Best Dishwasher Drawer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

A dishwasher drawer is essentially an ordinary dishwasher but split into two vertical appliances.

Unlike an ordinary dishwasher, which has pull-out wire drawers to layer your crockery and plates, a dishdrawer is separated into two separate sections. This means that you can just turn one on if you wish, if you have a smaller load to put on.

It will save energy as you won’t need to use an entire full-sized unit, but you’ll be able to wash things as and when you need them rather than waiting for the appliance to fill to capacity. You can also buy just one single drawer if you wish, which saves a lot of space in your kitchen as everything underneath can just be ordinary storage.

We will admit they are not as widely available as the originals, and you will be a little restricted in terms of design and specifications – Fisher & Paykel are pretty much the only main manufacturers of them, and the term DishDrawer™ is trademarked. But at least with a name like that, you know they are trustworthy and reliable appliance – and they have actually surprisingly been around for 20+ years.

Without further ado, here are the best dishwasher drawers we found online, and there is a handy buying guide at the bottom of the page if you still need some more information before you buy.

The Best Dishwasher Drawers – Our Top Picks

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Fisher & Paykel DD60DCHX9 Built In Double DishDrawer
  • Dimensions: H88cm x W59.9cm x D57.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 45dB
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Fisher & Paykel DD60DDFHX9 Designer Series Twin Dishdrawer
  • Dimensions: H82-88 x W59.9 x D57cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 45dB
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Fisher & Paykel DD60SDFHX9 DishDrawer
  • Dimensions: H41 x W59.9 x D57.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 47dB
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Best Double Dishwasher Drawers

Fisher & Paykel DD60DCHX9 Built In Double DishDrawer

With two drawers for maximum efficiency, this dishdrawer has the same outer dimensions as a standard dishwasher, so you can easily slot it into your kitchen or utility room space.

The drawers can both work simultaneously but on different cycles, so if you have had a tomato-based pasta bake for dinner and need to get rid of the burnt-on bits from the dish, you can give it its own dedicated cycle and keep the plates and cutlery safe.

The inner layout has been designed for an easy life too. There are dedicated sections for your plates, cups, knives and forks, so everything gets the right amount of attention. It is flexible and adjustable to suit, and tines can be folded flat to accommodate a full load of pans.

It is rated A++ for energy efficiency, which essentially means it isn’t going to cost the earth to run. This is great news because the two drawer design will likely mean you do the washes as and when they are required. The sensor controlled washing means it only uses the minimum amount of water required too.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H88cm x W59.9cm x D57.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 45dB

We like

  • Quality of inside drawers is good
  • All modes great at cleaning dishes
  • Good eco mode

We dislike

  • Instructions to load the machine are a little confusing

Final Verdict

Over a dozen settings and a turbo fan drying system gives you loads to work with. It is easy to load and very versatile

Fisher & Paykel DD60DDFHX9 Designer Series Twin Dishdrawer

A very attractive and sleek looking dishwasher setup, this model is great if you are just as bothered about style as well as functionality.

You get nine wash programmes and enough room for 12 place settings across both drawers. You can use just one at a time if you need to get a smaller load done, and there is also fan assisted drying and a delay timer which will make your life a lot easier.

Intelligent load sensing will use the correct method and water amount for the contents, so you don’t waste any energy or water but the dishes still come out sparkling clean.

We liked the permanent memory of the last cycle used, so if you usually just wash general plates and cutlery, you can load it up time and time again without changing settings. A three stage flood protection monitor will ensure that if anything happens, your home and appliances are safe.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H82-88 x W59.9 x D57cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 45dB

We like

  • Elongated handles
  • Accommodating drawers
  • Quiet

We dislike

  • Instructions could be clearer

Final Verdict

Great if you want something more on the basic side but still with enough functions to get the range of jobs done

Fisher & Paykel DD60DDFHB9 Integrated Double DishDrawer

Thanks to the adjustable tines and height adjustable cup racks, this is a flexible dishwasher model which will accommodate all of your washing up, no matter what or how much there is to do.

There is a delay start option of up to 12 hours, which will allow you to plan ahead and also make the most of the cheaper energy rates overnight. As well as the standard programmes, there are three extras which will give your dishes some specialised care.

The sanitise option will take care of those precious items such as baby bottles, dummies and pet bowls. An extra dry function will help with those more difficult shaped items like plastic storage tubs and any utensils which you want to pop away straight after the cycle has finished. Then there is the quick cycle, giving you the same quality results but in a much faster time, for when you’re in a rush to get the job done.

As an added bonus, there is a child lock function which will ensure all settings remain consistent when the appliance is in use, to protect it from accidental changes. The actual control panel is nice and clear too, with single touch settings.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H82 x W59.9 x D57.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 45dB

We like

  • Awarded the Quiet Mark
  • Adjustable racking

We dislike

  • A bit pricier than some other options which are very similar

Final Verdict

Lovely and simple to use and there are plenty of options which will really help you out if you are a small family

Best Single Dishwasher Drawers

Fisher & Paykel DD60SDFHX9 DishDrawer

Single drawer dishwashers are ideal if you are low on space but still like an easy life when it comes to one of the most widely hated household chores.

This model has all the starry selling points of its larger counterparts, but just in a smaller size. There are 15 wash programmes, with three modifiers depending on any special loads. These are sanitise mode which kills 99.9% of bacteria, and the Quick wash and Extra Dry options.

It has been Quiet Mark approved, and there is a digital display as well as a delicate wash option for any fine china or printed goods.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H41 x W59.9 x D57.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Noise Level: 47dB

We like

  • Half load option for even smaller washes
  • Child lock

We dislike

  • Price is high for a single unit dishwasher drawer

Final Verdict

Very sleek and compact, yet roomy enough to fit plenty of items inside

Fisher & Paykel DD60SCTHX9 Single DishDrawer

When you are low on space, you need a dishwasher which will handle all of that post-meal washing up but not take up all of your storage space.

This option can conveniently be placed at bench level too, so there is minimal bending and it is easily accessed at all times. There is minimal water consumption thanks to the sensor controlled washing programmes which only use the amount required. This means you won’t use a drop more than you need to, but also that it will use enough so you don’t have to wash them again and use more water.

This has helped the washer to gain an A rating when it comes to energy efficiency, so it won’t cost a ridiculous amount to run either. You can choose to only half load it if you want, selecting the appropriate setting for guilt-free small washes and speedy results.

Flexible racks and cup holders mean it can all be adapted to suit your load and items, with everything from cutlery to big pots and pans fitting nicely.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H45.4 x W59.9 x D57.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Noise Level: 45dB

We like

  • 15 programmes to choose from
  • Adaptable on inside

We dislike

  • Eco wash didn’t work well on tougher stains

Final Verdict

One of the pricier single models, but there are loads of programmes to choose from and it will save you money on running costs over the years

Help and Resources

Dishwasher Drawer Buying Guide

Price

Dishwasher drawers start at a much more expensive price than the standard dishwashers, so they may not be the best option if you are on a very strict budget. You should expect to pay £1000+ for a double drawer model, and anywhere between £600 and £1000 for a single drawer.

Capacity/Dimensions

You will usually find the same capacity and dimensions with a double drawer dishwasher than you would with an ordinary model. This means that you don’t lose out while trying to save physical space, but also that if your kitchen has an existing space for an extra appliance, it should fit without too much of a headache.

Noise

Most of the items reviewed above hover around the 45dB mark. This is seen as relatively quiet for an appliance, so you will likely be undisturbed.

FAQ’s

Why Are Drawer Dishwashers Better Than Ordinary Models?

Drawer dishwashers are a great space saver. The drawer design takes up a lot less space than an ordinary dishwasher, and they fit nicely into your kitchen layout which makes them a better option than worktop dishwashers which are the other space saving alternative.

They also allow you to wash smaller loads at any one time, as you can use one drawer at once. If you hate waiting until the dishwasher is full to turn it on, or often find yourself running out of plates and mugs, then this could be the answer.

Single options are also available, which is a good idea if you have a small household or only occasionally use the dishwasher for convenience.