The 8 Best Dishwashers to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best dishwashers to keep your dishes clean

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Dishwashers aren’t a total necessity, but they sure make quick work of stuck-on food like spaghetti sauce or peanut butter, especially compared to cleaning dinnerware by hand. The latest crop of machines promises sparkling plates, glasses, and silverware using less water and energy. And there are more special wash cycles, adjustable racks and fold-down tines than ever before, making it easier for you to maximize the number of plates, cups, bowls, and more you can fit into each load—not to...MORE mention all those oversized pieces that can now be accommodated.

If your old model finally kicked the curb or you’re just ready for an upgrade, there are a few features you’ll want to look for.  First, choosing a stainless steel or gray-speckled plastic tub will resist staining and keep your dishwasher in better condition longer. Second, an automatic soil sensor can save you water and money by automatically adjusting the cycle time and water usage depending on how dirty your dishes are. Other things to consider include whether the unit has extra racks or reconfigurable compartments, which can increase capacity, and how loud the machine is when it’s running. Of course, most of these boil down to personal preference, the only thing you really need to be sure of is that your dishwasher door has enough clearance to open fully. So make sure you measure carefully before purchasing.

While there are a range of sizes available, most standard dishwashers are 24 inches wide and just under 36 inches tall, which is standard counter height. Expect to spend anywhere from $400 up to $1,500 if you want a new model with all the latest bells and whistles. With all this in mind, here are the best dishwashers on the market.

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    As if forty targeted spray jets weren’t enough to tackle your dirtiest plates and cookware, this Energy Star top-control dishwasher also features a self-cleaning filter that continuously breaks down food particles in the wash water without making much noise. That means less soaking, less pre-rinsing, and less free time wasted on doing the dishes. There’s room for a dinner party’s worth of place settings in the tall stainless steel tub, and sliding tines in the lower rack can easily accommodate...MORE deep or narrow serving dishes. The utility basket in the upper rack can also be removed for handy lid and utensil washing.

    When it comes to cycles, there are several to choose from, including an express wash that’s good for taking care of a lightly soiled load in about 20 minutes. Use the detergent and rinse-aid dispensers for precision dosing, which should also help reduce spotting on items. The drying mechanism, which incorporates a fan, is also very effective, so you should notice less water pooling on your items. The only downside is that regular cycle times do run a bit long, but with a little bit of planning and patience, that shouldn’t be an issue.

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    If a quiet dishwasher is on your wish list, the KitchenAid KDTE104ESS gets the job done at just 46 decibels – no louder than whispers in a library. It’s also an efficient, Energy Star-rated model, so it won’t wreak havoc on your utility bills. It comes with a sleek stainless steel finish that will be at home in modern, high-end kitchens.

    This KitchenAid dishwasher is loaded with bells and whistles: top-mounted touch controls, an automatic ProWash Cycle that detects soil levels and self-adjusts, a...MORE sanitizing option and much more. It also holds 14 place settings, making it roomy enough for larger families. The upper rack can hold stemware and plastic cups with equal ease, while the lower rack has fold-down tines that can make room for larger items when needed. Owners say this dishwasher is as quiet as promised, and they love the sleek look. But experts caution that it’s not the best at drying plastic items – take note if you hate toweling off the kids’ dishes after the cycle is over. A one-year warranty extends to five years for the racks and controls, while the tub and door liner are covered by a limited lifetime guarantee.

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    A compact, countertop dishwasher is a great option for tiny kitchens trying to get the most bang for their buck. A built-in unit takes up space that perhaps you just can’t seem to spare — especially is you are looking for a dishwasher for your apartment.

    The hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher is a convenient option to temporality sit on your tabletop or counter after dinner. It is a small, but might model with user friendly controls that anyone can use. This model also has six different wash...MORE cycles: heavy, normal, light, glass, speed and soak. And just because its small doesn’t mean that utility goes out the door.

    This dishwasher has a designated dish rack, and a silver wear basked to organize your items, as well as the capacity for six standard place settings. It also boasts a ‘quick connect assembly’ using accessories that allow you to use your faucet for water. Plus, once you’re done you just disconnect it and tuck it away until you’re ready to use it again.

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    If you have a more classic feeling to your kitchen, then a dishwasher with a white finish may fit in best with your other appliances. The stainless steel inner tub makes it the perfect, powerful unit to complete your kitchen. The $495 price tag isn’t bad either.

    The visible front controls make it easy to use for everyone in the family, especially if you have your children loading up the dishwasher themselves as a chore. They won’t have to stand on their tip toes to figure out how to work it. The...MORE inner system is great: boasting a nylon rack system, a full silverware basket.

    Many often worry that their dishwashers just won’t catch all of the food and residue that may be left over after a delicious meal. Luckily, Maytag uses a built-in chopper in the model which breaks down your food particles, so you know that your dishes are as clean as possible. There also five different wash cycles: auto clean, normal, quick wash, rinse, and PowerBlast uses high pressure spray jets and hot water to remove stuck-on foods.

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    Heavy duty cooks need a dishwasher that can match their serious kitchen skills. That’s why you may want to consider a drawer dishwasher. All together you can fit fourteen place settings into this 24-inch unit. You get a standard six wash cycles, along with quick wash.

    The Fisher Paykel DD24DAX9 Double DishDrawer was designed to fit into many existing kitchens. The convenience of two separate drawers makes this dishwasher friendly to use for just a few dishes, or a true half to a full load. This...MORE unit is not only a looker, but the technology and research behind it makes it the perfect choice households that simply don’t have time to hand wash, but want the same spotless effects.

    This is definitely not the option for those looking to invest in a more budget friendly option. However, if you are looking to upgrade some of your appliances, then this dishwasher would be great to consider. The EZKleen stainless steel finish melds with the modern kitchens of today.


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    Unfortunately, we don’t always have all of the space that we want or need for new appliances. Many homes simply don’t have the capacity for a 24-inch dishwasher. This is where the Frigidaire 55-Decibel Built-In Dishwasher comes in. This model is thin and compact enough to fit in the tightest of kitchen spaces.

    Don’t worry, the lack of width doesn’t mean you’re missing out great features, or even much-needed space for that matter. This model has six different wash cycles: heavy, normal, light,...MORE china crystal, energy saver and rinse. That’s refreshing, considering most people wouldn’t trust a dishwasher with their beloved china pieces. However, Frigidaire’s china crystal cycle focuses on gentle cleaning and reduced water pressure.

    The dishwasher also has a filtration system of its own built-in to its stainless steel interior. You can buy this model in either a black or stainless steel finish depending on your kitchen and home’s style.

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    Maytag has spent time elevating the brand over the last few years by focusing on developing high quality, dependable items with affordable price tags. They didn’t fail us with the Front Control Dishwasher. This model features the most powerful motor on the market to ensure that you’re trusting your dishes to a well-groomed machine ready to take on delicate and tough stuck-on messes alike.

    The device features a built-in 4-blade stainless steel chopper to really break down food particles that stick...MORE to our dishware. You get five different wash cycles, including PowerBlast which works to get out the toughest of stuck-on grime from each and every dish. You get the space for 14 different place settings along with a tiered top rack and a removable utensil basket.

    Plus, there is Steam Sanitation option which uses high heat and steam to disinfect your dishes. All of which can be easily activated and customized on the front control panel. You can purchase this model in black, white, or stainless steel with 

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     If you are in the market for a high-end dishwasher, then, of course, you are going to want the best of the best. Bosch’s hefty price tag comes with an array of lofty expectations. The 24-inch width allows for the capacity to diligently wash 16 place settings at once. Large families can rejoice in the idea of never having to wash a dish by hand again thanks to this machine. Holidays can be hosted in your home without dreading the cleanup.

    With a tall dishwasher like this, you can happily depend...MORE on the MyWay rack system which allows for you to add a 3rd rack to the washer to fit more items in. The MyWay rack system also boasts RackMatic, which ensures each and every rack fits comfortably every time thanks to the three different height levels. The EasyGlide mechanism is also a winning featuring, allowing for you to smoothly and calmly load and unload every wash.

    As if things couldn’t get better, Bosch has installed a 24/7 Aquastop system, which is a four-part leak prevention system that uses sensors to detect any malfunction with water flow, and stops leaks while also potentially turning its self off.

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