Dishwasher shopping, low counter edition
September 9, 2017 7:01 AM   Subscribe

Our countertop is about 34-1/8" above the floor. We want a new dishwasher that will actually clean the dishes, for a change, and that will fit the space, and that won't break too quickly. If you considered these factors or have had your dishwasher ~3 years (so that a similar model is still available but has been tested), would you recommend it?

I am pretty sure it's time to retire the rusty, non-assertive, 80s-vintage dishwasher that that we've long nursed out of a desire to conserve appliances; a leak now would be disastrous.

I love having the countertop feel a little lower than usual -- I'm not a tall person -- so I'd prefer not to raise it.
posted by amtho to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
You want to search for ADA-compliant dishwashers, which are shorter than standard models, typically a little over 32" high.
posted by jon1270 at 7:24 AM on September 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I had to do this and it's fine, there are some decent models. I like my ADA-compliant Frigidaire for my lowered counter. There is even a Bosch if you want to go a little higher.

AJ Madison is a site that lets you search by size.
posted by fingersandtoes at 7:45 AM on September 9, 2017

(I mean higher in price/fanciness not height)
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:05 AM on September 9, 2017

Is 34 1/8" the measurement from the floor to the top of the counter, or the underside?

The underside-to-floor height is what's important when dishwasher shopping. A lot of them can adjust their final height with screw feet.

Just looking at a typical Bosch (my recommendation), they can adjust from 33 7/8 to 35 inches in height.
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:26 AM on September 9, 2017

34-1/8" is from the floor surface to the underside of the dishwasher.

I do see a few on Home Depot's site, just listed in the general dishwasher section, that are that height or less; ADA-compliant models are something I'll keep in mind, but maybe it's not absolutely necessary.
posted by amtho at 9:20 AM on September 9, 2017

I know you're nowhere near Abt Electronics (best appliance store on the planet!), but their website is really helpful when trying to narrow down models by dimensions as well as features. Home Depot's is pretty lousy.
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:32 AM on September 9, 2017

34-1/8" is from the floor surface to the underside of the dishwasher.

If you have 34-1/8" from the floor to the underside of the countertop, that's not unusual at all. Standard U.S. countertop height, to the top, is 36". Given that many tops are 2" thick, that leaves 34" under the countertop.

Pretty much any standard dishwasher should adjust to a 34" space. Make sure you take into account any tile under and around the dishwasher. A common mistake is to measure to the rough floor and once tile is in place, you can't install or remove the dishwasher.
posted by JackFlash at 10:10 AM on September 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

We bought the Bosch 800 Series SHEM78W55N In April. It will fit (minimum installation height is 33⅞"), it has an extremely useful third rack, and it is so quiet it literally can't be heard unless you're standing next to it. Plus the appliance delivery guys both commended our choice of front controls instead of controls hidden on top of the door. Very highly recommended.
posted by fedward at 10:41 AM on September 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

34-1/8" is from the floor surface to the underside of the dishwasher.

When I wrote that, I'd been installing flooring and moving furniture for ~3 days. So tired. So tired.

I meant to the underside of the counter.

Thank you very much for the info.
posted by amtho at 10:16 AM on September 10, 2017

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