Dishwasher prices vary enormously... from less than $350 for the standard, no-frills models up to $1,500 or more for the high-end units.
So what do you get for your money at different price points?
Generally speaking, you don't get cleaner dishes by paying more. Most tests show that cheap dishwashers are quite effective at cleaning your pots and crockery.
At the lower end of the price range, you will find the American-made models for around $200 to $300. The washing performance may be fine; however these models are not known for quiet operation or much rack flexibility.
Budget dishwashers may feature some extras like a food disposal that will reduce the need for pre-rinsing and save water.
The higher you go up the price range, you will find
higher quality models with more advanced technology like electronic sensors, stainless steel interiors and more.
Lets start our price guide with these high end dishwashers ...
The brand names that you will find within this price category include Asko, Blomberg, Bosch, DCS, Electrolux, Fagor, Fisher & Paykel, GE, GE Monogram, KitchenAid, LG, Miele, Smeg, Viking and Whirlpool. For this price, you will find both built-in as well as single drawer dishwashers that are available with finishes that are black, stainless steel, white or panel ready.
The dishwashers in this price range may have 4 - 10 wash cycles, but most will only have four to six. Most models in this category have fully integrated controls, but full console and a few models with semi-integrated are available.
Only a few of these models feature a cutlery tray and most have stainless steel interior. A china/crystal setting is available on more than half of the models found within this category. Although only a few of the models in this price range feature a hard food dispenser, almost all are Energy Star rated.
The brands with dishwashers that fall into this price category include Asko, Blomberg, Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, GE, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Summit, Viking and Whirlpool. The finishes that are available include black, bisque, stainless steel, white, panel ready and slate.
You will find models with 3-9 cycles and most control styles are fully integrated or full console, but some are available with semi-integrated controls. Although most models do not have a cutlery tray, a few styles do. Most come with a stainless steel interior, many feature a china/crystal setting and almost all are Energy Star rated.
In this category, you will find portable, built-in and countertop dishwashers by Amana, Avanti, Blomberg, Bosche, Danby, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Maytag, Summit, Sunpentown and Whirlpool in practically any finish other than panel ready. Available types include built-in, countertop and portable with 3 to 7 cycles.
The brands that you will find within this category include Amana, Danby, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Maytag, Sunpentown, and Whirlpool. The available styles are built-in and countertop with 1 to 6 cycles.
Most of these
budget dishwashers do not have a cutlery tray,
stainless steel interior or china/crystal setting, but you may be able to find
a few models that do. Dishwashers in this category are often small, and some are not so quiet. We recommend you check user reviews carefully regarding noise and reliability if you are keen to buy a dishwasher at the low-end of the price range.