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Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 11, 2019  |  8 Min. Read

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Dishwashers have changed over the years. You have probably looked into quietness especially if your living room or dining room is close to your kitchen.

There are newer features to consider like:

  • Concentrated wash sprays for baked on dishes or bottles
  • Third racks for silverware
  • Better drying

The brands have changed as well. You should now consider LG, GE, and Samsung along with KitchenAid, Miele, and Bosch.

You also do not have to spend a ton of money for a quiet, stainless steel dishwasher with good features anymore.

There are, however, more options to consider.

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In this article, you will learn about the differences between plastic and stainless steel dishwasher tubs. Then we will compare American vs. European style dishwashers as well as some newer features worth considering.

I will also show you our reliability data based on 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year.

Then you will see the best dishwashers to consider out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of models available.

Plastic vs. Stainless Tubs

Most of the better dishwashers have stainless tubs whereas the less featured are plastic.

They both hold water, but stainless steel is non-porous and won't retain odors and germs like other surfaces.

Typically plastic tub dishwashers have been much cheaper to buy, but stainless is only $50-75 more lately.

Frigidaire, GE, Samsung, Whirlpool, and Maytag are the only plastic tub manufacturers. Most brands are selling more stainless steel tubs than plastic now.

All of the models we are introducing in this article have stainless steel tubs except for one.

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American vs. European

Dishwashers are split between American style models (like Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung, and KitchenAid) and European style models (Bosch, Asko, and Miele).

The American style has a grinder on the bottom to handle any leftovers whereas the European style has a removable filter.

European models tend to be quieter. They will also be flush with your cabinet, so they look better with a custom panel.

American companies still have a heating element for better drying results in most cases.

Quietness

You probably want a quiet dishwasher. However, at a certain level, decibel (a measure of sound) differences are not detectable.

Any dishwasher at 42-44 DBs is quiet enough. You should not pay for just quietness as a feature below 44 DBs.

Hear a 55 dB and 44 dB Dishwasher Head-to-Head

 
 
 
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13 Best Dishwasher Deals for 2019 

Our 13 best dishwashers are chosen based on our own reliability statistics, features, and efficiency.

Our reliability statistics are based on 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year.

Most Reliable Reliable Dishwashers for 2019

  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 %

Miele, Bosch, LG, and Samsung are statistically the most reliable. Whirlpool is basic and sold mostly to builders.

However, with a 10-15% repair rate within the first year, you most likely will need service within 5 years.  

You should be mindful of who fixes appliances in your area.

Plastic Tub Dishwashers

Samsung DW80M2020US - $399

Samsung-DW80M2020US-DishwasherFeatures: 

  • Stainless Steel Door - Durable and hygienic
  • Adjustable Rack - Easy to fit various dishware
  • Digital Leak Sensor
  • Advanced Wash System
  • 14 Place Settings
  • 55 dBA

Samsung has a stylish dishwasher with an adjustable top rack as well as leak detection sensors. This brand is actually one of the most reliable dishwashers sold.

At 55 DBs, it's not quiet. In fact, Samsung is a good consideration for a lower priced dishwasher for builders or first-time homeowners.

 

Stainless Steel Tub Dishwashers

Samsung DW80J3020UW - $499

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Compared to the Samsung DW80M2020US (above), this model adds a stainless steel tank and is 5 dB quieter at 50 db. It also adds a hard food disposer, which can mash small food particles (most dishwashers now have filters.)

Features:

  • Durable Stainless Steel Tub
  • Hard Food Disposer
  • Hidden Heat Element
  • Dishwashing Performance at 50 dBA
  • 15 Place Settings
  • Adjustable Racking System

This has a good feature package with stainless steel inside, and a disposer for a reasonable amount of money.

Samsung DW80K7050US - $649

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Features:

  • 15 Place Setting Capacity
  • Adjustable Upper Rack
  • Cutlery Rack
  • StormWash System
  • FlexLoad Racking System
  • Autorelease Door
  • Digital Leak Sensor
  • 44 dBA Sound Level
  • Energy Star Rated

Great dishwasher for the money. It's very quiet at 44 dBs and has a 3rd rack for silverware.

Their "Storm Wash" is essentially a few areas of concentrated spray jets for dishes with baked on food.

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Bosch SHS863WD5N - $769 

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Features:

  • Made in North Carolina 
  • 4 Wash cycles, 5 options, button controls 
  • 44 dBA
  • Stainless Steel Tub 
  • Aqua Stop Plus Leak Protection System 
  • Info Light – tells you that the dishwasher is running 
  • Silverware Basket 
  • 15 place settings 

One of the best-selling dishwashers at Yale and nationally. This model has all the necessary cycles, 3 adjustable racks, a third rack, and is incredibly quiet at 44 dBs. 

 
 
 
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Miele G4228SCUSS - $999

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Features:

  • Double Waterproof System
  • CleanAir™ Drying
  • 5 Wash Cycles
  • AutoSensor Technology
  • Silence Rating of 46 dBA
  • 16 Place Setting Capacity
  • SaniWash
  • ENERGY STAR®

Miele is one of the most reliable dishwasher brands. This dishwasher features the best drying capabilities.

Air is directed to the side of the dishwasher so the hot air in the dishwasher is attracted to the cooler side and then dissipated.

Bosch SHP865YP5N - $999 

Bosch SHP865YP5N

Features:

  • Made in North Carolina
  • 6 wash cycles, 5 options, touch controls
  • 42 dBA
  • Stainless Steel Tub
  • Aqua Stop Plus Leak Protection System
  • Five-Level wash
  • Info Light – tells you that the dishwasher is running
  • Silverware Basket and adjustable top rack for cutlery
  • 16 place settings
  • + Ball bearing wheels
  • + 2 folding tines at the rear for added flexibility
  • + FlexSpace Plus (both sets of tines fold down in front right section)
  • + Lower Rack Handle with metal inlay
  • + Rack stop to keep the rack from pulling completely out of the dishwasher.

It's one of our top-selling dishwashers because it can blend seamlessly into any kitchen. Bosch recently omitted a visible badge from the front of their dishwasher.

The recessed handle, hidden controls, and flush installation are all great design elements. This dishwasher also offers a few high-end features for the price such as a 3rd cutlery tray, tall item holder, and a half-load cycle.

This new Bosch dishwasher has better ball bearing racks, and a rack stop to prevent the rack being pulled out of the dishwasher.

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - $1,079

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Features:

  • ProWash(TM) Cycle
  • Durable Stainless Steel Construction
  • Heat Dry Option
  • Fold-Down Tines in the Lower Rack
  • SatinGlide(R) Max Upper Rack
  • Fold-Down Shelf with Stemware Holders
  • 4-Hour Delay Option
  • Filter-Based Wash System
  • Sani Rinse(R) Option
  • 39 DBS

The KDTE334DSS has every cycle including their ProWash or extended wash with soil sensing capabilities, light/china for your better stemware along with normal and shorter express washes.

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KitchenAid ProWash

You also have a ton of options like heated or air drying and a Sani Rinse cycle. The Sani Rinse cycle is a high-temperature wash for better removal of baked-on food.  

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Kitchenaid Sani Rinse

There is also a third rack for silverware.

At 39 DBs, it's almost noiseless as well.  

Bosch SHXM98W75N - $1,129 

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Features: 

  • 6 Wash Cycles/6 Options/ Touch Controls
  • 39 dBA Silence Rating
  • Stainless Steel Tub
  • AquaStop Leak Protection
  • 30 Minute Express Cycle
  • 5-level Wash
  • Info Light - tells you that the dishwasher is running
  • Silverware Basket 
  • Adjustable Top Rack for Cutlery
  • 16 Place Setting

If you want to buy a great dishwasher with high-end features but aren't looking to break the bank, this is the right dishwasher for you.

The SHX98  is one of the most feature-loaded dishwashers in the industry for a great price. It has almost every cycle available and an absolutely noiseless 39-decibel rating.

 

GE Profile PDT825SSSJ - $1,129

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Features:

  • Deep Clean silverware jets
  • Bottle Jets
  • Wash zones
  • Advanced wash system with more than 140 cleaning jets
  • Easy touch adjustable upper rack with 2 Stem Safe shelves
  • Full extension smooth glide upper rack with fold-down tines
  • Hidden vent with fan dry
  • Reversing quad blade wash arm

The GE Profile has a good wash and dry system. It still has the disposer on the bottom, so it's only 45 DBs and not very quiet.  

However, it has a number of cycles. The silverware and bottles have their own concentrated wash jets.

GE bottle jets

GE Bottle Jets

Miele G6625SCU - $1,799

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Features:

  • Quick Intense Wash
  • AutoSensor Technology
  • Water Softener
  • ExtraComfort Basket
  • China & Crystal Cycle
  • Silence Rating of 45 dBA
  • 16 Place Setting Capacity
  • ENERGY STAR®

Miele's best selling dishwasher.

It is quieter, with better fold down racks and overall adjustability. You can remove almost all the tines in the bottom to fit any odd dish.

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Miele Adjustable Rack

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Miele Adjustable Rack

Along with their drying system, the door pops open to speed drying at the end of the cycle as well.  

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Thermador Star Sapphire - $2,799

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Features:

  • StarDry - The most exceptional drying power in the world. Introducing Thermador's Zeolite technology, reducing the need to towel dry items. No other dishwasher dries better.
  • Star Speed is a full hot water wash cycle in just 20 minutes
  • Star Glow illuminates your dishware in 6 sparkling levels of blue or white light, while providing the option of any interior light color through the Connected Experience

And now for something totally different. Thermador uses a mineral from volcanic ash called Zeolite.  

It absorbs moisture and emits heat for a 20-minute wash and dry cycle.

However, it's $2,799, so it should excel in washing your dishes. If you buy the Thermador range, you can apply a $1,400 credit for this dishwasher. 

The New Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher

 

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Best Dishwashers for a Panel

In this one case, I would recommend a European model exclusively. The dishwasher will not protrude. Best of all, it will look like a cabinet. 

American manufacturers will stick out and look like...a dishwasher rather than the intended cabinet front look.

Bosch and Miele have a few models that can be paneled. Here are two of the most popular.

Bosch SHVM98W73N - $1,249

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Features: 

  • 40 dBA- Quietest Dishwasher Brand.
  • The MyWay Rack gives you the industry's largest 3rd rack loading capacity.
  • FlexSpace Tines fold back to fit your larger pots & pans.
  • RackMatic(R) on Upper Rack - 3 Height Adjustments and Up to 9 Possible Rack Positions
  • AquaStop(R) Leak Protection Works 24/7
  • Full Size Stainless Steel Tall Tub Installs Perfectly Flush
  • 16 Place Setting Capacity
  • LED Remaining Time Display
  • 6 Programs and 6 options
  • Detergent Tray Optimizes Detergent Dissolving
  • Speed60(R) gets your dishes from dirty to dry in about an hour.

Miele G678SCVI - $2,199

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Features:

  • 3D+ Cutlery Tray
  • Miele@Mobile
  • BrilliantLight
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • Water Softener
  • 16 Place Settings
  • Silence Rating of 42 dBA
  • ENERGY STAR®

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Best Dishwasher for Black Steel

I don’t recommend Black Stainless for most people. It’s an oxide coating on top of stainless. 

You can scratch Black Stainless Steel, and it will show the shinier stainless underneath. There is also no remedy or an easy fix. 

However, you probably will not replace every Black Steel appliance at once. Samsung and Bosch have the most scratch-resistant Black Steel.

Best Dishwasher would be the Samsung DW80K7050UG.

Samsung DW80K7050UG - $699

DW80K7050UGFeatures:

  • 15 Place Setting Capacity
  • Adjustable Upper Rack
  • Cutlery Rack
  • StormWash System
  • FlexLoad Racking System
  • Autorelease Door
  • Digital Leak Sensor
  • 44 dBA Sound Level
  • Energy Star Rated

Best Dishwashers for Cleaning Bottles

Both GE and KitchenAid have concentrated sprays just to remove that gunk from your baby’s bottle (I have a baby. I understand). Or maybe its the protein powder from the bottom of your sport bottle.

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GE Bottle Jets Spray Arm

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KitchenAid Bottle Wash Spray Arm

Best Dishwashers for Silverware

Miele’s third rack ensures each piece of your fine silverware is held in snugly and won’t scratch. The wash arm is over the tray for better cleaning.

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Miele 3rd Rack

GE has concentrated jets under their basket.

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GE Silverware Basket

Best Dishwashers for Drying

Thermador works at 20 minutes for wash and dry. Then again at $2799, it should.

Miele draws in outside air, so moisture is dissipated. Certain Miele and Samsung will pop open at the end of the cycle to speed the drying process.

American brands like GE will have an element to add heat and speed drying.

Best Dishwashers For Tough to Clean Dishes

If you bake foods on in casseroles, there are dishwashers to help clean the hardened food off your plates.

Samsung has the Storm Wash concentrated cycle. KitchenAid has the ProWash for more intense pressure on your dishes.

KitchenAid-ProWash

KitchenAid ProWash

Best Time to Buy a Dishwasher

Memorial Day along with Black Friday, Labor Day, and Presidents’ Day is one of the best times to consider an appliance due to manufacturer incentives.   

That is true of most appliances, electronics, and cars. Look for promotional holidays for the best rebates. 

In the past it was 10-35%, they won’t be as good in 2019 due to tariffs and increasing steel costs.

How to Buy a Dishwasher

In terms of reliability, it is Miele, Bosch, and Samsung.

There is a reason to buy any of these dishwashers from $399-2799. Quietness after 44 DBs is not a feature worth paying more.

The most popular dishwashers are the Bosch, Samsung, KitchenAid, and Miele at the middle prices of 769-1100. They have decent features and racks.

Samsung is good even at $399. But their “Storm Wash” model has premium features in their wash and dry cycles for $649.

Miele is also a great dishwasher. Traditionally, they have been the most reliable. Their drying and rack flexibility are the best in the industry.

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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.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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