Are All Dishwashers a Standard Size?

Most dishwashers are indeed a standard size. This is to ensure that they will be able to fit within the majority of households, especially if they are going under countertops or into cabinets. 

This standard size makes it easier to replace your dishwasher with a new one if you’re looking for a change without having to make drastic alterations to the layout of your kitchen. 

There are a few different types of dishwashers, and there can be a few variations in size depending on the specific model you are looking for. However, the standard dishwasher size is 80-85 cm high, 55 cm deep and 60 cm wide.


What Are the Most Common Dishwasher Types?

There are three common dishwasher size options, the first is a standard dishwasher, then there is the countertop dishwasher, and the final option is a slimline dishwasher. 

1. Standard dishwasher

standard dishwasher

There are two types of standard dishwashers: freestanding dishwashers and integrated dishwashers

Within these two types is the regular dishwasher with a fold-down door, but also a more unique dishwasher style that has double drawers. Double drawer dishwashers are pricier but have various advantages and still come in the standard size. 

A freestanding dishwasher is a dishwasher that fits under a counter or somewhere in your kitchen without being hidden or integrated into a cabinet. 

One thing to take into account with a freestanding dishwasher is the space at the back of the machine should be at least 7 cm to account for the area the pipes will need. 

It can be beneficial to check the dimensions of the machine before you purchase it so that you know it will fit under your counter and not stick out too much. 

An integrated dishwasher is designed to look just like a kitchen cabinet and be hidden from view amongst your kitchen counters. 

It is going to be necessary to measure your cupboard space before installation to be certain that the machine will fit fully into the cabinet and be out of sight. You will also need to leave 5cm of space behind the machine for the pipes. 

A standard dishwasher is designed to fit between 120-150 items of crockery and cutlery or around 12 place settings.


2. Countertop (or tabletop) dishwasher 

Countertop (or tabletop) dishwasher

A countertop dishwasher is created to sit on top of a counter and to take up very little space in your kitchen. These models don’t use much electricity or water and are much more affordable, but also have a considerably smaller capacity. 

They are designed to be both smaller and quieter than a standard dishwasher but are unlikely to have room for any pots, pans or platters, especially large ones. 

These models are also sometimes less effective due to their lower price point, which may mean that dishes are not always cleaned as well as they would be in a standard model. 

The width of these machines is usually around 55 cm, they are 45 cm high, and the depth is between 50-60 cm.


3. Slimline dishwasher

slimline dishwasher

The last option for dishwasher sizes is a slimline dishwasher. This is a narrower style of machine that is designed for smaller kitchens with slimmer counters. 

A slimline model offers the same quality of cleaning as a standard model but will not have the same capacity. This style of dishwasher is only 45 cm wide and will be able to fit around 8-9 place settings. 

The smaller size also means that the wash cycles are shorter and more ergonomic, so investing in one of these machines will save on water and electricity in the long run. 



One thing that most dishwashers have in common is that they will have adjustable legs, that will allow you to choose a height that best suits your requirements. 

There is a dishwasher on this list that will suit each type of household and every style of kitchen. It all comes down to personal preference and figuring out which style will fit perfectly into your home.