Nobody likes to face a sink full of dirty dishes: cereal, sauce, and other food “gunk” caked on and needing a scrub! No wonder so many people are turning to dish washing machines to get this task out of the way.
Top 10 Dishwashers
We’ve put together a list of what we feel are some of the best dishwashers out there, so no matter whether you’re a single individual or a family – a working person or stay-at-home – there’s a washer designed just for you.
Edgestar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher
The Edgestar Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher is great for a family. It has a capacity for six standard place settings and will hold plates up to 10.5” in diameter, yet it’s just over 17” tall and fits under most cabinets without the hassle of permanent installation. It’s easy to operate, featuring an LED display with digital controls. The delayed start feature lets you wash dishes whenever you choose, and the child lock will help keep your little ones safe. It’s also an energy-saver, using only 200 KW per year. Best of all, it does a thorough job on your dishes! A powerful spray arm swooshes away food particles, and a built-in rinse agent dispenser helps prevent water spots. The water in this machine heats up to 149 degrees F, to kill germs and bacteria. You’ll love doing dishes with EdgeStar!
The Fisher Paykel DD24SCX7 Dish Drawer 24” Stainless Steel Semi-Integrated Dishwasher has a number of convenient features: it has 9 wash cycles, including Eco Option (air dry) for miminal energy usage; it sanitizes at 163 degrees; and holds up to 7 place settings, including plates up to 11.5”. The small-ish drawers are perfect for single people or small spaces, such as an RV or downstairs bar – much more practical than a full-sized dishwasher. This model also has several programmable features so you can customize it according to water hardness, amount of rinse agent to dispense, etc. It has a secure lock, and it’s easy to install. Your dishes will come out spanking clean and spot-free!
The Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher is an efficient, energy-saving machine. It uses only 200 kilowatt hours per year – that’s about 61% less than most countertop dishwashers. It also uses very little water, consuming 3.8 gallons in a normal wash. But there’s no compromise on quality: the water temperature reaches 149 degrees F, to destroy germs and bacteria; and the powerful spray arm does a thorough wash. This machine holds up to six standard place settings, and the cutlery basket, dish rack and cup shelf help keep everything organized. After washing, the dishes look spot-free, thanks to the built-in rinse agent dispenser. This model is easy to set up, and will save you hours of time compared to hand washing!
SPT Countertop Dishwasher
The SPT Countertop Dishwasher is a user-friendly unit for your whole family’s dishwashing needs. It will hold up to six standard place settings and offers the power of a full-sized dishwasher, but its compact size lets it fit between your cabinets and countertops. It’s easy to set up, and it connects speedily to any kitchen faucet, so you don’t need to permanently install it. The controls are simple to use: choose between six wash cycles (heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, and soak), and the detergent and rinse are dispensed automatically. This model has a sturdy stainless steel interior and comes with a dish rack and silverware basket. You can successfully wash anything from Tupperware to heavy pots and pans. It’s ideal for any small-sized kitchen in an apartment or office.
Bosch SHE65T55UC 500 24”Stainless Steel Semi-Integrated Dishwasher
The Bosch SHE65T55UC 500 24”Stainless Steel Semi-Integrated Dishwasher is pricey, but worth it: it not only washes the dishes, but it sanitizes and dries them too. The tough German engineering ensures a quality appliance. It’s quiet and water/energy efficient, with an auto shut-off. The interior is well-designed to accommodate all types of dishes. The third rack makes it easy to clean small items like children’s school lunch containers. The top shelf has two fold-down shelves to give you even more space for your gadgets. And the height is adjustable, so you can fit practically anything in it, from juice pitchers to measuring cups. You can choose from four different water cycles. The Express cycle will do your dishes in just 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry, and the dishes will come out sparkling clean. This model is great for large families and people who enjoy entertaining.
18” Built-In Dishwasher (Stainless Steel) by Frigidaire
The 18” Built-In Dishwasher (Stainless Steel) by Frigidaire is a superior model with convenient features! The Energy Saver Dry option dries your dishes without using any heat; the 2-4 hour delay start option allows you to wash whenever you choose; and the China/Crystal cycle reduces the water pressure by 30% to gently clean your fragile stemware. The ADA compliance certificate means this machine can be installed in most homes, and the Ready-Select controls are easy to use. This machine is quiet, simple to install, and roomy – it will easily hold 8 place settings, making it ideal for dinner parties. It’s especially good for people with limited space.
SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher, 18”
The SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher, 18” is a convenient machine for families in tight spaces. Its features include a Time Delay, so you can set it to operate anytime within the next 24 hours; a faucet adapter for quick and easy connection, so permanent installation isn’t required; and a choice of 6 wash cycles – All-in-1, Heavy, Normal, Light, Rinse and Speed. The interior is stainless steel, and the water heats up to 154 degrees F. Inside is lots of space: it will hold up to 8 standard place settings, and the upper rack adjusts for larger pots and plates. It automatically dispenses detergent and rinse agent, and a warning indicator tells you when it’s time to refill the rinse. The only thing it doesn’t do is load the dishes!
Avanti Model DWE 1801B Built-In Dishwasher
The Avanti Model DWE 1801B Built-In Dishwasher is a spacious and sturdy unit. It will comfortably hold 8 standard place settings, so you and your kids can fit in all your dishes (except maybe the large pots). The stainless steel interior resists stains and rust, and the upper and lower racks are coated with nylon. The upper rack has its own cleaning jets. The unit takes about 30 minutes to install, and the feet adjust to fit your space. This is a basic, no-frills machine that gets the job done; it won’t leave food particles on your plates. The filter removes easily for dumping out the large food chunks before the next wash. The machine beeps to let you know when the wash cycle is finished – then you take out your sparkling dishes!
Danby DDW611 WLED Countertop Dishwasher
The Danby DDW611 WLED Countertop Dishwasher is a great value for the money. This Energy Star electronic dishwasher is just over 17” high, to fit comfortably under most kitchen cabinets – yet it will hold up to 6 standard place settings. The cutlery tray is removable to make room for pots and pans. It’s easy to put together and hook up; a convenient adapter lets you connect it quickly to any kitchen tap. It also consumes little water – only 3.17 gallons during a normal wash cycle. It automatically dispenses detergent and rinse agent, and the LED-display controls let you choose from 6 different wash cycles. It’s ideal for a single college student, or a couple in a small apartment: it’s quiet, and you’ll have more time to read and relax. Best of all, your dishes will come out shiny and clean!
Whirlpool Built-In Dishwasher
The Whirlpool Built-In Dishwasher is a good, all-around machine for the money. It nevertheless does an excellent job of getting the dishes clean (especially if you use name-brand dishwasher tabs and rinse agent). No pre-washing is necessary to clean off pesky substances like dried egg yolk or day-old spaghettit sauce. This model has a plastic tub interior, with a vinyl rack. The settings allow you to choose from 4 different wash cycles, and the AccuSense Soil Sensor adjusts the cycle for you. You can also choose between a long (2 ½ hours) wash cycle, or the quicker one of one hour. And there’s plenty of space: the lower rack will hold up to 22 dinner plates, while the top rack is for small to midsize saucepans, as well as cups and mixing bowls. It’s efficient, quiet, and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
Practically everyone today needs a dishwasher, because our lives are so hectic. The above list will help you make a wise choice about washing your dishes, so whether you’re coming home from a hard day at work, entertaining, or just enjoying a meal with your family, you’ll have more time to yourself to do the things you really like.