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June 3, 2021

Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

New Dishwasher Costs

Most homeowners spend $970 to buy and install a new dishwasher. Depending on the type of dishwasher, installing a new unit could cost as little as $370 and as high as $3,500.

Average Cost of a New Dishwasher

Average Cost$970
High Cost$3,500
Low Cost$370

Dishwasher Prices

Dishwasher TypeUnit Price Description
Built-In$300 - $1,000
  • Most common dishwasher found in homes.
  • Typically has two racks, 24-inch width.
Drawer$270 - $1,380
  • One rack per drawer (two drawers can stack on top of each other).
  • Fits seamlessly into cabinetry.
  • Good for homeowners who use few dishes.
Countertop$200 - $400
  • Sit on top of a counter.
  • Similar size to a microwave.
  • Doesn’t need plumbing installation, connects to kitchen sink.
Portable$390 - $690
  • Freestanding.
  • Width of 18 or 24 inches.
  • Has wheels for easy transportation.
  • Doesn’t need plumbing installation.

Dishwasher Installation Costs

the average cost to install a dishwasher is $110 to $270 for labor only

The average homeowner pays $190 for dishwasher installation labor costs. Installation typically runs from $110 to $270 but can cost as low as $70 or as high as $500.

Additional Installation Costs

In homes that don’t already have a dishwasher, you will have to retrofit the kitchen in order to make space. Here is what you can expect to pay for certain projects:

Cost to Install Dishwasher Plumbing

The cost to install plumbing pipes is $600 to $1,600 per fixture. If you opt for PEX or CPVP pipes for your dishwasher, you’ll save 20% to 40% (compared to using standard copper).

If you need new plumbing to hook up a dishwasher, you might pay anywhere from $1,270 to $3,200. While this might feel expensive up front, it will add value to your home and make cleaning and cooking so much more efficient.

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Cost to Replace Dishwasher

Replacing a dishwasher and installing a new one costs $810 to $1,440. Removing the old unit ranges from $120 to $150; putting in a new unit is $670 to $1,270.

Most plumbers will need at least an hour to remove a dishwasher and at least 2 hours to install a new unit. Here are the cost factors that go into replacing a dishwasher:

  • Protecting the kitchen (floors, cabinets, countertops) from damage
  • Shutting off water and electric
  • Moving and installing the new unit
  • Cleaning up debris and taking out the old unit
  • Many areas will require an electrician to make the electrical connection. Some municipalities will also require a means of disconnection (such as an outlet or switch) at the appliance.
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DIY vs. Hire a Professional

Installing a dishwasher requires extensive plumbing knowledge and often electrical experience as well. Making a mistake on a DIY installation could lead to flooding, electrical problems or other costly repairs.

A DIY installation also means you’ll have to take on heavy lifting. Even the healthiest people can encounter back problems or other injuries. Hiring a professional ensures both your safety and a job well done.

FAQs

How much to install a dishwasher where there wasn’t one?

If you’re installing a dishwasher for the first time, expect to pay $1,270 to $3,200 at least. You might pay less if you don’t need new plumbing.

Costs will rise if you need to remove or replace cabinets and countertops. This could add several hundred dollars onto your project price.

How much does a portable dishwasher cost?

Portable dishwashers run between $390 and $690.

Do you need a plumber to install a dishwasher?

Plumbers are the best people to call for installing a dishwasher. They have the necessary experience to connect your plumbing and electrical.

What is the average life expectancy of a dishwasher?

Most dishwashers will last for 9 or 10 years. Dishwashers might only last 7 years, but could run for 12 years depending on usage, brand, maintenance and type.

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