If you're looking for a new dishwasher, it's hard to go wrong with Whirlpool or GE. But how do you choose between them, and what is the right brand for you? The experts at Appliances Connection have compared the two brands, so you can decide which of the two suits your needs best. We'll be comparing their design style, construction, useful features, and durability.
If you're looking for a dishwasher in an uncommon color, you may want to check GE first, as they have a wider variety of default color options (including Black Slate and Slate). GE also offers a wide selection of panel ready designs. If you're searching for a dishwasher with a transitional handle, GE is your best bet, as they offer a wider variety of handle styles and shapes. GE also offers more tall tub dishwashers, if space is one of your primary considerations.
Whirlpool has a higher percentage of three-rack dishwashers, which make it even easier to do your dishes. Whirlpool also offers a wide variety of panel ready dishwashers.
Overall, GE and Whirlpool both offer dishwashers with stainless steel and plastic tubs. Both of these materials have benefits to using them, but GE offers a higher percentage of dishwashers with budget-friendly plastic tubs. The insulation in GE dishwashers tends to be a bit stronger, making them slightly quieter on average than Whirlpool appliances. The quietest GE dishwasher (from the GE Profile Series) clocks in at 39 dBA.
Whirlpool has a much wider variety of dishwasher depths and heights, allowing you more freedom to fill your existing cutout and avoid renovation. You can wash up to 15 place settings at a time with a Whirlpool dishwasher, regardless of your space.
The custom features of both of these dishwashers are where they really shine. GE has more dishwashers with smart technology, thanks to the WiFi Connect app that lets you monitor cycle status and rinse aid levels (as well as reorder detergent). Select GE dishwashers have a Piranha™ hard food disposer that spins at 3,600 RPM to pulverize stuck-on food. Also look for Microban™ anti-microbial technology which prevents bacteria growth inside your GE appliance.
On Whirlpool dishwashers, you can look forward to using the AnyWare™ Plus silverware basket, which frees up space by sticking to the dishwasher's inner door or the front of the lower rack. Meanwhile, some Whirlpool models have an AccuSense® soil sensor that adjusts the sprayers based on the soil level of your dishes. Whirlpool's Download & Go™ function, meanwhile, allows you to download cycles to your dishwasher from your smartphone.
Durability and Longevity
GE is known for making highly durable, long-lasting dishwasher. They also offer a high selection of dishwashers with durable stainless steel tubs. Both brands offer a wide selection of ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers, which improves both their performance and their ecological footprint. Both brands also offer a variety of fingerprint-resistant models, so you can wipe fingerprints off your dishwashers with a soft cloth and get on with your day.
Whirlpool in particular is rightfully proud of its low repair rate, and for good reason. Whirlpool appliances are well-known for being long-lasting, and their abundance of ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers shows that you can improve your impact on the environment while getting your dishes powerfully clean.
Is GE made in America?
Yes, GE appliances are primarily made in the USA. This includes their dishwashers.
How long does the average dishwasher last?
Most dishwashers last up to 10 years, due to their frequent use and multiple moving parts. Regular cleaning and maintenance can extend the life of your dishwasher.