Best Dishwashers for $500 or Less
These CR-tested models skimp on price but not on performance
It's getting tougher to find a reliable dishwasher that delivers top-notch cleaning if your budget is $500 or less, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
"High demand for major appliances during the pandemic, coupled with supply issues from manufacturers, have made many of CR's top-rated dishwashers harder to find—and especially hard to find at sales prices customers expect," says Nish Suvarnakar, a Consumer Reports senior market analyst.
While the industry expects availability and pricing to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, people who have an immediate need for a budget-friendly dishwasher may have to make some sacrifices.
Dishwashers under $500 tend to come with basic features and have plastic tubs, which don't resist stains as well as stainless steel tubs. Another element to consider? Consumer Reports' tests have found that these dishwashers are relatively noisy.
"But if strong cleaning performance is what you’re after, you can still find a dishwasher that might be right for you," says Larry Ciufo, who oversees CR's dishwasher tests.
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Dishwasher Testing at CR
On the “Consumer 101” TV show, CR expert Emilio Gonzalez explains to host Jack Rico that testing dishwashers at Consumer Reports requires a combination of art and science.