As dishwasher technology has advanced, it's become less expensive to obtain high-end features.
That being said, there is still a wide range in quality and price between the low-end and the high-end of dishwasher sales.
So how do you know how much you'll need to spend to get the features and level of quality you need?
Let us be your guide. We'll start with the lower range and work our way up to top-of-the-line prices and what they'll bring you.
Dishwasher Price Ranges
What to expect
- Louder than average
- Decent wash performance
- Plastic tub
- Limited flexibility in the racking
- Lower build quality (May feel cheap)
If you're looking for a dishwasher that will get the job done, that is, clean your dishwasher and save you from doing it manually, this is the price range for you.
At this point, it's difficult to distinguish much in quality based on cleaning performance and energy efficiency from one model to the next.
Most brands and models in this range are dependable enough and feature the necessities to get your dishes clean.
What you'll miss out on is more innovative features like WiFi connectivity and high-tech cleaning, overall capacity and flexibility in terms of racks and adjustable setups, and volume.
Dishwashers in this category tend to be between 51db and 55db. Certainly not quiet, but won't deafen you while you're eating in the kitchen.
What to expect
- Quiet operation
- Great wash & dry performance
- Increased reliability & build quality
- Adjustable racking and 3rd racks
- Stainless steel tubs
In this range, you'll find excellent performance in just about every area.
Dishwashers in this range offer quiet operation (between 42dB and 48dB) and some fun and useful features including pressurized spray arms and custom jets for advanced cleaning quality.
You'll also find that dishwashers in this range will last longer before breaking down and need fewer repairs.
You'll also find models with adjustable racks and 3rd racks for added storage. Features like these will make cleaning easier and faster, allowing you to tailor your dishwashing setup for your personal needs.
You'll have plenty of options in this price range, and your choice will depend on which brand offers the unique mix of value and features that you want.
$1000 & Above
What to expect
- Whisper quiet
- Extra wash cycles - like cycles specifically for fine China & Crystal
- Enhanced drying results
- WiFi connectivity
- Panel ready doors to match your cabinetry
- More flexibility in the racking
Now we move into the high-end range of dishwashers. If budget is not an issue, machines in this range might appeal to you.
That being said, most of what becomes available at this range is more style than substance.
Features include the ability to knock on your dishwasher door to open it, or control it via mobile assistants like Alexa or your personal smart device.
That being said, there are some real advantages that come into play at this price range.
Machines become incredibly quiet (we're talking library-quiet) and offer unparalleled cleaning quality and dependability.
You'll also find that, like most things, expensive dishwashers look expensive. Their finishes are flawless, and their designs tend to be cutting edge and visually stunning.
If you've got the budget for it, you'll find that owning and operating a dishwasher in this range is a pleasure.
Tips For Choosing Your Price Range
- Buy based on your personal needs, not what has worked for everyone else. A bachelor who hardly uses any dishes will have different needs than a family of 7 who runs a load per day.
- Don't get swayed into buying by a huge selection of wash cycles. The average individual or family uses only a small set of cycle types. Focus on the cycles you'll actually use, and make your pick from there.
- Don't be misled into buying from a company that's better at marketing their dishwashers than they are at making them. Many brands are good at making a feature sound exclusive to them, when in fact its standard in even the most basic dishwashers. Use discretion when shopping and keep your wits about you. If it seems like you're paying more for features you don't need, or ones that are available in a cheaper package, your instincts are probably accurate.