The 40 Safest and Best Dishwashers

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 10th, 2016

While dishwashers aren’t typically considered to be a particularly dangerous item — the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates there were less than 50 injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by dishwashers that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014 — there are still some important safety considerations to keep in mind.

Firstly, you’ll want to ensure your unit is installed properly with the appropriate water and electrical hookups in order to prevent flooding, water damage, and electrical fires.

Second, you’ll want to ensure if your unit does not have a child lock, that you load any sharp cutlery facing downwards of have the rack out of reach of little hands.

Beyond that, you’ll want to consider if you need a small countertop unit, a portable unit, or a built-in model in order to meet your cleaning needs. Countertop units are ideal for individuals or those who don’t generate a lot of dishes in a day, while portable models are ideal for those living where space is at a premium.

Several features that are nice to have include a wide selection of wash cycles, drying cycles, adjustable racks, delay wash, a stainless steel tub, and filters.

With the above tips and information in mind, in no particular order here are 40 of the dishwashers we consider the best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

Countertop

1. SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher features a compact design that is energy efficient without sacrificing cleaning power. Thanks to its unique space-saving design, it can fit between your countertop and most cupboards without issue.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Choose from 6 wash cycles
  • Included adapter fits most standard faucets

Cost: *Est. $215.99

2. Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher can clean up to 6 place settings at a time and features a space-saving design that’s ideal for use in apartments, offices, and other small spaces. It has been designed to fit between most counters and cabinets for added convenience.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $209.99

3. SPT SD-2202W Countertop Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher can clean up to 6 place settings at a time and features a durable stainless steel interior to provide years of long-lasting use. It comes complete with a faucet adaptor for easy hookup.

Key features:

  • Choose from 6 wash cycles
  • Delay start up to 8 hours
  • Fits between counter and cabinets

Cost: *Est. $309

4. Midea MDC3203DWW3A Countertop Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher is the perfect size for apartments, dorm rooms, and other small spaces and features electronic controls with LED display. Its durable stainless steel interior and included faucet connection mean you can get cleaning right out of the box.

Key features:

  • Choose from 6 wash cycles
  • Holds up to 6 place settings
  • Delay start up to 24 hours

Cost: *Est. $189.97

5. SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher

This sleek and stylish countertop dishwasher can hold up to 6 place settings and features a delayed start of up to 8 hours for added convenience. It comes complete with a universal faucet adaptor with quick connect for easy installation.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Choose from 7 wash cycles
  • Fits between counter and cabinets

Cost: *Est. $266.77

6. SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher boasts a choice of 6 different wash cycles and can handle up to 6 place settings at a time. Its simple controls are easy to use and the universal faucet adaptor with quick connect makes setup a breeze.

Key features:

  • Fits between counter and cabinets
  • Water and rinse aid indicator lights
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $264.20

7. EdgeStar DWP61ES Countertop Portable Dishwasher

This countertop dishwasher can accommodate up to 6 place settings at once and features a choice of 6 different wash cycles. It also comes with a delayed start feature that makes cleaning up even more convenient.

Key features:

  • Fits between counter and cabinets
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Cutlery basket included

Cost: *Est. $537

Built-in/Portable

This built-in dishwasher features a durable stainless steel interior for years of long-lasting use and can accommodate up to 8 place settings at a time. It comes complete with a choice of 6 wash cycles and delay start of up to 24 hours.

Key features:

  • Water and rinse aid indicator lights
  • Energy Star rated
  • Quiet operation at 95 dB

Cost: *Est. $369.99

9. SPT SD-9241W Portable Dishwasher

This portable dishwasher offers all the cleaning power of a built-in with the convenience of a portable unit in a compact design. It can accommodate up to 8 place settings at a time and features a choice of 6 different wash cycles.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Quick connect faucet adaptor included
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $475

This built-in dishwasher boasts a large capacity and tall tub that can accommodate up to 12 place settings at a time and offers a choice of 4 different wash cycles. It also features a delay start option of up to 6 hours for added convenience.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • UL listed
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $349

This dish drawer offers the convenience of a semi-integrated dishwasher that is meant to blend seamlessly with your kitchen cabinetry. It can accommodate up to 7 place settings at once and features a choice of 9 different wash cycles.

Key features:

  • 1-year warranty
  • Adjustable racks included
  • Delay start for added convenience

Cost: *Est. $653

12. Avanti DWE1801B Built-In Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a slim design that makes it ideal for use in apartments and smaller kitchens where space is at a premium. It can accommodate up to 8 standard place settings at a time and features a choice of 4 cleaning cycles.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • ADA compliant
  • Silverware basket included

Cost: *Est. $429.10

This semi-integrated dishwasher boasts a modern and sleek design that is also incredibly quiet to operate at just 44 dB. It features a sanitize option to kill harmful bacteria and boasts an integrated leak protection system.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $852.99

14. Haier DWL3225DDBB Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a tall tub to accommodate even more items and features a durable stainless steel interior and liner to provide you with years of reliable use. It features a sanitize cycle and steam setting to remove even the most stubborn of foods.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 3-year warranty
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $457.70

This built-in dishwasher offers a clean-looking design that can accommodate up to 16 place settings at a time, with a choice of 6 different wash cycles. It comes complete with a flexible third rack that can help you fit all your dishes with ease.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Quiet operation at 44 dB

Cost: *Est. $993.09

This portable dishwasher features a slim design that makes it ideal for use in apartments and kitchens where space is at a premium. It features built-in caster wheels for ease of portability and all necessary hoses and faucet adaptor.

Key features:

  • CSA certified
  • 1-year warranty
  • 110V power supply

Cost: *Est .$399.99

17. Frigidaire FFBD1821MW Built-in Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher features a trim 18-inch width that is perfect for use in condos, apartments, and other small spaces. It features a choice of 4 wash cycles, including a crystal setting which reduces the force of water spray for cleaning delicate items.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • 10-year warranty
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $569

18. Whirlpool WDF320PADW Built-in Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a choice of 3 wash cycles with 4 different options to help clean any dish in your home. It features a quick, 1-hour wash cycle to clean dishes faster and features a triple filtration water system to help get dishes cleaner.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation at 55 dB
  • Energy Star rated
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $388

19. Danby DDW1809W-1 Built-In Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a choice of 6 different wash cycles and can accommodate up to 8 place settings at once. It features a slim design that makes it ideal for installation in apartments, condos, and smaller kitchens.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $399

This built-in dishwasher features a tall tub design that lets you wash even your biggest pots with ease. There’s a 1-hour quick wash cycle for when you’re in a hurry, and it comes complete with a triple filter wash system that eliminateds the need for pre-rinsing your dishes.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Quiet operation at 63 dB
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $590

21. Bosch 800 Series SHX68T55UC Fully Integrated Built-in Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a generous capacity that can accommodate up to 16 place settings at a time and features a choice of 6 different wash cycles to help get your dishes sparkling clean. There’s even a flexible third rack to fit more items.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation at 44 dB
  • Integrated leak protection system
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $927.99

22. Avanti DWE1800W Built-In Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts an 8 place setting capacity and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles. It comes complete with a silverware basket and integrated recessed handle for a streamlined appearance.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 1-year warranty
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $379

This built-in dishwasher boasts a 16 place setting capacity and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles with 10 options to help get your dishes sparkling clean. The stainless steel interior will provide you with years of durable, reliable use.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • NSF listed

Cost: *Est. $880.40

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 16 place settings and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles with 5 options for the ultimate in clean dinnerware. There’s even a special crystal cycle for those delicate items, and it’s ADA compliant.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Quiet operation at 44 dB

Cost: *Est. $938

25. KitchenAid KDTE204DSS Architect Series II Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 14 place settings at once and features a third rack for utensils. It comes complete with a choice of 6 different wash cycles, and a delay wash option of up to 4 hours for added convenience.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation at 45 dB
  • Sani-rinse option
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $2,439

26. Haier DWL4035MCSS Tall-Tub Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher boasts a durable stainless steel interior to provide you with years of dependable use, and a tall tub design that can accommodate even large pots. Its special pre-steam option helps remove even the most baked on messes.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Quiet operation at 55 dB
  • NSF listed

Cost: *Est. $541.14

This sleek-looking built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 15 place settings at once and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles. There’s even a load size sensor to help cut down on wash times and water usage.

Key features:

  • Integrated leak protection system
  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $813.09

28. Avanti Model DWE1802SS Built-In Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher features a compact design that makes it ideal for use in condos, apartments, and other small kitchens. It can accommodate up to 8 place settings at a time with a choice of 4 washing cycles.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 1-year warranty
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $491.67

This dish drawer offers the convenience of a built-in dishwasher that is meant to blend seamlessly with your kitchen cabinetry. It can accommodate up to 7 place settings at once and features a choice of 9 different wash cycles.

Key features:

  • Optional delay start
  • 10-year warranty
  • Child safety lock

Cost: *Est. $808

This portable dishwasher can accommodate up to 12 place settings at a time and features a choice of 5 different wash cycles. It comes complete with caster wheels for ease of portability and a woodgrain laminate top for additional storage space.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Hard food disposer

Cost: *Est. $747.23

31. Bosch SHX7PT55UC Tall-Tub Built-in Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 15 place settings at once and features a choice of 5 different wash cycles with 6 options to get your dishes sparkling clean. There’s a flexible third rack to help accommodate even more items.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation at 42 dB
  • Energy Star rated
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $1,948.50

32. ECOAP SB 80 Equator Full-Sized Built-In Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher offers a contemporary design that is sure to become a focal point of your kitchen. It can accommodate up to 12 place settings at once and features a choice of 5 different wash cycles.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Integrated diagnostics
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $563.75

33. KitchenAid KDTE204DSS Architect Series II Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 14 place settings at a time and features a delay start of up to 4 hours for added convenience. There are 6 different wash cycles to choose from and the stainless steel tub has been designed for years of reliable use.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Quiet operation at 45 dB
  • Third level utensil rack

Cost: *Est. $2,439

34. Thermador DWHD440MFP Emerald

This built-in dishwasher delivers luxury performance for the most discerning of home chefs and can accommodate up to 15 place settings. It features a three stage water filtration system that gets dishes even cleaner and can accommodate items up to 22 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Quiet operation at 48 dB
  • CUL, UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1,950

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 14 place settings at a time and boasts a choice of 4 different wash cycles. It features a delay start of up to 6 hours for added convenience and the sanitize cycle removes 99.9% of common household bacteria.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Quiet operation at 55 dB

Cost: *Est. $481.99

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 12 place settings at a time and features a choice of 5 different wash options. The two stage water filtration system helps to get your dishes cleaner and the integrated sound reduction system means it won’t disturb you.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $627.99

37. Bosch SHE7PT55UC Tall Tub Built-in Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 16 place settings at a time and thanks to its tall tub design it can clean your biggest pots and pans. A choice of 6 different wash cycles along with 5 options help to get dishes cleaner and the flexible third rack lets you fit more items.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation at 42 dB
  • Integrated leak protection system
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $1,948.50

38. Whirlpool DU1300XTVB 24-inch Full Console Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher offers a choice of 4 different wash settings and an ‘anywhere’ silverware basket that allows you to configure this dishwasher to your needs. There is a delay wash feature of up to 6 hours for added convenience.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Hard food disposer
  • NSF listed

Cost: *Est. $999

39. Blomberg DWT24100SS Dishwasher

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 14 place settings at a time and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles. A special half load function uses less water and energy to clean smaller loads effectively.

Key features:

  • Triple water filtration system
  • Delay start up to 9 hours
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $639.49

This built-in dishwasher can accommodate up to 15 place settings at once and features a choice of 4 different wash cycles with 5 options. Its specially-designed rack system offers up to 9 possible rack positions to accommodate all your dishwashing needs.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year warranty
  • CUL, UL listed

Cost: *Est. $768.09

 
 
   
 
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