Yes, a dishwasher should be located near the sink, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be directly next to it. Here are some key things to keep in mind when deciding where to place your dishwasher:
Proximity to the sink: The dishwasher needs to be close to the sink so that it can access water for cleaning. It also can use the same drain as the sink making installation easy.
Accessibility to cabinets: Locate the dishwasher near cabinets that store your dishes, glasses, and silverware. This makes loading and unloading the dishwasher much more convenient.
Separation from cooking and food prep areas: Though dishwashers work quietly, they can cause disturbances with their noise when placed right next to the cooking areas. Keeping them apart helps keep things organized and also frees up counter space and reduces clutter in the food prep areas of the kitchen.
Considering these factors in advance before installing a dishwasher will make your life easier when cooking and cleaning in your kitchen. Additionally, you should consult a plumber to make sure that the installation meets local codes and regulations. With the right placement, your dishwasher will be a time saver and make dish washing a breeze, while keeping your kitchen layout well organized.