An under sink dishwasher uses the often-awkward space under the kitchen sink. Here we bring you the results of our research into this type of small dishwasher…
There are online forums where people say putting a dishwasher under a sink just isn’t possible. The usual reaction to the concept is: “You must be NUTs thinking you can install a dishwasher in that tight spot”.
They’ve obviously never heard of the Spacemaker product range available from GE. Or some of the other alternatives we discuss below.
As far as we can find, GE is the only manufacturer who makes a dishwasher specifically designed to go under the sink.
So, what are some useful things to know about these products?
All in all, this dishwasher from GE is a great idea to maximize cabinet space in a small kitchen. And if you have no size lee-way in a tiny apartment, you may have few other options.
However, there are some things to think about before you decide this is right for you:
If you still really want a dishwasher under the sink, before you head out to buy one of the GE models, it’s worth considering a few other options …
First, you could use the under-sink space for a single drawer dishwasher. Typically this will come at an extra cost to modify your plumbing. We’re not plumbing experts. However, we read on one website that you need to have the waste pipe from the sink p-trapped to inside the wall or into an adjacent cabinet, which may not be cheap. And drawer dishwashers aren’t low in cost either.
However, many people who have this style of dishwasher report being very happy with it – the general opinion seems to be that it looks great and is a good option for kitchens where the only place for a dishwasher is under the sink. One reviewer indicated she has a large drawer between the sink and the single drawer dishwasher, which sounds like a great solution for storing detergent and other supplies.
The other option is to install a table top dishwasher under the sink. However, please be aware that this is likely to void the manufacturer’s warranty (see Edgestar tech support article). We think this is because your plumber may need to modify the countertop dishwasher to build it in, as they aren’t designed for permanent installation. So ask lots of questions if you want to do this to be sure it works correctly. One Q&A we read online said most counter tops can be put under a sink, with the usual arrangement being to drain to the garbage disposal. But there is a requirement to make sure the unit you buy comes with an internal pump that is strong enough to dispel the drainage water high enough to drain into the garbage disposal.
So there you have the main options for under sink dishwashers.
Our last word on the topic is to think about the practical aspects of using the dishwasher. Often people load a dishwasher via the sink. That is, they rinse plates and silverware under the tap first. If this is how you like to work, how are you going to rinse dishes in the sink and load the dishwasher if you are standing in front of the door? Standing to the side of the dishwasher to load could be difficult. Because of this, some users have reported that an under sink dishwasher is neither convenient nor useful.
Having a dishwasher beside the sink is certainly better ergonomic design. However, if your choices are between a compact dishwasher, or no dishwasher at all due to space limitations, an under sink model may be just perfect for you.