Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawers vs Standard Dishwashers [REVIEW]

Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawers vs Standard Dishwashers [REVIEW]

Can Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers really make cleaning dishes quicker and easier? How do dthey compare to standard dishwashers?

In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the reasons a dishwasher drawer may be right for you. We’ll also highlight the ways in which dishwasher drawers differ from standard dishwashers and give you our picks for the 8 best Fisher Paykel dishwashers on the market.

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Best Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawers

Before we dive deeper, let’s address the single most frequently asked question we get about the Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers: Do these products fit in standard cabinets and openings? The answer is yes.

A single-drawer dishwasher fits into a cabinet space typically reserved for a cabinet drawer. A double-drawer dishwasher integrates into a cabinet reserved for a standard 24-inch dishwasher.

Fisher Paykel (owned by GE Appliances/Haier) invented the dishwasher drawer concept and released it around 1998. After a few hiccups with quality and service, Fisher and Paykel dishwashers are now incredibly reliable and efficient. In fact, the company is considered to be one of the best dishwasher manufacturers in the world.

Why Choose a Dishwasher Drawer?

  1. Energy Efficiency – 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 due to the fact that these drawers are energy-efficient.

  2. Versatile – Dishwasher drawers give you the capabilities of two dishwashers in one. We’ve seen our customers serve appetizers and drinks and fill one drawer with soiled cocktail dishes and then go on to fill the other drawer with pots and pans after dinner has been served. Once the cocktail dishes are done, the dishwasher drawer is ready for the dinner plates. Gone are the days of hand washing dishes after everyone has left. We also like how many design options you have with dishwasher drawers, including:

    • One full-sized, two-drawer unit
    • A single drawer unit
    • Two drawers placed next to each other
  3. Quiet – Fisher and Paykel designed their dishwasher drawers to be extremely quiet (at or below 45 dB). In addition to being quiet during the wash cycle, the water pump and drain pump (which are usually the loudest parts of a dishwasher) are engineered to run far quieter than the competition. We covered the most quiet dishwashers in our earlier blog post.

  4. Space Savings – 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. With a Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer, you can partially open the drawer and still have access to loading and unloading the dishes.

  5. Great Service, Industry-Best Warranty – In the last ten years, Fisher Paykel has revamped the way their dishwashers are engineered and eliminated the quality issues that plagued their brand when it first launched. They are so confident in the quality of their product that they now offer a free 5 year extended warranty.

Which Dishwasher Drawer Should I Buy?

If you’re tired of dirty dishes in your sink and have limited cabinet space, you may find Fisher Paykel drawer dishwashers handy. Single drawers save space in a tight kitchen and allow for additional cabinets or drawers underneath the unit. On the other hand, double drawers will allow you to run each drawer independently to save valuable sink and counter space.
All Fisher Paykel dishwashers are energy efficient and use less than four gallons of water per wash cycle. You’ll notice that the dishwasher’s interior is made of custom molded plastic instead od stainless steel. However, when we asked our contacts at Fisher and Paykel why the interior was not stainless steel we received an interesting response.

Fisher Paykel molds the interior of their dishwashers to deflect water at just the right angle so that every dish is cleaned. This, in turn, makes more room in the tub to fit large plates, as there is no need to have a spray arm on the top of the tub. Also, Fisher Paykel found that water bouncing off of stainless steel is louder than water bouncing off of plastic in a drawer setting.

Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers have been on the US market for over 20 years. As much as we love these products both in terms of form and performance, we noticed that manufacturers’ catalog is large and difficult to follow. To remedy this issue, we created a quick breakdown of the product line to help you choose the perfect dishwasher drawer for your home.

At this time, Fisher Paykel only makes dishwasher drawers. If you’re eyeing a standard model, check out our guide on choosing a dishwasher.

Double Drawer Dishwashers

Double drawer dishwashers have the same dimensions as traditional dishwashers. This makes swapping one for another effortless. You may also see these models referred to as “two drawer dishwashers” because each drawer can operate independently or simultaneously.

Fisher Paykel dishwashers come in four different series.

1. Standard Height
2. Tall Tub
3. Tall Tub with Water Softener
4. Panel Ready

Dishwasher Drawer: Single Drawer

Single drawer dishwashers are great for smaller households and save valuable floor space.

Fisher Paykel dishwashers are very unique and offer just the right amount of wash capacity for smaller households.

8 Best Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Models

We’ve hand-selected each of the 8 picks below based on a combination of product testing and research. Although we weren’t able to personally test every model, we conducted thorough research to make sure we recommended only the very options available.

In fact, we’ll never recommend a product to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our family members, as we want you to be thrilled with your selections.

P.S. – Our articles are crafted by our team of both appliance experts and expert fact-checkers. We’re not a news outlet, but we take great pride in providing our users with the most accurate and in-depth guides on the internet.

So without further ado, let’s dive into our top Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer picks!

1) 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

2) Best Tall Tub Drawer Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX9N

Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX9N

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. Their height can be adjusted between 34-inches and 36 3/8-inches.

Quick Summary

  • All the features of the Standard Height Unit
  • Even quieter at 44 dB
  • Taller height (34″-36 3/8″ adjustable) fits place 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 in Stainless Steel DD24DCTX9N

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.

Is a Drawer Dishwasher Right For Me?

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.


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

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