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What is a tall tub dishwasher?

A tall tub dishwasher has a large capacity and is able to handle more dishes and cookware than standard models. While most standard-sized dishwashers can fit roughly 12 place settings, a large capacity, tall tub model is able to accommodate 12 to 15 place settings. The larger tub helps give you the convenience to load more dishes and run fewer cycles without sacrificing exterior space in your kitchen. 

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What does tall tub dishwasher mean?

A tall tub dishwasher simply means that there is more interior space than standard tubs, but the exterior size remains the same. This allows for increased capacity and the ability to handle oversized cookware, which may be ideal for bigger families and those who like to entertain. 

However, the exterior size of a tall tub dishwasher remains consistent with standard model dimensions of 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 35 inches tall, allowing you to reap the benefits of increased capacity without worrying about installation or kitchen space. Learn more about maximizing capacity with best practices for loading a dishwasher.

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What’s the difference between a tall tub and a regular dishwasher?

A tall tub dishwasher tends to offer more dish loading space with wider tines, different motor and washing arm configurations and lack of a kick plate. These features combine to create more space on the bottom rack to load large dishes like baking sheets and casserole pans in one cycle.

Tall tub models are constructed with a flatter motor configuration and a top-placed washing arm, thus creating more space for utilizing the entire bottom rack for loading. They also lack a kick plate at the bottom of the appliance, yielding additional usable space. Standard-sized dishwashers typically operate with a larger motor and come with a washing arm on the bottom of the interior tub, as well as a kick plate. Many tall tub dishwashers feature an adjustable upper rack to free up even more space, like this Whirlpool® Dishwasher with Fan Dry.

Additionally, the Whirlpool® Fingerprint Resistant Dishwasher with 3rd Rack & Large Capacity helps provide you the freedom to make room for tall reusable water bottles on a second rack or bowls and mugs on a third rack. Learn more about the different types of dishwashers to find the model that can help you simplify your kitchen cleanup routine.

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Is a tall tub dishwasher taller vs. a standard dishwasher?

Although a tall tub dishwasher boasts an increased capacity for larger loads, it is the same height as a standard dishwasher—roughly 35 inches tall—helping to alleviate any concerns of placement or installation with your countertops. 

What are standard tall tub dishwasher dimensions?

The standard dimensions of a tall tub dishwasher are approximately 24 inches wide, 35 inches tall and 24 inches deep, excluding handles, like in this Whirlpool® Large Capacity Dishwasher

These models are configured with more interior space to hold more dishes, but the overall size of the appliance is not larger. However, if you are looking for a wider appliance, some large capacity dishwashers come oversized with widths ranging between 30 to 42 inches.

Does a tall tub dishwasher require more space or higher countertops?

Because tall tub dishwashers have similar dimensions to standard models, additional exterior space or higher countertops are not necessary for installation. Learn more about dishwasher sizes and dimensions.

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What are the benefits of a tall tub dishwasher?

Tall tub dishwashers are versatile and provide increased interior capacity, allowing you to simplify cleanup and spend more time focusing on what matters. Let your dishwasher handle the chores and learn how to take advantage of all its benefits, such as:

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  • Some models feature an adjustable third rack for flexibility loading bowls, mugs and other hard-to-fit items.

  • Large capacity bottom rack ideal for baking sheets and casserole dishes from family gatherings.

  • Adjustable second rack designed for tall items, such blender jars and reusable water bottles.

  • Standard-sized exterior dimensions for seamless installation in your kitchen.

  • Allows you to run fewer cycles with larger loads.

  • Stainless steel finish in some models.

Explore this stainless steel Whirlpool® Tall Tub Dishwasher with adjustable second and third racks.

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Is a tall tub dishwasher right for you?

A tall tub dishwasher helps give you the peace of mind to load cookware directly onto the lower racks, rather than letting dishes rest in the sink. With adjustable second and third racks, experience the freedom of more room to spare for leftover utensils and hard-to-fit items.

These models are able to handle dishes and cookware of any size from family gatherings and holiday meals. If you find yourself with a counter full of dishes and want to run fewer cycles, a tall tub dishwasher can help you take care of the cleanup process. Looking for another model? Browse the complete collection of Whirlpool® Dishwashers for your home.

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Find the right dishwasher for your home with Whirlpool

No matter your needs, Whirlpool offers an extensive collection of dishwashers designed to simplify cleanup so you can enjoy your meals and spend more time with your family.

From compact to large capacity models and front control to hidden control panels, Whirlpool provides flexibility in your journey to finding the perfect dishwasher with the features you need.

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