Donate |
Indicates subscriber only content

Best Dishwashers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Dishwashers

Best Dishwashers

We tested 100 dishwashers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Dishwasher based on the following criteria:

  • Noise
  • Ease of use
  • Cycle time (min.)
  • Washing
  • Energy use

Below lists the Dishwashers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Dishwasher is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Dishwashers

Best Dishwasher for Noise

Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.


This Dishwasher which tested best for Noise has the following features: Ample flatware slots, Adjustable upper rack, Adjustable tines, Sensor, Hidden controls, Interior material and Stainless/SS-look option.

Best Dishwasher for Ease of use

Considers convenience of controls, the ability to hold extra place settings and oversized items such as platters up to 13-1/2 in. long and Pilsner-type glasses up to 10 in. high.


This Dishwasher which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Ample flatware slots, Adjustable upper rack, Adjustable tines, Sensor, Self-cleaning filter, Hidden controls, Interior material and Stainless/SS-look option.

Best Dishwasher for Cycle time (min.)

Based on a normal cycle including heated dry, where that feature is available.


This Dishwasher which tested best for Cycle time (min.) has the following features: Ample flatware slots, Adjustable tines, Hidden controls, Interior material and Stainless/SS-look option.

Best Dishwasher for Washing

Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.


This Dishwasher which tested best for Washing has the following features: Ample flatware slots, Adjustable upper rack, Adjustable tines, Sensor, Interior material and Stainless/SS-look option.

Best Dishwasher for Energy use

For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.


This Dishwasher which tested best for Energy use has the following features: Ample flatware slots, Adjustable upper rack, Adjustable tines, Sensor, Interior material and Stainless/SS-look option.