Dishwashers are one of the great time-savers of the 20th century. They transform what used to be a tedious, all-day chore into one that only takes a couple of minutes of setup and some waiting, during which time you can do anything else you want to. But it's 2021 now, and technology has advanced even further. That's why we're placing five of the best dishwasher brands of 2021 in the spotlight.
Gaggenau as a company has been around since the 17th century, so they have hundreds of years of experience making high-end appliances. Not only are they famous for their precision German engineering, their appliances are built entirely by hand. Gaggenau's dishwashers are among the quietest in the world, averaging 40 dBA (about as quiet as a whisper). Many of their dishwashers include features such as LED back-light illumination, Flow-Through Water Heaters™, and load sensors that adjust sprays to focus on problem areas.
Miele makes some of the most high-end dishwashers available to consumers today. It isn't just smart features that they offer (though their WiFiConn@ct technology and Miele@Mobile app provides all the connectivity and remote control a techie's heart could desire!): Miele's commitment to quality of life improvements is unparalleled. Even their budget dishwashers have features such as a separate 3D MultiFlex cutlery tray, DirectSelect controls and ergonomic baskets. Their more feature-rich G7000 dishwashers can include water softeners, automatic detergent dosing with AutoDos, and even a PowerDisk detergent disk so you only need to refill your detergent once a month.
As a company, Bosch has a reputation for building long-lasting appliances that can handle heavy use, and this definitely applies to their dishwashers. Many of these dishwashers have large capacities, as well: some of the ones we sell at Appliances Connection can handle up to 16 place settings in a single load. No matter which Bosch model you choose, it will come with Bosch's precision German engineering and quality guarantee. Many of their dishwashers also come with EcoSilence Drive motors that provide power boosts while reducing noise and energy usage, optimized detergent trays that dissolve detergent tablets before the door opens, and PrecisionWash™ sensors that scan soil levels and customize each load to suit it. Bosch also recently won the Energy Star™ Partner of the Year award, so whatever dishwasher you choose will be good for the environment as well as your budget.
Viking makes spacious, high-end dishwashers at budget-friendly prices. They have the highest percentage of panel-ready dishwashers of any manufacturer on this list, and the interiors don't skimp on features either. Most of their dishwashers have Soil Sensor technology that customizes the sprayers to target heavily soiled areas. Their proprietary SmartSize™ racks also let you place tall items in the upper basket without sacrificing space in the lower one, and their QuietClean™ technology ensures that all their dishwashers are quieter than a normal conversation, minimizing their disruption to your life.
It's hard to find another American brand that outstrips GE in terms of quality and performance. They have a huge variety of dishwashers, ranging from portable ones to full-size 24-in. built-in versions, and all of these come with professional-grade features as well. Many of them include GE's own Piranha™ hard food disposer that reduces the need to pre-rinse even the most soiled dishes, or the Autosense and Dry Boost™ cycles that reduce your energy use while still retaining all the power you'd expect from your GE appliances. Some of them even have dedicated silverware jets, so you don't even need to worry about that broccoli floret stuck on the end of that fork.
What should I look for when buying a dishwasher?
This depends on what your specific priorities are. Obviously you want a dishwasher that fits into the space it's in, so dimensions are the first thing you should consider when buying a new dishwasher. You should also consider capacity, wash cycles, and special features based on your needs.
How long does a dishwasher last?
Most dishwashers can last anywhere from nine to 16 years, depending on how well you keep them cleaned and maintained.