Welcome to our post on the 5 best integrated dishwashers.
An integrated dishwasher is quite different from freestanding ones or slimline dishwashers too. They are designed to slide into a designated spot under a countertop. When doing so, they fit neatly in with the existing décor. Usually, there’s a cabinet door that closes in front or fits onto the dishwasher door to conceal it. It isn’t necessary but it looks more attractive.
For homes with space in the kitchen layout for an integrated or semi-integrated dishwasher, it won’t make sense to own a freestanding dishwasher model. This is because it takes up more space (so it may not fit into the space) due to having fitted sides – all other things because equal.
If there’s a narrower space left free to accommodate an integrated model, then look at our slimline dishwashers guide. Also, to understand whether any dishwasher models will fit where you need them to go, get the lowdown on UK dishwasher dimensions with our Dishwasher Dimensions and Sizing Guide.
The modest dishwasher is frequently spotted in UK kitchens now. Standing at the sink and getting your fingers wrinkly while doing the washing up may be time old tradition but people increasingly lead busier lives. So, being able to place the plates, dishes, and cutlery inside a dishwasher to be washed is one less thing to worry about.
A full-sized integrated dishwasher is the most useful of this type. This is because it has better cleaning and a larger load capacity (referred to in our reviews below as “place settings”). With a larger model, there’s additional space to load more inside and run a single load. It avoids the need to first unload and put away a smaller collection of plates, bowls, and more, and then reload the dishwasher with the second load of dirty dishes. It saves time and is far more convenient!
Picking an integrated dishwasher model almost at random isn’t a good idea. It’s much better to read our mini-reviews about the latest recommended integrated dishwashers and choose the right one for you. Our reviews have been designed to scan; we have the most relevant specifications at the bottom of each product review too.
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Is A Full Size Integrated or Semi-Integrated Dishwasher the Best Choice for You?
The dishwasher models reviewed below are all full sized ones. For narrower spaces – either inside as an integrated option or freestanding – our slimline dishwasher guide is worth a look. There you will find models of both types that are as narrow as they come.
It’s worth now addressing the major differences between the integrated and semi-integrated models. Our reviews cover 4 integrated models and one semi-integrated one. But what are the main differences between these two types?
Integrated Full Size Dishwashers
The integrated dishwasher lives its life under a countertop where it positioned usually between other appliances or next to floor-level kitchen cabinets. It doesn’t technically have sides – it’s usually bare metal – and so the design is less fussy than freestanding models for that reason. There is also less choice in the marketplace largely because there’s less from a design standpoint to differentiate one model from another.
A faux door (that comes as part of the kitchen) is typically affixed in front of this type of dishwasher, which hides it completely from view. That includes the control panel and the pull-down door too.
These types of models have the benefit of being notably quieter than either a semi-integrated or freestanding dishwasher model. This is because of the noise dampening effects of the faux door and being surrounded by kitchen cabinetry on the other sides too.
Integrated models do still range in size though. So, it’s necessary to consider whether a particular model will fit into the space available in your kitchen. See our dishwasher sizing guide for more. Also, our reviews include each product’s dimensions for your convenience too.
When purchasing an integrated model, it’s never going to sit freestanding in the open or even in a laundry room. There are no sides you can add later if you change your mind. So, in your current home and any future one, the same integrated model needs to fit in the space designated for a dishwasher to stand.
Semi-Integrated Full Size Dishwashers
Semi-integrated dishwashers aren’t common at all.
When you’re not sure whether you want to get a freestanding or integrated dishwasher, you can try to meet the decision halfway.
With a semi-integrated dishwasher, they’re designed to have the dishwasher control panel showing and accessible at the front. However, the pull-down door is hidden from view with a shorter faux door. This allows kitchen designers to maintain the overall aesthetic by covering the dishwasher unit using the same woodwork.
As mentioned earlier, there are only a few good semi-integrated models to choose between. As a result, we’ve only suggested one standout model in a category bereft of worthy contenders. Like the French say, c’est la vie.
5 Best Integrated Dishwashers
Our mini-reviews for the best integrated dishwashers covers 4 full sized integrated models and 1 full size semi-integrated model. Semi-integrated models are less popular, but we have included one both for completeness and because it will interest some of our readers.
#1 Bosch Serie 6 SMV68ND00G
Our top pick in the full size integrated dishwasher category is the Bosch Serie 6 SMV68ND00G model.
It can be built into your kitchen setup and is made from durable stainless steel. As a brand, Bosch is reliable and offers excellent value. The higher-end Serie 6 is reviewed now, and the more basic Serie 2 model is reviewed later too.
The design is a slick one with the control panel at the top edge of the door. The touch controls are metallic and have illumination to confirm the current program selected, and more. This is a common design approach to fully integrated ‘built-in’ dishwasher models.
There is a digital readout in the centre displaying the time and controls to select from the various washing programs and special options available on the right side, e.g., Start Timer, Intensive Zone, Vario Speed, and more.
On the left side of the control panel are the temperature settings and other washing mode selections, e.g., Intensive 70-degrees, Glass 40-degrees, and Quick 45-degrees.
Deep inside the top edge of the door is a useful printed clarification about each washing program in case you forget them (it saves on having to find the manual).
Here we run through the various programs and special options:
- PerfectDry – Exemplary drying capability based on Bosch’s Zeolith drying technology. It even works on difficult plastics via 3D air movement technologies.
- ExtraDry – Special program to ensure dryness on the most stubborn of contents.
- Eco 50 °C – Lower energy mode washing at a 50-degree temperature that requires more time to complete the cycle.
- SuperSilence – As low as 44 dB for running the dishwasher overnight and not losing any sleep (or bothering the troublesome neighbours either).
- Glass 40°C – Special mode for glassware to get the best cleaning results and driest outcomes.
- Pre rinse – The pre-rinse program allows the dishwasher to shake off some stubborn initial food remnants to give the regular wash a better chance of producing perfect results.
Also, there are both the VarioSpeed Plus and Hygiene+ special options to obtain different washing effects.
The VarioDrawer and Rackmatic features offer more than other dishwashers too. Kitchen utensils and cutlery have a dedicated third draw to leave more space for plates, bowls, and more. The racks are more adjustable than most other dishwasher models too.
Clever time features include a time delay of 3, 6 or twelve hours, an audible confirmation when the washing cycle has finished, and a TimeLight that projects the remaining time as a mini LED projection on the kitchen floor at the foot of the machine.
For parents, there is also a child lock that required two presses to open the door. The self-cleaning filtration system will help to continue to deliver great cleaning results. However, should salt or rinse aid run low, LED lights will confirm it.
On the energy rating, it does depend on the program that you’re using, the temperature that’s been set, and other factors. It can run from an A++ to a D energy rating. Certainly, the 35-minutes quick wash is energy efficient but the longer Eco program at 50-degrees is more economical still.
However, there is no half load option that some lesser models do offer. With that said, the 13-place setting capacity offers larger households the chance to fill up this high-quality Bosch dishwasher, set the timer, and let it run. It’s fair to say that few people will miss the half load option.
Overall, the Bosch Serie 6 SMV68ND00G model packs in the features and will deliver excellent results for many years. Hard to go wrong with this one.
- Capacity: 13 place settings
- Dimensions: 60cm (w) x 55cm (d) x 82cm (h)
- Weight: 35 kg
- Energy rating: A++ to D
- Noise level: 42 dB
- Warranty: 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Bosch Serie 6 SMV68ND00G manual(s): User manual
#2 Miele G5000-Series
The other top brand in dishwashers is Miele, however Miele is consistently the most expensive option in all our dishwasher buyers’ guides.
It’s a top-of-the-line model for people who feel they deserve the best, and so, it makes sense that the Miele G5000-Series is our Second Choice for a full size integrated dishwasher.
It has a solid look and feels, with a bar-like handle to pull open the door successfully.
The top edge of the door has a control panel inset into it like the Bosch Seri 6 model reviewed above. This time, only the right side is reserved for the control panel and timer display, with the left side only used for branding.
The control panel is a little less fancy than the Bosch model here, but stylish and usable, nonetheless. Along with the LED timer, it has a push-button power button, 5 temperature levels with a button selector, timer options, and plenty of LED indicators. The simplicity will please people who like a powerful dishwasher with less fuss or confusion.
There’s a separate tray for the cutlery, which is partly why the G5000-Series beats out the Bosch with its 14 place settings.
There are a total of 5 washing programs in all. But don’t let that confuse you. Less is more here. This Miele model is intelligent. It uses sensors to detect how dirty the dishes and plates are and adjusts the wash program accordingly. Therefore, much of the guesswork is removed for the customer who cannot make the mistake of choosing an inappropriate program and getting still-dirty plates back.
The 5 programs include a Glassware one, an EcoPower one, and a Short cycle option to reduce washing times to be done sooner. The Quick Power Wash option is finished in 59 minutes. The Auto Wash feature is the one that changes the wash program depending on how dirty the contents are. As a result, there’s no pre-rinse option provided.
From an energy and water consumption standpoint, the dishwasher only uses freshwater (it doesn’t reuse it) and consumes between 6 and 8.9 litres per completed cycle. The selected program determines the usage level. Hot water can also be used to reduce energy costs to heat the water inside the dishwasher first. The energy rating is up to A++ but reaches A+++ in EcoPower mode. Again, it depends on what program is selected as to how energy efficient it is.
The timer can be set for up to a generous 24 hours, so you can load up the dishwasher, leave in the early morning and have set it to run late evening when everyone has gone to bed. The low 45 dB noise level with the quietest program helps here.
Overall, the Miele G5000-Series is an excellent integrated dishwasher. The slightly higher capacity, low energy usage, and intelligent wash programs make light work of the dishes.
- Capacity: 14 place settings
- Dimensions: 60cm (w) x 60cm (d) x 91cm (h)
- Weight: ? kg
- Energy rating: A++
- Noise level: 45 dB
- Warranty: 2-year warranty
- Miele G5000-Series manual(s):
#3 Bosch Serie 2 SMV40C00GB
Our Budget Choice is the very capable Bosch Serie 2 SMV40C00GB. While it’s at the bottom of the full size integrated dishwasher range from Bosch, it still provides many useful features with the care and reliability that consumers have come to expect.
The top edge control panel is continued here with the Serie 2. The layout is a little different too than with the Serie 6 though – the power button is on the left adjacent to the logo. In the middle and towards the right sits the LED Illuminated indicators, selector control buttons to change options, more indicator lights, and the Start button. By separating the Start button from the Power button, it avoids people mistaking turning off the dishwasher instead of getting it going. A thoughtful touch.
There is a separate cutlery basket – not a third tray – which is more commonly found in budget models. This cuts a little into the total place settings that are 12 with the Serie 2.
There are 4 washing programs to choose between and 3 temperature settings:
Economy 50-degrees – Low energy mode at a cooler temperature for a longer duration.
Normal 65-degrees – Standard washing mode.
Pre-Rinse – The ability to pre-rinse a particularly mucky set of plates, dishes, and cutlery. Not bad to have this one.
Quick Wash 45-degrees – The fastest way to be done sooner (just 29 minutes compared to some models that require twice as long).
An InfoLight that projects the remaining time is present here, so you won’t have to guess. It’ll be seen on the floor to avoid opening the door to verify.
The EcoSilence Drive is present to ensure the motor runs as quietly as possible. There’s also the AquaMix Glassware protection to avoid chipping glasses and other delicate items.
The AquaStop lifetime warranty is included relating to drum water leaks. Also, a load sensor, detergent detector, and indicators to avoid under/overloading with detergent are nice touches. Also, low rinse aid and salt indicators are present too.
The energy rating sits between an A+ and F, depending on the program, temperature setting, and other variables. Generally, the two models reviewed above sported better ratings per equivalent program than this model. It also typically used 14 litres of water per cycle too. On its quietest setting, it runs at 54 dB.
Overall, the Bosch Serie 2 as a budget full size integrated model slides into the bay and will deliver great results for singletons or small to mid-sized families. Whilst it doesn’t have as many place settings and there are fewer washing programs to choose from, it still delivers amply here and comes with the Bosch reputation for quality. Some good warranties cover various aspects of the dishwasher for several years and provide peace of mind.
- Capacity: 12 place settings
- Dimensions: 55cm (w) x 60cm (d) x 82cm (h)
- Weight: 33.4 kg
- Energy rating: A+ to F
- Noise level: 54 dB
- Warranty: 2-years from the manufacturer and 10-years on the inner tub itself
- Bosch Serie 2 SMV40C00GB manual(s): User manual
#4 Indesit DIF04B1
This Indesit model wins our Popular Choice because it’s won some hearts and mind in the UK. It also might be because consumers mistakenly believe that it’s more of a budget option than the Bosch Serie 2, but that’s not usually the case.
The now-familiar top edge control panel includes a circular power button, a “P” program button, and four LEDs with a simple wireframe icon depicting what they each represent.
There is a cooler Eco Mode that uses less water and powers the A+ energy rating. Three other washing programs help either to intensely wash at a higher temperature or to keep your glassware and other items sparkling by the end of their cycle.
The ‘soft-pull’ door makes it feel lighter, so less strength is required to open and close it. The stainless-steel interior will keep this dishwasher from rusting out. The unit supports up to 13 place settings – the equivalent of 130 plates, bowls, knives, forks, and more.
There’s a cutlery basket, not a cutlery tray, similar to the Bosch Serie 2 model. The upper-level tray is height adjustable but the lower one is at a fixed level. Up to a 28cm plate can be loaded when the upper tray is fully adjusted. However, consumers should be aware that loading is performed left to right, and not front to back. This is not preferable for some people, so please take note if that’s not your preference either.
The 4-stage filtration system uses mesh filters to prevent particles in the water from getting inside the dishwasher.
The energy consumption is an A+ rating. The Eco mode is necessary to achieve this. Other ash programs are likely to be a bit more power-hungry. Roughly 12 litres of water are used to perform a regular cycle.
Overall, the Indesit DIF04B1 is a good model that offers a reasonable set of features. It’s not as high-quality or potentially long-lasting as either the Bosch or Miele models under review, but that hasn’t stopped its popularity. The long warranty with the kicker that a paid engineer is needed to fit provided parts leaves a sting in the tail for some customers.
- Capacity: 13 place settings
- Dimensions: 60cm (w) x 57cm (d) x 82cm (h)
- Weight: 35.5 kg
- Energy rating: A+
- Noise level: 49 dB
- Warranty: 10-year warranty on parts (but paid engineer from Indesit required to fit it with a labour cost).
- Indesit DIF04B1 manual(s):
#5 Hotpoint Aquarius Semi-Integrated Dishwasher
The Hotpoint Aquarius dishwasher is our top pick in the semi-integrated category. Admittedly, there’s not a wide range of quality products in this one, so it was slim pickings.
The slate grey hue of the door is accented by the off-black control panel above it; the latter will be both visible and accessible while the dishwasher’s door will be hidden behind a faux door matching the existing kitchen cabinetry.
The control panel is a sophisticated one with push buttons for the power, program selection, and half or full load. In the centre are the Hotpoint logo and a host of LED lights with depictions of what they all mean. And on the right are further buttons to select, including the Start/Stop button on the far right.
There are several programs available. These include ECO mode, Intensive (at a high temperature), Normal, Express (fast cycle), Soak (pre-rinse, essentially), and Half load.
The upper basket is height adjustable to accommodate larger plates.
The energy rating runs from an A+ in Eco mode to an F for the most Intensive cycle. On water consumption, 12 litres of water are used per cycle. The noise level is 49 dB which is fair too.
Overall, the Hotpoint Aquarius semi-integrated dishwasher does a reasonable job in this category. Whilst it doesn’t have a gazillion washing programs, they’re enough to get the job done. The 13 place settings should also be large enough for most families too. If you’re set on the semi-integrated style, then Aquarius is a reasonable choice.
- Capacity: 13 place settings
- Dimensions: 60cm (w) x 56cm (d) x 82cm (h)
- Weight: 32.1 kg
- Energy rating: A+ to F
- Noise level: 49 dB
- Warranty: 10-year for parts and 1-year for labour
- Hotpoint Aquarius Semi-Integrated Dishwasher information sheet(s): User manual here
How We Decide the Best Integrated Dishwasher for You
We think carefully about the picks we make for recommended appliances. We thought that it was important to explain a little about how we select the best dishwashers (in this case), so you know we care. After all, our Geek reputation is on the line.
Let’s take a look:
We look at all specifications of the various dishwashers that we provide our ratings for. We want them to offer value for money. Our research includes considering their capacity, design, the reliability of the brand, economy modes, washing and drying modes, and much more. We look at all the features of each model to better understand it and convey that to our readers. This way, you’re in a better position to select the right integrated or semi-integrated dishwasher for you.
We research all the relevant information for every model. This tells us how it operates, what it does well, and where sometimes it fell short. A quality integrated dishwasher needs to be built well, even though most of its size is hidden from view. There are different dishwasher models within the integrated and semi-integration classifications. In many cases, the better brands stand above lesser ones for durability, quality, and features. While the cost of a dishwasher varies widely between models, we select the best performers within different price ranges and only recommend those. That way, our customers will be happier.
While every effort is made to test individual dishwashers for the suitability, we’re still a relatively small site. As such, in its place, we do consider the options of consumers and their recent opinions expressed about the models under review. This proves to be valuable feedback that is integrated into our reviews to provide our readers with a clearer understanding when choosing between dishwasher models.
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