Selecting a dishwasher that fits your needs and budget can be intimidating with hundreds of different models to choose from. To make it easy, we carefully curated the best 5 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? Check out the top 5 models we selected from Bosch, Miele, Whirlpool to start the process.
In breaking news, Bosch, an industry leader, released a new lineup in late 2019 incorporating cutting-edge drying technologies, namely AutoAir dry and CrystalDry. These much-anticipated dishwashers are an exciting innovation in dishwasher design.
We have been closely watching the performance of these new Bosch 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.
Miele successfully released its new Generation 7000 dishwashers last year in Europe. In 2020, we expect these amazing dishwashers to make their way to the US market. Meaningful wifi/mobile app connectivity, taking the hassle out of loading the detergent day in day out, and many other conveniences will be part of the Gen 7000 launch. We will be the first to test these products under real life conditions. So, stay tuned for our in-depth review of the new Miele's.
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Best Dishwashers in 2020
Quietness: 44 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Price: $894 (Additional savings available via exclusive promotions)
A beautiful design, but beauty isn’t all that is offered. At this price range, this dishwasher gives you astounding features and some of the best reliability around.
The Bosch 500 Series SHPM65Z55N now comes with AutoAir Dry door which opens ajar to let extra moisture out after the cycle is over.
From the stainless-steel tub to the 44dB impossibly quiet noise level, this dishwasher is made to blend in 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. 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 or color options (white, black, black stainless steel). The sibling product, 500 DLX series SHP865ZD5N is sold in independent appliance store at the same price and has the advantage of an extra cycle designed for effective clean of pots and pans.
Quietness: 44 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Pricing: $759 (Additional savings available via exclusive promotions)
Very quiet at 44 dB, with 5 wash cycles, a full Stainless Steel interior - Bosch is famous for its high-quality dishwashers, with a proud lineage of producing one of the quietest dishwashers on the market. Their 300 line is incredibly popular, filled with great features and an attractively 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. Meanwhile, the 44dB noise level won’t disturb you at all while the 5 wash cycles and 4 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 3rd 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 on 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: 51 dB | Interior: Plastic | 3rd Rack: No | Place Settings: 13 | Price: Under $499
Whirlpool is often considered the king of quality budget dishwashers, and their WDT710PAHZ is popular for a reason. It offers many great features with a price tag that dips to low $500 during seasonal promotions. 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 acceptable in most homes.
Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy 5 wash cycles and 5 options to cover every type of soiling, plus sensor wash and 1-hour wash features to help you get exactly the wash type you need no matter what. 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 hidden controls of the dishwasher 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: 39 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 line, and it's no surprise. The 800 line has the great Bosch features with elegant design, and SHPM88Z75N deserves every penny. The Bosch 800 series dishwasher now comes with Crystal dry which bone-dries any 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 easy clean-up than models with plastic tubs. The 39 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 benefit from a dishwasher this quiet.
Another key feature of this unit is the V shaped 3rd rack called MyWay Rack. This special 3rd rack offers loading flexibility. The V shape handles ramekins, cereal bowls, measuring cups, ladles, and more while giving you additional space for taller products in the side of middle rack.
The 6 wash cycles and 6 options that offer versatility for different dishwashing needs, the Sensor Wash + Speed60 is a one hour wash cycle that can 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: 45 dB | Interior: Stainless Steel | 3rd Rack: Yes | Place Settings: 16 | Auto Open Door Dry: Yes | Pricing: $1,799 (Occasional promotions available)
That’s right; it’s Miele and when it comes to the dishwasher market, Miele is consistently defining and redefining perfect dishwashing functionality. They manufacture every piece of their dishwashers and promise a 20-year life—the longest life-span on the market.
So, without further ado, meet the Miele G6625 SCU CLST from the EcoFlex Crystal series. It boasts the best drying ability on the market, plus a whole lot more.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Miele beauty is all of that gorgeous, smooth and silky stainless steel. It’s everywhere—from the delightful exterior to the sturdy interior tub. While the noise level of 45 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, you can expect to get spotless results thanks to its superior water softener technology which helps eliminate calcium deposits (i.e. no water marks). Miele uses expensive professional-commercial-grade pumps to guarantee excellent results, every cycle. You can trust the Miele G6625 SCU CLST 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, AutoOpen door system, plus a quick wash and auto wash option for flexible and convenient cycles.
A 3D+ cutlery tray (i.e. Miele's 3rd rack for silverware -jargon buster explanation) that 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.
Miele is due to release its new class of dishwashers in 2020. We expect to see the brand exceeding the expectations of the market. Stay tuned for our test results under real life conditions.
+ Quiet, SensorDry, AutoOpen door, Water Softener for Spotless Results
Must-Know Factors When Buying a Dishwasher
Like any product, there are certain factors everyone should consider when buying a dishwasher.
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. The first uses a heating element to heat up and evaporate moisture on the dishes. This method comes with two major downsides which are 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 stainless steel walls surrounding the dishes to pull moisture away and onto the walls. European manufacturers such as Bosch and Miele perfected this technique.
Other helpful drying features include auto-opening doors (used by Miele for the past several years) at the end of cycles and integrated fans that help reduce moisture after cycles.
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 which removes any and all remining moisture from the tub.
As we mentioned, modern era dishwashers have longer wash cycles. This is mainly because Energy Star system standards require fewer amounts of water and energy usage. For all these extra washing hours, we don't want to experience machine noise during dinner. Consequently, the noise level is a vitally important consideration for your comfort. Today, 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 with live audible test on quietness..
First and foremost, the interior design of the dishwasher and its flexibility are vitally important. Features like 3rd racks make washing easier, more convenient, and more effective. Third racks create more options for your thin dishes and valuable silverware, and may producers use movable tines and height adjustments in the lower racks as well.
Foldable tines, adjustable height racks with smooth movement, and well-placed silverware jets are all useful features that make washing thorough 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 stainless steel 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. 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 them to provide a product that will last in your kitchen.
Check out our comprehensive dishwasher buying guide - "Choosing a Dishwasher" that pinpoints everything you should know before you make a purchase.
A dishwasher is a personal appliance, and you’ll want to make a pick that suits your unique needs. In this top 5 dishwashers list, we strive to feature both quality and modern design that will appeal to a broad set of preferences.
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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. Good news is that we've reviewed each brand in details. You can find our reviews, buying guides, and more on our dishwashers hub. We update this page regularly with our new learnings, feedback from our customers, and new products.