Hotpoint Ariston LSTB 4B00

How to choose a dishwasher for your home: built-in or freestanding?


For any­one plan­ning to buy a high-qual­i­ty and durable dish­wash­er, experts rec­om­mend, in addi­tion to the brand, to study in detail such cri­te­ria as: dimen­sions and max­i­mum load, wash­ing class and ener­gy con­sump­tion, dry­ing class, safe­ty, noise lev­el, oper­at­ing modes, con­nec­tion method and cost.

The main parameters for choosing a dishwasher

Dimensions and maximum load

Dish­wash­er for a pri­vate house, the instal­la­tion of which is car­ried out autonomous­ly, has dimen­sions of 60x60x85 cm. The max­i­mum load is from 12 to 14 sets. It is prefer­able to choose such mod­els for large fam­i­lies liv­ing in hous­es with a spa­cious kitchen. The fol­low­ing brands are rec­og­nized as lead­ers in the pro­duc­tion of elite class dish­wash­ers: Bosh, Miele and AEG.

More com­pact machines (depth less than 15 cm) are mod­els con­tain­ing 8–9 sets. In terms of func­tion­al and oper­a­tional qual­i­ties, they are in no way infe­ri­or to stan­dard equip­ment, but are pre­sent­ed in a more afford­able price cat­e­go­ry. You can find a suit­able mod­el for a fam­i­ly of three among such brands as Whirlpool, Goren­je, Zanus­si, Siemens, Ardo.

Suit­able for small kitchens minia­ture mod­els, the max­i­mum load of which is designed for three or four sets of dish­es. The height and depth of such devices does not exceed 45 cm. It should be not­ed that the qual­i­ty of wash­ing dish­es in such minia­ture mod­els is some­what low­er, since, unlike larg­er machines where water is sup­plied in dif­fer­ent direc­tions, there is one sprin­kler. The best mod­els of com­pact machines are pre­sent­ed by Elec­trolux.

Note: regard­less of the size and max­i­mum load of appli­ances, all dish­wash­ers have a cer­tain order for load­ing dish­es: at the bot­tom there is a place for pots, pans, above — for plates and cups, at the top — for spoons, forks and knives.

Washing class and energy consumption

Mod­ern kitchen appli­ances have the high­est wash­ing class A. Stan­dard water con­sump­tion for wash­ing 12 sets is from 15 to 20 liters.

The qual­i­ty of the wash depends on sev­er­al fac­tors:

1. Num­ber and direc­tion of noz­zles.

2. Water hard­ness. Regen­er­at­ing salt is used for soft­en­ing.

Note: some mod­els of machines are equipped with a spe­cial salt lev­el sen­sor.

3. Cor­rect load­ing of dish­es. Oth­er­wise, the water does not reach all areas of the machine.

4. High-qual­i­ty rins­ing. By adding a spe­cial rinse aid (3 ml) to the machine, you are guar­an­teed to get clean dish­es, with­out traces of deter­gent.

Note: many man­u­fac­tur­ers offer mod­els equipped with a rinse aid lev­el sen­sor.

As for elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion, this indi­ca­tor varies depend­ing on the vol­ume of water con­sump­tion. Minia­ture devices con­sum­ing up to 8 liters con­sume no more than 0.62 kW / h per cycle. Mod­els up to 12 liters require approx­i­mate­ly 0.85 kWh per cycle.


Depend­ing on the class of dish­wash­ers, you can choose sev­er­al dry­ing meth­ods:

  • con­den­sa­tion — the process does not require elec­tric­i­ty;
  • through the accu­mu­la­tion of heat — the main plus in the absence of stains;
  • hot air blow­ing with a fan — an eco­nom­i­cal and effi­cient class A dry­ing method that allows you to get excep­tion­al­ly clean, fra­grant dish­es out of the machine.

Safety or leakage protection

Pro­tec­tion of equip­ment is achieved in two ways:

  1. com­plete seal­ing of the cham­ber;
  2. reli­able water cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem.

The hoses installed inside the device have mul­ti-stage pro­tec­tion against dam­age and excess water. A good dish­wash­er is equipped with a pro­tec­tion sys­tem that auto­mat­i­cal­ly stops the water sup­ply in the event of a leak and ensures that it is drained. Man­u­fac­tur­ers use dif­fer­ent names for this fea­ture:

  • Miele — Water­proof;
  • AEG, Elec­trolux — Aqua-Con­trol;
  • Bosch, Siemens — Aqua-Stop.

Noise level

Mod­ern dish­wash­ers are silent. The oper­a­tion of old­er mod­els can cause dis­com­fort due to the high noise lev­el, which reach­es 55 deci­bels.

Note: extra­ne­ous noise may appear due to improp­er oper­a­tion of the device when the dish­es are loaded with­out fol­low­ing the instruc­tions.

Operating modes

It is impos­si­ble to choose a dish­wash­er cor­rect­ly with­out study­ing the oper­at­ing modes pro­posed by the man­u­fac­tur­er. A good mod­el usu­al­ly includes:

  • wash­ing at par­tial load — this saves resources and deter­gent;
  • quick wash — the best mode for dish­es with a low degree of con­t­a­m­i­na­tion;
  • inten­sive wash — mode for very dirty dish­es;
  • del­i­cate wash­ing — mode for cook­ware made of frag­ile mate­ri­als;
  • pre-soak — a mode that allows you to wash greasy pans and pots to a shine.

Connection method

Any dish­wash­er can be con­nect­ed to cold or hot water. Each of these meth­ods has dis­ad­van­tages and advan­tages.

  • Cold water con­nec­tion: the advan­tage is that the water is clean­er than hot, and the dis­ad­van­tage is the sig­nif­i­cant con­sump­tion of elec­tric­i­ty need­ed to heat the water.
  • Con­nec­tion to the hot water main: advan­tage — effi­cien­cy, dis­ad­van­tage — the device can­not be oper­at­ed when hot water is turned off cen­tral­ly.

Note: lux­u­ry dish­wash­ers can be con­nect­ed in par­al­lel to hot and cold water thanks to the installed spe­cial faucet.


The cost of pur­chas­ing a dish­wash­er will be con­sid­er­able, how­ev­er, dur­ing the oper­a­tion of the equip­ment, due to the eco­nom­i­cal con­sump­tion of water, it is pos­si­ble to ful­ly recoup its cost over sev­er­al years.

Today, the price of a bud­get class dish­wash­er will be from 350 to 450 dol­lars. Equip­ment class “func­tion­al” costs from 500 to 600 dol­lars. Com­fort class cars can be bought for 650 — 750 dol­lars. Elite equip­ment is pre­sent­ed at a price of $ 800 and above.

Note: Built-in mod­els are more expen­sive than machines that are installed sep­a­rate­ly.

Expert advice

Accord­ing to the instal­la­tion method, all dish­wash­ers are divid­ed into two types:

  • free-stand­ing — they are large in size, there­fore they are installed in spa­cious kitchens and at the same time har­mo­nious­ly fit into the inte­ri­or and design of the room;
  • built-in dish­wash­ers are the best choice for small kitchens, as well as if you need to main­tain a sin­gle style of the room.

Features of the choice of embedded models

Man­u­fac­tur­ers of kitchen sets, as a rule, rec­om­mend pur­chas­ing cer­tain brands of built-in kitchen appli­ances. It makes sense to lis­ten to the rec­om­men­da­tions of spe­cial­ists, since in this case the equip­ment works more effi­cient­ly, and its ser­vice life increas­es.

In turn, built-in dish­wash­ers are divid­ed into two types:

  • which are ful­ly embed­ded;
  • embed­ded par­tial­ly.

The first option is cho­sen when it is nec­es­sary to com­plete­ly hide the appli­ances, to cre­ate the illu­sion of a sin­gle kitchen set. It is enough to install the facade of a fur­ni­ture set on the door of the equip­ment, while the con­trol pan­el is hid­den inside.

Par­tial­ly built-in appli­ances, although they do not cre­ate the feel­ing of a sin­gle kitchen set, have their advan­tages: it is eas­i­er to man­age, since all sen­sors are locat­ed out­side, the machine fits neat­ly into the inte­ri­or and does not vio­late the cho­sen design solu­tion.

Practical tips for choosing

1. For a fam­i­ly of two, experts rec­om­mend a machine with a max­i­mum load of 6 sets or a par­tial load func­tion.

2. For large fam­i­lies, a mod­el with a max­i­mum load of 10 sets and class A dry­ing func­tions is suit­able.

3. If there is a need to save water, it is advis­able to choose mod­els with a vol­ume of no more than 9 liters of water.

4. If your fam­i­ly uses a large num­ber of var­i­ous dish­es every day, it makes sense to choose appli­ances with the max­i­mum range of func­tions and pro­grams, includ­ing the del­i­cate wash­ing mode.

5. If the design of the kitchen is the result of the work of an expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­al, it is bet­ter to pur­chase a ful­ly built-in dish­wash­er.

6. Lovers of com­fort will appre­ci­ate the advan­tages of par­tial­ly built-in appli­ances, the con­trol pan­el of which is locat­ed out­side.

7. For res­i­dents of the upper floors, dish­wash­ers with a leak­age pro­tec­tion func­tion are the best choice.

Overview of the best models of 2015

Brands such as Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Miele top the dish­wash­er rat­ings in cus­tomer sur­veys. Ger­man qual­i­ty always comes with a price.

The sec­ond place belongs to the Ital­ian brands: Whirpool, Hot­point-Aris­ton and Zanus­si.

Con­sumers deserved­ly gave the third place to Beko.

If we talk about spe­cif­ic mod­els, then the four best equip­ment is as fol­lows:

one. Bosch SMS 69 T08 EU.

Bosch SMS 69 T08 EU

Styl­ish, roomy mod­el in sil­ver col­or with a max­i­mum load of 14 sets. The machine is equipped with six wash­ing modes, sen­sors for the pres­ence of salt and rinse aid, pro­tec­tion against leaks and chil­dren.

A fea­ture of the mod­el is a low noise lev­el — 40 dB, as well as the pres­ence of spe­cial func­tions — glass pro­tec­tion, deter­gent recog­ni­tion, load sen­sor.

The dis­ad­van­tage is the high cost of the prod­uct.

2. Zanus­si ZDTS 400.

Zanussi ZDTS 400

The mod­el belongs to the “func­tion­al” class. The max­i­mum load of the machine is 9 sets. There are func­tions of delay start, pro­tec­tion against leaks, del­i­cate, dai­ly, inten­sive wash­ing, as well as sen­sors for the pres­ence of salt and rinse aid. Tablets can be used as deter­gents.

The dis­ad­van­tages include a high lev­el of noise in com­par­i­son with oth­er mod­els, the oper­a­tion of the device is clear­ly audi­ble.

3. Siemens SE60T393EU.

Siemens SE60T393EU

This mod­el is suit­able for pri­vate hous­es, since the dimen­sions of the equip­ment are 81.0x59.8 × 55.0 cm. Dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the device are wood-like fin­ish of the case, low noise lev­el — 42 dB. The mod­el is equipped with sen­sors for water puri­ty, the pres­ence of salt and rinse aid, a leak pro­tec­tion sys­tem, a timer for delay­ing start, and five wash­ing modes. Class­es of wash­ing, dry­ing and ener­gy con­sump­tion — A. The advan­tage of the mod­el is a large capac­i­ty — 12 sets of dish­es — with a small water con­sump­tion — 9 liters.

four. Hot­point Aris­ton LSTB 4B00.

Hotpoint Ariston LSTB 4B00

This mod­el is equipped with the nec­es­sary set of func­tions: water puri­ty sen­sor, the abil­i­ty to use tablets, par­tial load­ing, leak­age pro­tec­tion, con­den­sa­tion type of dry­ing and 4 oper­at­ing modes. At the same time, the machine has a class A wash­ing, dry­ing and ener­gy con­sump­tion. The equip­ment is ful­ly built-in, dimen­sions 82x45x55 cm. The vol­ume of the device is 10 liters, the max­i­mum load is 10 sets.

The dis­ad­van­tages include a rather high noise lev­el — 51 dB (the max­i­mum allow­able is 55 dB).

Remem­ber! What­ev­er mod­el of dish­wash­er you choose, you need to prop­er­ly care for it.

Video Tips

How to choose the right dish­wash­er, the con­sul­tant of the house­hold appli­ance store tells in the video below:

See rec­om­men­da­tions for choos­ing a dish­wash­er from the Healthy Liv­ing pro­gram:

Hap­py shop­ping!





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