With hundreds of different models to choose from, selecting a dishwasher that fits both your needs and budget can be intimidating. To make it easy, we carefully curated a list of the 5 best dishwashers of 2020, so you can feel confident with your decision.
As the hardest working appliance in your home, dishwashers continue to evolve, always bringing new functions and better quality year after year. So how do you choose the best dishwasher from over 20 brands and hundreds of unique models? Before heading out to one of our showrooms, check out the top five models we selected from Bosch, Miele, Whirlpool.
In breaking news, Bosch, an industry leader, released a new lineup incorporating cutting-edge drying technologies, namely AutoAir dry and CrystalDry. These highly-anticipated dishwashers are an exciting innovation in dishwasher design.
We have been closely watching the performance of these new Bosch dishwasher models with our customers in real-life conditions. Based on our surveys, the new Bosch dishwashers are absolutely best-in-class. Therefore, we updated our rankings using the latest lineup.
We've updated our review after extensively testing the new Miele dishwasher G 7000 series. The company introduced meaningful wifi/mobile app connectivity. It took the hassle out of loading the detergent day in day out with the AutoDos cartrige that holds detergent for some 20 loads. In addition, Miele dishwasher racks became more flexible as part of the new launch.
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5) Best Hard Water Performance: Miele G7106SCUSS
Quietness: 43 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Auto Open Door Dry: Yes | Pricing: $1,499 (Occasional promotions available)
That’s right; Miele dishwashers consistently define and redefine perfect functionality. The company manufactures every piece of their dishwashers and promise a 20-year life—the longest life-span on the market.
So, without further ado, meet the new Miele G7106SCUSS from the Generation 7000 (G 7000) series. This dishwasher replaces our previous favorite the Miele Crystal series G6625SCUCLST. It boasts the best drying ability on the market, plus a whole lot more. While keeping the identical functionality of the previous model, Miele updated the racks for further convenience and used this opportunity to drop the price of this dishwasher by $500. This model still comes with either front facing controls, or hidden controls with a towel bar handle. If you prefer a seamless cabinet finish in your kitchen Miele makes the G7156SCVi version with a panel ready front.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Miele beauty is all of that gorgeous, smooth, and silky stainless steel does not leave smudges. It’s everywhere—from the delightful exterior to the sturdy interior tub. While the noise level of 43 dB isn’t best in its class, it’s still impressively quiet and most people will not notice when it is operating.
When you wash your dishes with a Miele dishwasher, you can expect to get spotless results every time. This is thanks to its superior water softener technology which helps eliminate calcium deposits (i.e. no watermarks). Miele uses expensive professional-commercial-grade pumps to guarantee excellent results, every cycle. You can even trust the Miele G7106SCUSS with your expensive china and fine wine glasses.
So how about that best-in-the-world drying performance? It comes courtesy of a true condensation drying system that results in perfect drying, every time. You’ll also benefit from features like SensorDry, the AutoOpen door system, and quick and auto wash options for flexible and convenient cycles.
This model also features the newly designed 3rd rack for silverware, which makes your dishwasher interior fully flexible and customizable for your dishes and needs. And with an integrated water softener, Miele ensures that your dishes are protected for the long-term.
The Miele G 7106 SCU is a great place to start your research for benchmarking. In comparison, Miele offers the G4228SCU dishwasher without the water softener to save you a significant amount of money. It has quieter models at 38 dB with interior lights, even more flexible racking, and program cycles for people who are in pursuit of the best dishwasher on the market.
+ Quiet, AutoOpen door, Water Softener for Spotless Results
Quietness: 40 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Pricing: $1,254 (Additional savings available via exclusive promotions.)
Bosch's 800 line is their most famous - and it's no surprise why. The 800 line has great Bosch features with an elegant design, and the SHPM88Z75N is worth every penny. The Bosch 800 series dishwasher now comes with Crystal Dry which bone-dries challenging items without melting them.
This series boasts the sleek pocket handle design and modern touch control panel, adding a streamlined aesthetic to your kitchen. The stainless steel tub offers more durability and easier clean-up than models with plastic tubs. The 40 dB noise level benefit is one of the best in the market. In fact, very few can beat noise levels with 38 dB. Homes where the kitchen blends with the main living space would really benefit from a dishwasher this quiet.
Another key feature of this unit is the V-shaped third rack called MyWay Rack. This special third rack offers loading flexibility. The V-shape handles ramekins, cereal bowls, measuring cups, ladles, and more while giving you additional space for taller products on the side of the middle rack.
The six wash cycles and six options offer versatility for different dishwashing needs. For example, the Sensor Wash + Speed60 is a one hour wash cycle that can automatically sense and determine which cycle is needed. This feature is ideal for families on-the-go who need quick cycles to fit their needs.
Quietness: 51 dB | Interior: Plastic | 3rd Rack: No | Place Settings: 13 | Price: Under $499
The Whirlpool dishwasher is often considered to be the king of quality and budget, and the WDT710PAHZ is popular for a reason. It offers many great features with a price tag that dips to around $500 during seasonal promotions. Whirlpool's cleaning and drying performance receive some of the highest marks among consumers. Meanwhile, Whirlpool can reduce their price with design features including a plastic tub (stainless steel is a more desirable material) and a 51 dB noise level that’s not ultra-quiet, but is acceptable in most homes.
Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy five wash cycles and five options to cover every type of soiling, plus sensor wash and 1-hour wash features to help you get the exact type of wash you need. You’ll also find a height-adjustable upper rack for increased flexibility and a combined dry system that uses both a heating element and a fan for enhanced drying. The dishwasher's hidden controls give it a sleek, expensive look, and Whirlpool consistently rates highly for great reliability and low maintenance costs. Spare parts and service are generally very easy to locate.
Quietness: 44 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Pricing: $759 (Additional savings available via exclusive promotions)
Bosch dishwashers are famous for their high-quality design. This particular model is very quiet at 44 dB, with five wash cycles, and a full Stainless Steel interior. The product line comes from a lineage of the most quiet dishwashers on the market. The Bosch 300 series is incredibly popular, filled with great features and an affordable price tag. The SHEM63W55N is one of the best options available.
Features include a stainless-steel tub for effective drying and better soundproofing, plus a higher durability rating. The 44dB noise level won’t disturb you at all, while the five wash cycles and four options are powerful enough for all types of soiling.
The Auto Wash option is sure to be a favorite, offering a soil sensor and Speed60 One-Hour wash cycle to give you exactly the level of cleaning you need in a shorter period of time. The third rack gives you lots of flexibility in loading and space allocation, and you’ll also find a RackMatic feature that allows you to adjust the height of the middle rack. This is an unprecedented level of flexibility in a mid-range dishwasher, making this product from Bosch a must-have in the under-$750 range.
Quietness: 44 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Price: $894 (Additional savings available via exclusive promotions)
This model is beautifully designed, but beauty isn’t all it has to offer. This Bosch dishwasher gives you astounding features and some of the best reliability around, especially in its price range.
The Bosch 500 Series SHPM65Z55N now comes with AutoAir Dry door which opens slightly to let extra moisture out after the cycle is over.
From the stainless-steel tub to the 44dB noise level, this dishwasher is made to blend in with your kitchen. In fact, this dishwasher is so quiet that Bosch beams a discreet red light (a.k.a. "infolight") to the floor to indicate operation. Meanwhile, excellent features like EasyGlide racks and FlexSpace tines mean that you can truly customize this machine to make it your own. The three racks give you plenty of space.
When it comes to washing power, five wash cycles and unique options give you lots of flexibility. You’ll also find Sensor Wash and Speed60 cycles, plus the famous pocket handle that will look absolutely stunning in your kitchen.
The Bosch 500 series dishwashers also feature different body styles with a towel bar handle design and different color options (white, black, black stainless steel). The sibling product, the Bosch SHP865ZD5N 500 DLX series, is sold in independent appliance stores at the same price. It also has the advantage of an extra cycle designed for effective cleaning of pots and pans.
Must-Know Factors When Buying a Dishwasher
Like any product, there are certain factors everyone should consider when buying a dishwasher. First up, let's talk about performance.
Washing and Drying Performance
You guessed it. A dishwasher must wash effectively, and dry your dishes so they can be put away. Let’s face it, a fancy dishwasher with all the latest tech innovations doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t clean dishes.
When it comes to washing, it’s vital to have enough wash cycles and options to cover all kinds of soiling types and levels. A quick wash cycle is an excellent advantage, particularly since most energy-efficient cycles these days can last as long as two hours. Sensor Wash is also a major plus, giving you the option to automatically adjust wash duration based on soil levels and the number of dishes. You’ll also want to select a dishwasher with quality nozzles and spray arrangements to ensure quality care.
Meanwhile, drying effectiveness is just as vital. There are two main drying techniques dishwashers employ. The first uses a heating element to heat up and evaporate moisture on the dishes. This method comes with two major downsides: melted plastics and baked on food residue (in case the machine fails to clean food residue). The second, and most effective, drying method is condensation drying. This method cools down the stainless steel walls surrounding the dishes to pull moisture away from them and onto the walls. European manufacturers such as Bosch and Miele have perfected this technique.
Other helpful drying features include auto-opening doors (used by Miele for the past several years) at the end of each cycle and integrated fans that help reduce moisture after the cycle.
Most recently, Bosch released two product lines that incorporate the following:
- AutoAir dry which opens the door of the dishwasher when the cycle ends to enhance drying.
- CrystalDry which introduces a final, gentle heat cycle to remove all remaining moisture from the tub.
As we mentioned, modern dishwashers have longer wash cycles. This is mainly because Energy Star system standards require fewer amounts of water and energy usage. With all these extra washing hours, we don't want to experience intrusive machine noise during dinner. Consequently, the noise level is a vital consideration for your comfort.
Today, the noise levels of dishwashers range between 38 dB to slightly above 60 dB. Keep in mind, anything below 50 dB is good and below 45 dB is super. By the way, dB is shorthand for decibels—a unit of measurement that applies to sound level. As an example, a whisper is around 30 dB, a library is 40 dB, light traffic noise is 50 db, and a regular conversation tops out at about 60 dB.
For more information, check out our in-depth guide on the quietest dishwashers including our audible real life test results.
First and foremost, the interior design of the dishwasher and its flexibility are extremely important. Features like third racks make washing more convenient, and effective. Third racks create more options for your valuable silverware and open up space for more dishwes in lower rack. Moveable tines, bottle guides, silicon fasteners for wine glasses, and height adjustable racks will provide you meaningful convenience in loading and unloading.
Foldable tines, adjustable height racks with smooth movement, and well-placed silverware jets are all useful features that make washing and putting away silverware much easier. Don’t forget; a stainless-steel tub, with a longer life and better soundproofing, is a much better choice than a plastic tub.
Finally, you want to have a beautiful machine on the exterior, too. Manufacturers are now producing a wide range of visual designs and finishes, from classic and black stainless steel, to fingerprint-resistant designs and everything in-between.
Even the best-looking, most powerful dishwasher doesn’t mean much if it’s going to break down months after arriving in your home. Reliability matters above all else. It’s particularly important to consider that not all brands have a flawless track record—even from model to model. Some of the most dependable brands include Miele, Bosch, and Whirlpool. You can almost always count on these manufacturers to provide a product that will last in your kitchen for many years to come.
A dishwasher is a personal appliance, and you’ll want to make a pick that suits your unique needs. In this top five dishwashers list, we strive to feature both quality and modern design that will appeal to a broad set of preferences.
If you need help choosing the best dishwasher for your family's needs, be sure to reach out to our sales team. If you're in the NJ area, we invite you to visit one of our appliance stores.
How well do Bosch dishwashers stack up against brands such as Miele, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Samsung, or LG?
All of these brands are generally considered respectable and reliable. However, within each brand, you will find up to 120 dishwashers. Therefore, it is hard to make an apples to apples comparison. The good news is that we've reviewed each brand in detail. You can find our reviews, buying guides, and more on our dishwashers hub. We update this page regularly to include new products, findings, and feedback from our customers.
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