Dishwashers come in three sizes: full-sized with room inside for 130 or more items of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans; slimline with room for around 90 items; or compact models that sit on a counter and hold around 60 items. Fully-integrated dishwashers live behind your kitchen cabinets, whereas with semi-integrated dishwashers you can only see the control panel.
Most full-sized dishwashers hold 12 place settings – that’s more than 130 pieces of crockery and cutlery. You can buy 13, 14 and 15-place-setting machines, but 12 place settings will be enough for most of us. But if your current dishwasher is bursting at the seams, or you’re not great at loading, go for a dishwasher with a larger than average capacity to make sure you can fit everything in.