Built-in dishwasher is a permanent fixture and requires plumbing installation.
Free Standing dishwasher is a portable dishwasher and can be parked anywhere when not in use.
It is measured in terms of ‘place-setting’. Each place setting includes a plate, side plate, cup, saucer and cutlery with around 10 items altogether. Full-sized dishwashers hold between 12 and 15 place settings, Medium Sized hold 9 or 10 and compact dishwashers hold between 4 or 6.
12 Place Setting
A standard 12 place setting will hold 12 each of dinner plates, soup plates, dessert plates, serving bowls, glass tumblers, tea cups and saucers, a knives, forks, soup spoons, dessert spoons and teaspoons.
Kitchen counters may vary in height, so dishwashers must be adjusted to fit properly. Dishwashers are equipped with adjustable feet, which screw in and out, causing the washer to raise and lower with every turn.