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The 6 best dishwashers of 2020
Save time, energy, and maybe even a relationship.
Tired of fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes? Invest in the right dishwasher, and everyone will be off the hook!
Our team researched dozens of the most popular units from Maytag, Frigidaire, GE, Faberware, KitchenAid, Bosch, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG Electronics and more to come up with this list of the very best dishwashers for your money. Because the only thing under pressure should be your dirty dishes.
Our favorite dishwashers
- Best overall: Maytag Front Control Stainless Steel Dishwasher
- Best for saving water: Bosch 100 Series
- Best for saving energy: Kenmore 14573
- Best for tight budgets: Whirlpool Tall Tub Dishwasher
- Best quiet: Bosch 800 Series
- Best countertop: Faberware Countertop Portable Dishwasher
Best dishwashers for 2021
We did the research and rounded up the best dishwashers you can get right now, complete with pricing and exactly where to buy.
Our top picks
Maytag front control stainless steel dishwasher –Best overall
This dishwasher hits the sweet spot between affordability, efficiency and all-around performance. At 50 decibels it’s about as loud as an average conversation, and it can wash 14 place settings at once — a lifesaver for homeowners that like to entertain. If you need to wash dishes with caked-on food residue, go for the PowerBlast setting, which’ll wash your dishes with no need for rinsing ‘em off beforehand.
Over 550 reviews on Best Buy give this dishwasher 4.7 out of 5 stars. Many of the happy customers note that the dishwasher is very quiet, and can run without disrupting your favorite TV show.
- Choose a wash cycle on the easy-to-read touchscreen.
- Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel
- 10-year limited warranty
Bosch 100 Series – Best for saving water
Bosch 100 series dishwashers use an average of slightly over three gallons per cycle — many dishwashers use up to six gallons per cycle. This Energy-Star-certified model also offers a half-load cycle option, reducing water consumption when washing a small dishload.
The Bosch 100 has six cycle options in total, a built-in sound reduction system and is available in three finishes so you can get one that matches your kitchen.
- Six cycle options
- Built-in sound-reduction system
- Available in three finishes
Where to buy:
Best Buy: $500
Kenmore 14573 – Best for saving energy
According to Consumer Reports, this model costs an average of $32 annually to run, making it one of the most energy-efficient dishwashers out there. It employs SmartWash HE Cycle technology to automatically adjust water and energy use based on the load size and degree of cleaning needed. And priced under $700, it won’t cost an arm and a leg, either.
- Sanitizing rinse cycle keeps bacteria at bay
- PowerWave spray arm for 80% more coverage
- Three racks
Where to buy:
Whirlpool Tall Tub Dishwasher – Best for tight budgets
If you’re shopping on a budget and don’t mind quickly rinsing dishes before setting them in the dishwasher, Whirlpool’s tall tub model could be just the ticket. It has three wash cycles, a high-temperature drying option and can wash your dishes in only an hour.
Expecting company? This dishwasher has room for 13 place settings.
It also features a four-hour delay system so that you can schedule the cycle to run while you’re away — handy, since the 55 decibels of noise is a bit higher than more expensive models, which typically run at about 50 decibels.
- Made in the USA
Where to buy:
Home Depot :$430
Bosch 800 Series – Best quiet
This super-quiet dishwasher blends into the peace and quiet of your home, registering at only 42 decibels. High-tech soil sensors scan your dishes to design the most efficient cycle, and spray arms make sure that your sneaky silent washer gets the job done. Because it’s so quiet, the only way you’ll know when it’s done is by watching the red light on the floor. When it turns off, your dishes are clean.
“I like the quietness, style and performance,” says one verified Home Depot customer. “I also like the indicator light on the floor because the washer is so quiet, I can't tell by sound whether it has completed the cycle.”
- Very quiet
- Three racks
- Water softener ensures spot-free dishes
Faberware Countertop Portable Dishwasher – Best countertop
This lightweight countertop dishwasher can be connected to your sink or left freestanding, depending on your kitchen situation, because it has a built-in tank that can hold up to five liters of water. It has a baby care function that lets you quickly sanitize bottles and dishes for your little one. It’s also useful for washing fruit.
“It’s an awesome, sleek countertop dishwasher with no sink hookup necessary, which I have not seen before,” says one Amazon reviewer. “You simply plug it in, pour water into the dispenser and press start. It’s pretty cool to watch the cycle through the glass window, and I must say, it’s very quiet. Looks great and is very light and portable.”
Data obtained April 2021. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
How long will my new dishwasher last?
Nine years is the lifespan of the average dishwasher, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Many dishwasher brands include one-year warranties and longer limited warranties on their machines. Check the warranty before purchasing, and hold onto the paperwork that includes details about how to contact the company in case your machine malfunctions.
Do your research before springing for a new dishwasher to make sure you’re happy with the size, features and price. Also check for coupons, discounts and deals that can help you save money while updating your kitchen.
How did we choose these products?
We compared overall features, size, type, energy-efficiency and price for each category of dishwashers listed above. We also factored in our first-person experiences, as well as third-party product reviews and roundups from home improvement experts to ensure that the dishwashers on this list actually pull their weight in the kitchen.
Frequently asked questions
Which dishwasher brand is the most reliable?
According to Consumer Reports, Bosch, Thermador and Whirlpool are among the most reliable dishwasher brands.
Can dishwashers be repaired?
Yes, in some cases. You might have a technician out to diagnose the problem and provide an estimated cost to fix it. Then weigh that cost with the price of a new dishwasher to decide if it's worth repairing or not.
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