The best dishwashers for 2019

Need a new dishwasher? These models will blow your socks off

Best Dishwashers

The smart home team at Digital Trends has more than 50 years of combined experience testing appliances and electronics. We’ve formally tested 88 appliances across 50 different brands. Based on our testing and research, our pick for the best dishwasher is the GE GDT655SMJES. It’s a decent price, it cleans and dries your dishes without any fuss, and it offers extra perks like top-rack bottle jets. The GE GDT655SMJES Top Control Dishwasher isn’t the only exceptional model we’ve encountered though. We’ve also included our pick for the best environmentally friendly dishwasher, the best performing dishwasher, and the most versatile dishwasher as well.

At a glance

  • The best dishwasher: GE GDT655SMJES
  • The best environmentally friendly dishwasher: Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC
  • The best performing dishwasher: LG QuadWash LDP6797ST
  • The most versatile dishwasher: Samsung Chef Collection DW80M9

GE GDT655SMJES

The best dishwasher

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Why you should buy this: With so many features and a great price, this dishwasher has it all.

Who’s it for: Anyone looking for a good clean with a few special features

Why we picked the GE GDT655SMJES:

One of the best features on the GE GDT655SMJES dishwasher is the bottle jets in the top rack. Instead of the usual tines, there are two jets made for bottles and other tall items; water sloshes around to help get out whatever’s inside. But there are other great features on this dishwasher that put it at the top of our list: It has separate wash zones, so can clean just the top or bottom rack when you don’t have a full load. There’s also a 32-minute express cycle, a steam prewash option, and an NSF-certified, germ-killing sanitization setting.

Its stainless steel interior holds 16 place settings, and the dishwasher runs at an impressive 46 decibels. It’s not the quietest dishwasher on the list, but you still might be glad that there’s an indicator light, so you’ll know it’s running.

The dishwasher is Energy Star certified and should cost around $32 a year to operate, depending on your utility rates. With a range of unique features, including several ways to boost its cleaning and drying power, this is both a powerful and affordable dishwasher, especially when you can find it on sale for around $600.

Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC

The best environmentally friendly dishwasher

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Why you should buy this: Though it uses less water than many others, it delivers clean and dry dishes.

Who’s it for: Anyone looking for water savings, but doesn’t want to sacrifice the dishwasher’s performance.

Why we picked the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC dishwasher:

In addition to being affordable, the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC offers advanced leak protection, six different wash cycles, an adjustable middle rack, and a long silverware basket that securely holds flatware in place.

The Bosch Ascent SHX3AR75UC is environmentally friendly, yet it’s still affordable, and it will deliver clean and dry dishes. This dishwasher exceeds Energy Star requirements for water by 69 percent. There’s even a half-load option to reduce the cycle time and water consumption when you’re washing a smaller load of dishes. Plus, it’s one of the quietest dishwashers on the list at 50 decibels, which is quieter than most normal conversation.

It has a sanitize option to reduce bacteria and help your dishes dry faster. And, although it doesn’t have Wi-Fi, it does have a PrecisionWash System with intelligent sensors and accurate spray arms that help eliminate the need for pre-rinsing.

LG QuadWash LDP6797ST

The best performing dishwasher

LG Quadwash LDP6797ST

Why you should buy this: This dishwasher gets the dirtiest dishes spotless.

Who’s it for: Anyone seeking a quiet dishwasher with superior cleaning skills.

Why we picked the LG QuadWash LDP6797ST:

With four cleaning “arms” instead of two, this dishwasher is an impressive performer that is quiet and features adjustable racks.

When we read in the LG guide that we should put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher without rinsing, we said, “Oh, it’s on!” We smeared plates with condiments and let them dry, then put them all in the Quadwash. To our surprise, the dishes came out sparkling clean — even when we ran them into the turbo cycle.

The dishwasher is quiet, so quiet, in fact, that we barely could tell when it was running. Tiny indicator lights just below the handle gave us an inkling, although we sometimes accidentally opened it a couple of times. This dishwasher features three racks – one small one for cooking utensils and knives on the top, a middle rack for bowls and glasses, and a bottom rack for larger items. All three racks are adjustable in case your glasses are taller, or you want to wash a large pot on the bottom rack and need more room.

Our LG QuadWash LDP679ST review

Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection Dishwasher

The most versatile dishwasher

Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection dishwasher
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Why should you buy this: This dishwasher is attractive and features some superior cleaning technology.

Who’s it for: Those looking for a great performing dishwasher that also looks great in the kitchen.

Why we picked the Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection Dishwasher:

While this dishwasher is a bit on the expensive side, it lands on this list for its combination of good looks and premium features.

The Chef Collection dishwasher features a dedicated third rack on the top for utensils and silverware, along with an easily-adjustable middle rack that you can lift to fit large platters on the bottom. The Zone Booster setting allows you to focus the cleaning on a concentrated area on the bottom, which is perfect for those casserole dishes with extra grime.

One neat feature we’ve never seen on a dishwasher before is that the door automatically pops open just slightly when the cycle finishes to allow the steam to escape and dry the dishes. The dishwasher runs extremely quiet at 61dB, but an indicator light that illuminates just below the outer handle tells you when the dishwasher is running.

In addition to all the technology built in, this dishwasher is a beauty, with dark, smudge-proof stainless steel that will look great in any kitchen.

Our full Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection Dishwasher review

Some things to keep in mind

Of all major appliances, dishwashers are among the easiest to tell when they’re not doing their job. Sopping or food-encrusted dishes mean something’s not right, but it might just be your loading technique. Some dishwashers need rinse aid or they’ll leave everything wet, thanks to their condenser drying mechanisms. Modern detergent actually reacts to the enzymes in food, so if you pre-rinse your dishes, it won’t properly activate. Your owner’s manual has diagrams of how you should position your dishes so that the spray arm can reach everything and keep your dishes and your dishwasher clean.

How we test

When we test dishwashers, we use both benchmarks and less objective metrics like design. Of all the appliances we test, dishwashers get the most feedback from the Digital Trends office staff. They get used several times a day by everyone in the office, and they let us know when things aren’t getting clean, when the near-silent operation and small status light have led to them pulling the door open mid-cycle, and so on.

We also use more rigorous tests, based on AHAM’s standards, to ensure our results are repeatable and comparable.

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