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Dishwashers for Small Kitchens: 18 Inch Dishwasher

by Experts at Spencers

person unloading dishwasher

People who have small kitchens are often frustrated by the lack of room for appliances. Instead of enjoying the convenience of a dishwasher, homeowners are left washing dishes by hand and using precious counter space to dry them.

It’s a myth that you have to have a large area in order to install a dishwasher. You can invest in a compact model that is barely wider than your standard kitchen cabinets. These appliances are small but powerful and are built to maximize storage space. If you are remodeling your small kitchen, make room for a dishwasher. Here are a few top 18-inch dishwasher models to consider in your search.

Use a Small Dishwasher to Maximize Kitchen Space

Homeowners who have small kitchens know how to maximize space. They use cabinet organizers to stack cookware and invest in multi-use appliances so one item can perform multiple functions. Another way to save space while enjoying the comfort of modern systems is to buy an 18-inch dishwasher. These dishwashers are only slightly bigger than one of your kitchen cabinets, which means you won’t lose much space when installing one.

You don’t have to buy a standard-size dishwasher to enjoy the benefits of machine-washed cookware. Plus, adding a dishwasher can increase your resale value. Buyers increasingly look for home appliances when shopping for homes. They want a washer and dryer system, so they don’t have to use a laundry service to travel to the laundromat. They also want a dishwasher, so they don’t have to spend several hours each week scrubbing down plates and utensils.

Buying an 18-inch built-in dishwasher is an investment in your current happiness and the future sale prospects of your home.

Miele 18" Panel Ready Built-in Dishwasher

Miele dishwasher

When you first start your search for an 18-inch dishwasher, look up appliances by Miele. This is a German company that specializes in high-end domestic appliances like dishwashers. If you decide to buy a Miele dishwasher, you are choosing an appliance that will last.

The ComfortClose technology makes it easy to open and close the dishwasher doors — and to feel confident that the doors are locked tight before starting a cycle. The versatile basket design makes it easy to load dishes from an entire meal, so your small dishwasher feels like a big appliance.

There are other features that attract customers to the Miele brand. The child lock features will keep your children and dishware safe by preventing them from touching breakable or heavy items. The appliance operates at low noise levels, so it won't disturb your family. If you live in a city apartment with multiple kids, you can use this dishwasher to clean up after meals without disturbing children and family members sleeping in the next room over.

Miele pricing is variable — If you are interested in this model, call Spencer’s TV & Appliance to request a quote today.

Frigidaire® 18" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Frigidaire dishwasher

Another top 18-inch dishwasher to consider for your home is this model by Frigidaire. This option was built to maximize cleaning, so both the top and bottom racks are cleaned equally each time. You will never have to worry about food getting stuck on your plates or in your utensils. Additionally, this Frigidaire dishwasher is National Sanitation Foundation® certified. It will remove up to 99.9% of common household bacteria, so each dish is clean and ready to use.

Frigidaire dishwashers also comes with customizable options so you can run these appliances on settings that suit you. Choose the energy-saver cycle if you want to complete a quick wash, or select the Heavy Wash option if you have tough foods that need to get washed away. The heated drying system completely dries your dishes the first time around, so you won’t get stuck drying off items manually before putting them away.

You have multiple options if you opt for 18-inch Frigidaire dishwashers. You can buy a white or black dishwasher for $850, or you can upgrade to a stainless steel model for $900. 

Samsung 18" Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Samsung dishwasher

Samsung dishwashers are known for their technology, and you can enjoy many of the features in the smaller models as the standard appliance sizes. For example, this 18-inch dishwasher comes with AutoRelease™ door drying, which means the door pops open a few inches when the cycle is complete. This releases any remaining steam from the appliance and allows your dishes to air dry and cool. When running, you can enjoy peace and quiet in your home, as the dishwasher was built to be virtually silent.

There are additional benefits to choosing this Samsung model. The smaller dishwasher is ENERGY STAR® Certified because it takes less electricity and water to run your system. It is also ADA compliant because it is easier to reach across the racks to load or put items away.

This model comes in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel or black stainless steel if you prefer. You can buy this dishwasher for your home for only $810.

GE Profile® 18" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

GE Profile dishwasher

GE is one of the most popular kitchen appliance brands on the market. When you add a GE dishwasher to your home, you are making a popular choice and purchasing a highly-rated appliance.

The stainless steel blade at the bottom of the dishwasher rotates at 3,600 RPM. This allows it to pulverize food particles, so they drain easily. Instead of wasting time scrubbing dishes before you load them, you can let your dishwasher break down the food and drain it away. This pulverization also means it’s significantly less likely that your dishwasher will get clogged.

There are other forms of technology that make this 18-inch dishwasher a useful investment. A beam of light is used to measure soil levels in the water and the temperature. The dishwasher uses this information to adjust the cycle time and cleaning intensity. This is why you can enjoy spotless dishes after each run — no matter what, you need the dishwasher to clean. You can buy a GE small dishwasher for only $800. These models come in black, white, and stainless steel.

Tips to Clean Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher works tirelessly to remove crusted-on food and clean your plates and utensils. However, most homeowners forget to clean their dishwashers every six months. A clean dishwasher is a high-functioning dishwasher. There is less of a chance of your appliance clogging, and your dishes will be more sanitary. Follow these steps for cleaning a dishwasher effectively:

  1. Remove the filter, utensil holder, and racks from your dishwasher. You may want to wash these separately before replacing them.
  2. Clear out any debris that is lingering in your dishwasher. These are likely food chunks that your appliance couldn’t break down or dispose of.
  3. Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with a cup of white vinegar. Place it on the bottom of your dishwasher, and then run the appliance on a hot water cycle.
  4. Remove the bowl and sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with baking soda. Run it on a short cycle.
  5. Clean the front of the dishwasher — even if you have a stainless steel model, it won’t hurt running a cloth over the surface. 

There are many benefits to cleaning a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda. The vinegar breaks down grease and food particles while the baking soda removes stains. This is also a safe way to clean your dishwasher without strong chemicals if you are sensitive to these home cleaners.


Is an 18-inch dishwasher considered accessible?

If you are looking for an ADA-compliant dishwasher, look into installing an 18-inch model into your home. These dishwashers are considered more accessible because they are less wide. It is easier for someone who uses a wheelchair or other assistive devices to lean over and select items without having to reach. This makes loading and unloading the dishwasher easier.

Why do you need to clean your dishwasher? 

Your dishwasher breaks down food on your plates and cookware and then drains it away. However, some food particles might get left behind. By cleaning your dishwasher every six months, you can remove any food particles that refuse to drain. You can also prevent odors in your dishwasher and make sure it looks its best. 

Why Trust Spencer’s TV & Appliance?

Since 1973, Spencer’s TV & Appliance has grown to 10 locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The secret to our longevity is simple: personal service. Customer satisfaction has always been the focus of our business, and throughout the years, we have been able to work hard with our suppliers to bring you the best prices. After all, getting customers the best price and personal attention is how we compete with big-box stores, day in and day out.

Not only do we offer top-rated appliances, name-brand electronics, and the best mattresses on the market but we also provide water treatment solutions and perform kitchen design services. Stop by your nearest Spencer’s and see what you’re missing!

Shop 18-Inch Dishwashers at Spencer’s

At Spencer’s TV & Appliance, we provide high-quality, name-brand products at great prices — check out our catalog to shop 18-inch dishwashers online today. Your friends in the business are always happy to help you find an 18-inch dishwasher for your small kitchen. Call us, or better yet, stop by at one of our locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale regions. Visit us today!

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