How to Make Your Dishwasher Last Longer
These easy maintenance tips will keep your dishwasher cleaning well for years to come
How long should a dishwasher last? About 10 years, according to most of the 20-plus manufacturers we asked.
CR members tell us they expect the same life span, on average, but that doesn’t necessarily mean 10 trouble-free years. Survey data from our members’ experiences with more than 140,000 dishwashers reveals that about 24.5 percent of all dishwashers either broke or stopped working as well as they should have within 5 years of ownership.
So how can you get through a decade without calling a repair service? Many factors can affect how long your appliance will last—including how you care for your dishwasher.
3 Top-Rated Dishwashers From the Most Reliable Brands
Beyond maintenance, some brands just tend to last longer than others. These dishwashers are made by brands with the best predicted reliability scores, according to data from CR member surveys—and they performed impressively well in our lab tests, too.
How to Wash Your Dishwasher
It’s hard to imagine cleaning a machine that cleans other things, but dishwashers can get smelly from built-up food. On the "Consumer 101" TV show, Consumer Reports’ expert Sara Morrow explains how to keep these appliances sparkling fresh.