What sets the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher apart from the competition is its quiet operation and useful third rack. This model has a 44-dBA noise level rating. It's so quiet that it has a special light on the exterior to let you know it's on. The third rack basically works as a utensil holder. It's located on the top level of the washer and can hold other oddly-shaped items, such as ramekins and ladles.
Each of the racks has ball bearings in their wheels for a seamless glide. And, "FlexSpace" tines fold down on every other row to allow for larger dishes and cookware, like frying pans or pasta bowls. This Energy Star certified appliance consumes about 2.9 gallons per cycle. Bosch backs the parts and labor with a one-year warranty.
Consumer Reports gave the Bosch dishwasher "excellent" ratings for energy use and washing abilities. The reviewer's lowest rating was for the dishwasher's ability to dry for which it was graded as "good." As a brand, Bosch exhibited the best reliability in Consumer Reports' tests with a repair or serious problem rate of about 10% after two years of use. Lastly, the reviewer found that based on listener judgments and sound-level measurements, this model is quite quiet. Angie's List and Reviewed both recommend this unit.
Approximately 92% of the people who reviewed the Bosch Dishwasher on the Best Buy website would recommend it to a friend. The most helpful reviewer especially liked the third rack and recommends using the auto cleaning mode with the extra-dry option to thoroughly dry items.
Others have found that they don't need to soak or prewash their dishes. They just put them in the washer, and items come out clean.
Pros: Runs quietly, cleans dishes well, features an innovative third rack
The Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher has many of the specs that you would expect from a more expensive dishwasher. The four-blade food grinder disintegrates food particles so they don't end up sticking to your glassware or dishes. It is Energy Star qualified so you use less energy and water.
Maytag offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a ten-year warranty on the tub, chopper blade, and racks. The main negatives of this model are that the front controls are not as attractive as the top controls found on other washers, and this model doesn't have a third rack.
This Maytag model was also Best Product's budget buy. The reviewer appreciated that there was a light that displayed the status of the cycle and that there was a quick-heated drying function.
The Maytag Dishwasher has nearly more than 1,100 5-star reviews on the Home Depot website, with 95% recommending the product. Buyers like that this model is affordable, has a stainless-steel tub, and features a food grinder instead of a filter. People note that large pots and pans can fit in the large tub and come out clean.
However, you may want to stick to basic dinnerware when using the one-hour clean cycle. Buyers also caution that plastics, including hard plastics, may melt due to the high temperatures of the washer.
Pros: 10-year limited parts warranty, fast drying, features a food grinder
Cons: Relatively loud, has trouble with leafy debris
The KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher is unique in that it has a "ProDry" function. This setting does an excellent job of ensuring your dishes are dry when you first open the washer drawer. At 44 decibels, the KitchenAid is only slightly louder than our virtually silent top pick.
The top controls keep unsightly lights and buttons out of view. And, the racks have enough space for 15 place settings. As this appliance washes, it removes food particles from the water to ensure shorter cycles and less energy consumption. This Energy Star-qualified washer uses about 2.6 gallons of water on the Normal cycle.
The KitchenAid Dishwasher has the highest rating of the models tested by Consumer Reports. Testers gave it an "excellent" score for energy use, drying, and washing. And, it received a "very good" for noise. The tester was unable to find any discernible flaws in its performance.
Reviewed tested this KitchenAid model and found in the Normal cycle, it removed 99.99% of oatmeal debris and 99.88% of meat stains. On the Tough cycle, it removed all egg, burnt sugar, oatmeal, and dried milk but had difficulties with burnt cheese, only removing 93% of this stubborn food. Lastly, the reviewer fit 11 place settings and a serving set in the racks.
More than 2,500 of the buyers of the KitchenAid Dishwasher on the Home Depot website recommended it. JackOfAllTrades provided a thorough review after two weeks of use. He was impressed with how there were no signs of food or moisture on his dishes after using the Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, and ProDry selections. He also uses a rinse aid to achieve superior results. The pump motor broke for a couple buyers within months of buying the washer.
Pros: Can dry dishes completely, removes tough debris, energy efficient
Cons: Expensive, concerns about the pump motor's durability
The big selling point for the Frigidaire Gallery 24-inch Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher is its stainless steel door with top controls, which will fit any décor. There are 8 wash cycles and a delay start function that allows you to set up the wash to run 1 to 24 hours in the future. The 52-decibel rating is the highest on our list.
The two racks and removable silverware basket are designed to hold up to 12 place settings. And, this appliance features a stainless steel filter, which you can remove to dispose of food debris after the cycle.
The reviewer at CNET recommends the Frigidaire Dishwasher because it cleans just as well as models that cost twice as much. He was particularly impressed with the stainless-steel exterior. However, the reviewer was turned off by the lack of features and the tedious arrangement of the upper rack.
Reviewed recommends the Frigidaire Dishwasher because of its low cost, variety of wash options, and adequate cleaning abilities. However, in his tests, the reviewer found that the washer would remove stains from some dishes and redeposit them elsewhere in the load. Also, this model uses a lot of water.
Out of 685 reviews on the Best Buy website, the Frigidaire Dishwasher has an average rating of 4.3 stars. One of the most common comments from buyers is that this washer runs incredibly quiet. People are also happy with how well the washer cleans glasses and dishes.
One buyer pointed out that the Quick Wash cycle was designed to only wash items in the bottom rack. There are a few complaints. If you want to side mount this model, you need to buy a special kit.
When space is at a premium, the 18-inch SPT Energy Star Portable Dishwasher will fit in the smallest of kitchens and save you from spending hours each week washing dishes by hand.
At 18 inches wide, you'd expect the SPT Energy Star Portable Dishwasher to be more affordable than its 24-inch counterparts. And, it is, but the surprising part is how cost-effective it is for having a durable stainless-steel tub. As a portable dishwasher, this appliance attaches to your faucet and only uses 3.65 gallons of water per cycle. And, though it weighs upwards of 120 pounds, the washer is on caster wheels for effortless movement. There are six wash programs and a delay timer from 1 to 24 hours. Sunpentown (SPT) backs this unit with a one-year limited warranty.
Dishwashers Guide recommends the SPT Energy Star Portable Dishwasher because of its control console, wash cycles, and efficiency. In his tests, the reviewer found that the washer was effective in all six of its wash cycles. He also noted that the digital control console was easy to read and use. He liked that it had a rinse agent warning indicator and gave error code readouts. However, the reviewer did find the rack space was fairly small, even for a portable 18" unit. Healthy Kitchen 101, Best Dishwasher for the Money, and Alterestimate also recommend this model.
About 74% of the buyers who reviewed the SPT SD-9241W Dishwasher on Amazon gave it four or five stars. Most of the reviewers mention they picked up this model because they have a small kitchen, and they found it was ideal for their space. Some buyers note it was a hassle having to hook the dishwasher up to the faucet for each use. One homeowner suggested unhooking the spray hose attachment for your sink and using it as the water source. Reviewers recommend that you leave the unit's door open for a few minutes after the cycle completes to allow the dishes to dry completely.
Pros: Compact, easy to roll around the kitchen, energy-efficient, 6 wash cycles, stainless steel interior
Cons: Small rack space, hooks up to your faucet, has trouble drying
What else we considered
While researching this guide, we considered dozens of dishwashers. There are a few that barely missed the cut. Here are some outstanding options we also examined:
Bosch Ascenta Series Dishwasher (SHXM4AY55N) ($669.10): If we were to give an award to the best dishwasher brand, Bosch would win. The company has an array of models that are recommended by experts and customers alike. This Ascenta Series washer has a full-size third rack, stainless-steel tub, capacity for 15 place settings, and runs at a quiet 48 dBA. The main reasons it didn't make the cut are we already feature a Bosch dishwasher, and there are buyer complaints of drying and spotting issues, though these complaints are rare.
LG Electronics Top Control Tall Tub Smart Dishwasher (LDT7808BD)($948): There's a lot to love about this LG dishwasher. It runs at 42 dBA, fits 15 place settings, the motor has a 10-year warranty, and it's Wi-Fi-enabled. However, in our research, we've found smart dishwashers just aren't good enough to justify their added expense. Additionally, there are buyer complaints of subpar customer service.
Smeg 24-inch 50s Retro Style Fully Integrated Dishwasher (STFABURD)($1,499): Smeg is known for making beautifully-designed, high-quality appliances. And, if you are interested in making a statement with your dishwasher and have extra money to spend, this is your best choice. We chose not to include it because there weren't enough buyer and expert reviews available for us to make an informed decision.
Bosch - 300 Series 24-inch Recessed Handle Dishwasher (SHEM63W55N) ($764.99): Again, Bosch is an excellent dishwasher brand. This 300 Series model has a huge 16-place-setting capacity, runs at 44 dBA, and has a fast Speed 60 washing cycle. Buyers had issues with the door though and found the venting is not the best for drying dishes. We think you'd be better off with our top pick.