Dishing Out Wisdom: Essential Insights Before Installing Your Dishwasher

Last updated on September 27th, 2023

The clatter of the utensils dancing to the beat of the running water is music to our ears. Especially when we don’t have to lift a finger to wash them. The dishes are washed and stored away, and the maid leaves, only to return the next day at the same time. Can life be more glorious?

However, it isn’t all roses, is it? The clatter of utensils isn’t as pleasant when the maid calls in sick or goes for her annual trip to the village. But hey, that’s what dishwashers are for! But before you jump the gun, check out these tips.

The Location and the Water Supply

A water outlet is the first criterion when thinking of buying a washing machine. Ideally, it should be under the countertop near the sink to make the job of loading easier. If you are considering a modular kitchen, then you can go in for a built-in affair for a streamlined look. A free-standing machine can work too, as long as you have the space. However, make sure it doesn’t hinder your movement. The door will open outwards, so make allowance for that too.

Points to note:

  • In case of hard water in your pipeline, an external water softener is advised, or you will see white mineral residue on the utensils.

  • The sink and the dishwasher have much the same functions. The closer they are, the easier it is for you. The same goes for the garbage can or disposal, as you will need to scrap the leftover food from the plates before loading the machine. Remember that the machine doesn’t do everything!

Power Outlets

Your washing machine isn’t going to function without a power outlet. And it makes sense to figure out the placement keeping this in mind.

Points to note:

  • You will need a 15-20 ampere electric socket for your appliance plug.

  • Make sure the socket is accessible. If you put the switch behind the dishwasher, you will need to shift it every time you want to switch off power.

  • Your power socket can be on the wall above the machine or in the cabinet next to it; provided it’s not close to the water outlet.

A Dishwasher in an Existing Kitchen

If you want to install a dishwasher into your existing kitchen, you will need the help of a contractor to make an opening as per the size of your machine. The standard size is around 24″ in width by 24″ in depth by 35 inches in height. Make sure there is an allowance for the electric and the water outlet.

Points to note:

  • Buy a dishwasher that has adjustable legs to make installation easier.

  • You may need to remove the neighboring cabinets to make room for your machine.

  • As the standard height of a countertop in Indian kitchens is 33-34 inches, you may need to remove a section of the structure to accommodate a 35-inch machine.

  • If you are lucky enough to have some space at the end of your countertop, you can go for a free-standing dishwasher.

  • A plumbing/electric contractor will help you with the logistics of installation.

Pros and Cons of Dishwashers

To make an informed decision, a look at the pros and cons of dishwashers will not be remiss. Let’s check them out.

The pros

  • It reduces water consumption drastically.

  • You save time as you don’t have to go through the soaping, rinsing, and drying process.

  • You can wash your kadhais and pans in the dishwasher too.

  • The hot water in the dishwasher kills germs and bacteria; something that is ever-present on your scrub pads.

The downside?

  • It needs space.

  • You will have to give your plates a rinse before you load the machine.

  • Your machine has a minimum requirement, so you will have to wait for it to load fully before you start a cycle.

  • The filters in the machine will need regular cleaning.

Final Thoughts

While these machines are handy, it all depends on your lifestyle and needs. As for planning your kitchen to accommodate your dishwasher, just reach out to us on for decor ideas and tips.