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One of the new dishwasher styles in a kitchen.

Dishwasher Styles That Blend Into Any Kitchen

These stainless models from CR's tests go well with other appliance brands

Compared with ranges and refrigerators, dishwashers have fewer design elements that manufacturers can update and flaunt.

And yet when shopping for a new dishwasher, you might notice just how much dishwashers have changed in recent years. 

“Some manufacturers have cleaned up the look and simplified it,” says Jim Vinci Jr., a manager at Berger Appliances, a retailer in Hawthorne, N.Y. “They’ve even taken off the brand label, something manufacturers resisted for years.” With the brand logo gone, and sometimes the bar handle, too, manufacturers find that their stainless dishwashers can fit seamlessly in a kitchen with stainless appliances from other brands.

Consumers agree. “A couple of years ago, people didn’t want to see the dishwasher controls, and now they don’t want to see anything on the front,” Vinci says. Indeed, sleek and tidy is in, according to the latest kitchen trend survey from Houzz, a home remodeling and design website.

Houzz found that homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens, or recently completed this project, are interested in decluttering their counters and putting things out of sight. Contemporary and transitional-style kitchens, which blend contemporary and traditional design elements, are the most popular, according to Houzz. 

Here’s a quick glimpse at six dishwashers with updated styling from Consumer Reports’ tests. To find out how their price, performance, and features compare with other models we tested, see our full dishwasher ratings.

Shopping for a Dishwasher?
You’ll find more than 100 models in our dishwasher ratings, with prices ranging from $225 to $2,200. You’ll also find several dishwasher drawers for $1,000 and up.

1
Bosch 800 Series SHPM78W55N
Bosch 800 Series SHPM78W55N

    Bosch 800 Series SHPM78W55N

    How it looks: What’s notable here is what’s missing: There’s no mention of the brand on the front of the Bosch 800 Series SHPM78W55N, and the controls are on the top edge of the door, so they’re completely hidden when the door is closed. The pocket handle allows this dishwasher to blend in, regardless of the handle styles on your range and refrigerator. And there’s no need to be in the dark about whether it’s on or off. A small red light shines a spot on the floor when the dishwasher is running.


    How it performs:
    This dishwasher does an outstanding job cleaning and leaves you with dry dishes. It’s quiet, too. See our dishwasher ratings for details on features and brand reliability.

    2
    Maytag MDB8959SFZ
    Maytag MDB8959SFZ

      Maytag MDB8959SFZ

      How it looks: Another brand, another cleaned-up look, and at a lower price. The controls are concealed on the Maytag MDB8959SFZ dishwasher, putting them out of reach of curious kids. A light on the front of the door glows green when a cycle is running. The pocket handle creates a clean, flush look, unlike a bar handle that protrudes past cabinets. The door’s beveled edges keep it interesting. 

      How it performs: You’d think cleaning is the tough part, but some dishwashers are much better at drying than others. This model is a double threat, with terrific cleaning and drying, though it’s relatively noisy.

      3
      KitchenAid KDPE234GPS
      KitchenAid KDPE234GPS

        KitchenAid KDPE234GPS

        How it looks: The KitchenAid KDPE234GPS offers a bolder take on the pocket handle, and there’s a cycle status bar in the black display panel. Dashes pop up when the machine is on, and disappear one at a time as the cycle winds down. When the job is done, “Clean” appears on the display. As with any dishwasher with controls on the top side of the door, if you need to access them when the machine is running, just open the door. 

        How it performs: Cleaning is impressive, but drying could use a boost. Read “Top Reasons Your Dishwasher Isn’t Drying” for five ways to improve drying. 

        4
        KitchenAid KDTM804ESS
        KitchenAid KDTM804ESS

          KitchenAid KDTM804ESS

          How it looks: The brand name appears on this high-end dishwasher, and the handle has a textured finish. A small indicator light on the door’s front changes colors to let you know whether this machine is washing, drying, or done. Of course, it’s the window on the KitchenAid KDTM804ESS that’s eye-catching, though it’s mostly for show. An interior light comes on when you open the door and when the cycle ends, but what fun is that? It would be cool to watch the cleaning in action, but you can’t see clearly through the tinted window when the interior light is off. 

          How it performs: Faster than many we tested, this dishwasher clocks in at 110 minutes, and it’s top-notch in our washing tests. Our dishwasher ratings tell the full story. 

          5
          Kenmore 14573
          Kenmore 14573

            Kenmore 14573

            How it looks: Hide the controls and brand name, add a curved bar handle, and the result is a dishwasher with an understated look. It also has an affordable price. A small indicator light on the front of the Kenmore 14573 turns green when the machine is running and shuts off when the cycle is complete. 

            How it performs: Superb cleaning and drying, along with relatively quiet operation, make this relatively inexpensive dishwasher worth a look.

            6
            Viking RVDW103SS
            Viking RVDW103SS

              Viking RVDW103SS

              How it looks: It’s a Viking, so of course there’s a brand logo on the door. With no controls in sight, the logo and handle say it all. You’ll know the Viking RVDW103SS is on when a spot of light shines on your floor.

              How it performs: Superb cleaning, coupled with a wash time of 110 minutes—faster than many—helps make this dishwasher impressive. Drying needs a boost, however, and this machine is relatively noisy.

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              Kimberly Janeway

              For years I've covered the increasing water and energy efficiency of washers and what it means to consumers, along with innovations in a variety of products, and whether manufacturers deliver on their promises. What I'm really trying to do is to help consumers, and consumers help me by posting comments and posing questions. So thanks!