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Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers vs. Standard Dishwashers

If you have no idea what a dishwasher drawer is we don't blame you. DishDrawers are relatively new to the appliance market. Fisher & Paykel (owned by GE Appliances, now Haier) invented the DishDrawer and released it's product to consumers around 1998. After a few hiccups with quality and service related issues, Fisher & Paykel has finally begun making reliable and efficient dishwashers that really do change the way you use your dishwasher.

Why Choose a DishDrawer Dishwasher

  1. Energy Efficiency - Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers can be run simultaneously or independently based on how frequently your family produces dirty dishes. If you feel guilty about wasting water and energy running a half empty dishwasher that is no longer a problem.

  2. Versatile - DishDrawers give you the capabilities of two dishwashers in one unit. If you entertain a lot, we have seen customers serve appetizers and drinks and fill one drawer and then fill the other drawer with pots and pans after dinner has been served. After dinner unload the appetizer drawer and fill with dinner plates. Gone are the days of hand washing dishes after everyone has left since there is not enough room in the dishwasher.

  3. Quiet - Fisher Paykel has designed their DishDrawers to be extremely quiet. In addition to having a quiet noise rating during the wash cycle, the water pump and drain pump, usually the loudest parts of a dishwasher, are engineered to run far quieter than the competition

  4. Space Savings - When you open the door on a traditional dishwasher the open door sticks out about 21 inches. If you live in a urban environment or have a galley kitchen that 21 inches can block the walkway in your kitchen. With a Fisher Paykel DishDrawer you can partially open the drawer and still have access to loading and unloading the dishes

  5. Great Service, Industry Best Warranty - In the last 10 years they have totally revamped the way their dishwashers are engineered and eliminated the quality issues that plagued their brand when it first launched. They are so confident in the quality of their product they now offer a free 3 year extended warranty

Which DishDrawer Should I Buy?

If you are tired of lingering dishes in your sink, you may find Fisher and Paykel drawer dishwashers handy. Single drawers save space in a tight urban kitchen as it will allow you to have cabinet space under the dishdrawer. On the other hand, double drawers will allow you to run each drawer independently to save valuable sink and counter-top space.

All Fisher and Paykel dishwashers are energy efficient and use less than 4 gallons of water per wash cycle. You will notice the interior of the dishwasher is not stainless steel, rather a custom molded plastic. When we asked our contacts at Fisher & Paykel why the interior was not stainless steel we received an interesting response. Fisher & Paykel molds the interior of their dishwashers to reflect water at just the right angle so that every dish is cleaned. This allows them to not have a wash arm on the top of the dishwasher and preserves space to fit larger plates. This can only be accomplished with a custom molded plastic. Also, water bouncing off of stainless steel is louder than water bouncing off of plastic so it makes the DishDrawer run quieter than a standard dishwasher.

Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwashers have been in the US market for the past 20 years. As much as we love these products both in terms of form and performance, we noticed that manufacturers' catalog is cumbersome and not easy to follow.


Option #1 (Most Popular) - Double DishDrawer

DishDrawer double dishwashers and traditional dishwashers share comparable dimensions. Fisher & Paykel makes four different series of double drawer dishwashers.

Available in Standard Height & Tall Tub & Tall Tub with Softener

Standard Height

Standard height DishDrawers can be adjusted between in height from 32 5/16" and 34 5/8". 32 5/16" will fit under even the shortest counters sometimes found in older homes.

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Tall Tub Height

Tall Tub DishDrawers share all features of the regular height units but are slightly taller to allow for larger plate sizes (13" Large Plates). Their height can be adjusted between 34" and 36 3/8".

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Tall Tub Height with Water Softener

If you live in an area with hard water (such as Northern New Jersey) a dishwasher with a built-in water softener can greatly improve your washing results. This dishwasher includes a salt dispenser in order to alter the pH level of your water for optimum washing conditions.

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Panel Ready Double DishDrawers

These products are able to accept custom panels to have a flush finish with your cabinets. They come in three configurations: Standard Height, Tall-Tub and Tall-Tub with Water Softener. Panel ready units share the features and dimensions (depth 22 1/2" to be able to accept custom panel) of their respective siblings in categories above

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Option #2 (Great for smaller households and space savings) - Single DishDrawer

Single DishDrawers are very unique and offer just the right amount of wash capacity for smaller households or if you are trying to preserve storage space in your kitchen.

Available in Standard Height & Tall Tub & Tall Tub with Softener

Standard Height

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Tall Tub Height

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  • All of features of the Standard Height Unit PLUS
  • Even quieter at 44 dB
  • Taller height (17 7/8") fits plate sizes up to 13"
  • 15 Wash Cycles, 6 Wash Programs including quick/express, sanitize and extra-dry
  • Adjustable tines in racks
  • Added Childlock safety feature
  • Available only in stainless steel
  • Stainless Steel (DD24SCHTX9)

Tall Tub Height with Water Softener

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Is a DishDrawer right for me?

Ultimately this is a question of personal preference. At Designer Appliances we think the Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers are extremely versatile and offer functionality you just can't get with a traditional dishwasher. If you like to run your dishwasher every day but feel guilty not running a full load, a dishdrawer will give you the piece of mind that you are saving water and energy. If you have a small home and want to save space this unconventional dishwasher might be just want you need make your space functional.

If you have any questions our would like to make a purchase, view our entire Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher Drawer Collection



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Metin is the President of Designer Appliances. He was inspired to start this blog after he got fed up with reading sub-par product reviews from "leading consumer" organizations and "bot farms".