Dishwasher Appliance Jargon Explained


Also known as a drawer line design, a semi-integrated dishwasher blends in with a cupboard, however leaves the control panel visible to the user.


Small and compact, a dishdrawer is a type of dishwashing machine. They can either be single or double design. They offer a convenient, space saving way to do your dishes.

Place Settings

Place settings determines how many sets of dishes that can fit in a dishwasher, including cutlery and glasses. This is how a dishwasher capacity is measured. The higher the setting, the more dishes you can fit in.

Cutlery Tray

A cutlery tray is a flat tray that sits at the very top of the dishwasher. It allows you to lay out cutlery individually, without having to compromise any of the lower sections for crockery.

Cutlery Basket

A cutlery basket typically sits on the bottom of a dishwasher. They have several, upright sections to allow you to fit with cutlery. They do take up considerable amount of space compared to a tray.

Decibel Levels (dB)

The noise a dishwasher makes is rated in decibels. The lower the decibel rating, the lower the noise that emanates from your appliance. Just one decibel louder can make a significant difference.


A dishwasher filter is located at the bottom of your dishwasher, under the bottom rack. It prevents food pieces and particles from recirculating through onto your dishes. Filters need cleaning regularly, however some models are self-cleaning.

Control Panel

A dishwasher control panel is located on the top front of the appliance. It is a board consisting of buttons, programmes and often an LCD display. This is where you can edit the settings on your dishwasher.

Height Adjustable Baskets

For your everyday needs, these dishwasher baskets are height adjustable. Meaning that they can be conveniently moved to make room for larger dishes in the bottom basket.

Eco Wash

This dishwasher programme uses a lower temperature to clean and rinse dishes. Less energy is used for heating, and less water is used, but it still provides a thorough clean.

Automatic Detergent Detection

Whatever type of detergent you use, the dishwasher will detect it and automatically adjust its settings to give you the best possible results for your dishes.

Slimline Dishwasher

A slimline dishwasher is 15cm thinner than a standard sized dishwasher. Most slimline models are 45cm wide and are great for kitchens that are low on space.

Spray Arm

Spray arms sit at the bottom of a dishwasher and beneath the upper basket. Water is drawn into these arms, pressure forces them to spin and then water is pushed through spouts and onto the dishes inside. 

Dishwasher Salt

Dishwasher salt is course-grained sodium chloride which helps soften water in hard water areas. It prevents lime scale build up in the filter, which in turn keeps your dishes from getting streaky or gritty.

Rinse Aid

Rinse Aid helps water rinse off your dishes. The Rinse Aid reduces the surface tension of water, meaning the water doesn’t stick to the dishes as much, leaving your dishes sparkling and crystal clear.

What is a dishwasher appliance?

A dishwasher is a more convenient and energy efficient way to wash dishes. Not only does it relieve you and your family from constant dish cleaning duties, it reduces the amount of water used and increases the hygiene of your crockery. Dishwashers have been used in households since the 1950s and are now an integral part of the modern home.

Dishwashers can come in a variety of styles and colours, either fitting neatly behind your cupboard door or freestanding under a counter. There’s a number of place settings to choose from, as well as lots of innovative features to make washing dishes even more convenient. At Appliance City, we know a lot about dishwashers and have been selling popular, trusted brands such as Bosch, Miele and Samsung for many years. Browse our website for more, or get in contact with our friendly appliance experts on 0115 965 1937.