How much does dishwasher installation cost?*
Depending on the service you choose and the type of dishwasher you have, installing a dishwasher may cost $149 for a simple installation to $176 for a fully or semi-integrated dishwasher. Some services offer lower rates, so shop around before you hire an installer.
If you hire a plumber to install a dishwasher, it may or may not cost more. Plumbers generally charge between $100 and $150 per hour and if they are replacing an old dishwasher, they may charge a call-out rate of $60 to $100. It doesn’t take long to install a dishwasher. It may take the plumber 20 minutes to an hour to install it. If it takes 20 minutes, they will charge in 15 minute increments, so their cost may not be higher, but it will depend on their call-out rate.
If you are installing a new dishwasher, there are many costs involved:
- A plumber will have to install pipes
- An electrician will need to install a power point
- You may need to install a dishwasher cabinet
- If you’re replacing a cabinet with dishwasher cabinet, you may need to find a place for the other cabinet if you use it often
- You may need to have a new kitchen installed
The plumber will charge by the number of hours they have to work and the cost of the pipes will also be included in the final price. The cost may be between $500 and $1500 or more depending on how much piping they need to install and other costs.
An electrician can install a power point from between $140 and $180 depending on how much work they have to do. $140 is for a simple installation that takes only 20 minutes and $180 is for a more complicated installation that takes over an hour. On average, electricians charge around $150 to install a power point, but some electricians also charge call-out or service rates for simple jobs. A call-out rate can be between $60 and $100, so to find a lower rate, get quotes from electricians for the installation of a power point.
If you can find a flat pack dishwasher cabinet that matches your kitchen, it will cost less than having a dishwasher cabinet built and installed for you by a cabinet maker. However, you may not be able to find an exact match to your kitchen and will need to get quotes from cabinet makers for the cost of building a dishwasher cabinet. A dishwasher cabinet won’t be too expensive, but the cabinet maker will need to take careful measurements for a built-in dishwasher and will take longer to install it.
If you need to install a new kitchen, you have two choices. Flat pack kitchens are far less expensive than kitchen renovations, but you will have to install a flat pack kitchen yourself or hire a handyman to install it for you. You will also need to have the benchtop professionally installed because all kitchens are not square and installers know how to install them seamlessly. You may also need to hire an electrician to install a power point and a plumber to install pipes, a sink and taps. Even with those additional expenses, you will still save, since flatpack kitchens cost between $2600 and $12,000 and a custom installed kitchen can cost $35,000 or more.
How to purchase a dishwasher
Before you have a dishwasher installed, you need to purchase a dishwasher. Some things to consider when purchasing a dishwasher are the Star rating and WELS rating of the dishwasher.
A good dishwasher will have adjustable shelves, a large spray head for cleaning pots and pans and a good drying function. Some drying functions include:
- Residual heat drying is energy efficient, but may not dry your dishes completely
- Fan and heat assisted drying is less energy efficient, but will dry your dishes
- Zeolite uses crystals to absorb moisture and heating to dry dishes. These dishwashers tend to cost more than other dishwashers
The Star rating on a dishwasher is important. The more stars a dishwasher has, the more energy efficient it is. The WELS rating is a measurement of water consumption. A higher WELS rating means a dishwasher uses less water to get the job done, but less water doesn’t mean a dishwasher will be less efficient. The water may come out at higher pressure to wash dishes.
Some other things to look for in a dishwasher may include:
- Flood protection detects water at the base of the dishwasher and will shut off the dishwasher if it detects a problem
- Sensor wash dishwashers can sense how dirty dishes are and make temperature adjustments depending on how dirty dishes are
- A WiFi enabled dishwasher allows you to turn it on from a distance using a smartphone
- Some dishwashers allow you to install a panel that matches your kitchen design.
These extra features will cost more, but you may want to have them. The most important things to look for are the Star rating and the WELS rating because they will save you money over time.
Dishwashers cost money and some dishwashers cost more than others. Rather than buy a cheap dishwasher, look at the length of the warranty and the quality of the machine. A more expensive dishwasher may serve you better than a cheap dishwasher. A moderately priced dishwasher may cost around $1000 and some of them are as good as more expensive dishwashers.
You can also purchase drawer dishwashers and slimline dishwashers. Drawer dishwashers are smaller than normal dishwashers and you have to open a drawer to access the dishwasher. A slimline dishwasher may be a good choice if you have to alter or replace a cabinet. It will take up less space and you may have space left over for another cabinet.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.