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The best integrated dishwashers for your kitchen in 2022

Derek Adams Helen McCue
4 Apr 2022
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Want a dishwasher that blends in with the kitchen? Learn how to choose the best integrated dishwasher for you

Thank heavens for the humble dishwasher. Without it we’d be up to our elbows in soap suds, splashing water all over the floor and scrubbing away with a scourer. And just when you think it’s all over and you can get back to the television, you have to dry it all by hand with a smelly tea towel full of germs and goodness knows what else.

There’s no question: if you can afford it and have 60cm of space among your kitchen cabinets, a dishwasher is one of the greatest labour-saving household gadgets ever invented. But which type to get? Do you go for a freestanding model that simply slides in between the kitchen cabinets or an integrated model that remains hidden from view until you need it?

If you’re set on getting yourself a freestander, hop over to our freestanding dishwashers guide. But if you’re looking to keep your kitchen clutter-free and aesthetically spot on, an integrated machine is the way to go. Luckily, we’ve created this handy shortlist of the best integrated dishwashers on the market, featuring everything from sub-£500 budget models to the best that money can buy.


The best integrated dishwashers: At a glance


How to choose the integrated dishwasher for you

What is an integrated dishwasher?

Most dishwashers are of the freestanding variety. These machines can be installed pretty much anywhere as long as there’s a 60cm gap (45cm if it’s a slimline model) between the kitchen cabinets and there’s a water supply and drainage in the vicinity. The kitchen sink area is usually the most suitable location. Freestanding models usually come with full white fascias and are very easily slid into position. They’re also usually cheaper to buy.

Integrated models come in two styles: fully integrated and semi-integrated. These machines are designed to fit flush with your existing kitchen units and be hidden from view behind a panel that perfectly matches the rest of your kitchen’s cabinets. Hence, most models arrive with no front panel attached.

However, integrated models do have a drawback or two. The first is that, because the machine is installed among the kitchen units, chances are you’ll need to leave it behind if you move. We’ll get to the second in a minute.

What’s the difference between fully and semi-integrated?

Fully integrated machines are completely hidden from view behind a kitchen panel so that everything, including the control interface and LED panel, is concealed. With some machines, this can cause a small inconvenience as there’s no way of knowing how much longer a cycle has to run or even if the machine is on. Thankfully, many modern dishwashers now come equipped with LEDs that transmit a beam of light onto the floor to let the user know when the machine is on.

Another problem with fully integrated machines is that the control panel needs to fit on a very slim profile, which means stripping down the interface to its bare essentials, often with just a row of confusing icons to baffle the owner.

Semi-integrated dishwashers don’t have this issue because their front control panels are still in full view. To all intents and purposes, a semi-integrated machine is very similar to a freestanding model, only the fascia below its control panel is of the same material and colour as the kitchen cabinets and not white enamel. If you want an easier-to-grasp interface or you’re happy to break up the aesthetic lines of your kitchen with a bit of visible tech, a semi-integrated model is for you.

What do the energy rating labels mean?

The energy rating label gives you an indication of each machine’s annual running costs. As of March 2021, a new rating system is in place. The previous system used the letters A to D followed by up to three plus signs, but the new system does away with the plus signs and rates appliances on a simpler A to G scale. As before, the A-rated appliances are the cheapest to run.

A quick glance over the energy rating label also reveals other key tidbits of information. In the case of dishwashers, you'll find the maximum number of place settings, the amount of water used per wash and the claimed noise level during operation. Noise levels are provided in two measurements: an A to D rating, and the exact loudness in decibels. Even if you aren’t up to speed with your dBs, it’s easy to tell which machines are quietest.

READ NEXT: The best freestanding dishwashers to buy

Cutlery basket or cutlery tray?

Most budget dishwashers use a basket on the bottom rack for cutlery storage, which can get in the way if you have large pots and pans to wash. The more expensive models give you a range of positioning options, so you can fit it around other items, while the cheaper ones tend to have a fixed basket position.

Baskets are easiest to load but, because the cutlery is crowded into small spaces, some knives and forks might not receive as good a wash. Also, since you’re encouraged to load cutlery handle side down, there’s more chance of stabbing yourself with an upturned knife. Ouch!

High-end machines, by contrast, often feature a top-mounted slide-out cutlery tray instead of a basket. This is quite a lot slower to load, as every knife, fork and spoon needs to be correctly positioned. However, it’s much more space-efficient and gives the cutlery a more thorough wash. Cutlery trays also prevent rust spots from developing when two different metals come into contact with each other during the washing cycle.

The best integrated dishwashers to buy

1. Bosch Serie 2 SGV2ITX18G: An affordable integrated dishwasher

Price: £439 | Buy now from AO.com

You certainly get a lot of posh-sounding features with Bosch’s entry-level Serie 2 models, including ActiveWater tech to boost cleaning efficiency, a red InfoLight that shines on the floor to let you know the dishwasher is on (and turns off when it’s finished) and EcoSilence Drive, which aims to keep motor noise to a minimum.

The controls are easy to get to grips with and you can take your pick from four programmes: Eco 50°C, Auto 45-65°C, Intensive 70°C and Express 65°C. The Extra Dry setting boosts the drying phase for when you absolutely don’t want to be wiping off drips, the half load does what it says on the tin, and SpeedPerfect reduces the programme duration for when you haven’t got time to hang around. The Machine Care programme, meanwhile, does its bit to keep the machine hygienic and bacteria-free.

There’s nothing fancy in the way of adjustability – you can only adjust the upper baskets – but the Bosch still swallows a generous 12 place settings without any hassle. There’s a traditional cutlery basket too, so it’s possible to remove that and fill the dishwasher with big grimey pots and pans after you’ve cooked up a storm.

Finally, Bosch’s AquaStop feature also gives you a lifetime guarantee against water damage in the case of a fault in the water supply, which is a nice reassurance to have.

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 12; Rated efficiency: E; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray/basket: Basket; Adjustable basket: Yes, upper only

Buy now from Argos


2. Bosch Serie 4 SGV4HCX40G: A quiet, capable integrated dishwasher for under £700

Price: £629 | Buy now from John Lewis

This Serie 4 model takes everything that’s good about Bosch’s Serie 2 range, turbo-charges the performance and adds a range of handy features to get your dishes sparkling. It’s quieter, too, thanks to the SilencePlus design, which makes it measurably quieter than its cheaper Serie 2 sibling; there’s even a special Silence programme for whisper-quiet cleaning.

You get five main wash programmes to choose from: Eco 50°C, Auto 45-65°C , Intensive 70°C, Express 65°C and Silence 50°C, and you can combine these with the Extra Dry, Half Load and SpeedPerfect+ options. Once you’ve settled on your go-to combination, you can set it as the Favourite programme and set it going with one button press. As usual, the Machine Care programme takes care of keeping the machine hygienic and bacteria-free.

The VarioDrawer design adds a welcome boost to adjustability, with a drawer at the top of the machine swallowing cutlery, utensils and smaller crockery and boosting the rated capacity to 14 place settings. Both the lower and upper baskets have cup shelves and are adjustable, too, with the VarioDrawer design making it easier to accommodate stacks of plates and glasses in addition to awkward cookware. Usefully, you can even adjust the upper basket while it’s loaded; some rival designs only allow you to do this while it’s empty.

If you want great cleaning with a minimum of noise, the Serie 4 is a great option.

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: D; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray/basket: Tray; Adjustable basket: Yes, upper and lower

Buy now from John Lewis


3. Miele G7362SCVi: The best high-end fully integrated dishwasher

Price: £1,699 | Buy now from Marks Electrical

If money is no object, Miele makes some of the best dishwashers around. This consistently high-performing brand demands a serious premium, but the reward is appliances that are built to last and packed with the latest cleaning technology.

The unique AutoDos system means you don’t have to add a tab to every wash. You can get a pack of six AutoDos cartridges for around £50, and each detergent cartridge lasts for around 20 loads. This works out at a pricey 42p per wash, though.

There are 10 wash programmes: you can choose from favourites such as Eco and Intensive or more unusual options such as Extra Quiet and Hygiene. The 58-minute QuickPowerwash is a handy timesaver, too.

As you’d expect from a top-of-the-range appliance, it’s Wi-Fi enabled so you can start a cycle via your phone or Amazon Alexa, which works particularly well alongside the auto-dosing system.

The slide-out cutlery rack ensures your cutlery will come out sparkling, and the adjustable height baskets allow you to customise the interior to suit your loads.

While they acknowledge the steep price, users love this machine and confirm that you really do get what you pay for.

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: C; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray/basket: Tray; Adjustable basket: Yes

Buy now from Marks Electrical


4. Beko DIN16430: The best entry-level fully integrated dishwasher

Price: £339 | Buy now from AO

This affordable Beko packs in 14 place settings, so you’ll be able to squeeze in a whole day’s worth of dishes without having to perform a frustrating game of crockery Tetris.

It has six programmes to choose from, including the Quick&Shine programme, which will deliver clean tableware in just 58 minutes. If you’ve only got very lightly soiled items, the Mini 30 programme provides lightning-fast results in just 30 minutes, and the clever Auto programme will adjust the amount of water used depending on how dirty your load is, saving water, energy and money.

The floor-projected LED light is a welcome feature that lets you know the dishwasher is still running without the need to open it. Other great features include a half load setting and delay timer. Users praise this dishwasher for excellent cleaning and they love the adjustable shelf height, as well as the automatic door-opening feature when it’s finished.

Key specs – Type: Fully integrated; Place settings: 14; Rated efficiency: D; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray/basket: Basket; Adjustable basket: Yes

Buy now from AO