Dishwasher Review

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If you haven't upgraded your dishwasher in a while, you'll be surprised how much better newer models can clean your dishes. Many new dishwashers come with innovative features such as third racks, sanitizing options, adjustable racks and other improvements that have increased their functionality.

All of the dishwashers we reviewed are Energy Star qualified. Many of them also include eco-friendly wash and dry features that help to lower your energy consumption, which saves you money and spares the environment.

The highest-ranking dishwashers in our comparison are the KitchenAid Architect Series II, the LG Studio line and the KitchenAid Pro Line Series. Each has excellent wash performance, energy efficiency and design. We’ve also written some articles about dishwashers to help you decide which dishwasher is right for you.

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Dishwashers: What to Look For

When looking for a new dishwasher, you should choose one with the right combination of features, whether you need just the basics or a whole array of cycles and options. The best dishwashers have, above all, excellent washing performance. We used the following criteria to review the best dishwashers of 2014.

Functionality
Many different features affect cleaning performance. For instance, the number of spray arms, wash cycles and additional wash options on the dishwasher will make a difference. The more cycles and options a dishwasher has, the more alternatives you get for cleaning, sanitizing and drying your dishes. Additionally, a dishwasher with a high place-setting capacity allows you to clean more dishes in a single load. The sound level of the dishwasher is also important – the quietest dishwashers run between 40-46 decibels and are whisper quiet.

Features
Some dishwashers have an overwhelming number of features, while some only have the basics. The more features a dishwasher offers, the more you can customize wash cycles for different loads. Top-rated dishwashers will have advanced features such as a child lock function, variable spray pressure, a sanitize option and a small-load wash cycle.

Efficiency
Optional eco-friendly washing and drying cycles are becoming the norm on the best dishwashers. The washing features will help to conserve energy by using a lower water temperature to clean your dishes without taking away wash performance. The eco-friendly drying options may include a fan and/or air-dry option so the appliance is not using the heating element, which consumes a lot of energy.

Help & Support
When you buy a major appliance like a dishwasher, you want to be certain that it comes with a good warranty. This will give you the peace of mind that if it stops functioning, the manufacturer will come to your aid. The best dishwasher warranties will cover labor for one year, parts for two years, racks and electronics for five years, and the tub and door for a lifetime.

Be sure to buy from a manufacturer that offers customer support for warranty and technical questions by phone, email and online chat. Online frequently asked questions, tutorials and user manuals are also desirable support features.

Swapping your old dishwasher for a new, energy efficient dishwasher won't only help your pocketbook, it will help the environment as well. And your dishes will come out cleaner thanks to the powerful spray arms and advanced sanitizing technology of a new dishwasher.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
KitchenAid Architect Series II LG Studio KitchenAid Pro Line Series LG TrueSteam Samsung DW80F800 Electrolux Wave-Touch GE Profile Bosch 800 Series LG EasyRack Plus Bosch 800 Plus Series
KitchenAid Architect Series II LG Studio KitchenAid Pro Line Series LG TrueSteam Samsung DW80F800 Electrolux Wave-Touch GE Profile Bosch 800 Series LG EasyRack Plus Bosch 800 Plus Series
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Functionality
Wash Performance Quality Score 100% 95% 95% 95% 95% 90% 95% 95% 95% 95%
Place Setting Capacity 16 14 15 14 15 14 16 16 14 15
Sound Level (dBA) 40 42 46 45 46 50 42 44 48 42
Number of Cycles 6 7 5 7 6 9 7 6 7 6
Number of Options 7 9 6 9 4 4 11 5 10 5
Number of Racks 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 3
Number of Spray Arms 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 2
Features
Features Quality Score 100% 95% 90% 95% 95% 95% 100% 95% 90% 95%
Cancel & Drain Option
Small Load Option
 
High Temperature Option
Sanitizing Option
NSF Certified
Delay Start Timer
Silverware Basket
Adjustable Racks
Fold-down Tines
Variable Spray Pressure
Child Lock
 
 
Status Light
Running Indicator Light
 
Hard Food Disposer
 
Heated Dry
 
 
 
Delicate Cycle
Quick Cycle
Rinse Only Cycle
 
 
Efficiency
Estimated Yearly Operating Cost $33 $27 $33 $27 $29 $29 $33 $27 $27 $27
Estimated Yearly Energy Usage (kwh) 279 245 279 245 265 272 275 259 245 259
Energy Star Qualified
Eco-Friendly Wash Cycle
 
Eco-Friendly Dry Option
 
 
 
Fan Dry Option
     
   
Air Dry Option
 
  
   
Appearance
Touch Sensitive Controls
 
Hidden Controls  
Color Variety
  
   
 
Bar Handle Available
Recessed Handle Available        
Height (in.) 34-1/2 33-5/8 33-3/4 33-5/8 33-7/8 33-7/8 34 33-7/8 33-1/2 33-7/8
Width (in.) 23-7/8 23-3/4 23-7/8 23-3/4 23-7/8 23-3/4 23-3/4 23-9/16 23-3/4 23-9/16
Depth (in.) 27-1/2 24-5/8 27-1/2 24-5/8 24-3/4 24-5/8 24 23-3/4 24-5/8 23-3/4
Help & Support
Quality Score 100% 100% 100% 95% 100% 95% 60% 95% 95% 95%
Labor Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Parts Warranty 1 Year 2 Years 1 Year 2 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Years 1 Year
Racks & Electronics Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 1 Year 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Tub & Door Liner Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 1 Year Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
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Email
User Manual
Live Chat
   
 
FAQs
 
 
Tutorials