5 best slimline dishwashers to slot into a small kitchen

When there’s no room for a standard 60cm design, a 45cm dishwasher saves valuable space in the kitchen. Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert checks out the best freestanding and integrated models available

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If you think that having a dishwasher uses more energy and water than washing up by hand, think again, as the latest models are super efficient and will save you time, too. Many people choose a slimline 45cm design as they simply don’t have space for a full 60cm width but others go for a slim model as it suits their needs better, especially if it’s just one or two of you in the house. Here's our selection of the best slimline dishwashers on the market.

Dishwasher need to know

An average bowl of washing-up water is nine litres, whereas some dishwashers consume just six litres per cycle and, with half load options, delay start and eco programmes at your fingertips, you could save even more. 

Before you buy, consider whether you want a freestanding, integrated or semi-integrated dishwasher in your kitchen. Freestanding is easier to move, repair and replace while built-in offers a sleek, seamless look with matching cabinet doors to complement the rest of your kitchen. 

Look at how many place settings it holds, as this dictates its capacity and how much crockery and cutlery you can fit in, as well as the number of programmes, temperature settings and any extra benefits such as child lock, smart sensor washing, quick wash, time delay and the all-important energy efficiency rating.

MIELE G4782 SCVi FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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1. MIELE G4782 SCVi FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

Plenty of high-tech features

Specifications
Place settings: 9
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 46dB
Finish: White
Dimensions: H80.5cm x W44.8cm x D57cm
Reasons to buy
+Water efficient+Soft close door+Child lock
Reasons to avoid
-Top-end price tag-May be too quiet for some

MIELE G4782 SCVi FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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One of the best things about this model is Miele’s exclusive AutoOpen drying programme, where the door opens automatically at the end of the cycle. It also comes with QuickPowerwash for excellent cleaning in under an hour. Buyers appreciate the FlexAssist baskets for easy loading as well as Perfect Glasscare, which automatically adjusts the water hardness to prevent glasses from turning cloudy. Those on a water meter will also love the fact that it consumes just six litres of water on the automatic programme while the delay start option allows you to take advantage of cheaper tariffs. Choose from six programmes from gentle to intensive, with something for every occasion.

SMEG DF4SS-1 FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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2. SMEG DF4SS-1 FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

Fingerprint-friendly steel design

Specifications
Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A+
Noise level: 46dB
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H85cm x W44.8cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity+Concealed controls+10 programmes
Reasons to avoid
-Long eco programme-Too many options for some

Buyers of this stylish steel model love the fact that it holds 10 place settings, one more than the average slimline dishwasher, as well as the great choice of programmes including Rapid 27mins, Crystal, Delicate Quick, Eco, Super and Strong and Fast. There are also four temperatures to pick from as well as a 24-hour delay timer, adjustable upper basket with three levels and a half load FlexiZone to save on water, energy and time. A great purchase for those who love their iconic Smeg appliances.

NEFF N70 S586T60D0G FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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3. NEFF N70 S586T60D0G FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

Packs plenty of features in

Specifications
Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 44dB
Finish: White
Dimensions: H81.5cm x W44.8cm x D55cm
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity+Six programmes+Five temperatures
Reasons to avoid
-Some prefer more basic programmes-Quite expensive

NEFF N70 S586T60D0G FULLY INTEGRATED SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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Perfect for a contemporary handleless kitchen, this model comes with door Open Assist – simply press lightly on the front and hey presto, it opens. Great for when your hands are full. Buyers also like the Flex 3 baskets and cutlery drawer with adaptable, foldable parts as well as the Chef 70˚C programme for removing stubborn stains from pots and pans. There are also special options for Extra Dry, Intensive Zone and VarioSpeed Plus that make this model stand out from the crowd.

SIEMENS iQ500 SR256I00TE FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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4. SIEMENS iQ500 SR256I00TE FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

Super silent option

Specifications
Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 44dB
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H81.5cm xW45cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Programme running times reduced by 66 per cent+Interior lights+autoProgramme control
Reasons to avoid
-Some prefer an integrated design

The standout feature on this dishwasher is the duoPower® double spray arm, which gives fantastic cleaning results thanks to better water distribution. Buyers also rave about the emotionLight, where two LEDs switch on automatically when the door is opened, a great little feature when you’re grappling about in the dark. There’s a special cycle for glassware, an extraDry option that extends the drying phase (perfect for plastic) and an anti-fingerprint stainless steel finish.

Caple Di481 Slimline Fully Integrated Dishwasher

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5. Caple Di481 Slimline Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Creates a fuss-free look

Specifications
Place settings: 9
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 49dB
Finish: Black gloss control panel
Dimensions: H82cm x W44.5cm x D54cm
Reasons to buy
+Eco programme+Delay start+Easy clean filter
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey for a basic model-Limited programmes

Caple Di481 Slimline Fully Integrated Dishwasher

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A great little all-rounder, this slimline design offers five programmes – normal, intensive, economy, one hour and rapid – as well as a delay timer to take advantage of cheaper tariffs and to dishwash at a time that suits you. It holds nine place settings and the biggest plate you can fit in is 30cm diameter, so check the size of your crockery before you buy. The stainless steel inner door and interior means it’s pretty hardwearing and robust while the upper basket is easily adjustable to accommodate your cookware.

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