The cheapest dishwasher in Consumer Reports’ ratings costs around $225; the most expensive runs $2,200. Between those prices, our dishwasher ratings include more than 100 models.

For $500 or less, you can find a dishwasher that does a great job cleaning a load of dirty dishes, though it might be noisy. By moving up to models in the $600 to $900 range, "you'll usually get a quieter dishwasher," says Mark Allwood, a senior market analyst at Consumer Reports. You can also get superb cleaning and drying, convenient features, and styling that might make it worth spending more. 

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We've also noticed that some new dishwashers don't look quite like they used to. For a sleeker look, some manufacturers have moved the controls to the top of the door, so they're hidden when the door is closed. The brand logo may be gone, and a recessed pocket handle sometimes replaces a bar. With these more minimalist dishwashers, you can choose a stainless model from any brand and it will blend in well enough with other stainless kitchen appliances.

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 vary widely in performance, so check our full dishwasher ratings before you shop.

Here are some of the features you’ll want to consider.

Features 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 that budget dishwashers typically hold.

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

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

More finishes. Even dishwashers in the $500-or-less range have a stainless steel finish. But if your budget is between $600 and $900, you'll have more options, including matte black and black stainless.  

Extras to Think Twice About

Not every feature on dishwashers in the $600 to $900 price range is worth the additional money. So if you need to make a trade-off, consider these features as nice extras that aren't necessary.  

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 for midpriced models that perform well from reliable brands. You'll see brand reliability in our ratings, too. (The models below appear in alphabetical order.)

You can expect solid cleaning, decent drying, and a normal wash time of 95 to 155 minutes. These dishwashers are relatively quiet. To learn more about them and to find other impressive options in this price range, see our full dishwasher ratings, and use the price filter to help narrow your choices.


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