Consumer reports say that compared to washing and drying dishes by hand, loading and unpacking a dishwasher saves you more than 230 hours a year.
If you’ve had more than one dishwasher in your life, then you already know that they aren’t all made equal and some are much more prone to breakdown than others.
The choice is vast. There are hundreds of brands and models so where does one even begin?
Well probably the best place is by learning who makes the best dishwashers on the market? Luckily we’ve got the lowdon for you right here.
Who Makes The Best Dishwashers?
Bosch is a global leader in engineering and electronics. The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Germany and became Europe’s leading brand in home appliances.
Bosch dishwashers use green technology, technicalprecision, high reliability, and low energy consumption to produce hygienically clean and shiny results. Its technology removes bacteria and germs found on dishes and inside the machine.
Known for its high manufacturing standards and leading engineering, it’s at the top of the list for our best-rated dishwasher brands.
Recommended Full Size: Bosch SMS40T32GB
The simplistic Bosch SMS40T32GB Full-size Dishwasher is easy to operate using practical features.
- There are 12 cycles using 12 litres per cycle with a spacious interior.
- It has 4 programs (Eco, Normal, Pre-rinse, and Quick) as well as 3 different temperature settings.
- It has an energy rating of A+, a wash and dry efficiency rating of A, and noise level of 50 dB.
- This full-size dishwasher has a self-cleaning filter making it easier to maintain. The large spray head covers a bigger area, giving everything inside a good clean.
- The cutlery basket is useful to separate items and provide good storage inside.
Recommended Integrated: Bosch SMV40C30GB
The BOSCH SMV40C30GB Full-size Integrated Dishwasher is a full-size integrated model has additional features such as the Eco50, VarioPerfect and VarioSpeed.
- The VarioPerfect uses 11.7 litres per wash and cycles can be customised according to the load. Options let you customise each wash cycle to suit your load. The Eco50 setting saves more on energy and the VarioSpeed does a powerful clean in half the time.
- This model also has the VarioBasket providing plenty of space for glasses, plates, pots, and pans.
- It has 2 folding racks to use the space effectively.
- The ActiveWater technology provides fast heating, better circulation and improved pump performance to ensure no water is wasted.
- The dishwasher also has an energy rating of A+ and runs at 50 dB.
Recommended Slimline: Bosch SPS24CW00G
The Bosch Series 2 SPS24CW00G White Slimline Dishwasher is a slim-fit appliance for those narrow spaces.
- It has 9 place settings using 9.5 litres per cycle and a noise level of 48 dB, giving it a quiet performance.
- Four available programs include Auto, Economy, Intensive, and Quick wash. The quick cycle can be done 29 minutes and it has an extra dry function for powerful drying power.
- The unique DosageAssist ensures any detergents are washed out properly and completely dissolved providing extra cleaning power in the drawer.
- It has 2 spray’s beneath the top basket, so you can be sure the wash reaches every corner and angle.
Miele is a family run company that was co-founded in 1899 by Carl Miele in Germany. They manufacture top-end householdand commercial appliances and are known for their economic market success, brand recognition, and popularity.
Miele offers products to its customers that set the standards for durability, performance, ease of use, energy efficiency, design and service. These models are well-known for their high-end technology, low water consumption, very low decibel levels and an excellent A+++ energy rating.
Their fitting slogan in German “immer besser” translates to “always better”.
Although priced in the upper-end scale up between £500-£1500, Miele dishwashers are designed to last 20 years and therefore rated as one of the most durable and reliable appliances. They need fewer repairs and last longer than most other dishwashers.
The first non-German in the list, Smeg is an Italian manufacturer that started designing exclusive domestic appliances in 1948. Founded in Guastalla, Italy, the name Smeg is actually an acronym for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla which means “Emilian metallurgical enamel works of Guastalla”.
A privately-owned company, Smeg is best known for its 1950s-retro stylerefrigerators but in 1970, introduced the first 60 cm wide dishwashers with capacity for 14 place settings. So, does the style match performance?
Smeg dishwashers cost between £320-£950 depending on how many features you want. They do the job properly, quietly, and efficiently but a few drawbacks to note are the control graphics can be confusing, so you need to keep the manual handy.
AEG stands for Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft which means German electrical company. The company was founded in Berlin in 1883 and has manufactured phones, machines, printing equipment, as well as home appliances like the dishwasher.
However, in 2005 the company dissolved when Electrolux obtainedbrand rights for AEG and continue to actively promote products as AEG.
AEG has a wide-range of different washers that include quiet cleaning (44-48 dB) and good energy efficiency with loads of useful features.
AEG offers mid-range dishwashers with some models for the bigger budgets. AEG dishwashers scored relatively well in testing reviews, but higher models rated low on thorough cleaning.
Siemens started producing small appliances way back in 1847 but it was only in 1964 that Siemens began manufacturing dishwashers. The Bosch Group has owned Siemens since 1967 and its reputation has been known as an upmarket brand. They focus on building robust, good quality appliances with innovation features and designs.
Repairs and service is managed by The Bosch Group’s own engineering team known for their technical precision and quality support. It may cost if you’re out of warranty, but there are enough independent engineers who could do the maintenance at a lower rate.
Highly-priced from £620, Siemens dishwashers are also limited in selection. Genuine spares are not so cheap either although many common parts are shared with other Bosch products and other compatible appliances such as Neff. They could be more competitive with a lower end model.
Zanussi is a story that started in 1916 in Italy and is today, part of the Swedish company, Electrolux (who also makes AEG dishwashers). Since 1965, Zanussi manufactured slimline, compact, and full-sized dishwashers.
From the mid-2000s, Zanussi’s aftersales service was restructured and rebranded to “Service Force”, which is operated by independent service companies who repair and supply spare parts for Zanussi dishwashers. Due to crossovers with Electrolux-owned brands, Zanussi spare parts can be expensive and difficult to source.
It is rated as one of the better budget brands starting from £250 going up to £450. It does well as an all-rounder with 13 place settings, space for a family-load of dishes and its well-designed control panel makes it easy to operate.
Beko (Beko Elektronik A.Ş.) was founded in Turkey and takes its name from a combination of the first two letters of the founders’ surnames, Leon Bejerano and Vehbi Koç. Beko also owns Grundig and in 2008, renamed the electronics division of Beko to Grundig.
But it’s not all about TVs. Beko manufactures washing machines, fridges and freezes, and of course, dishwashers. Reviews and ratings are varying but are considered to sit at the lower end of recommendations.
Beko is a budget brand name and offers an affordable range of dishwashers from £199 – £390. Scores show some models are good (not excellent) at cleaning yet other models didn’t fair well at all.
Hotpoint, formally Hotpoint Electric Heating Company is a USA-European brand of household appliances.
Ownership is split between the company Whirlpool and Haier (who purchased GE Appliances).Hotpoint branded products are made by General Electric and a few years back they had to recall a number of its dishwashers as they had potential fire risks. They’ve obviously sorted that big problem out, but its reputation has taken a knock in recent years with consumers favouring more competitive products.
Costing between £240-£450, Hotpoint dishwashers meet EnergyStar standards and a household’s basic washing requirements. However, consumer experience shows there are a few nags you could do without and which you wouldn’t find in a more popular brand.
Sharp is a famous Japanese brand that’s been producing appliances for decades. UK and European appliances are made by Vestel, a Turkish manufacturer.Sharp is not however known as a top brand for large domestic appliances and does not rate high on quality.
There is good availability of technical support in the UK and the usual limitations apply with sourcing Vestel parts which can be difficult and expensive. In essence, you’re paying for a Vestel machine with a Sharp badge.
Sharp is priced at £199-£400 and comes in at the entry-level branded with a trusted name and a two-year warranty. While you can get something cheap enough in the Sharp range, quality may become an issue down the road.
Kenneth Maynard Wood founded Kenwood in 1947 (you see where the name came from? Ken Wood). It became a kitchen appliances manufacturer, which is now owned by the De’Longhi Group.
Kenwood specializes in mixers, blenders, food processors, kettles and toasters. However, they diversified to making useful and competent dishwashers, which are not widely-used. They don’t score high on long-term reliability and durability and have fairly basic features.So, perhaps their strengths don’t lie in dishwashers.
Most, if not all Kenwood dishwashers, are priced below £300. You’re still getting a good energy and noise level rating, but they only come with a one-year guarantee.
In 1953, Samsung was established in South Korea. They are renowned for their innovative positioning in the electronics industry than in the domestic appliance industry. The name draws more attention than what the dishwashers actually deliver.
Customer reviews and industry surveys show that quality is a common issue across most Samsung dishwashers and in many cases overstate their features. Spares are costly and not always readily available, and their dishwasher selection is limited.
Consumers have also seen a lack of ongoing support and maintenance so with the price range around £450-650, it may be worthwhile to compare with other more competitive brands such as Bosch, AEG, or Zanussi.
Logix is an exclusive brand under the UK-based retailer, Dixons. Some appliances are sourced from Vestel and are not recommended for high use and would not be suitable for a daily family-sized load.
This is a budget brand created specifically for a retail outlet to limit comparison with other similarly priced dishwashers. It is a very generic and basic dishwasher.
Repairs and maintenance are restricted to Dixons internal services, which could be limited and not readily available.
At this price level do not expect good or long-lasting appliances as you are likely to be disappointed.
#13 Curry’s Essentials
Sold exclusively at Curry’s, Essentials is their own budget label. However, most models seem to be rebranded products manufactured in China. After sales service is managed by Curry’s KnowHow Service and has exclusivity to spare parts with no known alternative suppliers limiting the supply of spare parts external to Curry’s as a retail outlet.
This brand is not perceived as a high-functioning, high quality appliance built for intensive use. Repairs and maintenance could pose an issue where technical support is limited.
The Essentials dishwashers are priced in the lower end budget range, under £240. As the name states, this brand provides the most basic features with a 49-dB noise level and energy ratings from A+ to A++ with a one-year manufacturer’s guarantee.
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