Dishwasher placement: Finding the perfect position


Dishwashers may have once been considered a household luxury in Australia. However, times have changed, and these days, dishwashers are more of a regular feature than a luxury.

In fact, according to Canstar Blue Research, around 58% of all Australian households own a dishwasher. And of all people surveyed, only 4% purchased a dishwasher in the last two years because they didn’t have one before.

If you’re amongst this 4%, then one important consideration is where to place a dishwasher. Whether you’re looking to fit a dishwasher into your existing kitchen or you’re designing a new kitchen from scratch, the placement is important. Where it is positioned will affect the overall functionality of your kitchen and, as such, should be given careful consideration.

In my position as head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I’ve come to know quite a lot about dishwashers – including their sweet spot in terms of placement. Today, I will share some of this with you. So, continue reading as I explain how to go about finding the perfect position for your dishwasher.

1. Place your dishwasher next to the sink

You want to try and place your dishwasher right next to your kitchen sink or as close to the sink as possible. This is because you’ll plumbing will be needed for the sink, so connecting a dishwasher will be easier and more affordable.

Of course, it’s also the most convenient placement in terms of functionality – we tend to scrape leftovers from dishes, rinse them and load them into the dishwasher. By placing your dishwasher right next to the sink, scraping, rinsing and loading dishes will be much easier.

Another thing I’d like to mention is that your dishwasher should be placed on the opposite side of your dominant hand. For example, if you’re right-handed, place your dishwasher on the left of the sink or vice versa. This will make scraping, rinsing and loading much easier.

2. Keep your dishwasher close to storage

Apart from placing your dishwasher next to the sink, keep it close to your crockery and cutlery storage. This allows you to remove dishes from your dishwasher and place them directly into storage areas without moving around.

Always remember – every kitchen must have a functional and practical layout. The location of your dishwasher plays an important role in making your kitchen a pleasurable area to work in. By placing your dishwasher next to the sink and close to storage, you’ll reduce your work to a good extent.

3. Make sure that there is freedom of movement

Another important point to consider when choosing a location for your dishwasher is movability. Make sure you have plenty of room to move freely around your kitchen, whether your dishwasher door is open or closed.

To find the perfect position, visualise your daily tasks in the kitchen. Think about how you work and move around the area. This will give you a good idea of where to place your dishwasher to allow smooth kitchen movement.

And lastly, avoid placing your dishwasher close to the cooktop or near the kitchen entry. These areas receive high foot traffic, and placing your dishwasher in these areas may hinder movement.


Before you add a dishwasher to your kitchen, you must first find the perfect position to place it. Dishwashers should be placed next to the kitchen sink – either on the right or left-hand side – and close to storage units. It is also important to ensure that your dishwasher placement allows freedom of movement. By following these tips, you will certainly make your life easier and create a practical and functional kitchen environment.

For high-quality dishwashers in Perth, look no further than us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We feature a massive selection of dishwashers starting from as low as $649. Whether you’re looking for freestanding dishwashers, semi-integrated dishwashers or fully integrated dishwashers (door sold separately), we have it all!

So, purchase your new dishwasher in Perth from our online store or drop by our showroom in Guildford today!

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