Jump to content

Installing a dishwasher


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Apageintime

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

So, our kitchen is about 10 years old, and its high time we got a dishwasher so we (ok, DH...) does not have to keep doing them by hand.

How do I go about this? Do I go out and buy a dishwasher, then call a plumber to install? or will I need a cabinet maker or an electrician at some point? who do I call first?

Or is there some kind of all in one dishwasher install type person?

Thanks!

#2 Apageintime

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Also - what is a decent brand of dishwasher? anything specific that makes a dishwasher awesome?

#3 qak

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

I am waiting for my very noisy dishlex to die so I can get a Bosch or Miele.
you need to measure the cabinet space as there is some variance in sizes.

If you already have a power point, separate water supply and drainage points then installation should be a job that you can do yourselves.

#4 laridae

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Well, first you need to figure out where the dishwasher will go.
Do you want it under the bench (taking up spaces of existing cupboards) or is there room to put it somewhere else?

If you want to put in under the bench, then (if your not handy), you will need to get someone to take out the cupboards so there is space for it.
You will also need a powerpoint near where it is going (so will need a sparky) these are usually installed on the wall or floor under the bench, and you'll need to to get a plumber to connect up the pipes (normally a hot or cold inlet, and a waste outlet).

You can get slimline dishawashers if you only want to take out 1 cupboard - that what I have.  Otherwise you will probably lose 2 as dishwashers are fairly wide.

You probably should choose your dishwasher first - so you know what size to make the hole if its going under bench.  
I have an Electrolux - it seems to work quite well.  I hear Miele and Bosch are good.

Edited by laridae, 02 January 2013 - 01:27 PM.


#5 unicorn

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

I bought a Siemens brand, love it. It does a rinse at the beginning which determines how dirty the dishes are and then runs the cycle according to that. Everything comes out squeaky clean.
As for installing, is your sink plumbed for a dishwasher? There will be a small outlet on your s&p that the drain hose connects to, it just slips on, if not you can buy the pipe at bunnings with the outlet and it takes about 5 minutes to swap them over, a handyman could do that and the cabinet. They plug into an ordinary PowerPoint so you would need a sparky to wire that up. Ask them they might do the whole install for you.

Eta, forgot the water inlet, mine only has a cold water inlet, but you will need taps out on your water taps to connect to, similar to a washing machine.

Edited by unicorn, 02 January 2013 - 01:31 PM.


#6 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

If you are installing it near your sink the plumbing shouldn't be difficult (you branch off the hose that goes to your taps and the outlet goes into a little point on your sink outlet pipe that you have to drill out).  Power is probably more complicated, and costly.  We still haven't had ours done and run the cord up over the bench!

We did the install ourselves, there had not previously been a dishwasher in the kitchen.

#7 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

It's not hard apart from the electrics which you cannot do yourself.

I bought a Bosch this weekend and I am in love with it.

#8 Cyaira

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Some retailers will do delivery and installation in one step (for a fee).

We recently bought a dishwasher. Definitely measure the space you want it to go in. When you look at dishwashers, also consider the size of cups and plates you use (better yet - bring some along). Some machines stack much better than others.

Also remember - some machines are designed to connect to a HOT water outlet and some connect to a COLD one. It's important not to get this wrong.

We have a Bosch and love it, so quiet and efficient and cleans beautifully. original.gif

#9 Coffeegirl

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

We have a Bosch.   Has  quick 30 minute cycle and a delay timer so I can run it while we sleep and the power is cheaper.    

It is really quiet too.

Love it.  It replaced our F&P dish drawers which were crap.

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

When we put one in our own house, we had a cabinet maker come in to make a space and he arranged the electrician for the power point as well.  You can get the tap thing from Bunnings - DH did one in a house that already had the space and power.

As far as dishwashers go, I hate the Miele in our current house - the quick cycle is ridiculously long compared to the 30-minute quick wash on our old Westinghouse. I'm also not a fan of BIL's Fisher and Paykel dish drawers either.  I like to be able to run a half load, either top or bottom.

The recommended models in last year's Choice testing were:
1 Electrolux ESF66814XR $1639
2 Dishlex DX301WK $1009
3 LG LD1454TFES2 $1599
4 Miele G5141i $1699
5 Miele G5935 SCi XXL $3749
Note, these are RRP's - you shouldn't have to pay that amount.

#11 Apageintime

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:24 AM

Thank you so much to everyone for this advice. I knew EB would help me!

We have the space under the sink available, and an electrician coming out next  week for some other jobs so I'll be getting him to put in the extra power point we need.

Now off to choose a dishwasher!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why we tend to hold our babies on our left side

On which side of your body do you carry or cradle your baby? If you answered "left" then you're not alone.

Taking fish oil in pregnancy may prevent childhood asthma

Women who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil supplements) in pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma by almost one third.

Mum, dad and son all share a birthday

Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other's birthday.

Mum shares the bittersweet truth about pregnancy after miscarriage

A mother's candid and heartfelt reflections about pregnancy after miscarriage are providing comfort to other women.

16 simple ways to make your baby smarter

What's the best way to mentally stimulate your baby? It doesn't take a genius - just a loving, involved parent.

Your blood pressure could predict baby's sex even before conception

The average blood pressure of mother could suggest a baby's sex before it even exists, a study has found.

The breastfeeding photo that says it all

Ashley Rockill was lucky enough to have her birth photographer on hand to capture a precious moment.

13 pregnancy superstitions from across the globe

In honour of Black Friday, let's explore 13 of the strangest pregnancy superstitions from across the globe.

I'm a stay-at-home mum, and I'm sending my son to daycare

When you become a mum you give birth to a beautiful baby, but you also give birth to guilt.

Mum gives birth to 'Incredible Hulk' 6.4kg baby

An American mother was shocked when she gave to a 6.4kg (14lb 1oz) baby last month.

Mum demands $530 for daughter's shoes after playdate

A mum has made a pretty bold move by demanding $532 for a pair of her daughter's shoes that were damaged at another family's house. 

A toddler's guide to helping around the house

If a toddler was to write a guide to 'help' you with the household chores, it would go something like this.

The breast pump you can use on the go

The game-changing breast pump promises to make life easier all round.

'Mum, don't be mad but I've just had a baby'

A teen mum has shared her birth story – and her shock at not knowing she was pregnant until her baby's head emerged.

No, Senator, childcare workers don't just wipe noses and stop fights

The only thing childcare workers spend their time doing is "wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other"? Not quite.

'I wanted to be the birth mum so much'

When people say "aren't you lucky that there are two of you, that you can switch?" I give them a tight smile.

6 myths about breastfeeding toddlers

Although breastfeeding a toddler isn't for everybody, if you choose to nurse beyond babyhood you can expect some strong reactions.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.