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You'll see more than 130 models in our dishwasher ratings, from $225 to more than $2,000. But what's the sweet spot when it comes to price?

"At the $600 to $900 price range, you can find a model that does a great job cleaning, and you'll get more peace and quiet in the form of a quieter dishwasher," says Min Kim Bryant, a senior market analyst covering dishwashers for Consumer Reports.


Performance varies widely in our tests, as you'll see in our dishwasher ratings. What these midpriced models have in common is sleeker styling and convenient features that make them easier to load, such as:

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. Note that even some models that cost $500 or less now have soil sensors. 

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

More finishes. You can find dishwashers with a stainless steel finish even for $500 or less, but if your budget is between $600 and $900, you'll have more options, including matte black and black stainless.

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Lab Tested for Your Home

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

Read on for ratings and reviews of five top dishwashers from our tests in the $600 to $900 price range, all of which rate Excellent in cleaning, Very Good or Excellent in drying, and Very Good or Excellent in predicted reliability. All of them have soil sensors.

For more choices, see our full dishwasher ratings and recommendations.

5 Great Dishwashers for $600 to $900

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