After a busy day of work and taking care of the household, washing dishes by hand may be the last thing you want to do. In today’s age, most homes have dishwashers to relieve us of this tedious chore. It sure feels good to simply load up the dishwasher and press a button… but how good a job does your machine do to clean and sanitize the dishes you eat off of?
While all dishwashers take the chore out of doing dishes, the different options on the market vary in performance, reliability, noise level, and price. Here are our top picks for the best dishwashers you can purchase right now.
Most Reliable Dishwasher: Bosch 300 Series
Bosch has long been hailed as one of the most reliable dishwasher brands, and the new Bosch 300 Series does not disappoint. With an impressive overall score of 88/100 on Consumer Reports, this appliance proudly holds the title “Most Reliable Dishwasher.” Homeowners can enjoy optimal performance from their Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher for 10+ years by applying the right care and maintenance.
Reliability isn’t all it has to offer. The Bosch 300 Series dishwasher has spacious racks, making loading and unloading dishes of all shapes and sizes a breeze. It’s also an ENERGY STAR® certified appliance, so homeowners can unlock amazing cost savings. All in all, the Bosch 300 Series dishwasher may be, hands down, the best dishwasher for most households.
Quietest Dishwasher: Bosch 800 Series
In addition to being one of the most reliable brands, where Bosch really takes the cake is in sound level. Coming in at sound ratings from 40-44 dBA, depending on the configuration, these are the quietest dishwashers on the market. They also clean better than most models and have a bevy of additional features, such as removable 3rd racks, stainless steel tubs, and a wide variety of cycle modes.
Although a bit on the pricy side (ranging from $800-$1000), the 800 series provides a spotless clean in just under 2 hours. They also include an Eco mode and customizable panel options to get the exact look and feel you need to match your current kitchen appliances. With the Bosch 800 series, you won’t know you’re washing dishes unless you’re in the kitchen with it (which there’s no reason to be).
Best Value Dishwasher: Kenmore 13479
Costing only $500, you’d think Kenmore’s 13479 would fit in the “you get what you pay for” category. However, numerous tests found it cleans just as well, in some cases even better, than luxury dishwashers costing over $1000. In fact, the seasoned reviewers at CNet found it to be one of the best cleaning dishwashers they’ve ever tested.
It’s low on features and not exactly going to win any beauty contests, but it does exactly what you need it to do. If you’re not the type that needs an eye-catching appliance or specialty wash cycles for fine china, casserole dishes, etc., this is the best bargain dishwasher on the market.
Washing dishes isn’t the chore it used to be, at least not with one of these models. If you’re tired of finding food leftover on your supposedly clean dishes or struggling to have a conversation over the sound of a loud running engine, perhaps it’s time to buy a new dishwasher. We can repair a lot, but we can’t turn your generic machine into one of these gems.