The cheapest dishwasher in Consumer Reports’ ratings costs $230; the most expensive runs $2,200. Between those prices, our dishwasher ratings include more than 100 models.

For less than $500, you can find a dishwasher that’s excellent at cleaning a load of dirty dishes, but it might be noisy. By moving up to models in the $600 to $900 range, you’ll get superb cleaning and convenient features that might make it worth spending more.


In that price range, "you’ll usually get a quieter dishwasher,” says Mark Allwood, a senior market analyst at Consumer Reports. Noise is especially important to consider if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen or the appliance is near other frequently used areas of your home.

Paying a little more will also get you features that make the dishwasher easier to load and more efficient to run. In our tests, dishwashers in the $600 to $900 price range varied widely in performance, so check our full dishwasher ratings before you shop. Here are some of the features you’ll want to consider.

Feature Upgrades You May Like

Adjustable racks. These move up and down and have adjustable tines to accommodate large and odd-sized items. Plus, there are silverware baskets that you can move as needed. Most baskets have individual slots for silverware to prevent utensils from nesting, allowing the water to circulate.

Flexible flatware slots. They fit more place settings than the 10 settings that budget dishwashers typically hold.

Soil sensor. It can improve cleaning and water efficiency by adjusting the cycle time and amount of wash water to the load’s soil level.

Stainless steel, black, and black stainless finishes. These can add style but often boost the price of a dishwasher by about $100. White is also an option on models in this price range.

Stainless steel tub. It tends to resist stains better than plastic. 

Extras to Think Twice About

Not every feature on dishwashers in the $600 to $900 price range is worth the extra charge. So if you need to make a trade-off, consider these three features that are nice but not necessary.  

Controls that are hidden when the door is closed, giving the dishwasher a sleek look.

A third top rack that allows you to spread out large utensils. You can remove it to accommodate taller items on the middle rack.

Special wash zones for items that need a special cycle. For example, there are bottle-wash jets in the upper rack that send water deep inside bottles and travel mugs, and heavy-duty wash zones for pots and pans. In our tests they worked as promised, but keep in mind that the special cycles on some models run for just a few minutes.

Lab Tested for Your Kitchen

We spend 28 hours evaluating each dishwasher and identifying its features. Our testers load each machine with 10 place settings of white ceramic dishes with baked-on food, then run the normal cycle or its equivalent. When the cycle is complete, testers use a photo-imaging machine to determine precisely how clean each dish is. We also test a dishwasher's drying capabilities, energy use, and noise levels, and we record cycle time. 

6 Dishwashers to Consider

We combed through our dishwasher ratings to find some midpriced models that perform well from brands that our reader survey told us are reliable. (The models appear here in alphabetical order.)

You can expect excellent cleaning, drying that’s very good or excellent­, and a normal wash time of 125 to 160 minutes. These dishwashers are also quiet or relatively so. To learn more about them and to find other impressive options in this price range, see our full dishwasher ratings and recommendations.

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