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Kitchen Island Dishwashers

Dishwashers are prime candidates for kitchen islands which
have sinks. Island sinks themselves are preferred among a good portion of
remodeling homeowners. The island sink provides convenience, allowing dishes
and cookware to be bussed from all directions. Kitchen island dishwashers only
add to that convenience by locating all your kitchen cleaning needs in one
location.

Moreover, many kitchen islands are used for storage of china,
often with racks for hanging pots and pans above. That allows the convenience
of putting cleaned kitchenware away with minimal effort.

One inhibition to island dishwashers is potential size
limitations. Kitchen islands lend themselves to larger kitchens. For
medium-sized kitchens, islands are still a possibility but may push spatial
limits. Dishwashers do take up a good deal of space—about the size of a stand-alone
range
—although they slide in under the countertop, thus leaving that
extra prep space that makes islands so appealing.

Another consideration for remodelers is water access. A new
water line may need to be run to facilitate dishwasher installation: yet
another reason that island dishwashers fit so well into kitchen islands with
sinks. New sleek and modern appliance designs solve any aesthetic disputes.
Again, the universal size of most dishwashers leaves your choice
of appliance
wide open, whether on the island or wall.

If your kitchen island has a sink and room to store dishes, it may be a prime candidate for a dishwasher installation. If you’re considering ramping up your island with a dishwasher, then we have all the information you need to get started.

Costs

The cost of a dishwasher can vary depending on the manufacturer and the quality of the machine. You can expect to pay anywhere from $250-$1,500, with the average being right around $500. The cost of installing a dishwasher into your kitchen island would be extra, so it’s best to contact a professional for price quotes and go from there.

Pros

There are a variety of dishwashers available to fit the style of the island and the kitchen itself.

Adding a dishwasher to a kitchen island doesn’t take away from the extra counter space that the island offers.

Since many kitchen islands are used to store dishes, adding a dishwasher makes putting away the dishes a breeze.

Cons

Adding a dishwasher may require that a new water line be run to the dishwasher itself.

Even though dishwashers can fit underneath the island countertop, the installation can be tricky.

Maintenance

Most dishwashers require very little regular maintenance. If problems should arise, it’s always best to contact the manufacturer or a professional that can perform maintenance operations for you.

Common Questions and Answers

How much space needs to be around a kitchen island to allow for a dishwasher door to be opened?

There should be approximately 36 inches to allow a dishwasher door (that is usually 30 inches long) to be opened.

History

While the first mechanical dishwashing device was invented by Joel Houghton in 1850, the reliable machines that we have today seem to be a direct descendent of an 1886 invention by Josephine Cochrane. Dishwashers weren’t commonplace in homes until the 1970’s.

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