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In a drought? These dishwashers use less water than the rest

Shop these dishwashers to save water every year.

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The western half of the U.S. is currently going through a megadrought, and it seems to be the most severe dry spell the area has seen since the year 800.

Whenever there’s talk of drought, there’s talk of water usage and how to lessen your own, whether it means watering your garden less (or not at all) or finding other ways to cut back.

One way you can make a small difference by decreasing your water usage is by upgrading an older dishwasher to a newer, more efficient model. While this trade-up obviously won’t fix the drought problem on its own, it can help you save hundreds of gallons of water each year, which might put you ahead of the curve if water rations need to be implemented.

How much water does a dishwasher use?

During our lab testing, we’ve determined that a single dishwasher uses roughly 989 gallons of water per year. Extreme use caps out at 1,729 gallons. That means the difference between the average dishwasher and a water-guzzler is 740 gallons each year.

For context, humans need to drink about 183 gallons of water per year, so a more efficient machine could save three peoples’ worth of drinking water each year—and that’s on the low end.

Currently, the most efficient dishwashers tend to fall under 700 gallons per year, saving you about 300 gallons per year compared to the average dishwasher, and over 1,000 gallons per year compared to the least efficient models. Now you’re saving over five people’s worth of drinking water each year.

We realize that consumers are only in the market for a dishwasher every eight years or so, but if this happens to be you, and you live in the ever-increasing area suffering from drought, we recommend checking out these dishwasher models to keep your water usage low.

You’ll be saving over 100 gallons per year over the average dishwasher, at the very least.

7 dishwashers that save water

1. Miele G 5266 SCVi SFP

Miele dishwasher opened in modern kitchen setting.
Credit: Miele

Take pride in knowing that you're saving gallons of water with each use of the Miele-G 5266 SCVI SFP.

Water usage: 625.56 gal/year

The Miele G 5266 SCVi SF is our best upgrade dishwasher, and it aces just about every metric we look at when determining the best model for reducing water usage.

For starters, it objectively uses far less water than average: 625.56 gal/year compared to the average of 989 gal/year. That means you’re saving 363.44 gal/year over the average washer, using about 37% less water.

The Miele G 5266 SCVi SF also excels in most other ways. We love the attention to detail in its design. It has a sleek look, with the option for either a robust external or hidden pocket handle, adjustable upper and third racks, and remarkable cleaning power.

The G 5266 blows most other dishwashers out of the water, but that’s also generally what we’d expect from a high-end model in this price range. It is a hefty investment, but between its smart usage of resources and high cleaning power, we think it’s worth the buy if you can budget it.

$1,649 at Abt

2. Hisense HUI6220XCUS

HisenseHUI6220XCUS dishwasher opened to display bottom rack on dishwasher with dishes inside.
Credit: Hisense

Although the Hisense HUI6220XCUS doesn't come equipped with the bells and whistles of a luxury option, it still saves water with a reasonable price tag attached.

Water usage: 689 gal/year

For those who aren’t in a position to spend over $1,600 on a dishwasher, the Hisense HUI6220XCUS is your next best option, and on the other end of the cost spectrum.

While the Hisense HUI6220XCUS doesn’t have many of the extra features you’d find on higher-priced models, it provides excellent value for its cost. It outperforms the average dishwasher, and it has one of the fastest quick cycles we’ve ever tested, completing in just 15 minutes.

And, of course, this dishwasher uses significantly less water than the average dishwasher, scrubbing out stains using about 300 gallons less than average.

$499 at Lowe’s

3. Beko DUT25401X

Stainless steel Beko DUT25401X dishwasher opened up to display top rack of interior.
Credit: Beko

With quick cycle times and heavy-duty cleaning, the stainless steel Beko DUT25401X is a clear winner.

Water usage: 731.12 gal/year

The Beko DUT25401X is another efficient dishwasher that won’t break the bank.

In addition to having stronger cleaning power than average, the Beko DUT25401X features an adjustable upper rack and quick cycle times. It also uses over 250 gallons less water over the course of the year.

$589 at AppliancesConnection

4. Bosch SGX78B55UC/13

Bosch SGX78B55UC/13 stainless steel dishwasher in between white cabinets in kitchen setting.
Credit: Bosch

The CrystalDry technology on the Bosch SGX78B55UC/13 is more than impressive.

Water usage: 743.6 gal/year

The Bosch 800 Series SGX78B55UC/13 is another excellent option for those looking for a high-end dishwasher that won’t waste water.

The Bosch 800 Series SGX78B55UC/13 has strong cleaning power and was able to clean even some of our most difficult stains without issue. It improves on previous iterations of Bosch’s CrystalDry technology, getting every dish perfectly dry on every cycle. This model is also ADA-compliant, which means it has enhanced accessibility features and is a bit smaller, physically.

The Bosch 800 Series SGX78B55UC/13 is also leagues better than the average dishwasher when it comes to water use. If you opt for the Bosch 800 Series SGX78B55UC/13 you’ll save 245.4 gal/year over the average dishwasher.

$1,299 at Best Buy

5. Samsung DW80R9950UT

Samsung DW80R9950UT opened to display inside of dishwasher.
Credit: Samsung

The sleek and functional design of the Samsung DW80R9950UT doesn't disappoint.

Water usage: 794.56 gal/year

The Samsung DW80R9950UT is one of the more design-forward dishwashers on this list.

Using almost 200 gal/year less water than the average dishwasher, the Samsung DW80R9950UT proves you can have both style and substance. We love its pocket handle, clean facade, and tasteful LED display.

In terms of performance, the Samsung DW80R9950UT doesn’t disappoint, managing even difficult stains with ease. Its Heavy cycle was particularly impressive, getting just about every dish perfectly clean in a very short time.

$1,169 at Samsung

6. Amana ADB1400AGS

Amana ADB1400AGS dishwasher next to cabinets in modern kitchen setting.
Credit: Amana

Priced at just $419, this dishwasher has a decent cleaning capacity paired with an Energy Star Certification that is sure to save money.

Water usage: 855.92 gal/year

The Amana ADB1400AGS is a modest dishwasher that outperforms at its price point.

Not only will you have no issue with this budget-friendly dishwasher’s cleaning capabilities, you’ll also use about 134 gal/year less than the average dishwasher.

If you don’t think you’ll have particularly difficult stains to clean and want a great value, the Amana ADB1400AGS is a solid option.

$420 at Best Buy

7. Sharp SDW6757ES

Stainless steel Sharp SDW6757ES dishwasher in modern kitchen setting.
Credit: Sharp

With the Sharp SDW6757ES you can optimize space for your dishes with a built-in additional third rack.

Water usage: 878.8 gal/year

Sharp may be more known for its vacuums, but the Sharp SDW6757ES still manages to save over 100 gal/year compared to the average dishwasher.

The Sharp SDW6757ES has decent cleaning power, but mostly offers a very polished look, with a clean facade and pocket handle. It also has a better-than-average user experience, with smooth-gliding racks, an interior LED, and a third rack.

$899 at AJ Madison

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