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The best integrated dishwashers for your kitchen in 2023

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 would 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.

Best integrated dishwashers: At a glance

Best under £350Beko DIN16430 (~£329)Check price at AO
Best under £450Bosch Series 2 SMV2ITX18G (~£438)Check price at John Lewis
Best energy-efficient modelBosch Series 6 SMD6TCX00E (~£929)Check price at AO
Best high-end modelMiele G7460 SCVi AutoDos (~£1,879 )Check price at John Lewis
Best semi-integrated dishwasher AEG FEE63600ZM (~£599)Check price at AO

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 will need to leave it behind if you move. We will 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.

READ NEXT: The best Bosch dishwashers to buy

The best integrated dishwashers to buy in 2023

1. Bosch Serie 2 SGV2ITX18G: An affordable integrated dishwasher

Price when reviewed: £438 | Check price at John Lewis

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

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2. Miele G 7460 SCVi AutoDos: The best high-end fully integrated dishwasher

Price when reviewed: £1,879 | Check price at John Lewis

This Miele dishwasher is over three times the price of the cheapest model on this list, but there’s no denying the brand’s reputation for high-end build quality that’s engineered to last. This is a top-of-the-range integrated dishwasher for those with a generous budget, and although the upfront cost is high, the A energy efficiency rating makes it one of the cheapest dishwashers to run.

It boasts Miele’s hassle-free AutoDos feature, which automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent with Miele PowerDisk capsules for the wash selected. Since the disks only need to be replaced after 20 washes, you don’t need to faff with detergent tablets every time you turn on the wash. This convenience does come at a price, though; about 48p per cycle isn’t cheap.

However, at this price point you do get plenty of features that might be missing elsewhere. Connect the model to Wi-Fi and you get app control, while adjustable internal trays deliver the flexibility to configure the space to suit your needs. Plus, Quiet Mark accreditation backs up Miele’s claims that this dishwasher is whisper-quiet in use, so it’s the perfect choice for open plan layouts.

This Miele’s thoughtful design and layout are loved by reviewers, who also praise it for being quiet and efficient, as well as drying items thoroughly.

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

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

Price when reviewed: £329 | Check price at AO

This affordable Beko packs in 14 place settings, so you will 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

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4. Bosch Series 6: SMD6TCX00E: The best energy-efficient fully integrated dishwasher

Price when reviewed: £929 | Check price at AO

It might be half the price of the high-end Miele above, but this Bosch is far from an affordable option for most people. However, there are several reasons that it deserves a place on our list.

First, Bosch dishwashers consistently score well in user reviews for performance and reliability, and this model is no different. Second, it’s A-rated for energy efficiency – and since there are slim pickings in the A-rated category, and many models are of a similar or higher price, we can only hope that as more brands hit that coveted A rating, the average price will come down.

Despite the outlay, this model is equipped with every feature you’d expect of a premium dishwasher, including Wi-Fi connectivity, six cycles, and a super-efficient drying cycle that – according to reviewers – leaves even plastic items bone-dry.

Internal space accommodates 14 place settings, plus there are adjustable baskets and a cutlery tray to ensure your utensils and knives and forks are left spotless. Plus, the LED light projected onto the floor lets you see at a glance that the dishwasher is still running.

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

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5. AEG FEE63600ZM: The best semi-integrated dishwasher

Price when reviewed: £749 | Check price at AO

Fully integrated dishwashers aren’t for everyone, so if you still want a display on the front of your dishwasher, a semi-integrated model is the one for you.

This AEG model isn’t the cheapest semi-integrated dishwasher you can buy, but it is one of the most energy efficient. It has earned a bronze award for energy savings from Youreko, an independent energy insights company, so this means you should see savings in the long term with lower running costs.

With 13 place settings, it’s not one for the superstitious, but there’s plenty of space inside for all but the biggest families. And if you’re short of cutlery mid-way through a dinner party, the 30-minute quick wash will come in handy.

It features AEG’s innovative SatelliteClean dishwasher arm, which claims to improve the spray coverage for a thorough clean even when dishes are closely stacked, and users duly praise its cleaning ability. The ExtraHygiene function combats germs by sanitising dishes with an extra hot rinse phase, and the half load option means you don’t have to waste energy and water if it’s not full.

Key specs – Type: Semi integrated; Place settings: 13; Rated efficiency: D; Wine glass support: Yes; Quick wash: Yes; Cutlery tray/basket: Basket; Adjustable basket: Yes

Check price at AO