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Under-counter appliances have been around for a long time — the dishwasher made its first appearance in the late 40s. Today, the category includes refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, wine coolers, ovens, warming drawers, and trash compactors, too. Many of these units are installed in state-of-the-art kitchens, and not just to save space. Undercounter appliances are also used in other rooms of the home. And even though we refer to these appliances as under-counter, there are many other appropriate, and in some cases far better, installation locations. Dishwashers We’re accustomed to installing the dishwasher below the counter, and that’s fine, but consider raising it off the floor. I usually recommend anywhere from 6 to 16 inches off the floor. It’s easier to use