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The 4 Best Dishwashers Under $600 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Craig Marcotte  |  September 17, 2019  |  5 Min. Read

Bosch  |  Dishwashers  |  Whirlpool  |  Frigidaire

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There was a time 35 years ago when $599 bought the best KitchenAid Superba dishwasher. At that time, that was the best dishwasher.

You can still buy a great dishwasher. In fact, like the old KitchenAid, it will wash your dishes.

However, it may not have the same features as the better $699 and up dishwashers like quietness, better drying capability, and special sprays for baked-on dishes.

In this article, you will learn the best dishwashers under $600, their features as well as reliability based on 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year.

Best Dishwashers Under $600 for 2019

Samsung DW80R2031US - $399

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Samsung is one of the most reliable (see reliability chart below) significant brands across all categories of appliances based on our service department calls. This model is the most basic and great for rental units.

Features:

  • 55 Decibels
  • Hybrid stainless steel/plastic interior
  • Internal controls
  • Delay start
  • Indicator light

Samsung DW80N3030US - $479

Samsung Dishwasher Under 600 Model DW80N3030US Samsung-Dishwasher-Under-600-Model-DW80N3030US-Interior

Another excellent choice for a rental unit or the home. This will be quieter than the previous model and offers a third rack for silverware.

Features:

  • 51 Decibels
  • Leak sensor
  • Quick wash
  • Auto wash
  • Delay start
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Frigidaire FFCD2418US - $529

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Frigidaire is part of the Electrolux family. It's their value brand and one you should consider along with the rest of the line up here.

While it's a good product, the Samsung models will be very similar for less money. (Note: Yale does not sell Frigidaire products).

Features:

  • 55 Decibels
  • Delay start
  • Sanitize cycle
  • Quick wash

Bosch SHE3AR75UC - $539

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Bosch is the quietest dishwasher brand overall. While they have a full selection of kitchen appliances, they are best known for their dishwashers.

The Ascenta is usually rated well and is the least expensive Bosch dishwasher. It has good cycles, but a basic top rack and a plastic, not a stainless bottom

You do not have the same features as the rest of the Bosch line like a full stainless tub, 44 DB or less quietness, adjustable top rack, and third rack for silverware.

It's a good basic dishwasher with an excellent name. For that reason, this Bosch is popular with builders.

Features:

  • 50 Decibels
  • Delicate cycle
  • Express wash
  • Delay start
  • Stainless steel interior
  • Leak protection

Bosch Dishwasher Series Differences [VIDEO]

 


Best Dishwashers Under $600 Head to Head

Here's how these dishwashers compare to determine which is the best. I've highlighted the winner in each category (if there is a clear winner).

 
Samsung Samsung Bosch Frigidaire
Model DW80R2031US DW80N3030US SHE3AR75UC FFCD2418US
Price $379.99 $449.99 $539.99 $529.00
DBA 55 51 50 55
# of Racks 2 3 2 2
Leak Sensor Yes Yes Yes No
Flush install No No Yes No
Tub Interior Plastic Hybrid Stainless Plastic
Delicate Cycle No No Yes No
Drying Type Heating element Heating Element Condensation Heating Element
Delay Start Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Wash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Controls Internal External External External
Indicator Light Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turbidity Sensor No Yes Yes No
Brand repair rate in the first year 9.29% 9.29% 11.08% 5.71%

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The reliability stats listed below are for 2018 except for Frigidaire. Frigidaire's statistics are fror 2017 (we don't have data for 2018 as we stopped carrying the line).

All of these brands rates well considering the average service rate for dishwashers in 2018 was 13.09%.

Are These Dishwashers Reliable?

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Signature Kitchen Suite 0 17 0.00 %
Whirlpool 44 1030 4.27 %
Gaggenau 2 42 4.76 %
LG Electronics 4 78 5.13 %
Samsung 85 915 9.29 %
Maytag 3 29 10.34 %
Bosch Appliances 303 2735 11.08 %
Miele 155 1078 14.38 %
Kitchenaid 115 705 16.31 %
Thermador 123 711 17.30 %
Jenn-Air 170 908 18.72 %
Blomberg 6 28 21.43 %
Fisher & Paykel 42 175 24.00 %
Bosch - Benchmark 38 158 24.05 %
Asko 47 195 24.10 %
Amana 3 11 27.27 %
Frigidaire 10 22 45.45 %
Frigidaire Gallery 5 8 62.50 %
Electrolux 2 2 100.00 %
Frigidaire Professional 2 2 100.00 %
Grand Total 1159 8852 13.09 %

Surprisingly, all the major brands are decent on reliability. Of course, they have to be reliable since we service what we frequently sell at a loss.

Samsung, Frigidaire, and Bosch are consumer-driven. Whirlpool is builder mostly, so we do not know whether the end-users call us for service.

What Is The Best Dishwasher Under $600?

These dishwashers almost mirror each other in terms of features and decibel levels. One buying strategy is to buy on sale around holidays where you can save 10-30%. There are six times to buy an appliance on sale from the manufacturer.

The Samsung units are inexpensive and dependable, whereas Bosch has the best "name" for dishwashers. That may be useful when selling a home/project.

You should not overlook repair. Some brands are better on the repair side almost by region. So you want to ask about repair rates and service before you buy any appliance.

These models will all wash your dishes with similar cycles and levels of quietness. Your strategy is about price and service.

Read below for more detailed information about how to buy a dishwasher.

How To Buy A Dishwasher

 

Quietness

The lower the decibel rating, the quieter the dishwasher is. But when the sound goes down, price usually goes up. In this price range, you won't necessarily have a loud dishwasher, but you will hear it running.

44 DB is considered quiet. Most of these dishwashers are 50-55 decibels. You can listen to the difference by watching the video below.

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison [VIDEO]

 

Stainless Vs. Plastic Tubs

The interior of a dishwasher will either be plastic, stainless steel, or a combination of both. The benefit of a stainless-steel interior is it's nonporous. This means there is no opportunity for the odor to build up. Many of these dishwashers are steel and plastic.

Cycle Times

One common complaint about dishwashers is the amount of time a cycle takes. In the old days, a dishwasher blasted tons of hot water onto your plates, and the cycles were pretty quick. Not any longer. The machines today are designed to use less water and electricity.

The trade-off for this energy efficiency is longer cycles. The average cycle can be over 2 hours. An intense wash is closer to 3 hours.

Many machines offer a "quick wash" that is usually an hour or less, but this tends to be for smaller, easier to clean loads. And sometimes it doesn't include the drying cycle.

There is no real way around this, so grab a book or go for a jog. Remember that life is a journey and not a race. Your dishwasher is in no rush to reach the finish line.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Are The Best And Most Reliable Dishwashers For 2019?

The most reliable dishwasher brands are Samsung, Whirlpool, LG, and Bosch. However, Miele, KitchenAid, and Bosch are considered the best dishwasher brands.

2. What Dishwasher Brand Is The Best?

The best dishwasher brands depend on what's best for your needs. Bosch is the most popular brand for dishwashers and has an extensive range of features and price points.

Miele, Thermador, and Bosch are all excellent "luxury brand" choices. For less expensive but well-featured brands, Samsung, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool should be considered.

3. What Is The Quietest Dishwasher?

Many brands have quiet dishwashers. Anything under 44 DB is considered quiet. A dishwasher under 40 DB is almost noiseless.

Additional Resources

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Craig Marcotte

Craig Marcotte is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance. He has been with Yale for a year now. Before working at Yale, Craig was a corporate trainer and later spent several years managing restaurants in Boston. A New Hampshire boy at heart, you can often find Craig on a mountain or running a Spartan race when he isn’t helping customers upgrade their homes.

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