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 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. But 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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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 7 best dishwashers, with our favourite first and the rest in roughly descending order.
Take up your tablets, rinse aid and massive bag of cheap salt and prepare to learn T3's choice of what the best dishwashers you can buy today are…
The best dishwashers, in order
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.
Take one look at the Bosch Serie 4 SMS46II01G and straight away you know that it means business: this is a kitchen appliance with a serious number of features and functions to put at your disposal, and if this is the freestanding dishwasher that you invest in then we don't think you're going to be disappointed with your purchase.
We're particularly keen on the Silence Plus mode that this dishwasher brings with it: at just 46dB, you can get your crockery and cutlery nice and clean without keeping the kids up or waking up the neighbours – and that's not something you can say for every dishwasher out there.
You also get plenty of flexibility when it comes to loading this dishwasher, as well as a HygienePlus setting that hits the contents of the appliance with a final rinse of hot 70°C water to make sure every bit of bacteria is gone (it's perfect for allergy sufferers or families with small children, for example).
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.
Bosch produces lots of dishwashers and most of them are exceedingly efficient and highly reliable.
The T3 Award Winning SMS67MW00G is a top-notch example that features Bosch’s PerfectDry technology. In a nutshell, it uses zeolite, a magical mineral that turns moisture into heat, in this case to dry dishes without using extra electricity. And by dry we mean bone dry – plastics and all.
The SMS67MW00G has lots of other features to offer anyone with piles of dirty dishes to get clean. There are 14 place settings and the way the unit has been designed means you can easily find a home for any grubby plate, cup, or item of cutlery, along with pots, pans and all the rest of it. We love the Vario basket system and cutlery top-mounted cutlery tray, too,
Choose from any one of seven programs with a host of temperature settings, with a quick wash option clocking in at just 29 minutes for those with an urgent need for a dinner setting. We’re also impressed with the ExtraDry program that reduces streaking, while the Glass 40°C wash is ideal if you have a lot of delicate glassware to get through. This machine also scores highly for its low noise operation, thanks mainly to its clever Silence function.
If you’re scouring the market for superbly specced premium machine at less than premium prices then put this at number one on your shopping list. We have.
If you're looking for the best budget dishwasher – one that does a decent job without costing you much money at all – then the Bosch Serie 2 SMS24AW01G might be exactly what you're looking for. With a simple, intuitive design and a brand name you can trust, this dishwasher has a lot going for it besides the relatively low price.
There are 12 place settings here, including ones for tableware, cutlery and glass, and you get adjustable racking as well as automatic load adjustment with this model. In short, you get a lot of convenience in an appealing form, and while some people might bemoan the lack of a digital display, the physical dials are fine.
As you would expect from a dishwasher making this list, washing and drying performance is excellent, and with four different routines to pick from you can customise the washing and drying routine to match whatever it is you've been eating and drinking. There are dishwashers out there that offer more in the way of features, but not many can match the Bosch Serie 2 SMS24AW01G in terms of value.
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