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The Basics of Drawer Dishwashers

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With a double drawer dishwasher, drawers can be used separately or together.

The next generation of dishwashers has become unhinged, making their home in drawers that slide in and out rather than in boxes with doors that open downward. Because of their small size, powerful punch and convenience, drawer dishwashers are quickly gaining ground in today's kitchens.

Like a standard under-counter dishwasher, drawer dishwashers are about 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep. Single drawers are only between 16 and 17 inches high, while a double-drawer configuration is about 33 inches high. Each drawer holds about five place settings, and you can choose single or double-drawer configurations.

Both small and big kitchens can reap the benefits of the drawer dishwasher. In a small kitchen, a single drawer can be installed near the kitchen sink in a space normally reserved for a cabinet drawer. For a bigger kitchen, you may want a standard or two-drawer dishwasher near your sink and range, and a single drawer on the island or in the butler's pantry.

Drawer dishwashers have also caught on in popularity because the drawers can be used separately or in concert with each other. On weekends or small loads, use only the top drawer; for larger family events or parties, wash the wine glasses and dessert plates in one drawer, and the pots and pans in another. The ability to separate different types of dishes also makes drawer dishwashers popular in kosher kitchens.

If you have a bad back or are designing a kitchen with universal design principles in mind, a drawer dishwasher is an ideal solution, as it doesn't require bending over to remove or load dishes.

A double drawer dishwasher will likely cost around $1,100 to $1,400; a single drawer, $700 to $1,000.