How To Buy A Dishwasher For A Mobile Home – Types And Installation Steps

How To Buy A Dishwasher For A Mobile Home Kitchen

Dishwashers are an important appliance in the kitchen, not only do they help to save time but also to sanitize your dishes as well as reduce the risk of illness from germs and bacteria. There are a variety of dishwasher in the market that suit different lifestyle with different installation requirements and degrees of portability. Therefore, before purchasing your dishwasher, you need to know things to consider when choosing the right dishwasher for your mobile home, the type of dishwasher that will suit your lifestyle, how to install the dishwasher in your home and most Importantly a dishwasher that will last. Here is a guide on how to choose a dishwasher for a mobile home.

There are a variety of dishwasher models that you can choose from. You can spend as little as $320 to as much as $3500 and even more depending on the dishwasher that you want. Some of the important aspects that you need to consider when shopping for a dishwasher that can fit in your mobile home include:


This is the first thing you should think about when buying a dishwasher for your mobile home. A larger family will need a bigger dishwasher compared to a small family. There is no need of buying a dishwasher that is too big or too small, as it will just waste your water and time. A compact dishwasher of 18″ can hold up to eight place settings while a standard dishwasher of 24″ inches can hold fourteen place settings. Choose a dishwasher that suits the size of your family.

Noise level

The next aspect that you should check before buying a dishwasher is the noise level. All dishwasher models have different noise ratings, which you should check to ensure that your it does not turn out to be too noisy. The level of noise in quiet dishwasher ranges from 42-45 dB. However, you need be careful when considering this factor as some of the noiseless dishwasher models do not have a built in garbage disposal.

Energy efficiency

At this time, when almost all the countries are facing energy crisis, it is much better to buy a dishwasher that will help conserve electricity and water. Check the logo on your machine before purchasing it; this logo indicates that it consumes 25 per cent less energy that those machines that do not have a logo. However, you should not worry too much about this aspect, as there are laws in most states that govern the energy consumption rate of machines.


Another important factor when buying a dishwasher is your budget. The budget reduces your options but it allows you to weigh the available options. With more money, you will be able to get a dishwasher with more features that when your budget is limited. However, first determine the features that you will need to use to avoid purchasing a dishwasher with so many features that you are not going to ever use. Compare the different prices in many store before settling on a certain machine to ensure that you get one that is fully worthy of your money.

Styling And Color

Lastly, is the color and style of the dishwasher. There are very many models available in the market, most dishwasher come in either black, stainless steel, white or bisque look. Purchase a machine that blends best with the color and style of your kitchen.

Buying the right dishwasher is a tricky task but the above factors will help you make the right decision. However, if your budget is a limiting factor to getting a good dishwasher, you should be ready to adjust it after all; a perfect dishwasher that will fit your mobile home is what you need.

Types Of Dishwashers

With so many types of dishwashers available today, you want to choose the right type that suits you. Here are some of the options to consider:

Built-in Dishwasher

This 24” model is installed below the counter of the kitchen. A standard built in dishwasher can hold up to 12 five-piece place setting.

Compact dishwasher

They measure about 18″ and they can hold a maximum of eight five-piece place setting. This model is perfect in a small place like a media room, small office and a wet bar.

Drawer Dishwasher

They are double drawer and single drawer configuration and they can be installed in the same space as the 24″ built in dishwasher. It is easy to load utensils in these dishwashers as the drawers slide out at work level foe a minimum bending.


Portable dishwashers are ideal in mobile homes that do not have a built in or the kitchen does not have room for a built in. This dishwasher does not need any special installation.

Tall Tub Dishwasher

Tall tub dishwashers can also fit in the 24″ built in space but they leave extra space in the inside. They can accommodate 14 five piece place setting hence they are a perfect choice for a large family or in a home that loves to entertain visitors.

Installation Instructions

The tools that you will need for this job are: pliers, level, tubing cutter, screwdriver, hole saw and an adjustable wrench. Other materials include wire nuts, compression fittings and water supply lines.


1) Attach the Drain Line: Place the dishwasher facing down and verify that all the connections are available. Remove the cap from the drain line connection at the dishwasher.

2) Thread the Drain Line:  Using pliers, fold the clamp around the hose to secure and thread the drain line into the hole that is under the sin.

3) Put the dishwasher under the countertop:  Slide the dishwasher under the countertop and level it by adjusting the leg’s height using a wrench. After levelling it, sucure it to the countertop with screws.

4) Re attach the wires: Before doing this, ensure that the power is off at the breaker and then attach the wires of the same color, screw on the wire nuts and use electrical tape to wrap. Put the copper ground wire under the green round screw and tighten it.

5) Attach the ‘Dishwasher 90’ and the Supply Line:  Attach the supply line of the dishwasher and the dishwasher 90’ and use a wrench to tighten it. Purchase the dishwasher 90’from a home store.

6) Turn on the power and water: After you are done in stalling the dishwasher, switch on the power at the breaker and the water under your sink.

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  1. tdchinges

    I’m currently looking to buy a dishwasher to free my hands.