The best dishwashers are life-changing, time-saving and energy-saving too. That's not just good for the environment, it's good for your bank balance too, enabling you to get your dishes squeaky clean without using frightening amounts of electricity or wasting water. No matter how many people you're cooking for, you'll find a dishwasher here to get your cutlery clean, your plates and pots perfect and your glassware glistening.
The best dishwasher for you may be one that's more compact or more affordable than others, or it may be required to replace an integrated model or sit on a countertop without taking up too much space. While the models here are all quite different, they all deliver excellent value for money.
In this guide we'll discover the best dishwashers for country kitchens and for small flats, for open-plan living and for more cramped quarters, and we'll also help you find the best prices for them so you're getting the best dishwasher deals. No matter which one you choose, we can promise this: it'll save you tons of time, so you can spend it doing something more fun than scrubbing pots and pans.
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The best dishwashers, in order
This best-selling mid-priced 60cm freestanding Bosch has space for 13 place settings and a smorgasbord of features, including wi-fi connectivity, five wash programs, automatic door opening, two separate cutlery holders and a decent Class C certificate for energy consumption.
Let’s start with the cutlery. Most cheaper dishwashers use a simple removable cutlery basket on the bottom which inevitably gets in the way when it comes to loading extra plates or pots and pans. This model also comes with a lower basket but it also features a separate cutlery tray above the top rack. In other words, you get the best of both worlds.
Like all decent dishwashers, the Series 6 is equipped with a two-stage height-adjustable top rack and six foldable plate racks in the bottom rack. Unlike most other models, this one’s top rack also features an ingenious Extra Clean Zone comprising three rotating water nozzles that blast dried Weetabix off cereal bowls.
There’s no shortage of programs on offer with this machine. In fact there are five main washing options – Eco 50°C, Auto 45-65°C , Intensive 70°C, Express 65° and Silence 50°C – plus a gaggle of handy ancillary functions – Remote Start, EfficientDry, Half Load and SpeedPerfect+. The interface itself is tucked away out of sight in the top of the door though there is a highly visible digital countdown on the front fascia.
Users rate this model very highly, siting its ability to complete a full wash in one hour when using the Express setting. They also love the countdown LED on the front, the automatic door opening for efficient drying and its overall silence when in operation. Highly recommended, in other words.
Fully integrated dishwashers are a brilliant option for fitted kitchens where everything is hidden from view to create a neat, uncluttered appearance. However, they are best installed at the same time as the kitchen is being fitted. This is because the front fascia of the dishwasher is designed to be replaced with the same decorative panel that matches the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Retro fitting a dishwasher panel to match an existing kitchen is much more difficult, simply because it’s harder to source a panel that perfectly matches the rest of the cabinets, especially if they were installed years ago. Always bear this in mind if going for a fully integrated machine.
Now that’s out the way, what’s the Siemens iQ500 like and, more importantly, would you be happy having it in your home? Absolutely. This is a sterling machine from a high-end brand, so chances are reliability will not be an issue. The iQ500 has no door handle for added aesthetics – you simply push the panel to unlock – and it comes with an excellent feature set, including an aquaSensor that monitors the amount of dirt in the water, adjusting its water output accordingly and Zeolith drying which uses natural minerals to absorb moisture and magically replace it with heat which in turn speeds up the drying process without using extra energy.
The iQ500 has a capacity for 13 place settings and features a glass zone with silicone surfaces for extra protection plus six dedicated spray nozzles. The flexComfort baskets, meanwhile, allow for a number of stacking permutations while up above there’s a wide cutlery drawer with space for small espresso cups. The whole shebang is beautifully lit from within and there is even a pair of side lights for added atmosphere.
This is not the cheapest of dishwashers, mind, but there are some great deals to be found if you do some research.
You know you're living in the future when you're controlling your dishwasher from your smartphone, and that's exactly what you get with the Miele G7110 SC – you can start washing and drying cycles remotely, check up on the status of the machine, and even order more detergent through the accompanying app (or via voice control).
There's an integrated system for holding enough detergent for up to 20 loads, and dispensing just enough each time, so you don't have to measure detergent out every single time you want to get some plates, knives, forks and glasses cleaned. You also get what's called a 3D Multiflex tray, specially designed to allow you to load smaller items like cutlery or chopsticks more efficiently.
The economy of the Miele G7110 SC is really good, the controls are nice and straightforward, and included among its modes is a quick power wash setting that's handy if you want to give the contents of your dishwasher a fast blast with soap and hot water. Definitely one of the best dishwashers around at the moment.
The Beko DFN05320W is particularly suitable for anyone looking to spend as little money as possible on their next dishwasher: you can pick this up for a very affordable price indeed, giving you more money to spend on kitting the rest of your kitchen out. You miss out on some extra bells and whistles as a result, but it's a trade-off that a lot of people are going to be fine with.
What you do get with the Beko DFN05320W are 13 place settings, four programmes to pick from (including an economy mode), and four different wash temperatures. It's a straightforward, no nonsense dishwasher that's not going to let you down in terms of the speed or the quality of its washing cycles.
There's a quick 30 minute cycle for when you need those plates or glasses ready as soon as possible, as well as a half load function that means you don't have to wait for the dishwasher to be full before setting it off. All this, plus the great price, and it's not bad in terms of energy and water use (though fancier models do better, of course).
Not every home has enough room for a full-sized dishwasher, so if you're short of kitchen space a slimline dishwasher such as this HiSense is an excellent solution. It has room for eleven place settings, can do a quick wash in just 40 minutes and is frugal with its water usage. It's quiet, too, so it won't interrupt your chat if you're entertaining. We particularly like the third cutlery tray that keeps your cutlery out of the way while cleaning it, maximising the space in the upper and lower shelf.
The HiSense can be made more efficient by connecting it directly to the hot water supply, and it has a self-cleaning filter to minimise clogging and reduce the frequency of cleaning. There are six programmes including an ECO wash, and there's a delay timer so you can schedule the wash for any time that suits you best.
Bosch doesn’t do things by halves although in this instance, perhaps it does. The Serie 4 is a table-top dishwasher for those who don’t have the space but still despise washing dishes by hand.
It comes with enough space to accommodate six average-sized dinner plates, a few side plates, a quartet of mugs, a carving knife or two and a clutch of cutlery.
Like most mid-priced dishwashers, it also comes equipped with a sensor that measures the level of contents within and adjusts water consumption accordingly. And because it’s pretty quiet, it shouldn’t disturb the peace if you live in a studio or open-plan.
The Serie 4 features five washing cycles from 40 to 70 degrees C, and does a solid job with most things. It’s pricy for its size, but if you're allergic to doing the washing but strapped for space, the Serie 4 could be an absolute godsend.
How to buy the best dishwasher
If you've not bought a dishwasher for a few years (or ever) you may be surprised to find that the cutlery basket at the bottom is now a cutlery drawer at the top. We initially found these fiddly to fill – more so than dumping a load of spoons and forks in a basket, certainly – but we've come to appreciate the improved cleaning and increased space on the bottom shelf.
By definition however, cutlery drawers do leave less space in the top shelf, so tall wine glasses, for instance, will now have to be relegated to the bottom.
That aside, buying a dishwasher is pretty simple: measure up, pick a budget and get down the shops to inspect the goods, if possible. We don't recommend slimline dishwashers unless space is really at a premium; they're just never as good (and usually, not very space-saving either).
We don't really subscribe to the idea that there is a 'correct' way to load a dishwasher. So long as you don't totally overload your machine – and keep it topped up with salt and rinse aid – you should get decent cleaning results for years, even from the better cheapo machines.
But how do you know which ones are better? Easy. These are the 6 best dishwashers, with our favourite first and the rest in roughly descending order.
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