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Aug 16, 2009 05:01 AM

18-inch dishwasher recommendations

I'll be embarking soon an a small change in my kitchen and plan to add a dishwasher. Problem is... there is no room for a full sized dishwasher so my choices are no dishwasher (the status quo) or a narrower 18" dishwasher. Has anyone used one of these in their kitchen? What brand did you get? It's just me living in this house and I don't do a lot of entertaining so the smaller size shouldn't be that much of a problem on a day-to-day basis. I'm used to washing dishes by hand so the occasional things that need hand washing shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Several condo's I've stayed in had the maytag 18" DW. I think it was even a tall-tub model. it seemed to do a decent job, but on vacation, I'm really not paying too much attention to the dishes ;) adam

    1. Miele makes an 18 inch model. Way better than the Maytag

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      1. re: tfed

        I second that. The Miele 18" is not a 2nd class citizen, it is exactly the same as the 24" model, but smaller.
        If you check out the Miele's, you will find they have great organization, and I'll bet the 18" fits as much as a normal 24" from most other vendors.

        1. re: EatsFats

          I ended up getting the 24" due to cost. The larger one was on sale and also did not need custom cabinet sizing to fill up the extra 6". But since it is otherwise the same machine, I thought I'd mention it.
          Extremely quiet in operation, I've had guests accidentally open it while in operation. The organization doesn't blow me away,but I've not a lot to compare to. For reference though, small family of four, we run it maybe twice a week. (dunno about those people who run once a day. Maybe we pack well or really efficient in our dish usage?)
          Cleaning power is okay, I find it's really dependent on the detergent. Nothing yet that gets off egg residue and pots never really do that we'll either.
          Still,it's now 2013 and it has been performing reliably, zero problems.

      2. Thanks, adamshoe and tfed. Any information about the Bosch?

        1. I have a white Fridgidaire 18" built in and I love it! I don't have much to compare it to, as I have never lived in a place with a dishwasher before. We have to run it pretty much every day (two adults and one toddler + lots of cooking). But I actually like the smaller capacity so we aren't waiting for it to fill enough to run. For ecological reasons I like that I am never tempted to run a half-full dishwasher since the capacity is smaller and fills faster. Also, I never pre-rinse and every thing comes out clean.

          I never thought hand-washing dishes was a big deal, but I really like the dishwasher and would find it hard to go back. It is nice to cook complex meals and not have to face a mess after - I just pop the dishes in as I am cooking and no mess in the end.

          Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more specific questions.

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          1. re: Jitterbug

            That's good to know, Jitterbug. I'm probably more like you in that I haven't had a dishwasher in about 30 years or so. I'd likely be thrilled with *any* dishwasher. I do want to make sure it does a good job and is relatively quiet. Does your Frigidaire have a stainless interior? I understand that goes a long way in making them quieter.


            1. re: Leepa

              A stainless tub will hold heat in better, too, allowing for hotter washes and requiring less energy for drying - supposedly. I love mine (though it is full size). A food grinder at the bottom of the dishwasher will add noise, however, at least in my experience. The Bosch models have filters that need to be cleaned out manually every so often instead of a food grinder. Bosch's are indeed very, very quiet. I sometimes wish I had gone for the Bosch over the Kitchen Aid.

              1. re: Leepa

                Yes it does have a stainless interior. It seems quiet to me. To be honest though the dishwasher is one item we didn't research a whole lot when we remodeled our kitchen, and I certainly can't vouch for it against a different brand. There just aren't too many brands to choose from in that size and I think it was on sale at the time.

            2. Hi Leepa, I too am in the market for a quiet 18-inch dishwasher that cleans well. Have you bought yours yet? If so, what did you end up buying and are you happy with it? I'm in a studio apartment so quiet is definitely important to me.

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              1. re: czyha

                I haven't taken that step yet, czyha. It looks as if I won't before spring or at least the first of the year. I look forward to hearing what you do though.

                1. re: Leepa

                  I've looked around and been told by numerous salespeople that all the N. American brand 18" d/ws are made in the same factory in China. They all have a stainless steel interior and nylon racks, but they seem to have slightly different features in terms of wash levels, and the rack design. Bosch and Miele are still made in Europe. While I would love a Miele, at $1899 it's not going to happen on my budget! It does pay to shop around though, prices for the white Frigidaire built-in model range from $369 to to $567 (on sale!) in my neck of the woods, Victoria BC. All the other N.A. brands fell within that price range. After comparing the Frigidaire, Kenmore and GE ones, I'm going to buy the Frigidaire model tomorrow, most wash levels and best energy rating. I just hope it quietly cleans well!