If you have a lot of people in your household, you most likely need a dishwasher. With the number of dishes a large family creates, it can be hard to imagine washing them all by hand, let alone sanitizing them. That's why we've compiled a list of the best dishwashers for large families of 2021. Each of these is 24 in. wide (so they'll fit into a standard cutout) and each of them can hold up to 16 place settings in a load. They're all Energy Star® certified as well, so you won't have a huge utility bill for your huge family.
The Beko DIT38530 is a high-capacity, panel-ready dishwasher that would suit any large family. Its ProSmart Inverter motor is twice as quiet as a standard motor, making the dishwasher run at only 45 dBA. Your peace of mind is further maintained by Beko SilentTech insulation which keeps heat in while suppressing dishwasher noise. Its third spray arm ensures that water hits your dishes from all angles, providing a five level wash, and its dirt sensors adjust the load based on what areas need attention. It even has a special jet of water just to help dissolve detergent tablets, ensuring a fast, efficient clean. Meanwhile, the interior is illuminated by super-bright lights, allowing you to see into every corner and load and unload it easily.
Because the Viking VDWU524SS has fully integrated LCD controls, it allows the stainless steel exterior to truly shine. The extra spray arm optimizes it for large, heavily soiled dishes, while the Multi-Level Power Wash function gets water to spray evenly across the entire load. It comes with a Smart Size™ removable rack that can fit straight into your silverware drawer, saving you time sorting your clean forks and knives. The dishwasher's Sanitize function is certified by the NSF to remove 99.9% of bacteria on your dishes. Its unique High Gloss turbo-fan dryer dries your dishes to a sparkle every time, as well. Additionally, its Quiet Clean™ Performance Package provides three layers of insulation, bringing dishwasher noise down to a whisper-quiet 42 dBA.
From their Sapphire Series, Thermador's DWHD770WFP is the highest-end dishwasher on this list. Its features include Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to control and monitor it from the Thermador Home Connect app. Its Time Remaining PowerBeam® projects the actual remaining time of each cycle onto the floor, and its Sens-A-Wash® technology optimizes the wash and dry cycles to the soil level of your dishes. When opened, its blue Sapphire Glow™ interior light clearly illuminates your dinnerware within. The third rack is flexible and fully adjustable to suit any size of item. Meanwhile, its Crystal Protect™ system adjusts the water softness for each cycle, allowing for completely spot-free glassware.
The GE GDF630PSMSS is the most budget-friendly option on this list, and still holds a wide variety of high-end features. Its four dedicated bottle-wash jets reach inside even the tallest items. The combination of a steam pre-wash cycle and the Piranha™ hard food disposer makes quick work of even the most soiled dishes. The upper rack adjusts to fit dishes up to 10.5-in. tall. It even has a 60-minute wash cycle for when you need to get your dishes back into service quickly, and a three-level 600 Series wash system that provides three pressurized zones. This allows for you to wash half loads when needed as well. Dry Boost™ technology speeds the drying of your dishes as well, allowing for faster cycles and fewer water stains.
The Bosch SHS863WD5N, from the 300 Series, is a powerful dishwasher with a variety of customization options. Its stainless steel exterior installs perfectly flush to your cabinetry, while it also contains AquaStop® technology that detects leaks and pumps water away as soon as they happen. The flexible silverware basket can be placed anywhere in the lower rack, and even splits into two pieces, allowing for more versatile loading of oddly-shaped dishes. The RackMatic® system adjusts to three different heights and nine different positions, adding even more flexibility to its configuration. Bosch recently won a Partner of the Year Award from Energy Star®, so you know this dishwasher will save you more than just time.
Is it worth spending a lot on a dishwasher?
Because dishwashers recirculate and filter the water they use, using any dishwasher will save you money in the long run compared to hand-washing dishes. They also add features such as sanitization and extra-fast drying, allowing you to get even more out of the appliance. In general, you get more of these money-saving features by spending more, so a more expensive dishwasher may be the most economical choice for your family.
How long do dishwashers last on average?
Dishwashers can last between seven and 12 years. You can increase the lifespan of your dishwasher by keeping it clean and well maintained.