You don’t have to spend $1,000 to get a good dishwasher. But if you want one that’s quiet and stylish, you'll find plenty to choose from that go for $1,000 and up.

Dishwashers that cost $500 or less will get your dishes sparkling clean, but they can be noisy. Spend a bit more—$600 to $900—and you’ll typically get a quieter dishwasher with added features that boost convenience, and styling that blends in with any kitchen.  

“At $1,000 and up, the dishwashers are stylish and fully loaded,” says Mark Allwood, a senior market analyst at Consumer Reports. “You no longer have to choose between useful features, and innovative features are a given.” 

Major manufacturers in this price range include Bosch, GE Profile, Jenn-Air, Kenmore Elite, KitchenAid, LG, Miele, Samsung, and Thermador. You’ll see these brands in our dishwasher ratings, along with other high-end models from Asko, Beko, Bertazzoni, Dacor, Electrolux, and Viking. 

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Lab Tested for Your Kitchen
We washed more than 25,000 dishes to craft our current dishwasher ratings. Consumer Reports’ test engineers spend 28 hours evaluating each dishwasher—investigating cleaning performance, energy use, water consumption, and how well the model dries plastics.

After a cycle, dishes are put through a proprietary test method that uses photo imaging to determine precisely how clean they are upon unloading. On top of that, a panel of experts listens to an entire cycle. Manufacturers provide an average decibel level; our experts gauge how noisy the appliance is in real time, noting any peaks in volume that consumers tell us they find annoying.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

With high-end dishwashers, you’ll have your choice of finishes and handle styles. Some have a recessed pocket handle instead of a bar handle, so that the dishwasher can fit seamlessly in a kitchen with stainless appliances from other brands. Stainless steel tubs, soil sensors, adjustable racks, and ample silverware baskets are standard.

Expect to see most of the following features on any model, excluding WiFi connectivity, which we expect more high-end dishwashers will have in the next two years. 

Hidden controls. The controls are across the top of the door and can’t be seen when the door is closed, for a look that's sleek and clean. Some models have a small light on the front of the door that glows when the machine is running, or a light that shines a small spot on the floor. 

Additional cycles. An express cycle that quickly cleans lightly soiled loads, and one meant for fine china, are two we’ve seen. 

LED lights. They shine light on the dishes when you open the door. 

Special wash zones. Part of the dishwasher is designated for heavily soiled items that need a special cycle. The zones don’t necessarily run the whole cleaning cycle, and with some models it lasts only a few minutes. In our labs, these wash zones worked as promised. 

WiFi connectivity. This allows you to receive updates regarding the status of the wash cycle or control your machine remotely from your smartphone. For example, the GE Profile PDT855SSJSS, $1,360, works with an app that allows you to check status, receive alerts, and reorder dishwasher detergent using your phone and Amazon's Alexa.

The Bosch 800 Series SHEM78WH5N dishwasher, $1,195, also works with an app that enables remote control, and issues warnings if your dishwasher is leaking. And if you want, it will automatically reorder your favorite dishwasher detergent tabs on Amazon when the dishwasher’s tab-counter function says it’s time.

8 Solid High-End Dishwashers

There are at around 50 dishwashers in our ratings that sell for $1,000 or more. Of course, not every high-end dishwasher gets high marks in our tests.

“Spending more for a dishwasher doesn’t guarantee top performance, and you’ll see $650 models that perform better than some of the high-end dishwashers,” says Larry Ciufo, the engineer who oversees Consumer Reports’ dishwasher testing.

These models appear in alphabetical order—not in order of CR ranking. They're all the standard 24 inches wide and are from reliable brands, according to our survey of more than 42,000 readers.

To learn more about these and other dishwashers in our tests, see CR's full dishwasher ratings and recommendations and dishwasher buying guide.


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