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Review of Fisher & Paykel dishwashers

Beginning as a refrigerator importer in New Zealand in 1934, Fisher & Paykel has grown into a major player in the household appliances industry in its homeland, as well as in Australia. The brand declares itself to hold a ‘pioneering spirit’ and ‘culture of curiosity’ to design functional and sustainable products for homes in over 80 countries.

Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawer range of dishwashers is the brand’s flagship product in this category. Read on to find out more about Fisher & Paykel’s dishwashers and whether they could be the next new dishwasher for your kitchen in this Canstar Blue review.

What makes Fisher & Paykel dishwashers stand out?

Fisher & Paykel produces two kinds of dishwashers – traditional dishwashers and the ‘DishDrawer’ range, with the dishwasher built as a drawer rather than as an appliance with a hinged door and slide-out dish racks. The DishDrawer line is particularly notable, as it’s a fairly uncommon design despite having some serious perks. It takes up less space, which is great for small kitchens, and is about a half-load size, so you can run it more regularly and do away with owning stacks of plates to get you through the week.

The entire Fisher & Paykel line is broadly quite user-friendly, but with just a handful of particularly stand-out features. Some models come with a wireless remote, while many come with a knife clip and multipurpose clip to keep knives and other utensils securely in place during the wash cycle.

fisher & paykel freestanding dishwasherTraditional Dishwashers by Fisher & Paykel

The current Fisher & Paykel traditional dishwasher range has three different models, with a white and stainless steel finish version of each. All dishwashers in this range include the following features:

  • 14 place setting capacity
  • Cup racks
  • Fold down tines
  • Utensil tray
  • Cutlery basket
  • Wine glass supports
  • Child safety lock
  • End of cycle beeps
  • Energy saving delay start option of up to 12 hours
  • LED time remaining display
  • Rinse aid indicator light and lens
  • ThermoDry system which uses residual heat from the wash to dry dishes
  • 3 stage filtration system
  • Variable wash pressure technology

Read on for more details about the current range of traditional Fisher and Paykel dishwashers.

DW60CHPW1/X1

  • Height adjustable top basket
  • 48db noise level
  • 6 wash programs (Auto, Eco, Fast 30min, Heavy, Normal 90min, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 5 stars

RRP $859 (white), $1,049 (stainless steel)

DW60CHW1/X1

  • Height adjustable top basket
  • 48db noise level
  • Counter balanced door
  • Dual mode flood protection
  • 6 wash programs (Delicate, Eco, Fast 30min, Heavy, Normal 90min, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 star
  • Water rating: 5 star

RRP $969 (white), $999 (stainless steel)

DW60CKW1/X1

  • Easy lift adjustable upper basket
  • 44db noise level
  • Half load wash option
  • 8 wash programs (Auto, Delicate, Eco, Fast 30min, Heavy, Hygiene, Intensive zone, Normal 90min)
  • Energy rating: 4 star
  • Water rating: 5.5 star

RRP $729 (white), $899 (stainless steel)

DishDrawers by Fisher & Paykel

Drawer-style dishwashers are useful for when you frequently run small loads, or just want to wash dishes more frequently. They’re a popular choice for offices and small kitchens. The Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer range is claimed to be more ergonomic compared to the conventional dishwasher. These dishwashers also use Fisher & Paykel’s ‘SmartDrive’ technology, which involves using a brushless DC motor as both a wash and drain pump. This means fewer moving parts, which according to Fisher & Paykel means a more reliable motor.

While there are a number of different DishDrawer designs, all models include the following features:

  • Child lock
  • Electronic fault/diagnostic indicator
  • End of cycle beeps
  • Energy saving delay start option up to 12 hours
  • Rinse aid indicator light
  • Fan assisted drying
  • 2 cutlery baskets
  • Foldable and height adjustable cup racks
  • Fold down and pitch adjustable tines

single dish drawer fisher & paykelSingle DishDrawer Dishwashers

A single DishDrawer can be installed at any height for maximum convenience and less bending to load the dishwasher. These are useful for people who just don’t need the capacity of a full-sized dishwasher and would rather have the saved kitchen space.

DD60SCW9/X9

  • 7 place setting capacity
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • 15 wash programs (Delicate, Extra dry, Fast, Heavy, Normal, Normal eco, Quick, Rinse, Sanitise)
  • 3 wash modifiers
  • Energy rating 3.5 stars
  • Water rating 4.5 stars

RRP $1,199 (white), $1,299 (stainless steel)

DD60SDFTX7

  • 7 place setting capacity
  • Tall model
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $1,499

DD60SCTW9/X9

  • 7 place setting capacity
  • Tall model
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • 15 wash programs (Delicate, Extra dry, Fast, Heavy, Normal, Normal eco, Quick, Rinse, Sanitise)
  • 3 wash modifiers
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

double dish drawer fisher paykelDouble DishDrawer Dishwashers

These DishDrawers come as a set of two drawers stacked on top of each other. While combined they have the same capacity of one traditional dishwasher, having two smaller independent dishwashers has a couple of upsides. Users can run a wash cycle in one drawer while in the meantime being able to neatly stack dishes into the second, rather than creating a messy pile in the sink or on the countertop. It also allows different types of wash cycles to run simultaneously, for example, a quick eco load to wash cups and mugs in one drawer while a longer more intensive mode to scrub pots and pans in the other.

DD60DCW9/X9

  • 14 place setting capacity
  • Kick strip
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • 3 wash programs (Delicate, Extra dry, Fast, Heavy, Normal, Normal eco, Quick, Rinse, Sanitise)
  • 15 wash programs
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $1,790 (white), $1,899 (stainless steel)

DD60DAW9/X9

  • 14 place setting capacity
  • Kick strip
  • 6 wash programs (Delicate, Fast, Heavy, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $1,699 (white), $1,799 (stainless steel)

DD60DDFX7

  • 14 place setting capacity
  • Kick strip
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 5 stars

RRP $2,149

fully integrated dishwasherIntegrated Single DishDrawer Dishwashers

For a smoother, minimalistic look, integrated dishwashers keep all controls and displays hidden inside the top edge of the drawer front. All that’s left is a single modern handle to open the drawer. Reducing physical and visual clutter is particularly important in small kitchens to prevent the space from feeling crowded.

DD60SI7

  • 7 place setting capacity
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • Wireless remote
  • Flow through detergent dispenser
  • Quiet operation
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $1,399

DD60STI7

  • 7 place setting capacity
  • Tall model
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • Wireless remote
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $1,399

integrated dishwasherIntegrated Double DishDrawer Dishwashers

Just as with the single integrated DishDrawers, the double integrated DishDrawers combine convenience with a clean seamless look for a functional and modern kitchen.

DD60DI7

  • 14 place setting capacity
  • Kick strip
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • Wireless remote
  • SmartDriveTM technology
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse
  • Energy rating: 3.5 stars
  • Water rating: 4.5 stars

RRP $2,099

wide dishwasher fisher & paykelWide DishDrawer Dishwashers

These dishwashers add greater capacity while keeping all of the benefits of a single drawer that doesn’t require much bending over. Wide DishDrawers may be a good choice for households that want a drawer-style dishwasher but also want to be able to wash a bit more than a half-load, or need to fit larger items into the dishdrawer.

DD90SDFTX2

  • 9 place setting capacity
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3 stars
  • Water rating: 4 stars

RRP $2,099

wide dishwasher fisher & paykelIntegrated Wide DishDrawer Dishwashers

This model adds extra space for dishes without adding extra visual clutter to the kitchen. The wide DishDrawers can be a good choice for medium-size households that want something in between a single and double dishwasher.

DD90STI2

  • 9 place setting capacity
  • Knife clip & multipurpose clip
  • Internal wash selector
  • Wireless remote
  • 9 wash programs (Delicate, Delicate eco, Fast, Fast eco, Heavy, Heavy eco, Normal, Normal eco, Rinse)
  • Energy rating: 3 stars
  • Water rating: 4 stars

RRP $1,849

Should I choose a Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher?

As a long-standing brand of reliable household appliances, Fisher & Paykel offers a relatively broad range of mid to high end dishwashers. The biggest drawcard to the Fisher & Paykel brand is the DishDrawer range. Most dishwasher brands don’t produce drawer-style dishwashers like this, so Fisher & Paykel is the leader for this niche design. Its traditional dishwasher range is more limited, so you may want to compare the Fisher & Paykel offerings to other brands to decide if they are the best dishwasher choice for you.

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