Thermador Dishwashers, Best in Luxury Class [REVIEW]

Thermador has delivered bold design, unmatched performance, and exceptional innovation in the kitchen and beyond for more than 100 years. Thermador dishwashers, in particular, showcase the best technology available in the world. Credit goes to Bosch - the company that is known to produce the world's best dishwashers - for acquiring Thermador in 1998.

Thermador brings a dependable history of quality construction and long-lasting durability. In recent news, Thermador released a brand new set of dishwashers with upgraded luxury features for model-year 2019. Let's take a look at the new models and what they have to offer.

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Thermador's New Radiance Dishwasher Collection

Thermador offers a wide range of dishwashers under the Radiance collection, which consists of 4 series: Emerald, Topaz, Sapphire, and Star-Sapphire. Under each series, you will notice multiple finishes to match your kitchen design - Masterpiece, Professional and Custom Panel.

  • EMERALD Series is the base series of dishwashers under the Radiance Collection, featuring most of the core functions you'll find in many standard dishwasher models (6 wash cycles and 5 options) including quick wash option, Sens-A-Wash® as well as the useful addition of Powerboost for heavy-duty dish cleaning tasks. In terms of noise level, 48dBA rating is a solid start when considering 50dbA is the threshold for modern dishwashers. (As part of the Thermador 1-2-Free promotion this item may be offered free with the purchase of a Thermador range)

  • TOPAZ Series is where the real Thermador technology kicks in. Features such as the built-in water softener, advanced Powerbeam Light indicator, and an excellent sound rating of 44 dBA are incorporated under Topaz series dishwashers. In addition, foldable tines are perfect for creating more space for your larger pots and pans.

  • SAPPHIRE Series, raises the bar with a Star Glow Interior Blue Light, an exceptional Star Dry function and "Push to Open" Door with a nearly silent noise rating of 42dBA, as well as all of the features the Topaz offers.

  • STAR-SAPPHIRE Series models add on additional features including Star Speed function, a more flexible 3rd rack, and ultra smooth glide racks compared to the Sapphire Series.

If the descriptions above featured a long list of words that left you wondering what on earth they mean, don't worry. In the following guide, we'll take an in-depth look at what it all means for you as a user. But before we do that, there’s one specialized dishwasher offered by Thermador. The Thermador DWHD771WPR Glass Care Center.

  • Dedicated to Glassware - "Glass Care Center"

Glass Care Center is specially designed to perfectly handle a wide range of glassware, including cocktail and wine glasses and other delicate items. This dishwasher features a tine-less configuration to maximize capacity as well as a no-slip soft rubber rack for wine glasses, beer steins and more. It offers peace of mind for users who wash delicate items, as well as the guarantee that their dishes will be spotless after every cycle.

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Capacity is equally impressive, with the ability to hole up to 26 wine glasses of 12 ounces each. The mixed-use top rack also allows you to wash all of your other dishwares while providing an all-new cutlery caddy to clean your utensils for entertaining.

Design

Now let's take a look at some of the stunning design elements that make the new Thermador Radiance dishwasher line so appealing. Beyond the visually striking options to choose between three handle options (Pro, Masterpiece and a Panel Ready option that can be designed to perfectly match your existing appliances), you'll also enjoy a long list of functional design elements that set the Radiance collection apart from the competition.

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Thermador offers a stainless-steel tub in all of their dishwashers, which results in greater durability and convenience. You don't have to worry about discoloration on your dishwasher's interior, and you'll also enjoy improved drying results. Stainless steel interior tubs also result in better noise insulation.

Notable Features of Thermador Dishwashers

Star Dry with Zeolite: Arguably the Thermador dishwasher's most significant selling point, "Star Dry" is one of the most potent drying functions that you will find anywhere on the market. It provides an efficient process of drying thanks to a powerful mineral called zeolite, which rapidly absorbs water at the end of a cycle to keep your dishes from developing water stains (Without the use of chemicals, and with no need for replenishment - making this a beautifully maintenance-free process). Even if your dishes are plastic, you'll experience unparalleled drying power. Bone dry dishes are no longer just a fantasy with the power of Star Dry. Available in Sapphire® and Star-Sapphire® Dishwashers.

Star Speed: Star Speed Function is also a great addition, as it is both short and very effective while using hot water in a cycle of 20 minutes in length. You will get great results in a shorter time. Only Star-Sapphire models offer this feature.

Water Softener: Water softener is an essential feature if you live in an area with hard water, like northern NJ and other regions. A built-in water softener is perfect if you don't want to experience water spots on your dishes. All of the models under the Radiance collection (except the Emerald Series) offer this feature.

Powerbeam vs Time Remaining PowerBeam: Thermador dishwashers are very silent and decorative without a control panel facing your kitchen. Therefore, it is hard to know if the dishwasher is actually runnig and how much time is left to go. Thermador, has an elegant usability solution where the dishwasher projects a discreet blue light to the floor to indicate that your machine is operational. On models Topaz and above the PowerBeam incorporates time remaining data as part of the indicator light.

This feature (red vs blue in color of the projected light) is a favorite of Bosch dishwasher users and it is called infolight or timelight in the Bosch world.

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Sens-A-Wash®: This feature measures water cleanliness and adjusts the wash cycle, resulting in time and energy saving abilities if your dishes are only lightly soiled. It has introduced a quick wash option that results in additional saved time to help complete cycles in a shorter timeframe.

Sapphire Glow Interior Blue Light: This feature can illuminate when the door is open, allowing you to load your dishes easily. That means better results at the end of each cycle. Only Sapphire Series models include this, but if you are looking for a more advanced lighting option, we offer the Star-Sapphire Series with the Star Glow lighting option, which illuminates your dishwasher with 6 distinct levels of lighting.

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Smart Features with HomeConnect: The latest Thermador dishwashers feature Wi-Fi options called HomeConnect that will make your life easier than ever before. Remote monitoring and cycle control and even some troubleshooting options make this a powerful feature for any user.

Push to Open Door: When your hands are full, just nudge the dishwasher door to open it. This is a handy feature if your hands are often full when accessing the dishwasher.

Quietness

Noise level is a crucial but often overlooked feature in quality dishwashers. You don't want to get distracted in the middle of a TV show or a conversation when your dishwasher starts running a high volume. Home appliance makers understand this, so they've been striving for the last few years to make their machines as quiet as possible.

If you want to enjoy a quiet dishwasher, then we recommend that you stay under 48 decibels (dB) of noise rating. This is because anything more than that is going to be noticeable and disruptive in your kitchen and nearby living space. In order to serve as a reference point, the noise level in a library is considered to be around 40 dB, while an average conversation tops out at approximately 55 dB.

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Thermador offers very silent dishwashers in a range beginning at 48dbA and reaching as low as 42dbA. Wherever the machine you choose falls within that range, you're guaranteed not to be distracted by dishwasher noise with a Thermador Radiance machine.

Check out our blog post "What is the Quietest Dishwasher - Your 2018 Guide" for in-depth information about quietness.

Pricing

With all of these features across the four Radiance series, you're probably wondering how those features affect the price tag. As you can probably imagine, when you move up the product chain, you will notice that the price rises alongside you. We'll take a brief look at some of the prices you can expect to spend on base models in each of the four series. If you find Thermador machines for cheaper prices, that's because they are last year's models with less up-to-date features.

These series models offer most of the features that you would expect from a modern dishwasher, and Thermador often runs promotions throughout the year to make your purchase worthwhile. In fact, Thermador is currently running a promotion in which any purchase of a Thermador range for your kitchen can give you a free Thermador dishwasher, or $1299 towards the Thermador dishwasher model of your choosing.

Here is a chart showing how each of the four series stacks up in price when it comes to their standard base models:

Model Price
Emerald Series $1399
Topaz Series $1799
Sapphire Series $2299
Star Sapphire Series $2799

Which Thermador Dishwasher Should You Buy? Our Top Picks

Base Model: Thermador DWHD650WFP Emerald Series -Masterpiece Handle $1399

mapThermador DWHD650WFP Emerald Series 24" Dishwasher is the standard base model out of all dishwashers found under the Radiance Collection. It comes with 6 built-in cycles and 5 options, including Sens-A-Wash® and the quick wash option. In addition to powerful time-saving features for light soils, the Powerboost feature offers increased water pressure and higher temperature to help combat intense soiling on durable items like pots and pans. As far as noise, this model's 48 dBA noise rating is good, especially considering 49 dbA is accepted as the threshold for modern dishwashers. It also offers a three-stage filtration system which eliminates sticky residues in recirculating water-- that means better results for every wash cycle.

In addition to the features mentioned above, built-in Wi-Fi, a 3-Level adjustable upper rack, and a third rack known as the Chef's Tool Drawer all come standard to make your dishwashing experience more convenient and enjoyable.

Luxury Model: Thermador DWHD770WFP Sapphire Series -Professional Handle $2299

mapThis Thermador DWHD770WFM Sapphire 24" Dishwasher is one of the high-end models in the product chain. It boasts some of the flagship features including Star Dry, the Push to Open Door, Powerbeam and Sapphire Glow Interior Blue Light with the noise rating of 42dBA which is almost library-level quietness.

This model also includes all of the features of the Emerald Series. You will also enjoy the built-in water softener, a must if you live in a neighborhood that has hard water.

Premium Model: Thermador DWHD870WFP Star-Sapphire Series - Panel Ready $2799

mapWe've arrived at the upper echelon of the Radiance Collection. You're unlikely to find any dishwasher on the market that offers better features, construction, design and durability. Although its 44dbA silence rate is actually higher than the normal Sapphire Series, Star Speed Function more than makes up for it with a 20 minute cycle that's as powerful as many other brands' 90-minute cycles. Moreover, ultra smooth glide racks bring convenience without jarring or sticking as you pull them out or in. A highly useful 3rd rack of Entertainer Drawers provides plenty of space for the items you'd normally have to wash by hand. Thermador DWHD870WPR Star-Sapphire 24" Dishwasher also includes all the features of the Sapphire Series.

Before we go, don't forget the inclusion of the Entertainer's Wine Caddy Accessory, great for protecting delicate items such as Wine Glasses. It comes with every purchase of this dishwasher model from the Star-Saphire series.

CONCLUSION

Overall, the brand-new Radiance collection from Thermador offers truly industry-leading quality, design and features that you're guaranteed to love. If you're willing to spend more for the higher-end models in the collection, you'll be rewarded with even greater dishwashing and drying power plus advanced features that lead the industry.

We love Thermador, as its relationship with Bosch has given it a unique blend of sleek American design and dependable German quality. With slick visual profiles, powerfully effective washing and drying functions, incredibly quiet operation and industry-leading reliability, you can't go wrong with a Radiance collection dishwasher. Whether you need a dependable and safe way to clean your fine china and crystals or the most powerful wash on the market for deeply soiled pots and pans, Thermador has you covered. The dishwasher market had better watch out. Thermador might now offer the most coveted machines anywhere in the world.


If you still have time to research the best dishwasher for your home, check out our comprehensive dishwasher buying guide which we update continuously with the most recent features and models.


FAQ's

Do I get a free Thermador dishwasher with my Thermador range purchase?

The short answer is yes, as long as you make the purchase as part of the qualifying Thermador 1-2-Free program. At the current incarnation of the program (please check exact rebate form form for qualifiers), Thermador offers the Emerald series dishwasher for free or lets you apply the amount to towards the purchase of a higher models.

Apart from the feature set you mentioned above is there any other differences between the Emerald Series dishwashers and the rest of the Thermador line-up?

Yes. Topaz series and above have a different installation procedure. Namely, the leveling legs on the higher-end models are in the front of the dishwasher. This helps you level your dishwasher to perfection without multiple slide in & out trials.