A dishwasher is among the biggest investments you’ll make in your kitchen. With all the brands and available features, it can be difficult to have peace of mind knowing that you’ve made the right choice when shopping, but that’s what we’re here for.
Here at Reviewed, we've been testing dishwashers in our labs for close to 15 years, so we know what separates the best dishwashers from the mediocre ones—and which dishwashers you should avoid.
In addition to leaving dishes spotless, the best dishwashers provide great stain removal and completely dry dishes, while being quiet and energy efficient. They offer great functionality, with third racks or adjustable racks, and top-rated modern dishwashers are Wi-Fi enabled or can be operated with a smart home assistant.
We tested top-rated dishwashers on the market, challenging them with thousands of dirty dishes, food-stained pots and pans, and tough, crusted casseroles. We found that the Bosch SHPM88Z75N (available at Appliances Connection) is the best dishwasher for most people. It offers excellent, reliable cleaning, can remove really difficult stains, and will 100% dry your dishes.
If you want a great value that still offers excellent cleaning, consider the Beko DUT25401, which we can’t rave about enough.
Special features: Stainless steel tub, extra dry option, sanitize option, CrystalDry technology, adjustable upper rack, delayed start
The Bosch 800 Series SHPM88Z75N excels at cleaning dishes, and it stands out for its CrystalDry feature, which uses zeolite crystals to completely dry dishes, even plastic containers.
The SHPM88Z75N handled every dishwashing test we threw at it, cleaning dishes better than most others. It was nearly perfect during its Heavy cycle. Plus, with a sound rating of 40 dBA, this Bosch is also one of the quietest dishwashers we tested.
While the SHPM88Z75N does an amazing job removing some of our more difficult stains, we did find occasional redeposit on dishes. Also, the controls didn’t always respond at the first touch during testing.
Special features: Stainless steel tub, third rack, AutoOpen drying, ExtraClean & ExtraDry, delayed start
The Miele G 5266 SCVi SF is an excellent dishwasher, offering great cleaning, sleek design, and functionality.
With some high-end models, you pay for a dishwasher’s look and style, not increased cleaning performance. That’s not true with the G 5266. During testing, it delivered nearly spotless dishes with no redeposit.
There’s more to the G 5266 than style and cleaning prowess, though. Maxing out at 42 dBA, it’s soft while running. Also, its third rack accommodates normal-sized utensils, as well as larger items, and the upper rack can be adjusted vertically and also tilted at an angle to help with loading and unloading.
There’s not a lot to dislike about the G 5266, other than its premium price. If you like its look and have the money to spend, it won’t let you down.
The Beko DUT25401X has an incredibly low price tag while still offering excellent, energy-efficient performance.
When testing stain removal power, this dishwasher’s heavy cycle performed like a champ, with a near perfect score. The DUT25401X performed slightly above average during its normal cycle and slightly below average during its quick wash.
While testing the DUT25401X on those three cycles, it also used less water and was more energy efficient than average. Plates and glasses were completely dry at the end of this dishwasher’s normal cycle, as well.
We also love this dishwasher’s upper rack, which features different tines for multiple dishes and offers an angled height adjustment. There are also two height-adjustable shelves/wine racks and a mini third rack, which is attached.
There’s not much that we don’t like about this dishwasher, but its control panel is poorly designed, and it takes some effort to make your cycle selections.
One of the highest-value dishwashers for its price
Special features: ADA compliant, CrystalDry technology, third rack, Wi-Fi enabled, AquaStop Plus, delayed start
The Bosch 800 Series SGX78B55UC/13 is an outstanding dishwasher, with excellent cleaning power, efficient cycles, and lots of extra features. What sets this dishwasher apart from the other great models on this list is ability to dry dishes and that it meets ADA requirements.
Like many Bosch 800 Series dishwashers, the SGX78B55UC/13 utilizes the company’s CrystalDry technology. But Bosch has improved the process with the SGX78B55UC/13, which got every dish 100% dry during testing, including plastic containers.
Before purchasing the SGX78B55UC/13, you should be aware that it is slightly shorter than standard models—32.06 inches compared to 33.88. That’s to meet ADA requirements. Additionally, it has enhanced accessibility features.
This Bosch doesn’t sacrifice cleaning power for these features, however. The SGX78B55UC/13 cleared away 98.48% of our stains during testing of its Normal cycle, 98.29% during its Express cycle, and 99.57% during the Heavy cycle.
While it does a great job of cleaning, we did experience some minor redeposit issues. That said, this should only occur with specific types of food soil—and nothing that pre-rinsing wouldn’t fix. Overall, this dishwasher is a great option, especially if you’re looking for an ADA-compliant dishwasher.
Special features: Flexible third rack, Wi-Fi connectivity, AutoRelease door, stainless steel tub, top controls, delayed start
The Samsung DW80R9950UT dishwasher has a futuristic-looking top-control panel, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish, and enough features to please even the pickiest of users.
The Samsung DW80R9950UT also will get your dishes sparkling clean and dry. During testing, the Normal, Quick, and Heavy cycles all were able to remove more than 97% of food stains. The DW80R9950UT has minimal redeposit and near-perfect dish drying.
Its third rack is deep enough to hold ladles and whisks, in addition to all of your silverware, and adjustable tines will make awkwardly-shaped dishes a breeze. However, the rack did wobble while sliding on its rails. Also, we found that the cutlery basket also was hard to remove.
While a scaled down version of the 800 series, the still showcases the cleaning power that Bosch is known for. During testing, this dishwasher's Normal and Heavy cycles handled almost everything we threw at it. The cleaning cycles are on the longer side (the Quick cycle clocks in at about an hour), but they're also whisper quiet.
Featuring adjustable tines and a third rack, you’ll also be able to wash many different sizes and types of dishes. And your dishes will be dry when the dishwasher is done—the SHPM65Z55N's Auto Air function opens the dishwasher door after a cycle ends to expedite dish drying.
Cycles: ProWash, Normal, Express Wash, Tough, Rinse Only
Special features: Third rack, leak-detection, stainless steel tub
The KitchenAid KDTM404KPS can hold up to 16 place settings, about two more than average, so it’s a great option for big families.
Its unique third rack, part of the reason it can hold so many plates, has a deep divot that can hold small bowls, cups, and mugs. The third rack even has rotating spray jets so you don’t have to worry about everything getting clean.
When it comes to cleaning performance, our testing shows that the Normal and Tough cycles do an excellent job removing stains.
While the Express cycle is slow compared to the competition, that’s not a big deal in our book.
Special features: Adjustable upper rack, delayed start
The no-frills Hisense HUI6220XCUS dishwasher, sold exclusively at Lowe’s, offers exemplary performance at a budget-friendly price, which makes a good option for many families.
It has a 15-minute Quick cycle—one of the we’ve tested—and a Sanitize cycle for baby bottles and plastic toys. While it doesn’t have features like bottle jets or a third rack, it does offer high-powered cleaning capabilities.
The HUI6220XCUS does have its problems, albeit minor ones. The press-and-hold top controls are unintuitive, and the cutlery basket attracts food redeposit. Still, at its price it’s hard to find a better value deal.
Special features: Wi-Fi, third rack, Ultra Wash & Dry Plus, stainless steel tub, delayed start
The GE Café CDT875M5NS5 is a gorgeous high-end appliance that dazzles with its platinum glass finish.
Our favorite quiet dishwasher, the CDT875M5NS5 does an excellent job cleaning dishes overall. However, it struggled with the most stubborn stains. Given its premium price, the inconsistency is troubling.
Still, there’s a lot to love about the CDT875M5NS5. It’s a beautiful dishwasher, and its high-end design aesthetic would fit in many people’s dream kitchen. Also, it does a good job drying dishes and it has the features you’d expect in a high-end dishwasher.
The CDT875M5NS5 is a good pick for anyone whose budget isn’t broken by its price tag, but at this price point the level of competition is very high.
Cycles: Auto, Heavy Duty, Normal, Delicate, Express Wash, and Rinse Only
Special features: Third rack, Power Wash zone, top control, adjustable middle rack, interior light, stainless steel tub, delayed start
The Sharp SDW6757ES is the company’s first dishwasher released in the U.S. While there’s a lot to like and it’s a promising attempt for Sharp, the price is too high for what you get.
Its heavy duty cycle performs best, getting our test dishes 99.6% clean, with the normal and quick wash cycles not far behind. Its Power Wash function engages a sprayer with additional power for dishes with tough stains.
You can also raise or lower the middle rack to let you better accommodate taller items: Raising the middle rack allows taller items to be stored below, and lowering it can help you fit in taller glassware on the middle rack.
The SDW6757ES is a pretty good dishwasher, but its price tag puts it in competition with the best.
Cycles: 1 Hour US, Auto US, Delicate/Economy Wash US, Power Scrub Plus US, Regular US, Rinse & Hold US
Special features: Stainless steel tub, delayed start
The Bosch SHEM3AY52N is proof that you can’t really go wrong with any dishwasher series from Bosch.
Aside from its stainless steel interior, there aren’t any flashy features in this 100 Series model. But its low price tag and its cleaning performance more than makes up for it. While its food-stain-fighting power can’t beat out its 800 Series cousin, it comes close, getting dishes 97.7% clean.
For the nice price, you will sacrifice a third-rack, Wi-Fi, and a high-end design aesthetic, but if those things don’t matter to you, this is a seriously good value.
Its upper rack can be adjusted vertically to provide more room for bulkier items, and it does have a standard third rack.
When it comes to cleaning performance, this Whirlpool dishwasher handles stains with ease, even our dried spinach test, which is super hard to dominate. The only catch is that cycle times tend to run long.
How We Tested Dishwashers And Why You Can Trust Us
When it comes to rating the best dishwashers, we do all the dirty work—pun intended. First, our editors research the best brands and models on the market to get an idea of what’s special, what’s different, and which dishwashers have a reputation for cleaning well.
Then, because we want you to trust our judgment, we bring in the best-rated dishwashers we’ve seen to Reviewed’s Cambridge-based labs for hands-on and scientific testing. Yes—we do have a chief scientist on staff!
Testing dishwashers is obviously a dirty job filled with cheese-crusted casserole pans and spinach puree painted plates, but we are happy to do it. When testing, we assess each dishwasher on the three major factors—performance, features, and user experience.
We test each dishwasher’s three main dishwasher cycles: quick, heavy, and normal by baking nasty food and beverage stains on 15 to 20 dishes that are then loaded into the dishwasher per the manufacturer's loading directions.
At the end of each cycle, we manually determine how much stain has been removed from each dish. Ideally, each dish is 100% clean, but that level of cleaning perfection can be harder to achieve in real life. We also look at redeposit, which is when water jets remove bits of food from one dish that get stuck on a second dish.
We also look at a dishwasher’s ability to dry dishes and how it gets this job done. Customers expect their dishes to be dry, so we penalize the dishwasher every time a dish comes out wet.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Dishwasher
With dishwashers costing from around $500 to more than $2,000, there are a lot of differences with models. Here are some things to think about when you’re shopping for a new dishwasher.
Stainless steel is a timeless classic, and most of the dishwashers in this list are available in that finish. But there are other stainless options, with black stainless and fingerprint-resistant more popular than ever.
Some of our favorite models are available in more bold choices, too, including navy steel, Tuscan steel, and platinum glass. That said, which finish and color is best for you comes down to personal preferences.
During our testing, we focused on normal, heavy and quick cycles, but that’s only the start of available cycles. While budget dishwashers may only have those three, you will see other available settings as you move up in price.
Some of the models we tested had sanitize settings, which can be especially helpful for families, while others had cycles for china. High-end models typically have the most cycles.
While all of the features in the world can't make a bad dishwasher better, they can really add the finishing touch to a model that does a killer cleaning job.
Adjustable upper racks are helpful when dealing with oddly shaped cups and bowls. Third racks are great for utensils that don’t seem to fit other places.
Most of the dishwashers we tested had the option for a delayed start, and all of them had stainless steel tubs, which are quieter than dishwashers with plastic ones. The ability to detect soil levels also is helpful with getting dishes sparkling clean.
As with the number of cycles, the more features you have, typically, the more you will spend on a dishwasher.
What You Should Know About Dishwashers
Maybe it’s been 10 years since you last bought a dishwasher—or maybe this is your first go-around. Either way, it’s likely you have questions, and we can help you answer them.
How To Load A Dishwasher
Full-size dishwashers typically have the capacity to hold 14 to 16 place settings. Loading a dishwasher can be an art, and it’s been the reason behind many post-meal arguments.
Here are the basics: Plates and serving dishes on the bottom rack, glasses and bowls on the top rack, and, if you have one, serving spoons, spatulas, and other larger utensils on the third rack.
If there’s one rule to go by, don’t overload your dishwasher. If there are too many dishes crammed in, the water from the spray arm won’t be able to reach, and consequently, clean all the dishes.
First, pour a cup of white vinegar into the dishwasher and run it on its heavy cycle. When done, sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher tub with baking soda and let it sit overnight. Then run an empty cycle again.
How To Clean A Dishwasher Filter
Your dishwasher filter is another (gross) matter entirely. When it comes to how to clean a dishwasher filter, you’ll need dish soap and a scrub brush. Twist the filter out of the bottom of the dishwasher’s tub, scrub it under the tap with the soap and brush, and rinse it clean. When it comes to when to clean a dishwasher filter—that’s weekly.
How To Install A Dishwasher
Depending on how and from where you buy a dishwasher, its installation will vary. You may just want to call in a professional to take care of it. Consider if you have basic plumbing and electrical skills or would rather hire one, because set-up has to adhere to state requirements.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average dishwasher lasts about nine years; this InterNACHI chart on standard estimated life expectancies for all types of home products is incredibly helpful.
While we lab test dishwashers for cleaning performance and quality of build, we don’t test for life expectancy or any kind of operational duration. How long a dishwasher will last will vary by brand and even by model.
How Much Does A Dishwasher Cost?
The average price range for dishwashers spans about a $1,000 difference from the least expensive to the most.
At the low end, you can find models that are just over $500 for value brands like Hotpoint and Amana. Midrange models start in the mid-$600s and run through about $1,000 with GE, Frigidaire, and Whirlpool, and even some Bosch 100 and 300 series dishwashers.
Over the $1,000 mark, you’ll be getting a dishwasher loaded with special features and finishes, from brands like Bosch, Cafe, Samsung, Frigidaire Pro, and GE Profile. Over $1,600, and you’re in high-end territory with dishwashers from Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Bertazzoni, and Viking.
Does A Dishwasher’s Size Matter?
In short: No.
All built-in dishwashers that require installation are either 24 or 18 inches wide, and connect directly to the water intake in your kitchen. Measure the width of your space before buying.
If you want one that’s going to sit perfectly flush with your cabinetry—like in a home design magazine—you'll also need to grab a tape measure and determine your available depth. Double-check all measurements before purchasing.
However, this means that it's super easy to shop for a built-in dishwasher online, because you can guarantee it'll fit the space you already have open in your kitchen.
Reviewed's lab operations manager Jonathan Chan says, "The amount of water a dishwasher uses varies greatly on type and cycle selected. Normal cycles on compact models can use as little as 2.5 gallons, but larger entry-level models can use up to 5 gallons."
For example, in our test labs, we measure the amount of water and energy used per fast, normal, and heavy wash cycle. We assume 208 cycles per year (4 per week), of which 25% are fast, 50% are normal, and 25% are heavy. Based on these cycle counts and the per cycle numbers, we can determine approximate annual water use.
The Best Overall winner, the Bosch SHPM88Z75N, uses 1,093 gallons per year—the third highest of our top 12 dishwashers, and our Best Value winner, the Beko DUT25401X has an annual water use of 731 gallons—the third lowest of the 12. Interestingly, our upgrade pick, the Miele G 5266 SCVi uses the least amount of gallons, at 626.
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.
Leigh Harrington has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor for myriad print and digital publications. At USA TODAY and Reviewed, she focuses on coverage about home trends, home improvement, large and small appliances, and gardening.
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