Having a dishwasher installed

Date published: 5th January 2015

A dishwasher is a very handy invention that can save busy families plenty of time and energy when it comes to cleaning up. But there are loads of different models to consider, and you must approach the installation in the right way. A poorly installed dishwasher can cause all kinds of damage down the line.

Which dishwasher?

There are oodles of sizes, shapes, features and colours to choose from and there’s something for every budget. You should start by considering the energy costs of each dishwasher and try to opt for something as efficient as possible.

If you have a busy family home and the dishwasher is likely to see a lot of action, you’d be best off choosing a dishwasher that can take a larger load in one, and one that runs quietly so there’s no disruption overnight.

However, if you won’t be using the washer all that often, you’re better off getting a smaller model so you don’t waste water. Sometimes you may only be washing a few plates!

When shopping for a dishwasher, try to find one that has stainless steel arms to the bottom as these tend to last longer and be sturdier in build. They also provide better water pressure so less is needed to get the job done.

In terms of electrical features, there are hundreds to pick from. A delayed start is a handy feature, meaning you can set your dishwasher to run at a certain time, such as overnight. LCD panels, child-safety locks and anti-flood devices are other features you can look for, depending on your what your situation requires.

Finally, have a think about how many tiers you need. Some people opt for a three-tier dishwasher if they’re going to need a lot of space, whereas most mid-range washers have two tiers. If you think you only need a little bit of space, you might consider getting a really compact model, or even one that can sit on the countertop.


As mentioned, it’s definitely sensible to hire a plumber to install your dishwasher. DIY attempts have resulted in many flooded kitchens! Calling in the experts means you’ll know the job’s been done safely.

Providing the spot for your dishwasher is near to a water outlet pipe and your water supply, your plumber should only need a couple of hours to install your new dishwasher.

If you are not sure how much you should be paying, try calling around a few reliable, local plumbers. Getting several like-for-like quotes is one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting a good deal. And don’t be tempted to go for the cheapest: plumbing is not an area you want to scrimp on!

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