Doing the dishes doesn't have to be a major part of your day. With modern innovations in technology, what used to take three hours can now take less than 90 minutes. Specialized sensors and programmable cycles reduce the amount of electricity and water they use, as well. Smart dishwashers add an extra level of convenience to this: being able to track your appliances from your phone means you don't need to wait for them to finish. That said, here are five of the best smart dishwashers of 2021.
The Thermador Emerald Series DWHD650WPR hides a lot of power and versatility behind its charming exterior. Its 16 place setting capacity makes it particularly well-suited to items that have trouble fitting in other machines: its upper rack adjusts to 3 levels, its chef's tool drawer lets you organize and protect cutlery (even large items such as spatulas), and its Extra-Tall-Item™ sprinkler washes items that are up to 22 inches high. Its PowerBoost Option® focuses the water flow on the lower rack to help dissolve even the toughest messes, while its Sens-A-Wash® technology senses how clean the water is and conserves its water and energy use for less soiled dishes. Its blue PowerBeam® light (a Thermador signature) illuminates the area under the appliance while it's running. Using the Home Connect smartphone app you can monitor the status of the cycle, as well as starting and stopping the dishwasher from anywhere.
In terms of connectivity, the LG LDF5678SS is one of the smartest dishwashers on this list. Its SmartThinQ® technology uses your wi-fi to connect with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can control your dishwasher and check its status using only your voice. Its SmartDiagnosis™ system lets you diagnose and fix issues that come up before they become catastrophic, helping you avoid costly service calls. This dishwasher is both spacious and feature-rich as well, washing up to 15 place settings at once while remaining budget-friendly. Its Vario Wash technology lets you mix delicates and large items in the same load and provide different intensity levels on each rack, and its QuadWash™ spray arms switch directions during each load to improve coverage.
As part of Dacor's Modernist collection, the DDW24M999US combines high-end features with a sleek appearance to give you a truly seamless dishwashing experience that can handle up to 14 place settings in one load. You can choose between the 7 available cycles using your smartphone or using the fully integrated control panel, and even activate the Zone Booster™ setting to focus the water on the bottom rack's left or right side. Its WaterWall™ technology ensures that regardless of the shape of your dishes, they get completely cleaned, and its AutoRelease™ system releases excess steam during the drying phase, speeding up drying by up to 35%.
The PG8130I120V is part of Miele's ProfiLine series, which aims to bring professional grade quality and precision German engineering into the home. It can handle up to 13 place settings, and it's super powerful, including features such as an integrated water softener that adjusts its performance based on the water quality in your kitchen and an AutoOpen door that cracks the door open as soon as it finishes running, releasing moisture into the air for faster drying. It has a 3D cutlery tray that can be placed in three positions, allowing it to fit even bulky items such as ladles, and its Perfect GlassCare technology keeps even your most delicate items safe. At 38 dBA, it's also the quietest dishwasher on this list, so if you control it from another room using the Miele@Home app and WiFiConn@ct technology, you may never hear it running.
The Samsung DW80R9950US can wash up to 15 place settings, and it does it in style. It's optimized for larger loads and can handle a variety of soil levels: its Zone Booster™ function lets you focus on the lower left rack, or the Express 60 function lets you wash smaller loads in less than an hour. Both those cycles use the AquaBlast™ jets to cover every cubic inch of the dishwasher. The third rack is both flexible and adjustable (perfect for silverware), and its ball bearing rails mean the drawers slide smoothly even when you need to wash your heaviest pans. Its sleek front panel LED display clearly shows the time remaining in each cycle, or you can connect it to your smartphone and remotely check its status.
How do I get my smart dishwasher to clean better?
Many smart dishwashers will send you automatic reminders when they need attention (such as running a clean cycle, or replacing the rinse aid). They can also tell you if something is blocking the drain. While many of the dishwashers on this list have high capacities, it's also important not to overload them.
How long should a dishwasher last?
Dishwashers usually last between 6 and 10 years with regular upkeep.