Best integrated dishwasher 2018: The best dishwashers to fit into your kitchen from £330

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Thank heavens for the humble dishwasher. Without it we’d be up to our elbows in soap suds, splashing water all over the floor and scrubbing away with a scourer. And just when you think it’s all over and you can get back to the television, you have to dry it all by hand with a smelly dishcloth full of germs and goodness knows what else.

There’s no question; if you can afford it and have 60cm of space amongst your kitchen cabinets, a dishwasher is one of the greatest labour-saving household gadgets ever invented. But which type to get? Do you go for a freestanding model that simply slides in between the kitchen cabinets or an integrated model that remains hidden from view until you need it?

If you’re set on getting yourself a freestander, then hop over to our Freestanding Dishwashers guide. But if you’re looking to keep your kitchen clutter-free and aesthetically spot-on, then an integrated machine is the way to go. Luckily, we’ve created this handy shortlist of the best integrated dishwashers on the market, featuring everything from sub-£500 budget models to the best that money can buy.

How to buy the best integrated dishwasher for you

What is an integrated dishwasher?

The majority of dishwashers are of the freestanding variety. These machines can be installed pretty much anywhere as long as there is a 60cm gap (45cm if it’s a slimline model) between the kitchen cabinets and there is a water supply and drainage in the vicinity. The kitchen sink area is usually the most suitable location. Freestanding models usually come with full white fascias and are very easily slid into position. They’re also usually cheaper to buy.

Integrated models come in two styles: fully-integrated and semi-integrated. These machines are designed to fit flush with your existing kitchen units and be hidden from view behind a panel that perfectly matches the rest of your kitchen’s cabinets. Hence, the majority of models arrive with no front panel attached.

However, integrated models do have a drawback or two. The first is that, because the machine is installed in among the kitchen units, chances are you’ll need to leave it behind if you move. We’ll get to the second in a minute.

What’s the difference between fully- and semi-integrated?

Fully-integrated machines are completely hidden from view behind a kitchen panel, so that everything, including the control interface and LED panel, is concealed. With some machines, this can cause a small inconvenience since there is no way of knowing how much longer a cycle has to run or even if the machine is on. Thankfully, many modern dishwashers now come equipped with LEDs that transmit a beam of light onto the floor to let the user know when the machine is on.

Another problem with fully integrated machines is that the control panel needs to fit on a very slim profile, which means striping down the interface to its bare essentials, often with just a row of confusing icons to baffle the owner.

Semi-integrated dishwashers don’t have this issue because their front control panels are still in full view. To all intents and purposes, a semi-integrated machine is very similar to a freestanding model, only the fascia below its control panel is of the same material and colour as the kitchen cabinets and not white enamel. If you want an easier-to-grasp interface or you’re happy to break up the aesthetic lines of your kitchen with a bit of visible tech, then a semi-integrated model is for you.

What does A++ mean?

Energy ratings give you an indication of each machine’s annual running costs. They’re denoted by the letters A to D, followed by up to three plus signs. Machines with an A+++ rating are cheapest to run – expect one of these to add around £40 a year to your electricity bill, plus the cost of water, tablets, salt and rinse-aid. Nevertheless, even those with an A++ and A+ rating are still well worth a look.

READ NEXT: The best freestanding dishwasher to buy

Cutlery basket or cutlery tray?

Most budget dishwashers use a basket on the bottom rack for cutlery storage, which can get in the way if you have large pots and pans to wash. The more expensive models give you a range of positioning options, so you can fit it around other items, while the cheaper ones tend to have a fixed basket position.

Baskets are easiest to load but, because the cutlery is crowded into small spaces, some knives and forks might not receive as good a wash. Also, since you’re encouraged to load cutlery handle side down, there’s more chance of stabbing yourself with an upturned knife. Ouch!

High-end machines, by contrast, often feature a top-mounted slide-out cutlery tray instead of a basket. This is quite a lot slower to load, as every knife, fork and spoon needs to be correctly positioned. However, it’s much more space-efficient and gives the cutlery a more thorough wash. Cutlery trays also prevent rust spots from developing when two different metals come into contact with each other during the washing cycle.

The best integrated dishwashers to buy from £330 

1. Beko DIN29X20: The best entry-level integrated dishwasher

Price: £330 | Buy now from Currys

Despite the budget price, this Turkish model is equipped with a very decent medley of tech, including a quiet, energy-efficient brushless motor, a filter that cleans itself using a built-in spray and a floor projected LED spotlight to let you know it’s on.

However, it’s the double spray arm in the base of the unit that impresses most. Rather like the AEG FSS62800P reviewed below, this model comes with both a standard spray arm and a circular satellite one that spins independently, spritzing a powerful stream of water into the pots, pans and plates above. The flexibility of the top cutlery drawer is another major plus. For instance, it can slide inwards from either side to create more space in the basket below for tall-stalk champagne glasses, or even lowered to accommodate small crockery items like espresso cups. The machine also comes with an extra removable basket for four wine glasses.

The Beko has enough plate estate for 14 and comes with nine main wash and dry programmes, including Eco (220 minutes), Quick&Shine (58 mins), a 70˚ intensive wash and a nippy 35˚C half-hour cycle for lightly soiled contents.

This one packs a lot of punch but some owners have pointed out that it doesn’t dry especially well. Others, however, have only good things to say about the flexibility of its interior, ease of installation and – of course – the attractive price.

Buy now from Currys

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: A++; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray: Yes; Adjustable basket: Yes

2. Whirlpool SupremeClean WIO 3O33 DEL: The best-value integrated dishwasher

Price: £479 | Buy now from Hughes

If you’re fed up with your dishwasher constantly failing to remove hardened foodstuffs – usually because you left some dirty dishes in the machine for several hours – then this high-tech, sensor-equipped marvel from Whirlpool could just be the cure you’re looking for.

Unlike most dishwashers that use a simple rotating spray arm on the base of the unit, this one comes armed with a battery of rear-mounted sensor-controlled high-pressure water jets that blast off even the most obstreperous stuff like Weetabix, muesli and egg yolk, leaving dishes, pots and pans squeaky clean.  It’s called PowerClean Pro and it will become your new best friend. The PowerDry function, meanwhile, uses a fan to literally suck out the steam at the end of the rinse cycle, greatly aiding the whole drying process.

The freestanding Whirlpool boasts an A+++ energy rating and provides enough space for up to 14 place settings – that’s 14 dinner plates, side plates, dessert bowls and the cutlery to go with it. The interior is well thought through, too, and features a flexible upper basket that can be raised a few centimetres to accommodate even the largest of dinner plates below. The top cutlery tray is especially innovative as it can be adjusted to two-thirds its width so tall-stalk glasses can be positioned in the basket below.

This model has 11 programmes, including a self-cleaning cycle and a very handy one-hour wash and dry option. It’s an extremely quiet operator, too, so you’ll be pleased to know it shines a light on the floor to let you know it’s running.

Whirlpool hasn’t enjoyed the same level of acclaim as its German competitors but this is a machine of serious calibre, equipped to take on more expensive models from Siemens, Miele and Bosch.

Buy now from Hughes

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: A+++; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray: Yes; Adjustable basket: Yes

3. Bosch Serie 6 SMV68MD02G: The best mid-range integrated dishwasher

Price: £618 | Buy now from John Lewis

If you want Germanic reliability, function and efficiency at a reasonable price, this Bosch dishwasher is tough to beat. This fully-integrated A++ model has room for 13 place settings and it’s also one of the quietest in the kitchen. It even goes a step further than just shining a light on the floor to tell you it’s on; instead, it projects a proper countdown readout in hours and minutes.

Aside from its hushed operation, users like its exceptional performance at both washing and drying (it comes with a special ExtraDry program for picnic plastics and Tupperware items), plus the excellent height-adjustable top basket and top-mounted cutlery rack.

The Bosch boasts eight wash and dry programmes – including the obligatory Eco and Intensive modes – as well as an attractive, easy-to-use control panel and low water consumption (6.5 litres) when used in Eco mode. True, this isn’t the cheapest model in this roundup, but what price can you put on reliability and dish-cleaning efficiency?

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 13; Rated efficiency: A++; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray: Yes; Adjustable basket: Yes

4. AEG ComfortLift FSS62800P: The best integrated dishwasher for under £1,000

Price: £745 | Buy now from AO.com

Aside from its full complement of washing programmes, open door drying technology, soft rubber glass grips for your priceless champagne flutes and a large space-saving cutlery tray, this machine’s piece de resistance is something AEG calls ComfortLift. You know the scenario, it’s time to load or unload the dishwasher and you really dislike having to bend down to reach for stuff in the lower basket. You might even be a bit too frail or have a back problem or are simply not as supple as you used to be.

Well, with this machine, all you have to do is reach for the handle and lift the whole basket up to waist level where it can be much more easily loaded and unloaded. It’s not a difficult lift either – even with a full load of plates – because it uses hydraulic pistons to help ease the burden. This is groundbreaking tech and a worthy investment for fuss-free loading and unloading.

Another cool feature is the extra Satellite Spray Arm that’s fitted to the end of the main arm. This extra arm rotates separately, squirting water into areas a regular sprinkler might have trouble reaching.

Unfortunately, the programme panel on this model looks a bit cheap and is full of baffling icons that you will almost certainly need to look up in the manual. On a positive note, the machine comes with a red floor beam to let you know it’s on.

The AEG has received a tranche of accolades from both professional and amateur reviewers but it’s that ComfortLift feature that they mostly rave about.

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 13; Rated efficiency: A++; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray: Yes; Adjustable basket: Yes

5. Miele G 6730 SCi: The best high-end integrated dishwasher

Price: £1,249 | Buy now from John Lewis

Like nearly all Miele products, the G 6730 SCi is impressively well-built and efficient. This semi-integrated AAA model has an attractive fascia that fits flush with kitchen cabinets and provides instant access to its raft of programs without having to open the door.

The Miele uses just 6.5 litres of aqua per wash (that’s less than a sinkful) and also features a 58-minute QuickPowerWash function. However, Miele does advise the use of its own detergent tablets rather than your usual brand and whether these proprietary tabs make a noticeable difference to the end result is a moot point. Once the wash program has completed, the door pops open a smidge to allow everything to dry more naturally.

As to be expected from Miele, everything is made from the highest quality components – even the hidden stuff – but special mention must go to the flexibility and robustness of its interior baskets and cutlery tray which are constructed from high-grade plastics that don’t feel flimsy and breakable.

Some users say that the manual is ‘decidedly poor’ and needs to divulge much more information on why one program is better than another. Still. most manuals suffer from this issue, with manufacturers happy to tell you how to select a specific function but rarely why you should use it. That aside, this machine excels at all levels and should be good for at least fifteen years of fuss-free labour.

Key specs – Type: Semi integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: A+++; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray: Yes; Adjustable basket: Yes

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