Best Dishwashers 2017
1. Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR55UC
Pros: This bosch dishwasher is a top performer and is sold at a very reasonable price. Cleaning performance is top notch as well as in drying plastic items. It is energy efficient and is one of the quietest models in the market. Normal cycle usually lasts around 90 minutes and use six gallons of water. Has adjustable tines, delayed start, adjustable upper rack, soil sensor and ample flatware slots.
Cons: No cycle time remaining indicator. Filter requires manual cleaning, though keep in mind that automatic filters add noise.
2. Bosch SHP65T55UC
Pros: Good overall performance and offers a lot of features for its price. Great at cleaning dishes, quiet, and energy efficient. Has a time-remaining display, soil sensor, and a stainless-steel tub. Uses six gallons of water at normal cycle. Has adjustable tines, delayed start, adjustable upper rack, and ample flatware slots.
Cons: Normal cycle is longer, at 117 minutes. Average performance when it comes to drying plastic items.
3. Miele Futura Dimension
Pros: One of the best performing dishwashers with its excellent cleaning and drying action. Also one of the most energy efficient of its kind and is fairly quiet. Has adjustable tines, delayed start, adjustable upper rack, ample flatware slots, time-remaining display, soil sensor, and stainless-steel tub.
Cons: Long normal cycle time, at 150 minutes using five gallons of water. This dishwasher would have been the top model if it were not too expensive.
4. Whirlpool WDF310PAAW
Pros: Great price, good overall performance, excellent washing and drying action, very quiet, and energy efficient. Has adjustable tines, soil sensor, self-cleaning filter, delayed start option, and an adjustable upper rack.
Cons: Takes 135 minutes for a normal cycle using seven gallons of water. Doesn’t have a time remaining display.
5. KitchenAid GE GSD2100VBB
Pros: Good overall performance, excellent washing action. Has adjustable tines, delayed start option, adjustable upper rack, ample flatware slots, time-remaining display, soil sensor, and stainless-steel tub.
Cons: Takes 115 minutes for a normal cycle using five gallons of water. Filter needs manual cleaning, although this helps reduce noise unlike automatic filters. Average performance in drying plastics and noise control. Lacks time remaining indicator.
Tips in Choosing the Best Dishwasher
- Get a dishwasher that can hold baking pans and other hard-to-fit dishes.
- You want a rack that adjust up or down to make room for taller items like pilsner glasses.
- To make room for larger pans and pots, you want adjustable tines that flatten
- Look for silverware baskets with individual slots so that utensils don’t mess with one another while the dishwasher is working thereby preventing damage to them or to the machine.
- While it is a nice feature, a stainless steel interior adds more cost yet it doesn’t get the dishes cleaner, so don’t spend more for it.
- Decide on manual or automatic filters. You need to clean the manual ones on occasion while the automatic ones are self-cleaning.
- For smaller families, look for a dishwasher with a half-load options so you can save on your energy costs.
- The price shouldn’t be your only basis when you’re hunting for a bargain.
- Make note of the energy efficiency and energy ratings of the dishwasher. You can find this on the yellow sticker or on the machine’s sales page online.
- The run time of your dishwasher might be an important factor as the normal cycle may take a longer time. While this isn’t a problem if you’re going to be out as your dishes are being washed, there may be instances when you don’t have time to wait for the cycle to complete (e.g. hosting a party).
- A longer run time obviously creates more noise so this should be another factor in your purchase decision.
- Look for a dishwasher that’s going to be reliable since you don’t want it to break down. User reviews online can help you find the ones that will last longer.