and loading should not be a chore, and it should ideally be able to hold the entire kitchen inventory. And what's very important, I don't want to dry off after washing up. That's why manufacturers have thought about the best layout for built-in dishwashers and have adapted it to people's needs.

Division and loading

A dishwasher usually consists of a lower basket, an upper basket, a special holder for glasses and either a cutlery drawer or cutlery basket. A rail-and-roller system allows the baskets/drawers to be moved inwards or outwards, making it easier for you to put the dishes away.

The upper basket is usually used for glasses, cups or small bowls and is equipped with several movable and fold-out elements. This ensures you are safe from the risk of breakage. The lower basket is mostly used for plates of all kinds. The arranged holding spikes make it possible to sort them sparingly.

Pans and pots usually also find a place on the lower shelf. The cutlery basket is removable and can be placed elsewhere, giving you more space for large items. The cutlery basket consists of several compartments, but you should make sure that the cutlery is sorted vertically. This is ensured by the flexibility of use.

More and more manufacturers are now offering their dishwashers with a cutlery drawer. This saves space because it is fitted as a third tier and extends across the entire width.

compartments type of dishes/cutlery
lower basket plates,pots,pans,bowls
upper basket glasses,cups,small bowls
cutlery drawer/cutlery basket knives,forks,spoons

Facts worth knowing about built-in dishwashers

How do I care for my dishwasher?

Caring for built-in dishwashers is more important than cleaning. The lifespan of the appliances can be increased through good care.

  • Always check the level of special salt and rinse aid
  • Run empty rinse cycles (with dishwasher detergent) if you like
  • Clean the residual sieve frequently
  • Use few chemical agents
  • Always use the ECO programme (do not always choose short programmes)
  • Rinse your dishes first

What can you use to clean dirty dishes?

Every now and then, the dishwasher breaks down when it comes to a heavily encrusted and dirty pot. Or it often happens with glasses that streaks form on the rim of the glass. In such cases, the motto is: it is better to use household remedies than chemicals. Most chemical products smell a bit strong and are often not exactly good for your health.

There are countless home remedies for cleaning dishes and making glasses shine. You're sure to find an opportunity in your pantry to use products you have on hand instead of expensive cleaning tabs, such as baking soda to combat limescale, apple cider vinegar to combat stubborn dirt or lemons to combat odour.

Soak your heavily soiled dishes for a few minutes before rinsing. You'll see the dishes sparkle when they come out of the dishwasher.

How to avoid rust stains and pitting on cutlery?

Flash rust on stainless steel is caused by rust particle deposits from other sources. Pots and pans usually do not have stainless steel screws, which can be a source of this. But a major source of flash rust is usually the cutlery baskets of a dishwasher. These baskets are made of metal rods inside, lined with plastic.

Thus, the regular rinsing cycles cause damage to the plastic and the metal bars start to rust. Washing dishes or cutlery that are not suitable for dishwashers also promotes the rusting process. As you can see, the trap of rust is certainly lurking in your dishwasher, so it is all the more important to follow the tips:

  • Avoid putting pots and pans in the dishwasher, they usually take up a lot of space anyway and you have to rinse again at the end.
  • Only use dishwasher-safe dishes and cutlery.
  • If you already have to fight flash rust, use special cleaners or grandma's household remedy lemon or cola to remove the rust again.

Preventing flash rust

You can prevent flash rust with a simple and quick trick at no great cost. Take a piece of aluminium foil from the cupboard and place it in the cutlery basket.

Why? Because the aluminium foil is not as precious as the cutlery and therefore oxidises more easily. As a result, the foil absorbs all the rust that flies around in the dishwasher.

Did you know that the dishwasher was invented by a woman? The American Josephine Cochrane filed the patent for the first dishwasher that worked with water pressure in 1886. Only seven years later, the finished machine was presented at the World's Fair in Chicago.

Pitting prevention

You've probably encountered pitting as you've cleared your cutlery out of the dishwasher. You've wondered why your forks and knives have a greyish to black discolouration over time. This is called pitting corrosion, which destroys the material. The causes are usually salts. Therefore, rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, because the cooking salt from food is often responsible for this and acidic foods accelerate the process.

Separate silver and stainless steel cutlery in the cutlery drawer and always put forks, knives and spoons handle first in the cutlery basket. This prevents scratches from occurring.

How to use your dishwasher more energy-efficiently and economically

A modern A+++ dishwasher costs on average only 70 euros a year to run. But then there are all the cleaning utensils that make your dishes shine again. These include dishwasher tabs, dishwasher detergent, salt and rinse aid. Tips on how you can save money:

  • Inexpensive products are also real dirt removers
  • Only wash when the dishwasher is full
  • wash large dishes, such as pots, pans or large bowls by hand
  • Rinse heavily soiled dishes by hand before the rinse cycle
  • Use ECO or economy programmes
  • Use the hot water connection if possible
  • Clean the strainer regularly

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