Which Side Of The Sink Should A Dishwasher Go?

Real Estate Agent with Reece & Nichols

Literally, this is food for thought! A buyer called out something I thought was a little quirky when I was recently showing a house. She mentioned the location of the dishwasher. Something I think I've given very little thought to in my lifetime as an adult. But, I do live close to the Culinary INstitute of America (CIA), and my client where my client is a student studying to be a chef.

Now, I've owned 5 houses. Most of the time my dishwasher was to the left of the sink. In my current home it is positioned to the right of my sink. I must admit, that being right-handed, a dishwasher located to the right of my sink makes for easier loading. As far as putting away dishes, I think it all depends on the lay out and design of the kitchen - where the dishes, utensils, and silverware are stored.

I thought of this again this morning, as I was loading my dishwasher. I remembered that my mother has a dishwasher to the left of her sink, my daughter's is to the right. I thought back to times when I am visiting either one of them and I confirmed today that the dishwasher to the right of the sink would indeed be my first choice. Again, as a right-hander.

Certainly, the location of a dishwasher would not be a deal breaker for me!

Do you have a preference - based on comparison of "Kitchen Duty" in various homes??     

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Carol Culkin ABR, SRES, Associate Broker (913) 333-8310

Licensed in Kansas, Missouri and New York

Carol Culkin - Associate Broker for Reece & Nichols, is your source for real estate in Overland Park and the bordering cities of Leawood, Olathe, Mission, Miriam, Lenexa and Shawnee, Stillwell and Spring Hill. Carol has been ranked as an award winning agent and offers her clients over 10 years of real estate experience.


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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Carol, I think the location of the dishwasher depends on which cabinets you put your glasses, plates, and silverware. Being left or right-handed doesn't matter to me, as I'm a lefty, and we usually can adapt. As I think back, (I've lived in so many houses) maybe most are to the right. Who knows? ~Pat

Nov 11, 2008 02:03 AM #1
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

This should not be a deal breaker.  You should be able to adjust to any side if you like the house.

Nov 11, 2008 02:07 AM #2
Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX

Hi Carol, Common sense would dictate that a dishwasher should go either left or right, adjacent to sink because of the plumbing being close by. But I have seen dishwashers located in the most unusual places, so none thing surprise me anymore. So to your question left or right of the sink is fine if you asking me.


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Nov 11, 2008 02:10 AM #3
Troy Ott
Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS - Columbia, SC

I prefer it to the right as it is more convenient for me, being right handed, but I would say this generally isn't the number one consideration for a buyer in purchasing a home.  Its more of a luxury if you get it where you want it.

Nov 11, 2008 02:12 AM #4
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Carol, as a kitchen designer, I can tell you that while there might be some "ideal" side that can be argued, the layout will usually dictate.  Most layouts do not give you the luxury of "choice."  In my experience---if you do have that luxury the kitchen is going to be too big to be a real "working" kitchen.  I have seen kitchens where they are so big that one has to own a Segway to get from one thing to another:)

Nov 11, 2008 02:13 AM #5
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Charlie - too funny, the idea of using a Segway to get from one end to the other. Trueth is, although I have a large kitchen myself, I prefer a small (but not too small) kitchen where there is not so much running around. For example. galley kitchens - although a little boring, actually provide great counter space and everything is just a few steps away.   

Nov 11, 2008 02:19 AM #6
Bill Jones
Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones" - Airdrie, AB
Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos

Hi Carol, I'm Right Handed and our dishwasher is on the right of the sink.  Which sounds perfect, and it's OK for loading; alas, when it comes to unloading it's a pain due to the layout of our kitchen.  To be able to get to the cupboards you must close the dishwasher door as it blocks the space between the island and counter.  All in all, I can't believe this could break a deal but I have seen stranger things make people walk away.



Nov 11, 2008 02:22 AM #7
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Carol, people that have REALLY BIG kithchens eat out a lot:)

Nov 11, 2008 02:26 AM #8
Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA

I think the dishes come out cleaner if the dishwasher is to the right of the sink.. no really think about it ... ok I am kidding but ours is on the right and being right hand I have to wash with the right set down my sponge transfer the dish to my right hand place dish in dishwasher rinse and repeat. so if it was on the left i could save a step .. but then I would not get that like extra look at it... hmm I have thought about this way to much


Nov 11, 2008 02:58 AM #9
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Carol,

Guess there is no right or wrong location. It is a matter of personal preference. Ours is located on the left side of the sink. We are left handed, all wonderful people are, (Grin). This location if most comfortable for us.

Nov 11, 2008 03:19 AM #10
Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

Not on a dishwasher.  I remember when we ordered our fridge though they asked if we wanted a left hand or right hand opening.  The layout of the kitchen really made no diffence so we opted for the  right hand, but we had to think about it. 

Ever since then I tend to focus when I am in propeties how the fridge opens now. 

Nov 11, 2008 04:14 AM #11
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Carol, I have a real preference.  I have the dishwasher away from the sink in the island.  Discovering the convenience was accidental.  I had a house that was built with no dishwasher and when we added one it was a rollaway permanently positioned on a side wall.  I loved it there.  When we built a house I put the dishwasher in the island and it works great.

Nov 11, 2008 06:18 AM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Carol, three of three houses, all dishwashers to the RIGHT of the sink, Do we just do things differently here LOL?

Nov 11, 2008 01:10 PM #13
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - Sounds like you just do things RIGHT (of the sink, that is)!

Nov 11, 2008 02:35 PM #14
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Carol... I usually lean more to the left on political issues, but I definitely lean right on diswasher placement! :)  But if this is a deal breaker for someone then I would say that they didn't really like the house that much anyway.

Nov 11, 2008 03:08 PM #15
Lorene Warren
Lyon Real Estate, Sacramento, CA - Sacramento, CA
Land Park Specialist & Top Producer for 36 years,

On the right is for me! But I am also right handed. I would probably want left if I was left handed. I work in old homes and we are lucky to get them in the kitchen at all! Glad you asked, and easy to answer.

Nov 11, 2008 03:16 PM #16
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