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The Best High-End Dishwashers of 2022

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Best Overall

Thermador DWHD770WFM

This premium dishwasher comes with plenty of luxury features, including a push-to-open door and a cycle timer that’s projected onto the floor. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent cleaning performance
  • Gets dishes dry
  • Great customizability options

Cons

  • None that we could find

When people ask us which dishwasher to buy, our advice is usually pretty simple: Buy one of our top-ranked dishwashers and be done with it. But if you have an upscale kitchen and want a dishwasher that does more than just clean, the sky’s the limit.

Brands like Thermador, Bosch, and Miele sell dishwashers with features that will blow your mind. Some have doors that open automatically at the end of a cycle (which can help with dish drying), while others focus on the aesthetic aspects, like attractive interior lighting or being custom-panel ready. Some of these luxury dishwashers can wash dishes quickly during parties, or clean crystal and china without damaging it.

To see what kind of features you can get with a dishwasher when you have a (much, much) higher budget, we brought some of the most expensive and exclusive dishwashers into our product labs, and put them through the same battery of tests that we use to assess every other dishwasher we test, regardless of what it costs. We also upped the ante a bit by checking to see how easy it was to fit stemware on the upper rack of the dishwasher, as well as how fast each dishwasher washed and dried our test dishes.

Editor's Note

Due to supply chain challenges and soaring demand, there is widespread unavailability of home appliances and long wait times for delivery of backordered product. If you're a consumer in need of a dishwasher, here are the best places to buy in-stock appliances right now.

Our current favorite is the Thermador Sapphire DWHD770WFM (available at Best Buy for $2,299.00) because of its powerful cleaning and top-notch drying abilities.

Here are the best high-end dishwashers ranked, in order:

  1. Thermador Sapphire DWHD770WFM (2020)
Best Overall
Thermador Sapphire DWHD770WFM (2020)

If you want a premium dishwasher that looks as good as it cleans, look no further than the Thermador Sapphire DWHD770WFM. With its elegant design, blue interior lighting, quiet operation (42 dBA), cycle timer that’s projected onto the floor, and Home Connect implementation, this dishwasher has a lot of luxury touches that match its price point. The StarDry (which is based off of Bosch’s zeolite drying method) drying feature and the ability to open the dishwasher with either a push or a pull, it’s clear that this dishwasher is also trying to solve common issues people have with their dishwashers.

When it comes to actually cleaning and drying your dishes, the DWHD770WFM gets the job done right the first time. The Normal and Pots & Pans cycles give you near-perfect stain removal and dish drying in two to two and a half hours, and that’s without using StarDry. Using the StarDry gives you dried dishes that are perfectly table- or cabinet-ready. If you have a big budget, and need a luxe dishwasher that can keep up with the demands of hosting large gatherings, be sure to check out the Thermador DWH770WFM dishwasher.

Pros

  • Excellent cleaning performance

  • Gets dishes dry

  • Great customizability options

Cons

  • None that we could find

How We Tested

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).

With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.

The Tests

Testing dishwashers is a dirty job, and we're happy to do it. We assess each dishwasher on the three major parts of the dishwasher experience— Performance, Features, and Usability.

Stain Removal —We put the three major cycles on a dishwasher (Quick Cycle, Heavy Cycle, and Normal Cycle) to the test by baking food and beverage stains onto 15-20 dishes that are then loaded into the dishwasher per the manufacturer's loading directions. The stains include milk, spinach, egg, oatmeal, meat, and more. At the end of each cycle, we 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.

RedepositRedeposit is the term for when, during the course of a dishwasher cycle, water jets remove bits of food from one dish, only to accidentally get it stuck on a second dish. Any dishwasher that shows little to no evidence of redeposit is a winner in our book.

Number of Dirty Dishes —After a dishwasher cycle has finished, we count the number of dishes that are not 100% clean; if your dishwasher can't clean most of your dishes the first time, it's not doing its job correctly.

Cycle Time —Dishwasher cycles can run the gamut from 30 minutes to four hours. Shorter cycle times are much more convenient, especially when it comes to large dinner parties, where you may need to reuse dishes from dinner when it's time for dessert.

Drying —Whether it's accomplished with rinse aid, a built-in heater, or a built-in fan, customers expect their dishes to be dry as well as clean. We penalize the dishwasher every time a dish comes out wet, whether it's sopping wet or just covered in a few water droplets.

Features and Usability

A third rack is a great addition to a dishwasher.
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While all of the features in the world can't make a bad dishwasher better, they can really add the finishing touch to a dishwasher that does a killer cleaning job. We look at the various cycles, cycle options, and dishwasher specs and assess both a) how useful the features are, and b) how easy it is to actually use those features.

For example, a third rack that primarily holds cutlery can often be a game-changer when it comes to freeing up valuable real estate in the bottom rack. However, if the third rack is rickety, doesn't slide smoothly, or prevents the dishwasher from actually cleaning the cutlery, we would penalize the dishwasher, rather than reward it just for having a third rack. The whole point of a dishwasher is to save you from having to spend time scrubbing every dirty dish by hand; if a particular feature isn't going to make the process of using a dishwasher better or easier, then we don't want it.

The best dishwashers have short cycles, superior stain removal and drying power, and features that make the experience of using a dishwasher a painless one.


What You Should Know Before Buying A High-end Dishwasher

Did your dishwasher just die, and you need to replace it ASAP because the stack of dirty plates in your sink is starting to smell? If it can't be repaired, we recommend taking the time—yes, despite the stink—to look for a new dishwasher that's going to address all your needs, clean your dishes well, and fit into your budget, tiny or unlimited.

How Wide Is a Dishwasher?

Unlike other large appliances (think refrigerators), dishwashers are all the same size: 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep by 35 inches high. This means that it's super easy to shop for a dishwasher online, because you can guarantee it'll fit the space you already have open in your kitchen.

How Long Do Dishwashers Last?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average dishwasher lasts about nine years. Appliance lifespans are shorter these days for a few reasons, among them broad economic factors that affect all durable goods, production of individual components that are frequently outsourced to the least-expensive third-party manufacturers, and machines being made with more plastic and less metal.

Since most consumers don’t buy appliances very often, a decreased lifespan can seem all the more dramatic when a dishwasher breaks down after just 10 years, even though its predecessor chugged along for 30.

How Long Does a Dishwasher Run?

Dishwasher cycles can run the gamut from 30 minutes to four hours. Shorter cycle times are much more convenient, especially when it comes to large dinner parties, where you may need to reuse dishes from dinner when it's time for dessert.

Incidentally, what happens inside a dishwasher is interesting, and kind of like a car wash.

In short, the best dishwashers have short cycles.

How Much Water Does a Dishwasher Use?

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 five gallons."

And, although it may surprise you, dishwashers use far less water than you would by hand-washing your dishes.

If you're environmentally- or money-conscious, the prospect of using less water and energy may be appealing to you. Be sure to check out the Energy Star rating for a dishwasher to give you an idea of what you can expect your utility bills to look like.

What Is the Best High-end Dishwasher?

The answer to this question depends on your own personal circumstances.

If you're one or two people aging in place or you're a 20-something living in your first condo, you may not need a dishwasher with a ton of extra options and features. However, if you have a big family (especially with babies), you may need more customizability in your dishwasher's cycles and cycle options as well as a one with a lower sound rating—any sleep you get is precious, so make sure dishwasher noise isn't keeping you up.

If you're into special features, you'll want a dishwasher that has some. One thing to consider is the customizability of the racks themselves. Do all of the tines fold down, or are they rigid? Can you change the height of the racks? Can the cutlery basket be mounted on the door? All of these options give you flexibility when it comes to fitting large or awkwardly-shaped dishes into your dishwasher.

Another special feature, the third rack, is a relatively new development in dishwashers. This narrow tray resides above the top rack, and may or may not have its own wash arm. Depending on the third rack's depth, you can typically fit either just cutlery (that occupy individual tines, and aren't clumped together like they can be in your cutlery basket) or dishes with taller profiles, like ladles, pacifiers, or small bowls. While cleaning results on the third rack might not be as good as they are in the cutlery basket, some people find the convenience of a third rack very enticing.

Figure out what special features you need and want, what you can afford and what you want to spend, and go from there!


Other High-End Dishwashers We Tested

We're getting in more high-end dishwashers to test soon!

Meet the testers

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations

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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.

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Julia MacDougall

Julia MacDougall

Senior Scientist

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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.

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Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

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