Space saviours: Why designers are opting for slimline dishwashers

KitchensFeatures Tue 5th Sep 2023 by Sally Smith

Space saviours: Why designers are opting for slimline dishwashers

Space saviours: Why designers are opting for slimline dishwashers

Feature by Sally Smith | Tue 5th Sep 2023

Sally is a freelance interiors journalist with over 10 years' experience, specialising in kitchens and bathrooms. She contributes to many of the national home and interiors publications, and has a background in both consumer and B2B PR. More

Slimline dishwashers are not only compact – they provide all the functionality of a standard model and have the added bonus of using less water. Sally Smith assesses the advantages of the latest products on the market.

The trends for creating home bars, utility rooms and even a second ‘back’ kitchen are all still high on most homeowners’ wishlists. Fitting a slimline dishwasher with all the functionality of a standard-sized model into all these more compact layouts can be the ideal solution for customers.

The Miele 9 place setting slimline dishwasher has AutoOpen drying for optimum drying results, a C Energy Rating, water consumption of 6 litres per Automatic cycle, and 6 programmes including QuickPower Wash, ECO, Gentle and ExtraQuiet 40dB

These more compact dishwasher models tend to be 45cm wide – 15cm narrower than a full-size model – and offer the same functionality as a 60cm version, with the only difference being that they have space for 10 place settings instead of the standard 14.

"Slimline dishwashers are ideal for those with smaller kitchens, or those who live in apartments and may be limited for space in the kitchen area or for those who live alone," explains Lucy Thomas, dishwasher manager at Miele. She adds: "It’s a good idea for retailers to educate consumers and start by pointing out the environmental benefits of owning a dishwasher. Miele dishwashers are built with a professional pump, which uses just 6.5 litres of freshwater in the automatic programme – considerably less than filling a kitchen sink, which can use up to 25 litres."

This HiSense slimline dishwasher has 10 place settings, uses 9 litres of water per cycle with Energy Rating E, and has 6 programmes including a 30-minute Quick Wash, Glass, ECO and Intensive, with half load and start delay

Matthew Glynn, product marketing manager for Hisense UK, says: “Our slimline dishwasher includes a half load function – perfect for those days when there’s not many dishes to wash. The programme takes half the time, whilst using less energy and water than a standard wash and along with a hot water connection helps reduce programme length and electricity consumption.”

Slimline models tend to use less water and power per load and offer ECO programmes. It’s definitely worth pointing out to customers that although the ECO wash duration is longer than other cycles, it brings cost benefits as it runs on lower temperatures and uses less energy.

Glynn adds: "A lot of consumers will use the same programme every time they set off a cycle of the dishwasher, so by outlining the different programmes, consumers will be more aware of how they could be saving energy using more specific programmes such as ECO or half load. Whilst different programmes are outlined in the product manual, consumers are often time poor, so we’d advise that retailers give an explanation of programmes to consumers to help secure a sale."

The K-Series 45cm dishwasher from Küppersbusch offers 10 place settings, 9 programmes including IntensiveClean & IntensiveRinse with a half load function, Energy Rating C, and water consumption per 100 rinse cycles in the ECO Mode of  8.9 litres

Bodie Kelay, MD of Küppersbusch Sales UK can definitely see the benefits for consumers. "It’s important to focus on the versatility of the offering for a customer’s lifestyle, whether they are looking at downsizing, adding one to a holiday home or a utility room space. In a smaller kitchen scheme, opting for a slimline dishwasher offers an opportunity to free up valuable space to incorporate additional organised storage solutions." He adds: "Retailers should also focus on the eco benefits of a compact model, including reduced water consumption and greater energy efficiency."

Connected slimline dishwashers using the latest smart technology is a key selling point and it’s vital that retailers educate customers on the real benefits they can offer.

The Bosch SPV4EMX21G Series 4 fully integrated dishwasher has 10 place settings, six programmes including Eco, Intensive 70C and Pre-Rinse, an Energy Rating D, uses 9.5 litres of water per cycle, and includes Voice Control and Home Connect via Smartphone to adjust and deactivate settings

Koulla Henry, business unit head of dishwashers, BSH Home Appliances, explains: "A lot of customers are still sceptical about connected appliances, so by training staff to understand the key benefits of intelligent dishwashing features, they can better explain and demonstrate these benefits to customers first-hand. For example consumers can download additional programs via our Home Connect App, even with an entry-level model. This means they can access five programmes that they wouldn't have had otherwise, without paying extra for a more expensive model."

She adds that having a working slimline dishwasher in the showroom to demonstrate to customers while explaining the added benefits of a more compact version is a vital part in the selling process. "Displaying a slimline model on the shop floor loaded with various crockery, means customers can better visualise and understand the capacity of slimline dishwashers compared to standard 60cm models."

Smeg’s DI4522 slimline dishwasher has 9 place settings, 6 programmes including Eco, Express, Soak and Self Clean, an Energy Class E and uses 9.9 litres of water used per cycle plus Total Aqua stop that automatically detects leaks and switches off water supply immediately

Matthew James, Smeg product manager, agrees. "The key is to display all unique selling points to the consumer for a seamless shopping experience," he says. "Displaying and demonstrating the slimline dishwasher to customers will allow them to see the benefits to investing in the compact appliance. This DI4522 also benefits from an inverter motor, making for reduced noise whilst in operation, particularly useful in small or open plan spaces."

A slimline dishwasher will save on energy and water per cycle compared to larger 60cm models and generally slimline models will have an Energy Rating of D or E and use around 9 litres per cycle on an ECO wash.

The Hotpoint freestanding 45cm Slim Dishwasher offers a flexi load from 10 place settings to 13, Energy Class E with a water consumption of 9 litres per cycle based on an ECO wash, with six programmes including Dual Wash, Silent and Sani Rinse and half load function

The Rangemaster Premium 45cm fully integrated dishwasher holds up to 10 place settings with 9 programmes including Smart 50°C-60°C and Mini 14 minute cycle, a Silent Wash programme and uses 9 litres of water per ECO cycle, Energy Class D for energy efficiency

The latest slimline dishwashers use inverter motors that will ensure the appliance is quieter and more efficient than older models.

Robert Stein, product manager for appliances at Rangemaster, says: "Noise level is an important factor when it comes to dishwashers whatever the size. Regardless of whether a homeowner has a large, open-plan kitchen or compact apartment, they will know how disruptive a noisy appliance can be. Our Premium 45cm dishwasher has a maximum noise-level rating of 44dB, which also happens to be quieter than a normal conversation at around 60dB, ensuring a comfortable level is maintained."

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