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Dishwashers have improved exponentially in recent years. With so many models and new features, how can you be sure you’re getting the best dishwasher? Don’t get discouraged by all the competition – that’s why we’re here.

We reviewed some truly remarkable dishwashers and narrowed down what we feel are the 10 best. If you’ve not looked into the latest offerings, we think you will be mighty impressed.

The following models will make your life easier in more ways than one. But before we get to the main reviews section, let’s take a quick look at a couple of dishwashers that stood out from all of the other entries.

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We reviewed some truly fine units, but the Bosch 500 Series SHP865ZD2N was the best overall. It boasts several handy features and its capacity is quite large. Installation is a breeze and its operation is impressively quiet.

If you’re looking to nab a great dishwasher with the best price, look no further than Frigidaire’s Gallery FGIP2468UF. This well-built unit is packed with options and has plenty of room inside. It’s very easy to use and, best of all, it’s affordable.

Top 10 Best Dishwashers

If those aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, read on to see what the rest of the reviews have to offer. We’re sure there’s one that will suit your kitchen’s needs.


1. Bosch 500 Series SHP865ZD2N Review - Best Overall

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  • Fast installation
  • Quiet operation
  • Good features
  • Attractive
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • It is a bit expensive
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Bosch dishwashers are known for their high-quality and stellar craftsmanship. The 500 Series is an excellent line that delivers plenty of cutting-edge features to make your life easier. Bosch improves on the dishwasher in just about every way with all the bells and whistles you could ever want.

Bosch’s 500 Series is equipped with a third rack that serves to give you more room for loading dishes. Its sides fold down to add 30% greater capacity. Each rack within the dishwasher makes use of Bosch’s EasyGlide system.

This provides you with smooth, effortless use of the racks, making loading a much easier affair. And speaking of loading, Bosch makes it possible to fit even large pots and pans inside the Series 500 thanks to their FlexSpace tines. These cleverly fold down to free up even more space than ever.

One of the more unique features we really appreciated seeing is Bosch’s InfoLight system. Whenever the dishwasher is in action, a bright, red light is projected onto the floor. It looks like a laser pointer, only the dot is about the size of a quarter. You can’t miss it, and it’s a handy way of knowing whether it’s time to unload dishes.

You might be thinking, ‘Couldn’t you just listen to find out if it’s still running?” Well, not exactly. One of the great things that makes these dishwashers so wonderful is its quiet operation. At only 44 decibels, there’s a really good chance you might not be able to tell just by listening.

Other fine features include AutoAir. This works by automatically opening the dishwasher door when its cycle is complete. This allows fresh air to circulate throughout the just-washed dishes. This helps dry your dishes quicker.

And as long as your dishwasher remains on, you get 24-hour leak protection with Bosch’s AquaStop. This works by pumping out any leaked water through double-walled hoses. This helps extend the life of your dishwasher by keeping its inner workings dry.

Then there’s the RackMatic feature. This truly is an incredible and rather useful invention. The top rack has a simple lever that you can push in, raising or lowering the rack. This instantly expands the interior to make room for larger dishes.

With its stainless steel construction and handy features, your chores will soon be an afterthought. Sure, it’s a little pricey. But you’re getting loads of advantages that are guaranteed to make life easier.

Features

  • 23.8 x 23.6 x 33.9 inches
  • AquaStop protection
  • 30% more capacity
  • Weighs 91 pounds
  • 5 wash cycles
  • 44 decibels
  • Built-in

Ease of Use

Controlling the Bosch is a cinch. Smart sensors take care of all the settings for you if you like. A simple button interface on the inner lid is easily accessible and intuitive. Bosch did a fantastic job of making this dishwasher the ultimate user experience.


3. Miele G4976 SCVi SF Classic Plus Review - Most Hygienic

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  • Water-saving system
  • Tons of features
  • Quiet operation
  • Large interior
  • Long-lasting
  • It’s going to cost you
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We all want our appliances to last a lifetime. But how can you ever be certain the dishwasher you choose will hold up? That’s one of the noteworthy things about Miele. They run their products through rigorous testing to ensure that they will provide you with years of service.

In fact, the tests they put their dishwashers through are so intense that they are the equivalent of 20 years of normal use. The result is that you’re getting a dishwasher with a 20-year life-span.

If you’ve bought lemons in the past and are tired of being disappointed, Miele is just what you’re looking for. The results speak for themselves, with long-lasting, high-performance dishwashers. You are going to pay quite a bit more than most brands, but the trade-off for reliability will be worth it to many.

Another huge benefit of the Classic Plus is its water-saving feature. You will save nearly 300 gallons of water thanks to its powerful cleaning and AutoSensor technology. This cuts out the need for a pre-rinse cycle. Miele also installs flow meters on all of their dishwashers to ensure that each cycle always uses the exact same amount of water.

Miele’s Classic Plus utilizes three independent arms that spray each load from top to bottom. Working together, every inch of each dish is cleaned spotless. All while using as little water as possible.

And then there’s Miele’s CleanAir system. This draws in air through a dedicated port after the wash cycle has completed. Think of the time you will save not having to hand-dry all of your dishes from now on.

With a 16-place capacity, you’re getting plenty of room to handle even the biggest of loads. You’ll effectively cut your dishwashing time in half thanks to a quality cleaning system and large volume build.

Features

  • 33 x 23 x 22 inches
  • Hygienic SaniWash feature
  • Weighs 115 pounds
  • 5 wash cycles
  • 46 decibels

Ease of Use

With 5 cleaning cycles and lots of hygiene-friendly features, you’ll be able to easily get clean dishes with less hassle. And with shorter washing options, you’ll save time, too.

If you generally have trouble with dishwasher doors, Miele has you covered there, as well. Their ComfortClose door system is a breeze to open. We like this feature because the door will stay put regardless of what position you leave it. Where many doors would drop, Miele’s stays securely in place.


4. Bosch 300 Series SHEM63W55N Review - Most User-Friendly

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  • Excellent performance
  • Quiet operation
  • Lots of options
  • Decent price
  • Installation is a bit troublesome
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Bosch makes the list again, this time with their 300 series model. This dishwasher operates at a very quiet level, as well. It’s loaded with plenty of other handy features and comes in at a fairly decent price.

The InfoLight makes a return, beaming a bright red dot directly below the unit. This lets you know when the dishwasher is running. RackMatic is also featured in the 300 Series, giving you lots of flexibility in how you load dishes.

You get a total of 9 rack positions, making plenty of room for larger dishware, like pizza pans or pots. You’re also getting a third rack that provides you with 30% more space inside. This rack can be adjusted, as well, opening up the interior even more.

You have access to a total of 5 cleaning cycles. If you have company coming over and need to get dinner ready in a hurry, Bosch’s Speed60 setting will get your dirty dishes clean in about an hour. Even better, this option dries them all, too.

And if you want your dishes really, really dry, there’s even a setting for that. Just choose ‘Extra Dry’ and you won’t have to worry about a single drop of water remaining. To get the full benefit of this feature, you can run the ‘Sanitize’ option. This will enhance drying while killing off any bacteria that might be lurking inside.

At only 44 decibels, operation is quiet and unobtrusive. You and your guests can carry on normal conversation without the interruption of a noisy dishwasher. This is especially useful if you have little ones napping throughout the day whom you don’t want being disturbed.

With its stainless steel finish inside and out, you’re getting a beautiful addition to your kitchen. It gets dishes plenty clean in quick order while allowing for lots of interior loading space. The 300 Series comes at a reasonable price, to boot.

Features

  • 37 x 27 x 27 inches
  • Weighs 91 pounds
  • 16-place capacity
  • 5 wash cycles
  • 44 decibels

Ease of Use

Tucked directly below the handle is the user interface. It is minimized for easy selection and management, and the loading system is a cinch to use. While it may not have as many features as the 500 Series models, there is still plenty to work with.

Bosch has created a very user-friendly dishwasher that nearly anyone can use. We had a little bit of trouble with installation, but after buying a few extra parts, it went in just fine.


5. Bosch 800 Series SHPM88Z75N Review - Quietest Operation

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  • Exceptionally quiet
  • Excellent cleaning
  • Very high-quality
  • Lots of features
  • Responsive
  • Mighty costly unit
  • Stainless steel smudges
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Out of all of Bosch’s dishwasher lines, the 800 Series is the most-purchased. There’s a good reason for this, as it’s a stunning piece of craftsmanship. It’s chock-full of features that serve to make up its hefty price tag.

The aesthetics of the 800 Series go well in any kitchen setting. It looks sharp and attractive thanks to its stainless steel design. A pocket handle helps to take up much less space when compared to traditional bar-style handles.

This model comes equipped with 6 washing cycles and options. If you’re in a hurry, Speed60 makes an appearance again. This setting gets your load of dishes washed and dried in about an hour.

Bosch also makes use of its Sensor Wash cycle. This uses just the needed amount of water and time to get your dishes cleaned. And Precision Wash will keep scanning the load throughout its cycle to ensure it is getting the proper cleaning treatment.

The incredibly handy InfoLight comes installed with the Series 800, as well. This feature projects a large, red dot onto the floor right under the dishwasher’s door to keep you apprised of ongoing wash cycles. This is a truly ingenious idea that works well and is relied upon more than you many think.

And this is especially true in this model. Why? Because it is hands-down the quietest of all dishwashers we tested. Most models have a decibel rating of anywhere between 44 and 50. Older models are, of course, much louder.

Bosch pulled out all the stops in their research and development and delivered a dishwasher with a rating of 39 to 40 decibels! If you’re in need of some peace and quiet, this is definitely the unit for you. It’s so low you can easily forget that it’s running.

Features

  • Stainless steel construction
  • 23.8 x 23.6 x 33.9 inches
  • Weighs 116 pounds
  • 16-place capacity
  • 40 decibels
  • Built-in

Ease of Use

With so many features at your fingertips, beginners might get overwhelmed or intimidated. But once you learn its ropes, operation is really quite simple. Selections are made with touch-sensitive buttons on the inside of the door.

A single LCD screen keeps you alerted to time remaining and other information. The settings work wonderfully and, best of all, quietly.


6. Whirlpool WDTA50SAHZ Review - Best Entry-Level Unit

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  • Compact design
  • Smudge-proof
  • Nicely-priced
  • Lightweight
  • Struggles with stubborn build-up
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If you have never owned a dishwasher and feel a little intimidated by all the gadgetry, there are options out there just for you. Take Whirlpool, for example. This adequately-priced unit is easy to operate and won’t break the bank.

With three color options to choose from, you’re bound to find one that matches your kitchen décor. Whether black, white, or stainless steel, each one is attractive and will complement any setting.

We liked seeing a pocket handle on this model. It’s already fairly compact, but this ensures that it will leave you with even more space in your kitchen. Opening the door reveals the user-friendly interface. Each button is clearly labeled, so even the most uninitiated will be able to figure it out.

Simple LED indicator lights let you know when loads are running and when they are finished. Loading the unit is equally easy and straightforward. And you won’t find yourself fighting to get dishes to fit. Only the silverware container is a bit on the small side. But unless you’re cleaning up after Thanksgiving, this likely won’t become an issue for you.

We really like the top rack in this dishwasher. It sports moveable tines that open up even more loading space. And if you need a bit more room underneath for larger dishware, this rack can be moved to help you out. Combined with the 15-place capacity, you should have more than enough room.

You get a total of 5 wash cycles with 6 options. There is even a one-hour cycle for those times when you need dishes right away. And if you have other matters to attend to, you can delay wash cycles for up to 8 hours.

In terms of running noise, this unit keeps things pretty quiet at only 47 decibels. The only potential deal-breaker we found in this model is that it lacks a third rack.

Features

  • 26 x 25 x 36 inches
  • Weighs 65 pounds
  • 15-place capacity
  • 5 wash settings
  • 47 decibels

Ease of Use

It may be simplistic in its design, but it is easy to operate and looks nice, too. The user interface is perfect for first-time owners and won’t overwhelm with a lot of bells and whistles. If you’re on the fence about getting a dishwasher, this Whirlpool won’t disappoint.


7. Samsung WaterWall DW80R9950UG Review - Best for Large Families

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  • Innovative features
  • Beautiful design
  • Quiet operation
  • Large capacity
  • Attractive
  • Costs quite a bit
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If you have a big family or entertain a lot of guests pretty often, this is definitely the dishwasher for you. It boasts a huge interior along with a 15-place capacity. You can likely load up all of your dirty dishes and clean them in one wash cycle.

Samsung included a third rack in this model, helping to accommodate more dishes if needed. There’s even an additional rack for silverware and the like. All of your dishes fit nicely inside to ensure thorough cleaning throughout.

Speaking of cleaning, this model does a tremendous job of eliminating even the most stubborn caked-on foods. To help with this, Samsung equipped this dishwasher with a unique Zone Booster.

This allows you to shoot jets of water directly on dishes. That dried out lasagna from three nights ago doesn’t stand a chance.

We really appreciated that Samsung took the time to address common complaints like smudgy stainless steel. They applied a special coating that helps reduce this issue, leaving your shiny new appliance bright and beautiful.

Features

  • 34 x 35 x 24 inches
  • Weighs 95 pounds
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 15-place capacity
  • 7 wash cycles
  • Built-in

Ease of Use

This attractive unit is equipped with some very intuitive controls. But don’t let that deter you if you’re new to operating a dishwasher. They work very well and are just as easy to learn. And for all you techies out there, you can sync the WaterWall to Wi-Fi for even more versatility.


8. LG QuadWash LDF5545ST Review - Best Cleaning

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  • Fantastic, thorough cleaning
  • Quiet operation
  • Decent value
  • Attractive
  • Confusing user interface
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This monster of an appliance is fit for a king. LG delivers a dishwasher that is feature-packed and ready to serve.

You get a total of 9 wash cycles with 8 options. The QuadWash does an excellent job of getting your dishes clean. This is done by 4 wash arms that work to spray jets of water over every square-inch inside.

This two-rack behemoth is lacking the much-desired third rack. But LG makes up for it by including moveable tines on both racks. This helps to free up some space to allow for more storage.

As great as the QuadWash is, we had to take it down a few places due to its clunky interface. When it’s working like it’s supposed to, this unit is great. But many times you will find yourself fighting to get it to function the way you want.

Features

  • 30 x 24 x 35 inches
  • Weighs 88 pounds
  • 15-place capacity
  • 9 wash cycles
  • 48 decibels

Ease of Use

Controls are made via touch-sensitive buttons on the face of the unit. Operation is quiet enough, but many will struggle with the interface.


9. LG LDP6797ST Review - Most Innovative

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  • Innovative design
  • Plenty of options
  • Mobile operation
  • Attractive
  • May not last
  • Sub-par build-quality
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Have you ever dreamed of controlling your dishwasher from your smartphone? Neither have we. But LG thinks you need to be able to do this, and so here it is. To be honest, once you try it, this feature is quite handy to have around.

It’s one of those things you didn’t realize you needed until you tried it. It’s especially nice to have when you’re in the middle of movie night and don’t want to get up to mess with the dishwasher. Or if you’re away from the house running hectic errands.

Washing is pretty adequate, although you can certainly find models that do it much better. There is plenty to work with, as you get 9 wash cycles with 8 options. It’s also nicely-sized with a 15-place capacity.

But really, the main draw here is the connectivity. Is it a gimmick? Sure, but if it’s the kind of gimmick that suits your busy lifestyle, this thing is right up your alley.

Features

  • 23.75 x 33.6 x 24.6 inches
  • Weighs 97.1 pounds
  • 15-place capacity
  • 9 wash cycles
  • SenseClean

Ease of Use

If you can use a smartphone, you can operate this dishwasher. It should be noted that performance isn’t all that great, with many users complaining of its longevity. Since we only tested the unit, we can’t speak to that. Either way, you should proceed with caution.


10. Amana ADB1400AG Review - Most Budget-Friendly

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  • Ideal for beginners
  • User-friendly
  • Inexpensive
  • Limited capacity
  • Not a lot of features
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Amana brings you a bare-bones unit at an affordable price. It’s certainly not going to win any awards for innovation, but if you need a dishwasher on the cheap, this is a good choice.

It’s pretty straightforward in its operation, with simplistic yet effective controls. It sports a 12-place capacity interior that will handle small- to medium-sized loads.

It’s very lightweight for a dishwasher, allowing most people to install it by themselves. It’s made mostly of plastic, so it’s not the most durable of appliances.

But again, for a budget entry, there’s bound to be some cost-cutting measures made. It does a pretty fine job of cleaning dishes, though. And really, isn’t that the most important part?

Features

  • 36 x 25 x 26 inches
  • Weighs 56 pounds
  • 12-place capacity
  • Energy efficient
  • Built-in

Ease of Use

Its simplistic setup lends to a very easy user experience. There aren’t many features to speak of, so nearly anyone will be able to figure it out.


Dishwasher Buyer’s Guide

Dishwashers are one of the most useful appliances a kitchen can have. Dishwashers save your time by doing the most tedious task instead of you, dishwashing.

The choices on the market are numerous, so it is no wonder why many users are not satisfied with their dishwasher. If you want to avoid many of the problems other people have run into, you need to do plenty of research.

Fortunately, we decided to do the research for you! We have spent uncountable hours dedicated to researching the intricate world of dishwashers, so you don’t have to.

Types of Dishwashers

You will notice four types of dishwashers on the market. Most of them are similar to one another, but some of them stand out.

  • Built-in dishwashers: Their name describes them well. They are usually installed beside cabinets or beneath the countertop. You will find 24-inch built-in models, which are considered standard, but also 18-inch models that go under the sink. Smaller models are a good choice for a small kitchen. Larger models can hold around 120 items, depending on the size of the items. Smaller built-in dishwashers can hold around 90 items.
  • Drawer dishwashers: These dishwashers are compact and look great in small kitchens. They slide out like a drawer, hence the name. Drawer dishwashers can’t hold a lot of items – around 50. Fortunately, you can stack them and run them independently. So, if you buy a drawer dishwasher, and it doesn’t suit your needs anymore, you can stack another one on top of it.
  • Portable dishwashers: This type of dishwasher is a great choice for small kitchens. It is also a good choice for kitchens that are not ready for a built-in dishwasher. Portable dishwashers stand on caster wheels, so they are easy to move. They come in the same sizes as the built-in models, so you can expect the same capacity to hold items. Portable dishwashers hook up to the sink, and their top can be used as a work surface.
  • Countertop dishwashers: These dishwashers are compact and a good choice for small apartments. They are designed to sit on top of the countertop, so they don’t take up a lot of space. They can’t hold a lot of items since they are designed for light duty. Same as portable dishwashers, countertop dishwashers hook up to the sink.

Important Features to Consider

Before you can start to think about a new dishwasher, you need to consider some features. All of the features below are important, but not a 100% necessity. Try to find a dishwasher with all of the following features, but don’t be discouraged if one or two are missing.

  • Soil sensors: You will find this feature on the Energy Star-certified dishwashers. This feature tries to detect how much the dishes are soiled. After it figures out how dirty the dishes are, the dishwasher will adjust its cleaning cycle. This is a useful energy-saving feature, so make sure that your next dishwasher has it.
  • Quiet technologies: We don’t have a problem with tolerating the dishwasher noise, but many people do. If you have sensitive ears, then a dishwasher with a quiet technology is for you. Bear in mind that those dishwashers tend to be pricey.
  • Eco-wash: Eco-wash reduces the time to clean the dishes, hence saving energy. It is a cycle that works well on large loads that are not soiled much. Eco-wash cycles are a good choice for large families and for people who often hold gatherings for a large number of people.
  • Advanced water filtration: Cleaning a filter is a tedious task that must be performed, but some dishwashers can do it themselves. Self-cleaning filters are a great feature that saves time, albeit costing more.
  • High-efficiency water nozzles: Best dishwashers have efficient, high-powered nozzles. Those water nozzles boost the cleaning power. Water nozzles are placed in positions that increase cleaning efficiency, thus saving time.
  • Adjustable racks: Good dishwashers come with adjustable racks that can be used to house pans and pots. Plenty of dishwashers don’t have this feature. So, if you consider it important as we do, make sure to get it.

Besides mentioned features, there are a few more that are not a must-have, but worth thinking about.

Some of today’s dishwashers are smart, and they allow you to control them remotely using an app. You can also find dishwashers with a heated dryer that dries your wet dishes. If you don’t want to think about how much detergent you need for different wash cycles, then an automatic detergent dispenser is for you. Some of the best dishwashers come with a touchpad, but you should think whether that feature warrants a price increase.

More expensive units come with an additional rack that allows you to wash small items. Some dishwashers come with rinse cycles, which reduce nasty odors. Rinse cycles also reduce the amount of food stuck to the dishes, but they increase water use. So, think whether you really need a dishwasher with a rinse cycle.