Drawer Dishwashers - 5 Things You Need to Know

All drawer dishwashers are not created equally, so we suggest you do some research and comparison shopping before making your purchase.


Amazingly convenient and available in both one drawer and two drawer models, these sleek and efficient machines slip easily into any space meant for a standard dishwasher.

Many even come with false cabinet fronts so that you can incorporate your washer into your cabinetry seamlessly.

Since the cost to purchase new appliances generally accounts for a huge chunk of any kitchen renovation project, it’s vital that you select the right ones.


Following are some things you should know about drawer-type washers:


  • Some washers do not accommodate large dishes, especially those equipped with two drawers. If you wash large platters or oddly shaped dishes often, you might want to consider a single-drawer design, which holds larger items. The split design of the double-drawer model just doesn’t have the depth to accommodate those larger items.

  • Double drawer dishwashers are ideal for singles, couples, and small families who don’t need to wash large loads of dishes. By utilizing one of the drawers, you can cut energy costs significantly. However, many find that they use the top drawer almost exclusively, which causes uneven wear and tear on the machine. For this reason, it’s a good idea to alternate between the two drawers.

  • Drawer dishwashers cost more than built-in washers with doors. On average, you can expect to pay nearly double the price for a drawer washer than a traditional one.

  • While operating costs are lower for these types of washers, repair costs are usually higher. Many owners also report that their machine seems to need repairs more often than their old door-type washer.

  • Most drawer washers are extremely quiet if not silent. So, if you don’t like to talk, entertain, or watch TV over the hum of your washer, you will love the quiet efficiency of a pull-out dishwasher.

As with any major purchase, you should weigh the pros and cons of each model you are considering. If washing large platters by hand isn’t an issue for you but the ability to do small loads is, you will probably want to go with a two-drawer design.

In the end, it all comes down to what works best for your family and lifestyle.

And, of course, you want to get the best deal possible.


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