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Dishwashers Buying Guide

Today's dishwashers offer a variety of wash cycles and loading options, so you can easily find a model that suits your family size and entertaining needs. Plus, new models are quieter and more energy-efficient than ever. Take a look at this buying guide to find out about the various types of dishwashers available and the features to consider when comparing models.

Types of Dishwashers

Types of Dishwashers

The 24-inch undercounter dishwasher is the most popular type -- and with good reason. You can find models at a range of price points and with a host of features and special wash cycles. Dishwasher drawers have also become popular in recent years and provide the flexibility of choosing between small or large loads. If you're short on space or don't own your home, a variety of other options can allow you to enjoy the convenience of a dishwasher without remodeling or expanding your kitchen.

Built-In Dishwashers

These conventional dishwashers are usually 24 inches wide and fit under the countertop. They need to be attached to a hot-water pipe, drain, and electrical line. They offer the most choices in terms of features and finishes. Cabinet panels can be added to the front of these dishwashers to integrate them with surrounding cabinetry.

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Sunpentown
$424.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! This built-in 8 place setting dishwasher is a great addition to any home. At 18 inches ...wide, this unit takes up minimal space and a great replacement for older appliances. Features 2 pull out dish racks, 6 wash programs and time delay feature. Color: White. read more

Bosch
$764.00

Bosch dishwasher SHV53T53UC offers ultra-quiet operation at 46 decibels, while offering 4 wash cycles and 4 options, which fit any... household needs. The deeper tub and rack design holds 15 place settings while keeping the installation flush with your... read more

GE
$779.00 $701.00

Low-profile installation capable dishwasher design allows for simple operation and easy access. White racks durable racks are desi...gned to resist rust and secure dishes. Full-length flat door fits nearly flush with cabinetry for a seamless look. Removable upper rack pulls out completely to allow for washing large items. read more

FRIGIDAIRE HOME PRODUCTS
$219.00

The Frigidaire FBD2400KW 24 In. Built-In Dishwasher in white conveniently holds up to 12 full place settings, despite its fairly m...inimal profile, because of its internal tall tub design, which maximizes internal space. It comes with numerous settings,... read more

Drawer Dishwashers

Typically these units consist of two drawers stacked vertically. You can use just one drawer or run both drawers simultaneously. They are a good choice if you often have small loads of dishes, or if you entertain often and are looking for a second dishwasher. The drawer-style unit reduces the need for bending over when loading and unloading the dishwasher.

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Fisher & Paykel
$649.00

47. 5 dBA means this dishwasher works at a sound level similar to rainfall so it wont interrupt your kitchen chats. Adjustable bow...l rack for large pasta dishes and lower rack fold-down tines for accommodating extra-large items. 9 cycles for all your dishwashing needs. 7 place setting capacity. Hidden electronic control panel with control lock offers the perfect harmony of style and convenience while discouraging unwanted changes. 12-hour delay wash option allows you to set a wash time in advance. Variable water pressure provides tough scrubbing for stubborn food and gentle washes for delicate dishes. read more

Fisher & Paykel
$709.00

The tall drawer allows you to fit up to 13 plates with ease. 9 cycles for every washing need. Superior washing performance incorpo...rates the worlds first flow-through detergent dispenser. read more

Fisher & Paykel
$1,399.00

The tall drawer allows you to fit up to 13 plates with ease. 9 cycles for every washing need. Superior washing performance incorpo...rates the worlds first flow-through detergent dispenser. read more

Fisher & Paykel
$1,087.88

The tall drawer allows you to fit up to 13 plates with ease. 9 cycles for every washing need. Superior washing performance incorpo...rates the worlds first flow-through detergent dispenser. read more

Countertop Dishwashers

These dishwashers sit on the countertop and need to be hooked up to the sink faucet before use. These units are a good choice if you live in an apartment and can't remodel your kitchen. They work well for single homeowners or a couple but aren't big enough for a family.

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Sunpentown
$250.99 $239.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24in, this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry.... read more

Sunpentown
$239.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24in, this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry.... read more

Sunpentown
$276.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24", this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry. Spacious cavity loads up to six standard place settings. Features automatic detergent and rinse-aid dispenser. Quick connect to most kitchen faucets eliminates the need for direct plumbing or permanent installation . Color: White. read more

Sunpentown
$250.99 $239.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24", this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry. Spacious cavity loads up to six standard place settings. Features automatic detergent and rinse-aid dispenser. Quick connect to most kitchen faucets eliminates the need for direct plumbing or permanent installation . Color: White. read more

Portable Dishwashers

These dishwashers are equipped with wheels and can be rolled out of the way when not in use. Most are 18 or 24 inches wide. The smaller units are easier to move around and to store, but their capacity is less. This type of dishwasher is a good choice if you can't install a built-in model, but it has fewer features.

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Frigidaire
$629.00

Need a dishwasher, but tight on space? This 18 in. Frigidaire portable dishwasher is ideal for smaller spaces. It combines all the... style and features of its larger counterparts, but with space saving and portability in mind. Color: White. read more

Sunpentown
$235.95

Enjoy the effective cleaning power of the Sunpentown SD-2201S countertop dishwasher, which holds up to 6 place settings.

Sunpentown
$239.63

Don't have room for a full-size dishwasher? The Sunpentown SD-2201W portable dishwasher is a great resource. It fits neatly on the... countertop! read more

Frigidaire
$699.00 $664.00

Energy saver offers no heat dry option. Stainless-steel interior for maximum durability. Delay start - set your dishwasher to run ...on your schedule. SpaceWise silverware basket - theres a place for all of your silverware in our multi-compartment removable basket. Easy-to-use cleaning cycle options. Easily select options with the touch of a button. For a truly gentle cleaning action the chinacrystal cycle reduces wash pressure by 30 for a thorough cleaning of your most delicate stemware. read more

Slim-Line or Compact Dishwashers

These models work just like standard built-in dishwashers, but they are only 18 inches wide. They're a good option if you have a very small kitchen and lack room for a traditional 24-inch-wide unit.

Product Features

Product Features

As you're comparing dishwashers, look for features that maximize flexibility and allow you to easily fit in everyday dinner plates, as well as serving platters and pots and pans. Special wash features offer an array of cycles; look for cycle options that suit your daily cleaning needs. For greater convenience and energy savings, look for models with sensors that automatically adjust cleaning times based on the soil level in the water. As you're shopping, also take a look at the various designs of control panels; higher-price models hide or minimize controls for a streamlined look.

Adjustable Racks

For maximum flexibility, look for racks that can be raised and lowered, as well as adjustable tines and silverware and stemware holders that can be reconfigured as needed.

Soil Sensor

This sensor checks the water at every phase of rinsing and washing, and it adjusts the cycle time and water use accordingly, saving time and energy.

Filters

Filters keep the water free of food that might otherwise be redeposited on dishes. Most filters are self-cleaning and feature a grinder that pulverizes food debris and flushes it down the drain. Filters without a grinder are less noisy, but they need to be manually cleaned periodically.

Special Wash Cycles

Even budget-friendly dishwashers usually come with at least three cycles -- light, normal, and heavy -- but many models offer a variety of other cycles to enhance convenience. For example, you'll find special settings for heavily soiled pots and pans, delicate china and crystal, and sanitizing.

Rinse/Hold Cycle

If you don't have enough dirty dishes to run the dishwasher every day, this feature can be helpful. It allows you to rinse the dishes before you have a full load, which reduces odors and prevents soil from setting.

Delayed Start

This feature allows you to delay the start of the cycle so the dishwasher runs at night or when electricity rates are lower. You can generally choose between preset times, from one hour up to 12 hours.

Time-Remaining Indicator

This feature tells you how much time is remaining in the cycle, a useful tool if you need to determine whether you have time to run a load before leaving the house or going to bed.

Hidden Controls

Some dishwashers place the control panel on the top of the door; when these models are fitted with a cabinet front, they almost completely blend in with surrounding cabinetry. Keep in mind, however, that when controls are hidden, you won't be able to see at a glance if the machine is running or how long is left in the cycle. (Front-facing but discreet controls might be a good compromise for this reason.)

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GE
$799.00 $604.00

GE appliances provide up-to-date technology and exceptional quality to simplify the way you live. With a timeless appearance, this... family of appliances is ideal for your family. And, coming from one of the most trusted names in America, you know that... read more

Samsung
$999.00 $752.00

This Top Control Dishwasher offers a host of premium features to simplify your cleaning needs. Samsung's WaterWall Technology clea...ns every item in the dishwasher with unprecedented power and range, while Zone Boost offers the flexibility to wash every... read more

GE
$749.00 $689.00

GE appliances provide up-to-date technology and exceptional quality to simplify the way you live. With a timeless appearance, this... family of appliances is ideal for your family. And coming from one of the most trusted names in America, you know that... read more

GE
$719.00

GE appliances provide up-to-date technology and exceptional quality to simplify the way you live. With a timeless appearance, this... family of appliances is ideal for your family. And, coming from one of the most trusted names in America, you know that... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Once you know which type of dishwasher you need, you can carefully look at the differences between specific models. Two of the biggest factors to consider when shopping for a new dishwasher are noise level and energy efficiency. Be sure to also look at size and capacity to ensure the dishwasher is a good fit for your household and entertaining needs. Think about whether you want the dishwasher to match other appliances or blend in with surrounding cabinetry.

Size/Capacity

If you have the space for a 24-inch built-in dishwasher, that's likely your best option. This type offers the widest selection of convenient features and special cycles. But you'll also need to consider capacity to determine whether the dishwasher will fit all of the dishes and pots and pans that you wash regularly. Manufacturers will tell you how many place settings can fit into a specific model, so before you go shopping, take time to figure out what your average load contains. When shopping, don't be afraid to bring a couple of (clean) plates, pans, or baking sheets with you to make sure they fit. If you have a large family, look for dishwashers with tall tubs; these models increase capacity without making the dishwasher bigger.

Finish

Dishwashers are commonly found in white, black, and stainless-steel finishes. Many models also allow you to install a cabinet panel on the front to integrate the appliance with surrounding cabinetry.

Noise Level

With more kitchens now serving as the entertaining center of the house, quiet dishwashers are more important than ever. As you're shopping, compare decibel levels of various models; the smaller the number, the quieter the dishwasher will be. Plan to pay more for a really quiet model, though even mid-price models are much quieter than older dishwashers. The quietest dishwashers feature extra insulation, vibration absorbers, sound-absorbing washtubs, and low-noise pumps. If the dishwashers are installed in the store, ask to do a test run so you can get a good sense of the noise level.

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient models reduce both water and electricity usage. This can add up to big savings over the 9-12 year life of a typical dishwasher and will likely be worth the extra cost up front. Look for Energy Star-qualified models, which must meet strict federal energy standards. Keep in mind, though, that more efficient models tend to have longer cycles, as they stretch less heated water over longer periods to get dishes clean.

Durability

Many dishwashers have plastic interiors, or tubs. These are strong and durable and usually last longer than the life of the dishwasher. For even greater durability, look for models with stainless-steel tubs, which resist stains better than plastic tubs. As an added benefit, models with stainless-steel tubs also tend to be more energy-efficient during drying cycles and quieter overall. They are usually pricey, however. Some dishwashers feature a gray-speckled plastic tub, which offers some additional stain-resistance but is more affordable than stainless steel.

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Sunpentown
$250.99 $239.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24", this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry. Spacious cavity loads up to six standard place settings. Features automatic detergent and rinse-aid dispenser. Quick connect to most kitchen faucets eliminates the need for direct plumbing or permanent installation . Color: White. read more

Sunpentown
$271.99 $249.99

Find Dishwashers And Dryers at Target.com! Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size p...ower in a compact design. With a height of only 17.24", this unit will fit between most countertop and cabinetry. Spacious cavity loads up to six standard place settings. Features easy controls, durable stainless steel interior and delay start. Quick connect to any kitchen faucet eliminates the need for direct plumbing or permanent installation . Features and Functions - Durable stainless steel interior - Up to 8 hours delay start - 6 wash cycles (heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, soak) - Dish rack and silverware basket - Up to 6... Color: Silver. read more

Frigidaire
$699.00 $664.00

Energy saver offers no heat dry option. Stainless-steel interior for maximum durability. Delay start - set your dishwasher to run ...on your schedule. SpaceWise silverware basket - theres a place for all of your silverware in our multi-compartment removable basket. Easy-to-use cleaning cycle options. Easily select options with the touch of a button. For a truly gentle cleaning action the chinacrystal cycle reduces wash pressure by 30 for a thorough cleaning of your most delicate stemware. read more

GE
$599.00 $539.00

5-level wash system - precision water jets and hot temperatures power away tough food stains. Woodgrain laminate top - creates a d...urable attractive surface. Two-stage filtration with Extra Fine filter - extra filtration keeps water clean. Piranha hard food disposer - grinds food into small particles that are washed away. Pots and pans cycle - removes difficult soils from cookware. Up to 12-place setting capacity racking - provides flexibility to wash a variety of dishes at once. 64 dBA - motor runs quietly to keep kitchen peaceful. read more

KitchenAid
$1,099.00 $989.00

A revolutionary ultra-fine filter with an exclusive advanced technology pump that continuously removes food particles from the was...h water. ProScrub option helps eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing with 40 targeted spray jets that help remove stubborn messes like seared or baked-on foods. ProDry option delivers the best drying with the addition of a fan that optimizes the performance of the recessed heating element. ProWash cycle determines the appropriate cycle for washing dishes and makes real-time adjustments for the best cleaning performance. Concealed controls are located on top of the dishwasher door giving the front of the dishwasher clean uninterrupted lines that helps you match other stainless steel appliances. SatinGlide Max upper rack creates a smooth premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack particularly with heavy loads. Sliding tines in the lower rack allow you to adjust the space between rows of tines to fit a variety of deep or narrow dishes. Fold-down shelf with stemware holders provides extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups wine glasses or long items such as utensils and spatulas. read more

Bosch
$499.00 $449.00

50 dBA means this dishwasher is the sound level of a normal conversation so it wont interrupt your kitchen chats. Adjustable upper... rack and fold-down tines on the upper and lower racks to accommodate extra-large and odd-shaped items. ENERGY STAR qualified products help you save money on utility bills without sacrificing performance style or comfort. 6 wash cycles including express wash for a faster clean. Tall tub design with 14 place setting capacity makes fitting extra-large and odd-shaped items a cinch. Fully visible electronic control panel for easy cycle selection and control lock to discourage unwanted changes. NSF certified sanitization cycle delivers a high-temperature rinse to help fight bacteria. EcoSense adapts water usage based on the depth of dish dirtiness to reduce consumption while maintaining the most effective wash per load. read more

LG
$999.00 $949.00

Steam wash dont pre-wash - powerful yet gentle TrueSteam virtually eliminates the need to pre-wash with the built-in TrueSteam gen...erator enabling gentle cleaning for fragile items and can also be used for heavy-duty cleaning like pots an. Conveniently smart - with LG Auto Cycle you have one less thing to think about- this feature automatically senses the soil levelt on your dishes and sets the wash cycle so your dishes get optimal cleaning every time. EasyRack plus system - features a height-adjustable upper rack as well as easy to understand color-coded adjustable tines in the upper and lower rack to accommodate a variety of dishes and cookware up to 14 inches tall. Dual control cycle - the dual control cycle allows you to adjust the spray intensity soft medium strong independently in the upper and lower racks allowing you to customize the wash for any load you throw at it. NSF certified extra hot option - delivers a high-temperature rinse to help ensure hygienic results while the extra dry option provides an additional 60 minutes of drying for table-ready dishes glassware and more. Delay-Start optionLets you set the dishwasher up to 19-hours later to start running while youre working sleeping or running errands. Vario spray system - alternates water spray between the upper and lower racks for concentrated cleaning power while the hybrid condensing drying system dries dishes without using a heating element to reduce energy and be gentler on your dishes. LoDecibel quiet operation along with an inverter-controlled slim direct motor runs at just 44 dB so your kitchen conversations can carry on uninterrupted. SmoothTouch controls offer a sleek look for easy cleaning and easy operation with the digital display providing an easy-to-read design. read more

GE
$799.00 $719.00

48 dBA means this dishwasher works at a sound level similar to rainfall so your kitchen conversations can carry on uninterrupted. ...Adjustable upper rack for fitting extra tall items and fold-down tines on the lower rack accommodate larger and more odd-shaped items. ENERGY STAR qualified products help you save money on utility bills without sacrificing performance style or comfort. 4 cycles and 10 options including Steam PreWash for taking on stubborn stuck-on food particles before the main cycle. Spacious tall tub design with 16 place setting capacity makes fitting extra-large and odd-shaped items a cinch. Hidden electronic control panel with control lock discourages unwanted changes. NSF certified sanitization cycle delivers a high-temperature rinse to help fight bacteria. Dedicated silverware jets deliver a concentrated spray to utensils that reduces the need for rewashing. read more

Frigidaire
$279.00 $249.00

60 dBA means this dishwasher is the sound level of a normal conversation so it wont interrupt your kitchen chats. Removable upper ...rack and SpaceWise multi-compartment silverware basket make loading and unloading your dishes and utensils a breeze. No heat dry option helps save energy without affecting performance. 3 standard wash cycles for all your dishwashing needs. Fits-More capacity with a tall tub design fits up to 14 place settings accommodating larger items and reducing loads. Control panel features Ready-Select controls for convenient cycle selection and a control lock to prevent unwanted changes. High-temperature wash is perfect for baby bottles glassware and other dishes that require a more intense clean. Delay wash up to 6 hours allows you start the cycle at the most convenient time. An optional Lowe 8217 Protection Plan starts the day of purchase and provides up to 5 years of coverage even after a manufacturer 8217 warranty expires It feels good knowing that if you need repairs your parts and labor are covered. read more

GE
$849.00 $806.00

64 dBA means it is the sound level of a normal conversation so it wont interrupt your kitchen chats. Spacemaker upper rack and the... deluxe silverware basket accommodate utensils and dishware. 5 cycles and a variety of options including and quick rinse for a faster clean and heated dry for shelf-ready results in less time. 12 place setting capacity allows you to fit more dishes in fewer loads. Electronic control panel for easy cycle selection. Piranha hard food disposer pulverizes food particles to prevent clogging and ensure consistently clean dishes. HotStart option provides optimal water temperature for dependable performance. 4-level Powerscrub wash system delivers a thorough clean. Extrafine filter with 2-stage filtration keeps water clean ensuring shelf-ready results. read more

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