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What's behind our dishwasher Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 183 models in dishwashers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on washing, it also factors in noise, energy and water use, loading, and more. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • 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.
  • Drying
    Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load.
  • Energy use
    For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
  • Noise
    Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.
  • 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.
  • Cycle time
    Based on running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load with high temperature options selected (if available).


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Recommended dishwashers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Did you know that a new energy-efficient dishwasher can save you hundreds of dollars over its life? (On average, dishwashers last about 10 years.) But as important as it might be to save energy with your new dishwasher, you'll also want to buy a machine that fits your budget and your family's lifestyle. If you're looking for information about dishwashers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ dishwasher reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our dishwasher buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and dishwasher reviews to help you choose the best dishwasher for your needs.

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300 Series SHEM63W55N
This standard 24" wide Bosch dishwasher has the following:
  • A soil sensor.
  • An adjustable upper rack.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A stainless-steel interior.
  • No hidden controls.
  • Adjustable tines.
  • Ample flatware slots.
  • Time-remaining display.

Dishwasher buying guide

Tougher new rules have slashed the energy and water dishwashers can use to get the government's Energy Star seal. But our latest tests show that you don't have to live with dirty dishes or endure longer cycles. Better yet, some of the biggest energy misers are also easy on your wallet. Dishwashers that meet the federal EPA's voluntary Energy Star standard are, on average, 5 percent more energy efficient and 15 percent more water efficient than standard models. Our top picks qualify for that coveted seal.

In our tests, we slather plates with egg yolks, peanut butter, raspberry jam, and other stubborn goo to see which dishwashers made our clean-plate club. Our results show that it's easy to pay a tidy sum for so-so performance. You can also pay less and get more noise than you expected. Here's what else to consider:

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