With the push of a button, what was once a chore became a time-saving necessity that works in almost any home, regardless of space. What’s better, dishwasher installation has become more of a DIY affair. Manufacturer guidance, along with a little research, means you can find almost any OEM dishwasher parts. When planning a new installation, there are some basics you need to keep in mind. Remember that dishwasher sizes vary despite the standards, and the last thing you need is a loose machine jostling around. Find dishwasher parts near you using the Walmart Store Locator.
There isn’t just one type of dishwasher anymore. You can now choose between the more traditional designs or something that handles less load.
Undercounter dishwashers are designed to work in a recess under the kitchen counter, with the help of dishwasher mounting brackets. They typically mount right near the sink so that plumbing connections are simple.
Dishdrawer dishwashers, as the name says, look and work like any drawer in your kitchen. They are available in single or double, so they are flexible enough to work within limited spaces, and because they're small, you can do lighter washes with less water.
Countertop dishwashers are compact enough to sit on your counter, and they are built for portability. This makes them great for small apartments or even for RV campers.
Freestanding dishwashers work where there is a small space under your counter, or it can stand alone. Because it has a finished exterior, you can get one that matches your kitchen decor so well that it looks built-in. There's no special installation required. All you need are the hoses. Slimline dishwashers are similar to the freestanding machines, in that they make the most of tiny spaces without sacrificing functionality.
Then, there are integrated dishwashers. These units don't come with a front panel, so it requires custom cabinetry to make it work with your kitchen's designs. You can make it semi- or fully integrated, depending on how much you want it to be concealed.
Your manual will insist on OEM, which stands for original equipment manufacturer, parts. Genuine dishwasher parts are designed to work together and reduce premature failures. On the other hand, aftermarket, or generic, parts claim to be close enough to the original that your machine won’t work any differently.