Best Dishwasher Ratings To Help You Find Your Dream Dishwasher

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When it comes to the kitchen, we always love a clean one and if you frequent yours often enough, we are sure you would agree that having a great dishwasher is an absolute game changer. In 2018, finding a dishwasher is not a difficult thing to do, but we thought we would help take the guesswork out of dishwasher ratings by finding the best one out there for you, explaining and highlighting all the possible features available and also which ones are necessities or not worthwhile, based on your specific needs. Read on and we are sure, by the end, you'll have found your dream dishwasher!

Product FAQ

1. Is a Dishwasher a Good Thing for Me?

2. Which Features Are Most Important to Have in a Dishwasher?

3. Do Dishwashers Use More Water than Hand Washing Dishes Does?

4. What about the Cost and Use of Energy?

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

Prices for new dishwashers can range from $250 for a very basic model to over $1,000 for one laden with more rich features. In our dishwasher ratings, prices range from $400 - $1,000. Features like a power scrubber cycle, sanitizing feature, additional silverware baskets or racks, adjustable racks, fold-down tines or manual cleaning filter will change the basic price point of a dishwasher. The material a dishwasher is madeout of matters as well, so material like stainless steel will definitely come in at a higher price point.

Dishwashers We Reviewed 

  • Bosch SHP65T55UC 500 Series

  • Bosch Ascenta Series

  • Kitchenaid KDTE204DSS

  • KitchenAid KDTE334GPS 39dB Stainless Built-in Dishwasher with Third Rack

  • Avanti DWE1802SS Built-In 18" Dishwasher

      
Bosch SHP865WD5N 500 Series Built In Fully Integrated Dishwasher with...
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, and may arrive in a generic box

Features

Key features of this product we included in our dishwasher ratings include an adjustable upper rack, stainless steel interior, adjustable tines and ample slots for flatware, a soil sensor and a delayed start feature.

Pros

  • Great cleaning power
  • Very quiet
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Long cycles
  • Can be challenging to load efficiently
  • Lacks drying power

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

$$

o Limited warranty for entire dishwasher on parts and labor (1 year)
o Limited warranty for the parts for the microprocessor/printed circuit board (2nd to 5th year)
o Limited warranty for racks (this is for parts only and not rack components) (2nd to 5th year)
o Lifetime warranty for parts on inner tub liner

Bosch SHX3AR75UC Ascenta 24" Stainless Steel Fully Integrated...
  • 14 Place Settings
  • 6 Wash Cycles featuring 2 Options
  • Sanitize Option

Features

A key feature of this product we included in our dishwasher ratings is a 24/7 overflow protection system to help prevent water leaks. It also has a sanitize option which is great for eliminating bacteria and results in superior drying compared to other brands. The stainless steel material and polypropylene bottom of the Ascenta Series also makes this a durable appliance. This machine also comes with a manually cleaned filter, an adjustable rack and tines.

Pros

  • Extremely quiet
  • Very easy to load and to use
  • Cleans and dries very well
  • Adjustable rack and tines
  • Ample flatware slots

Cons

  • Tall glasses fall over easily
  • Small rack size doesn't hold all large dishes
  • No signal to indicate completion of long wash cycle

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

$$$

o Limited warranty for entire dishwasher on parts and labor (1 year)
o Limited warranty for the parts for the microprocessor/printed circuit board (2nd to 5th year)
o Limited warranty for racks (this is for parts only and not rack components) (2nd to 5th year)
o Lifetime warranty for parts on inner tub liner 

KDTE204DSS
  • Sound Level (Decibels)45
  • Drying Options Heated Dry
  • Number of Automatic Cycles 6
  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • General Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Number of Place Settings 14

Features

A key feature of this product we included in our dishwasher ratings includes its several cycles. You can wash dishes on tough, normal, light, express wash, or rinse only cycles. There is also a feature called ProWash, which can sense the amount of soil in a particular load and then uses the amount of water and energy necessary for that specific load.

Pros

  • Adjustable rack and SatinGlide(R) Max upper rack
  • Three racks and two cutlery racks
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Relatively basic features
  • High price point
  • Subpar cleaning performance

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

$$$

o Limited warranty for entire dishwasher on parts and labor (1 year)
o Limited warranty for the nylon dish racks and electronic controls (2nd to 5th year)
o Lifetime warranty for parts on the stainless steel tub and inner door liner

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS 39dB Stainless Built-in Dishwasher with Third...
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, and may arrive in a generic box

Features

Key Features of this product we included in our dishwasher ratings include a filter-based wash system, utility rack, a fold-down shelf, SatinGlide(R) Max rails on the upper rack and Printshield finish on exterior, which makes it smudge and fingerprint resistant.

Pros

  • Very quiet at only 39 dBA
  • Does not require rinse aid
  • Third rack

Cons

  • Subpar cleaning results
  • Long wash cycles
  • Does not always dry dishes well

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

$$

o Limited warranty for entire dishwasher on parts and labor (1 year)
o Limited warranty for the nylon dish racks and electronic controls (2nd to 5th year)
o Lifetime warranty for parts on stainless steel tub and inner door liner 

Avanti DW18D1BE Built In Dishwasher, 18", Black
  • 4 Automatic Cycles 8 Standard Plate Settings Capacity
  • Energy Star Qualified ADA Compliant Built-In Installation
  • Stainless Steel Interior Resists Stains and Corrosion Nylon Coated Upper and Lower Racks with Handle One Piece Silverware Basket

Features

Key Features of this product we included in our dishwasher ratings include upper and lower racks with handles and coated with nylon, push button controls, and Energy Star rated. There are also four automatic cycles with the capacity to hold eight standard place settings.

Pros

  • Great for small spaces
  • Performs well
  • Holds a lot of dishes for its size
  • Good performance at a lower price point

Cons

  • Not quiet
  • Door is difficult to open

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

$$$

Limited warranty provided for entire dishwasher on parts and labor (1 year). 

The Verdict

All things considered in our dishwasher ratings, we rate the Bosch Ascenta series as our favorite dishwasher because we found all of the features that we consider most important. It works extremely well, having amazing cleaning and drying power, it's extraordinarily quiet, easy to load and use and has a sanitize option for eliminating bacteria.

The Bosch Ascenta series also has an adjustable rack and tines and contains ample flatware slots. Although it is not inexpensive, it is definitely not the most expensive of the bunch either, coming in at $750. We think all of these features and its price point gives users the most bang for their buck. For a standard size dishwasher, this is our favorite, hands down. That said, our dishwasher ratings resulted in another favorite, depending on your need as a consumer.

If you are in need of a dishwasher for a smaller space or would like a dishwasher that is more budget friendly, we also think the Avanti DWE1802SS is definitely worth considering. It cleans well, holds a large amount of dishes, it's great for small spaces and comes in at a competitive $400. Between the Bosch Ascenta and the Avanti DWE1802SS, we think you'll surely find a dishwasher that fits your budget, space and needs.

 In our dishwasher ratings, we also liked the Bosch SHP65T55UC 500 Series for its cleaning power, and because it is quiet, attractive, easy to use and energy efficient. Because we also considered drying power a major factor in our dishwasher ratings, this Bosch came in a little lower. It was not quite as powerful when it came to drying as its Bosch Ascenta series sibling.

In addition, having a dishwasher that presents challenges when loading or maximizing space can be frustrating when you have a variety of dishes or pots and pans to load after a meal. We were also not crazy about such long wash cycles as sometimes you need both powerful cleaning and something that gets the job done in two hours or less.

Although we really liked some of the rich features like SatinGlide on both the Kitchen Aid dishwashers that we reviewed for our dishwasher ratings, the bottom line is that if a dishwasher is yielding subpar cleaning results, we know it's never going to be our dishwasher of choice. A dishwasher can look amazing and have many bells and whistles, but at the end of the day, we want a dishwasher that makes our lives easier by cleaning dishes thoroughly and efficiently and we hope you agree.

 If you are in the market for a dishwasher and your budget plus the size of your kitchen allows it, we encourage you to consider the Bosch Ascenta series as your new cleaning partner. We think that with all of its rich features, its superior ability to clean and dry, and the fact that it's so quiet even a fussy baby won't wake up when it runs, it's a winner!

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