Estimated Cost Comparison Table
$200 – $350
Average Cost Estimate
$325 – $750
$800 – $2,250
|Size / Capacity||12-14 Place Settings||14-15 Place Settings||15-16 Place Settings|
|Noise Level||Loud||Quiet||Very Quiet|
|Tub Construction||Plastic Resin||Resin or Stainless||Stainless|
|Insulated Door||Not Insulated||Insulated||Insulated|
|Built-In Disposal||No||No / Possibly||Yes|
|Controls / Technology||Minimum||A Few Smart Features||Many Smart Features|
|Supplies Cost||$0 – $50||$0 – $75||Included|
|Installed By||DIY / Helper||DIY or Pro||DIY or Pro|
|Permits and/or Survey||$0 – $150||$0 – $150||$0 – $150|
Overview of Automatic Dishwashers
Today, almost every kitchen has a dishwasher installed that helps clean the dirty dishes and save water on the daily task of kitchen cleanup. When the dishwasher breaks and you find yourself washing dishes by hand for a few days, you quickly realize why the appliance was in place to begin with.
This page of Costimates is dedicated to one of the most widely used and often under-appreciated appliances in your kitchen, the built-in dishwasher. We’ll help you learn about how much a new dishwasher cost from leading retailers like Lowes and Home Depot, as well as which features effect the price you pay. We’ll also discuss DIY replacement versus calling in a handyman or Plumber, as well as what they may charge for dishwasher installation cost. At the end of the page, we’ve got a section dedicated to other dishwasher installation cost comparisons around the web from other leading sources, as well as what homeowners like yourself have paid to have their own project completed.
Product and Supplies Cost Details
Dishwasher Retail Price Factors
As you start your search for a replacement dishwasher, you’ll find that retail prices have a wide range from $190 for a basic built in unit, to more than $2,000 dollars for having a dishwasher installed with many features you might not know about. The features below will have the highest impact on what you pay for a new dishwasher.
- Size / Capacity – The majority of residential dishwashers are 24″ wide and 34″ tall, to fit the space built into most cabinets and counters. You can however, purchase a new dishwasher in more narrow widths, for smaller areas like a home bar, or a kitchens with limited space. Capacity is increased with multiple rack configurations, and the number of place settings they clean in one washing cycle. More capacity generally equals higher retail cost.
- Built in Food Disposal – If you spend a bit more money, newer dishwashers have a small food disposal built into the drain system. This alleviates the need to even rinse the dishes before loading, thus saving energy and water as well.
- Cleaning Modes – From basic wash and rinse cycles on lower cost dishwashers, to steam cleaning higher pressures on the more expensive models. The cleaning features are one of your most important choices.
- Noise Level when Running – If your kitchen and family areas share the same space, you might consider a dishwasher than runs more quietly. Lower cost models are noisier.
- Type of Inner Tub – On lower cost models you’ll find plastic or resin inner tubs and wall, to save money. Many of the higher priced dishwashers have stainless steel liners which not only last longer and won’t distort due to high temperatures, they’re also much quieter when running.
- Controls – Basic dishwashers usually have a set of controls on the face of the unit. Turn a dial, press a button and it runs. More advanced (and costly) dishwasher controls are built into the door and not seen when it closed.
- Technology and Smart Features – Higher priced models have smart sensors that can automatically adjust water pressures, washing times, and many other energy saving features that can save you money and get your dishes cleaner.
- Exterior Finish or Color – I debated leaving exterior finish off this list, since almost any type of finish (painted, stainless, black, etc) can be found in all price ranges. If however, you want a dishwasher that matches your custom cabinets, or other high end finishes in the kitchen, they are available and do cost more.
The section below represents an approximate retail price range for a new dishwasher, as well as the features you can expect in that range.
- $195 – $320 | Basic dishwasher with fewer cycles, a bit noisier, and plastic or resin tub. You will however find just about color and finish you want in these affordable models.
- $325 – $850 | Likely, the most popular cost range for new dishwashers. You’ll find a stainless steel tub inside, as well as more cleaning cycles, advanced technology, and quieter running dishwasher.
- $850 – $2,000 | Once you step into the higher end range of kitchen dishwashers, you’ll find features commonly associated with commercial system. High temperature cycles for more sanitized dishes, 3rd rack options, water filtering, front panel finishes to match your cabinets, and other high end features.
Cost of Installation Supplies
Fortunately, if you’re replacing your existing dishwasher, you may not need too much in the form of installation supplies.
- $0 – $25 | Fittings to connect water line to new dishwasher.
- $15 – $35 | Electric plug kit, if you are not direct wiring the electrical, and instead wiring a 3-prong plug and cord.
- $5 – $15 | Miscellaneous supplies like screws, thread sealing tape for water connector, etc.
Note: If you need to change or extend the water supply line, change the drain configuration, or add a new electric line for your dishwasher, it could add to the expense of the install supply costs.
Permits, Inspection, and Dishwasher Installation Costs
In most cases, you will not need an inspection when replacing your dishwasher. Check your local codes or ask a handyman or plumber. In some areas, they require an inspection after any electrical product is replaced, when direct wiring is involved. Also, modifications to plumbing could require an inspection as well.
- $50 – $200 ea. | Electrical and/or Plumbing Inspections (if needed)
Installation Labor Costs
If you choose to call a handyman or a plumber to install your new dishwasher, they are usually happy to install a product you purchased yourself. Along with the dishwasher installation and hookup, they will gladly remove and dispose of the old dishwasher as part of the service.
- $150 – $370 – Estimated flat rate dishwasher installation cost.
Completed Installation Time
You can expect the installation to take anywhere from 1-3 hours at your home, depending on the condition of the water lines and electrical connection. Keep in mind, the installer is also going to include travel time in the dishwasher installation estimate.
- 2 – 4 Hours | Most common dishwasher installation time. This includes travel time to and from your home.
DIY or Hire a Pro
Installing your own dishwasher is not a hard project if you’re simply replacing a broken or outdated unit. In most cases, this is an easy DIY project that most handy homeowners can do on their own. If however, you are installing a dishwasher to a space where there was not one located before, you may need to call a plumber and/or an electrician to run water supply lines and electrical service to the install area.
I have replaced our own dishwasher several times and would do it again.
Installed Costs from Around the Web
Compare these costs for dishwashers and installation from around the web.
|Costimates||$540||$310 – $2,250|
|HomeWyse||$907||$630 – $1,185|
|HomeAdvisor||$313 (Install Only)||$170 – $520 (Install Only)|
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