After 100 Hours of Research: Best Diswahers List is Here for Your Kitchen

A high-quality dishwasher is one of the best investments you can make for your home. It not only saves you the time and stress of washing dishes by hand, but it also helps conserve energy and water, and it lowers your utility bill in the process.

There are still hundreds of dishwasher options available, and sifting through them is about as tedious as tackling a pile of dirty dishes. To save you the time and effort, we’ve done the research for you to find the most reliable dishwasher models available today.

Best Overall

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the Bosch 300 Series won’t disappoint. Based on our evaluation, Bosch is one of the most reliable brands of dishwashers. In fact, Yale Appliance found that only an average of 10% of Bosch dishwashers sold throughout 2015 and 2019 needed service in the first year of ownership.

If you have a big family or entertain often, you’ll appreciate its convenient V-shaped third rack, which offers up to 30% more capacity than other dishwashers. Bosch has more expensive models the 500 Series and 800 Series which add a more flexible third rack setup, and lower sound ratings, but we think the 300 Series will suffice for most families.

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher

The 300 Series still offers Bosch’s signature height-adjusting “RackMatic System,” which quickly adjusts the dishwasher’s middle rack to three different sizes, all in one easy step (you can even adjust it while everything is loaded). It offers up to nine rack positions, so you can make room for your entire dish load.

Because the dishwasher is so quiet (just 44 decibels), Bosch designed and added a nifty red light that beams onto the floor to let you know a cycle is in progress.

The only critique we’d give this Bosch dishwasher is that it isn’t the best at drying plastic; this is mainly because it uses condensation drying instead of heat drying. On the plus side, it’s incredibly energy-efficient and uses just 2.9 gallons of water per load during its normal cycle (Energy Star recommends a 3.5-gallons-per-load usage).

Best High-End Dishwasher

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher
Price $1,034.10

Besides drying well, the dishwasher packs plenty of power to remove stains, and it shouldn’t have any issue cleaning greasy pots, stained plates, or bowls with crusty food remnants.

It has a sanitize cycle, which will come in handy for cleaning baby bottles or sippy cups. We also appreciated the addition of a half load setting, to reduce water usage for times when you need to run a quick cycle even if the dishwasher isn’t completely full.

That model is quieter and has a larger third rack that’s big enough to stow deeper items like large cereal bowls.

Best Feature Set and Design

KitchenAid KDTM354ESS Dishwasher
Price $1,034.10

This KitchenAid dishwasher is an easy-to-load, effective cleaner that does a great job at removing debris and stains from dishes.

The dishwasher which has room for 15 place settings is packed with a stainless steel tub, nice extras like a dedicated knife holder, and a convenient removable utensil basket.

Its “Clean Water Wash” tech exclusive to this model continually removes food particles from the wash water, so you won’t have tiny food bits stuck on your clean plates when all the cycles are complete.

It’s available in both a traditional stainless steel finish as well as a black stainless steel variant. For those that prefer a pocket handle, consider the similar KDPM354GPS (stainless) and the KDPM354GBS (black stainless) instead.

Best Budget Dishwasher

Maytag MDB4949SHZ Dishwasher
Price $674.10

This dishwasher from Maytag is going to be your best bet if you’re willing to put up with a louder 50-decibel cycle, sacrifice a third rack, and forfeit some advanced features for a much more affordable price.

But if those things aren’t an issue for you, the MDB4949SHZ is an effective dishwasher that’s easy to operate and costs only around $500. It features both a stainless steel interior and exterior, a hard-food disposal, and quick-heated drying, and it washes up to 12 place settings.

This Maytag dishwasher is equipped with a soil sensor, which tells your dishwasher to shorten or extend the cycle based on how much gunk is floating in the water. You can expect about 2 hours per cycle, and there’s even a light that displays the status of the cycle plus a lock, so you don’t accidentally interrupt the washer.

Most Reliable Dishwasher

Miele dishwashers are the longest-lasting dishwashers you can buy. The company says its products will last for 20 years of average use. Plus, Yale Appliance data strengthens this claim, finding that only 9% of Miele dishwashers sold throughout 2016 and 2019 needed service in the first year of ownership, making it one of the most reliable brands in their analysis.

 It has a logo-free stainless steel front, a hidden top-mounted control panel, and interior lights that shine right when you open the door, which you activate by knocking on twice.

All racks are adjustable, so you can fit practically anything inside. For even more room, the dishwasher is equipped with a third rack that’s ideal for stowing utensils and silverware.

Best Countertop Dishwasher

BLACK+DECKER BCD6W Compact Dishwasher
Price $429.99

This small countertop dishwasher from BLACK+DECKER is relatively inexpensive, it rests on your countertop, and it accommodates six standard place settings in a single rack. Plus, it leaves room for an included cutlery basket.

This dishwasher sports a sleek stainless steel finish, and it’s 21 inches tall. It features a stainless steel tub, seven wash cycles, and a rinse option. The speed cycle takes just 45 minutes, while the “Heavy Duty” cycle takes an hour and 40 minutes. The normal cycle finishes in an hour and 10 minutes.

Best Portable Dishwasher

GE GPT145SSLSS Portable Dishwasher
Price $597.60

Portable dishwashers make the most sense for long-term renters who don’t have a dishwasher in their unit. We recommend this 18-inch model from GE. It may not be the quietest it reaches levels up to 52 decibels but it looks nice, has a stainless steel interior, and cleans thoroughly.

This dishwasher is on wheels, so you can easily roll it around your kitchen to hook it up to your sink, but the wheels can also be removed for permanent placement. Our only complaints are that it uses a lot of water more than twice the amount as traditional dishwashers and it has limited cycle options.

There are only three cycles to pick from: Normal, Auto-sense, and Heavy. Also, this portable dishwasher is only compatible with threaded sink faucet spouts, not with faucet spouts that have built-in sprayers.

Best Smart Dishwasher

LG LDP6797ST Smart Dishwasher
Price $677.70

You will love this LG dishwasher’s sleek, stainless steel design. It has built-in Wi-Fi and even a complementary app that alerts you when your dishes are clean. You can ask your Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker or your Google Assistant to check status of your dish cycle.

Not only is this dishwasher smart, but it’s a beast at cleaning. In fact, Digital Trends named it the “best performing dishwasher.” It is equipped with four spray arms instead of the standard two and packs plenty of high-pressure jets to power-clean your dishes from every angle.

Like other dishwashers in its price range, the LG has a stainless steel tub and a soil sensor that adjusts the cycle time to make it more energy-efficient.

In total, it has three racks a small one at the top for utensils, a middle rack for bowls or glasses, and a lower rack for larger items like mixing bowls and dinner plates. If you prefer an exterior handle over a pocket one, LG has both options to suit your design taste, too.

This dishwasher is just as powerful, is still whisper-quiet, and does a fantastic job at washing and drying dishes. In total, this dishwasher has eight different cycle options: Auto, Heavy, Delicate, Normal, Turbo, Rinse, Express, and Machine Clean, and you can download a handful of custom ones, too.

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