My family and I recently moved cross-country into a house that is still in the process of being remodeled. We have a barebones kitchen to work with. And, as I spend half an hour or so each day at the sink scrubbing away, there is no appliance I miss more than a trusty dishwasher.
When it comes to time savings, a dishwasher is well worth the investment. Our top pick is just a smidge over $800, but you can find decent models for half that price. When shopping for a dishwasher, there are a number of features that tend to lend themselves to better performance and durability. You should look for nylon-coated racks since they tend to have a longer lifespan. A soil sensor is also helpful because it will let your washer know when to end the cycle or if it should keep going.
Top 5 Bosch Dishwasher
- Stainless Steel Tub | Nylon Rack
- 5 Wash Cycles | 5 Wash Options
- Stainless Steel Interior
- 6 Wash Cycles / 6 Wash Options
- Stainless Steel Tub | Nylon Rack
- 6 Wash Cycles | 6 Wash Options
- 14 Place Settings
- 6 Wash Cycles featuring 2 Options
Lab-Tested for Your Home
We test dishwashers year-round, spending 28 hours evaluating each one and identifying its features. Our testers load each dishwasher with 10 place settings of white ceramic dishes with baked-on food, then run it on the normal cycle (or its equivalent). When the cycle is complete, we record cycle time, and the amount of water and energy used. We use a photo-imaging machine to determine precisely how clean each dish is, we test how well each machine dries plastics, and panelists judge noise levels.
Dishwashers that perform well but don’t hold up over time aren’t winners. That’s why it’s important to consider our latest reliability and owner satisfaction survey findings. And to make it easier for you to choose the best dishwasher for your budget, we now incorporate lab-test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall Score for each model.
A Dish Load of Brands
There are more than 20 brands in our dishwasher ratings. You’ll see familiar names such as Amana, Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool. Ikea is there, too—and no, you don’t have to assemble the dishwasher yourself. And our experts review the three B’s—Beko, Blomberg, and Bosch.
Manufacturers in the high-end price range include Bertazzoni, Dacor, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, GE Profile, Jenn-Air, Kenmore Elite, KitchenAid, Miele, Thermador, and Viking. We work to keep up with brands that you’ll see in stores and online. That’s why we also test models from Equator, Kuchta, and Thor Kitchen.
Name Your Price
The width and depth of a conventional dishwasher are intended for a cavity measuring 24×24 inches. But fitting your new dishwasher it could be a challenge if you’ve tiled the floor or redone your counters, changing the height of the cavity. So before you choose, measure your space and ask the retailer for the full height range (and don’t forget to account for adjustment of the leveling feet).
When shopping, take a close look at how the dishwasher’s interior is configured—the spacing of tines, and the placement of the silverware baskets and racks. You need a dishwasher that works for how you cook and eat.
Dishwashers for $500 or Less
Although they aren’t the top performers in our tests, you can still get a dishwasher that’s excellent at cleaning, and very good or even excellent at drying. Most dishwashers, including lower-priced models, now have a soil sensor. It adjusts the cycle’s time and water use to the load’s soil level, improving water efficiency. And some in this price range even has a stainless interior. So what’s the catch? The features are basic: Adjustable racks and stainless steel tubs are not a given, and most dishwashers in this price range are relatively noisy.
Dishwashers for $600 to $900
You can get a quieter machine, superb cleaning, and convenient features that might make it worth spending a bit more, such as adjustable racks and flexible flatware slots, along with a stainless tub, which tends to resist stains better than plastic. A soil sensor is a given.
Dishwashers for $1,000 or More
The styling changes and the dishwashers are fully loaded. You no longer have to choose between useful features. Innovative features—such as special wash zones for heavily soiled items, and WiFi connectivity—are added.
They typically include two stacked drawers that you can use simultaneously or separately. But they’re expensive, and the models we tested haven’t performed as well overall as most conventional dishwashers.