Dishwashers are a must-have application for a busy household. And that must-have rating jumps higher the more people that live in that house. Not only do dishwashers save you a lot of time and busywork that would be spent on scrubbing plate after plate and mug after mug, they are also better at the cleaning part and use much less water while doing their thing. Really, the only downside one might encounter with dishwashers is the increased power bill, and the fact that some of the dinnerware they already own might not be compatible with dishwashers.
What to Know When Buying a Dishwasher?
As with any household purchase, especially one pertaining to an appliance that will ease your workload by taking the brunt of some of the chores around the house, one needs to carefully consider a lot of factors before jumping the gun and spending money on a new appliance. These factors are mostly decisions you make after analyzing your needs and the types of features different models on the market come with.
So, what should you be considering when shopping for a new dishwasher? First thing you should be looking at is how big your kitchen is, and how many people live in your house. Depending on those two factors, you will then have to decide the size and capacity, as well as the type of dishwasher you go for. For example, if you are a small family or just a couple, a compact 18-inch or similar dishwasher will do just fine. This smaller variant can also be a countertop variant if you are merely renting an apartment. However, if you are a larger family, a standard 24-inch dishwasher (or even larger if you want) would be a better choice. And if your place of residence is long-term or permanent, a built-in or drawer variant might be better suited to your needs.
Other factors worth considering include how energy efficient a dishwasher is, and what sorts of washing cycles it boasts. Having multiple washing cycle options comes in handy because you can then finetune each cycle whenever you use the dishwasher. You can go for light or heavy washes, as well as economical washes that make use of air drying to cut down on power costs. Another feature some dishwashers include is the ability to rinse off food residue in the initial washing cycle and getting rid of it to prevent it from contacting your dishes in later cycles. These features, including more racks or stainless-steel interiors, obviously cost more, and thus require careful consideration on your part on whether they are worth the extra money or not.
To start off the list we’ll go with Farberware’s compact little offering for smaller kitchens and / or families. This particular dishwasher is extremely small when compared to other offerings on the market; measuring in at just around 17 inches in diameter. The inside is designed to hold dishes as large as 12 inches, so it shouldn’t give you too much trouble with most of your dinnerware.
One of the most attractive features of this dishwasher is that it goes above and beyond to be a quality offering when it comes to portability. This dishwasher has a built-in tank that you can fill up with water before heading out, thus negating the hassle of finding a water source while outdoors. The unit itself is quite the looker, with a sleek front that has a small, integrated window, and a minimalistic and elegantly designed control menu, all made in a beautiful black and white design. And don’t let its size fool you; it features five different wash settings, and is just as effective at its job as its larger brethren.
Another Farberware product, this dishwasher unit is slightly larger than the previous listing at around almost 22 inches. It has a very different look; featuring no windows and a very stylish black bar at the top amidst all the silver finish that houses the control menu. The power button is just below this bar, and sits in very nicely with the rest of the unit’s body with its own silvery tone.
This dishwasher can accommodate dinnerware up to 10 inches in diameter, and also comes with foldable rack shelves and its own separate cutlery basket. It also boasts 7 different washing modes to fulfill you every dishwasher-related need, and also has child lock options to prevent the young ones from tampering with the unit.
This dishwasher is another almost 22-inch model, and boasts a very sleek design that is only enhanced by the manufacturer’s decision to color the LED screen blue instead of just white. A deep black colored “window” of sorts amidst the white body of the unit, coupled with the curved stainless-steel handle for the pull-down “window” door make for a very aesthetically pleasing addition to your kitchen. The unit itself comes with a capacity of handling dinnerware measuring up to 10 inches, 7 washing modes, child lock controls, and a low power consumption rating.
Though this dishwasher measures only at 18 inches, almost four inches smaller than the previous entries and just an inch larger than our smallest entry, it is not in fact a portable unit. This dishwasher is the “built-in” variant, and can be slotted into place in your kitchen amongst the cupboards and the drawers for a very space-efficient and elegantly sleek way to fit into your kitchen.
The look of the dishwasher might not be as sleek as the other entries prior, but the relatively unnoticeable way it fits into your kitchen in the background, as well as the low operation noise it boasts, it is a very solid choice for smaller kitchens. It also features 6 wash modes, and also has been certified for low power consumption. The stainless-steel interior tub is also surprisingly spacious, allowing for much bigger wash loads than the size of the unit may make it seem like.
This offering from Danby is a slightly larger one than their previous entry, measuring in at around 21 inches. When it comes to looks, it looks more like a mini fridge than any other entry listed prior to it, with an almost all-white look and even a display wheel that resembles a snowflake. As for its dishwashing capabilities, it features 6 different wash settings and has quite a roomy interior. It also boasts a low power consumption certification, and the quite operating noise level of its previously listed Danby counterpart.
Much like the Danby dishwasher above, SPT’s dishwasher is also an almost-white countertop boxy unit that resembles a mini fridge. Though the jet-black control menu is slightly more elegant. This dishwasher features 6 washing mode settings and measures around just shy of 22 inches. It can also accommodate dinnerware slightly larger than 10 inches in diameter.
Another Farberware product, and just as portable as its previously listed counterparts. 17 inches in measurement, this dishwasher can hold dinnerware up to 12 inches in diameter and comes with three built-in washing modes for satisfactory operation no matter where it is used. It is also very quiet when doing its thing, and has an inbuilt water tank for outdoor use where a water source is not available. And of course, the included cutlery rack makes for a nice bonus amidst the quite generous interior capacity of the dishwasher.
Another very portable unit from a new name; NOVETE gives you a dishwasher measuring only 18 inches at its widest and with a slightly angled door with a see-through window. The other angled strip at the top houses the control menu, and overall gives the whole unit a very elegant look.
This dishwasher also comes built-in with a water tank for operation in the absence of a source of water, and features five different wash cycle modes for your convenience. Most impressively of all, this dishwasher features the quickest “Speed Mode” wash cycle of any of the listed dishwashers so far; completing its job in a record-breaking 29 minutes.
Measuring just a bit more than 17 inches, the HISSUN dishwasher is a cute little addition to your kitchen. Its small embedded window with the very simple touch menu HISSUN promotes as a “humanized button design” and its very minimalistic look for the rest of its body make for a dishwasher that wastes no time in identifying its main purpose to anyone that enters your kitchen. It can hold dinnerware up to 12 inches in diameter and has 5 different wash modes built into it. It also appears to be the only dishwasher on the list that has a dedicated chopsticks box, if something so specific is what you happen to be looking for.
Saving what is easily the most beautiful dishwasher for last, say hello to MOOSOO’s offering for your dishwashing needs. MOOSOO does away with all of the white and black nonsense of its competitors, and settles for a very futuristic look with a dark grey front and a lighter, more steel-colored body. But that’s not all of course; the brand name sits in the middle of the bottom bar below the opening door, while the door itself features the sleekest control menu design on the whole list; a protruding circular panel with a light grey outline and a darker grey inner with textless buttons. Even the power button sets itself apart with a thin red line outlining it.
The dishwasher itself features 5 different wash cycle settings and measures almost 22 inches at its widest edge. Another cool factor of this particular dishwasher is that it can be plopped down on your counter like most of the other dishwasher units on this list, or slotted into place amongst your cupboards and drawers for a truly elegant facelift for your kitchen. And with a decently sized interior, you really cannot go wrong with this one.
And that concludes our list of the top 10 dishwashers out on the market today. We are confident that at least one of these offerings more than meets your demand for your own kitchen. With this list in hand, your job now simply boils down to carefully going over each model and carefully considering your exact needs and wants. And if you want to do some more window shopping on our site, we have other top 10 articles as well. Like our post on the top 10 smart door locks or top 10 induction cookers.