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Can Fisher Paykel dishwasher make cleaning dishes quicker and easier? How do they compare to standard dishwashers? Do drawer dishwashers fit in standard cabinets and openings?

I'm the founder of Designer Appliances, a premier appliance store in New Jersey, and I have 15+ years of experience. I've test-driven Fisher Paykel dishwashers -single and double drawer dishwashers- and sat through countless training hours. Most importantly, I've heard real-life feedback from our customers in real-time.

In this article, I’ll walk you through the pros and potential cons of Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers, then recommend the products I think are the best.

My cofounder John has an exclusive video review of dishwasher drawers.

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Pros: Reasons To Buy a Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawer

  • Efficient, run each drawer separately or together. Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers can run either simultaneously or independently based on need. If you feel guilty running a half-empty dishwasher, that is no longer a problem. Run a small load but get maximum cleaning power. Side benefit? Energy efficiency is built-in by design.
  • You’re a super-host. Those who love entertaining but don’t want to accumulate dishes in the sink would appreciate the versatility of double dishwasher drawers. (Imagine serving appetizers, running the dishwasher, serving the main, loading the dishwasher, and then plucking out clean dishes for dessert!)
  • You’re pinched for space. When you open the door on a traditional dishwasher, the open door sticks out about 21 inches. If you have a galley kitchen, those 21 inches can block the walkway in your kitchen. Drawer dishwashers let you open them just as much as you need. You can opt to get a single drawer if you have a small kitchen.
  • Great service, industry-best warranty. In the last ten years, Fisher Paykel has revamped how its dishwashers are engineered and eliminated the quality issues that plagued its brand when it first launched. Today, the company is so confident in the product quality that it offers a free five-year extended warranty.
  • Quiet. Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers are extremely quiet (43 - 45 dB). In addition to being quiet 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. We covered the quietest dishwashers in our earlier blog post.
  • Versatile design options. Drawer dishwashers fit into a standard 24-inch cabinet drawer. You can blend them in your kitchen cabinets with a panel-ready front. Some of our customers place two single drawers next to each other for convenience (i.e. no need to bend down to reach the lower rack.)

Cons: Reasons To Avoid a Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawer

  • Costs more. Fisher Paykel dishwashers are pricier than most dishwashers with similar cleaning performance. You’ll pay for the convenience of tucking a dishwasher into a cabinet drawer!
  • No WiFi. You can’t start a load of dishes remotely. (New series 11 drawer dishwasher has some wireless connectivity.)
  • Plastic interior. The plastic interior in most models is neither attractive nor up-to-date compared to the competition. (In 2022, the company released Series 11 dishwasher models–pricier, limited availability–featuring stainless-steel interiors.)
  • Tricky installation. Some pros are not familiar with drawer dishwasher installations. Buy from a reputable dealer and double-check that your contractor can do the job right.
  • Adds a minor chore. When loading two drawers to run simultaneously, adding detergent to each is a bit annoying.

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Which Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawer To Pick?

Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers have been on the US market for over 20 years. For all practical purposes the company has one technology product and applies different "skins" to customize cosmetics (i.e. the single drawer dishwasher vs the double drawer; tall-tub vs. standard height; stainless steel finish vs. panel ready; handless vs towel bar handle...)

The company has a busy catalog that is tough to follow. Here is a quick breakdown of the product line to help you choose the perfect drawer dishwasher for your home.

  • Single vs Double Drawers: You get to choose whether you want one dishwasher or two. You can set them vertically in two separate drawers, or have them side-by-side or spaced apart. (Fisher Paykel uses the following nomenclature - DD24Dxxx for double drawer products, DD24Sxxx for single drawers.)

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  • Custom Paneling or Stainless-Steel: Make your dishwashers “disappear” with custom kitchen cabinet panels, or do neat little stainless-steel exteriors. Your call.
  • Standard Height or Tall Tub: Always baking? You may need extra height for big bowls. Same for big dinner plates. For example, I usually recommend tall tubs models to my customers to be on the safe side. (Standard dishwashers are typically 33-36 1/4-inches high (adjustable height); Fisher Paykel dishwashers are 32 5/16-34 5/8-inches high with tall-tub versions add about 2-inches at 34-36 3/8-inches)
  • Handles: You’ve got options. Recessed handle, pro-style, or straight, there’s a look to suit (and match) the rest of your kitchen.

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  • Water softener or not? Some tall-tub models like the DD24DCHTX9N come with a built-in softener, which is ideal for those folks who have hard water. (The softener creates an optimum pH, for cleaner dishes.)

Most recently (as of the summer of 2022) Fisher Paykel released the long awaited Series 11 dishwasher models. These dishwashers are pricier and have slightly better quietness rating (43 decibels). The biggest news is that they showcase an elegant stainless steel interior.


The Best Drawer Dishwasher for Most Families

1. Best Overall Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX9N

fisher paykel dishwasher drawer in a brown kitchen with black countertops
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Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX9N
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Pros - Reasons to Buy:

  • You can run a single drawer or both drawers at the same time.
  • Unloading is a breeze when you use drawers efficiently.
  • Quiet, it will not interrupt conversations.
  • Standard 5-year warranty.
Cons - Reasons to Avoid:

  • At $1,699 this dishwasher is not inexpensive compared to dishwashers with similar cleaning performance.
  • When running two drawers together you have an added step of loading each chamber with detergent.
  • No Wi-Fi.
  • Plastic interior is unattractive.
  • Vet your installer, many pros are not familiar with drawer dishwasher installations.

This tall tub drawer dishwasher shares all the features of the regular height products. However, it's slightly taller to allow for larger plate sizes (13" large plates). These models still fit under a standard counter. (The height can be adjusted between 34-inches and 36 3/8-inches.)

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2) Best Standard Height Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24DAX9N

Fisher Paykel dishwasher DD24DAX9N

Standard height drawer dishwasher models can be adjusted between 32 5/16-inch and 34 5/8-inch in height. 32 5/16-inch will fit under even the shortest counters, which are sometimes found in older homes.

Quick Summary

  • Quiet at 45 dB
  • Fan-assisted high performance drying
  • 23 9/16" W x 22 9/16" D (excludes handles) x 32 5/16"-34 5/8" H (adjustable)
  • 14 Plate Settings
  • 6 Wash Cycles, 6 Wash Programs
  • Available in Stainless Steel DD24DAX9N

3) Best Water Softener Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24DCHTX9N

Fisher Paykel DD24DCHTX9N

If you live in an area with hard water (like Northern New Jersey) a drawer 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.

Quick Summary

  • Same features as the tall-tub version
  • Built-in Water Softener
  • Available only in stainless steel
  • Stainless Steel DD24DCHTX9

4) Best Panel Ready Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24DI9N

Fisher Paykel DD24DI9N

Some dishwasher drawer models 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 dishwashers share the features and dimensions (depth 22 1/2" to be able to accept custom panel) of their respective siblings in categories above.

Quick Summary

  • 46 dB Quietness Rating
  • 9 Wash Cycles and 9 Options
  • 23 9/16" Width x 22 1/2" Depth that Accepts Custom Panel
  • Standard Height Custom Panel Ready DD24DI9N - (32 5/16"-34 5/8" adjustable height)
  • Tall Tub Custom Panel Ready DD24DTI9N - (34"-36 3/8" adjustable height)
  • Tall-Tub Custom Panel Ready with Water Softener DD24DHTI9N - (34"-36 3/8" adjustable height)

5) Best Standard Single Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24SAX9N

Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer DD24SAX9N

This is the most popular single drawer dishwasher in the US market. Ideal for apartments with limited kitchen space. This Fisher Paykel dishwasher practically fits in any kitchen configuration.

Quick Summary

  • Quiet at 45 dB
  • Fan assisted high performance drying
  • 23 9/16" W x 22 9/16" D (excl. handles) x 16 1/8" H
  • 7 Plate Settings
  • 6 Wash Cycles, 6 Wash Programs
  • Available in 3 colors:
  • Stainless Steel DD24SAX9N

6) Best Tall Tub Single Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24SCTX9N

Fisher Paykel dishwasher DD24SCTX9N

You will be able to fit large size pot and pans easily in this tall tub drawer dishwasher.

Quick Summary

  • 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 child lock safety feature
  • Available only in stainless steel
  • Stainless Steel DD24SCHTX9N

7) Best Water Softener Single Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24SCHTX9N

Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer DD24SCHTX9N

Quick Summary

  • Same features as the tall-tub version
  • Built-in Water Softener
  • Available only in stainless steel
  • Stainless Steel DD24SCHTX9N

8) Best Panel Ready Single Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24SI9N

Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer dd24si9n

Panel ready appliances blend in with your kitchen cabinets. They install flush and maintain the same finish with the surroundings.

Single dishwasher drawers come in 3 variations: Standard Height, Tall-Tub and Tall-Tub with Water Softener.


Conclusion: Is Drawer Dishwasher the Right Choice?

Choosing a drawer dishwasher is a matter of personal preference and space consideration. At Designer Appliances, we think the Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers are extremely versatile and offer functionality you just can't get with a traditional dishwasher.

If you run a half load worth of dishes and flatware every day, a dishdrawer is the perfect answer. If you have limited cabinets and want to save space, this unconventional dishwasher might be just what you need.

If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase, view our entire Fisher Paykel Drawer Dishwasher collection stop by one of our stores in New Jersey and try them out for yourself.


FAQs

How can I get a Bosch drawer dishwasher?

At this time, Bosch does not make drawer dishwashers. However, Bosch dishwashers are known to be ultra-quiet and have superior cleaning performance.

Our Bosch Dishwasher Video Review