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Dishwasher under the hob

dishwasher under the hobLimited space in the kitchen is a sore subject for Russians and residents of countries in which Khrushchev-built houses are operated. Any resident of a “separate apartment” in such a house will tell you a bunch of stories about who built these houses and with what hands. But this is not about that now. We need to solve a very specific problem, namely to make sure that the hob above the dishwasher is placed as successfully as possible, so that these two devices do not have a negative effect on each other and do not fail. This is what we will do.

"Pitfalls" of such an installation

At first glance, it might seem that the dishwasher under the hob is an ideal solution, which is very simple to implement. Well, the hob is narrow and it fits perfectly on the dishwasher, plug and use, but it's not so simple.

  1. Hob: induction or gas, it tends to heat up during operation and the heat will certainly be transferred to the dishwasher, which is not recommended for overheating.
  2. A dishwasher is moisture that can condense on the hob, which is by no means desirable, especially if this is an electric panel.
  3. The hob and dishwasher are equipped with communication elements that can interfere with each other.

Particular attention should be paid to the connection of gas hoses to the gas hob. These hoses must not be pinched or tightly closed.

the installation process of the dishwasher under the hob

  1. It is quite difficult to correctly calculate the distance between the hob and the lid of the dishwasher so that everything fits perfectly into the furniture, while the necessary gaps remain for laying the heat-insulating and moisture-insulating layer.
  2. You must ideally select the installation location of the dishwasher, over which the hob will be placed. Firstly, the place should be next to the sink, and secondly, the dishwasher will be placed between the two cabinets, and the hob will be cut into the countertop, or installed in another similar way. If set differently, the life of the dishwasher and hob will be reduced.

We remembered all the main problems that may arise before the master. By all means, he decided to realize the idea of ​​placing a hob above the dishwasher. Some problems are very serious and require a detailed analysis of the situation on the spot, but we can assure you that in most cases, this idea is feasible. Let's talk about the mechanism of its implementation.

Installation under the induction panel

induction hob dishwasherIf you decide to think in advance about installing the dishwasher under the hob, but you don’t have either the panel itself or the dishwasher. You need to think carefully about which models of hobs and dishwashers you will consider. Here, timely advice will be given by experts on this matter.

Firstly, it is best to take an induction hob. It is very slightly heated from below, practically not transferring heat to the dishwasher. Secondly, it is better to take the dishwasher fully built-in, because the outer layer of its body is wrapped with felt - a good heat-insulating material, so that the machine will be reliably protected from excess heat.

Can I put a dishwasher under the induction hob? It is even possible, only for this it is necessary to take into account some nuances.

  1. Leave a gap of at least 2.5 cm between the housing of the dishwasher and the housing of the induction hob.
  2. Between the cases of the dishwasher and the hob, lay foil foof or ordinary thick foil as insulation from moisture.
  3. It is better to take a thin hob, in which the thickness does not exceed 5-5.2 cm, so it is better integrated into the countertop and will look like a single monolithic design.
  4. The built-in dishwasher should not be higher than 82 cm so that the total height of the structure, taking into account the gap, does not exceed 90 cm (+ -2 cm). This is a comfortable cooking zone height that will make cooking as convenient as possible for a hostess of average height. What height are dishwashers, you can read in the article of the same name on our website.
  5. When installing the hob in a dishwasher, do not forget that there should be enough space behind the structure for communications: electrical wires and hoses, which should also be located freely, without creases and clamps.

The above recommendations are met by the Kaiser KCT 6395 I Elfem induction hob (thickness 5 cm) and the Hansa ZIM 636 EH dishwasher (height 82 cm).

When starting the installation process, do not forget that between the floor and the body of the dishwasher there must also be a gap of at least 1 cm for normal air and heat exchange. Do not forget that the dishwasher can overheat not only from above, but above all from below, where it has all the main actively working units and assemblies.

Take careful measurements when installing the dishwasher and hob. Consider all the gaps mentioned, the thickness of the walls of the furniture, the height of the legs and other factors. As soon as all this can be taken into account and fixed on the drawing, well, or at least a sketch, you can begin to implement the plan. If problems occur along the way, consult a specialist.

Installation under the gas panel

We decided that over the dishwasher the induction hob may well be placed and there is nothing particularly terrible about this. But what if we don’t have an induction panel, but there is a gas panel and we have “nosebleed” under the gas hob, we need to place the dishwasher, and to make everything safe and convenient?

drawing of the installation location of the gas panel above the dishwasher

In this case, even an experienced master will have to smash his head, because there are a group of strict requirements for working with household gas equipment that cannot be circumvented. What problems can arise when installing a gas panel over a dishwasher?

  1. Dishwasher heating. The gas panel is very hot, and excess heat in such an amount will certainly harm the dishwasher.
  2. Gas hoses. The gas hoses that feed the hob must be positioned freely, so that the gas service worker checking the equipment can freely access it.
  3. The gas panel has a rather large thickness, which will certainly create obstacles to its aesthetic placement on the dishwasher.

The conclusion in this case is disappointing. As much as we do not want to do the installation of a gas hob over the body of the dishwasher with our own hands, it is better to consult a specialist. If only for the sake of your own safety and the safety of your family members.

Turnkey solution

If installing a dishwasher under the hob has become an idea for you, but something prevents you from realizing this idea, do not despair. The manufacturer has already thought for you and offers you an original solution that has already been enjoyed by many consumers. It is a combined gas stove, oven and dishwasher.

This is a very good kitchen appliance, which combines a full gas stove with 4 burners, a small oven and an equally small dishwasher. The main advantages of such a combined kitchen equipment:

  • compactness of placement;
  • ergonomics;
  • the perfect combination of seemingly incompatible kitchen equipment;
  • energy and water saving.

There are similar equipment and cons.You may say that the main disadvantage will be the price. In fact, the price of an oven, hob and dishwasher together is higher, the cost of the “hybrid” we are describing, so there is no need to worry about it. Functionality is another matter.

combined hob oven and dishwasher

Firstly, not everyone will like an oven, which includes one small sheet. If you have a family of 4 people, then, for example, to bake cookies for everyone, you will have to bake it in two, or even three sets. And this is additional time and energy costs. It turns out that we, by this example, have already turned the above plus into a minus. Secondly, the dishwasher in this appliance entirely occupies the space under the oven and also contains a minimum of dishes. Usually it is no more than 6 sets. For a small family this is normal, but if you have four or more, such a dishwasher is frankly small.

The conclusion on this point is as follows: if no more than 2 people live in your house, the combined equipment is an ideal solution to the problem of saving space. But if you only have a large family, you will have to install a full-sized dishwasher and think about how best to place a hob above it so that nothing breaks and closes anywhere.

To summarize, we note that when deciding to install a dishwasher under the hob, be careful. If you have an induction panel, then you will do all the work yourself without any problems. But if you need to put a gas panel over the dishwasher, you can not do without the help of a specialist. Good luck


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