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Dishwasher reviews

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01.Introduction

Dishwasher reviews

Here we review more than 50 dishwashers priced from $379 to $3799, including conventional, drawer, slimline, and compact types.

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which dishwashers:

On this page you'll find Brands and models tested and How we test. And check out the video below, which shows our testers in action.

Video: How we test dishwashers

We stack the latest dishwashers with a full load of dirty dishes coated and baked with a variety of food substances.

CHOICE is constantly testing dishwashers in our labs, and more and more we're seeing versatile options and new configurations, allowing dishwashers to be installed in locations that make them easier to access.

Brands and models tested

  • AEG F77000WOP
  • Asko D5424WH
  • Asko D5434
  • Asko D5457WH
  • Asko D5532
  • Asko D5644
  • Asko D5894
  • Beko DSFN 6835
  • Bellini BDW127W-F
  • Bosch SMS40M12AU
  • Bosch SMS50E32AU
  • Bosch SMS63L08AU
  • Bosch SMS63M28AU
  • Bosch SMS69T12AU
  • Bosch SMS69T28AU
  • Bosch SMU50E65AU
  • Bosch SMU68M15AU
  • DeLonghi DEDW645S
  • Dishlex DSF6105W #
  • Dishlex DSF6305W #
  • Dishlex DX103WK
  • Dishlex DX203WK
  • Dishlex DX301SK
  • Electrolux ESF6700ROW
  • Emilia EDW 62SS
  • Everdure DWF146WE
  • Fisher and Paykel DW60CCW1
  • Fisher and Paykel DW60CEX1
  • Haier DW12-TFE4WH
  • Ikea Bespara DWHB81-2
  • LG LD1452WFEN3
  • LG LD-1482W4
  • LG LD-1485T4
  • Miele G 4220
  • Miele G 4420 Sci
  • Miele G5500 SCU
  • Miele G5935 SCi XXL
  • Omega ODW702WB
  • Samsung DW5343TGBWQ
  • Samsung DW60H9970FS
  • Samsung DW-FG725L
  • Smeg DWA214W
  • Smeg DWA315W
  • Smeg DWAUP364X
  • Westinghouse WSF6606W
  • Westinghouse WSU6603XR
  • Whirlpool ADP5000WH

Compact, drawers and slimlines

  • Bosch SCE53M05AU
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60DCW7
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60SCW7
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60SDFTX7
  • Haier HDW9-TFE3
  • Omega DW101WA
  • Omega DW300XA

# Newly tested.

Note: We regularly test dishwashers and add them to our existing list of tested models. We move deleted, discontinued models to the Compare discontinued dishwashers table as some members still like to compare past models, and many are available second-hand.

Discontinued models

  • Ariston LBF51
  • Baumatic BDW65S
  • Blanco DWF4X
  • Bosch SMS40M02AU
  • Bosch SMS50E52AU
  • Bosch SMS63M08AU
  • Bosch SMS63M18AU
  • Bosch SMS68M12AU
  • Bosch SMU65M25AU
  • Bosch SMU68M05AU
  • Bosch SPU63M05AU
  • Euromaid DW24S
  • Haier HDW300SS
  • LG LD1454TFES2
  • LG LD1452WFEN2
  • Miele G4101
  • Miele G4570 SCVi
  • Miele G5715 SCU XXL CS
  • Omega ODW704XB
  • Samsung DMS500TRW
  • Samsung DW-FG520W
  • Siemens SN46M582AU
  • Smeg DWA149S
  • Smeg DWA157X
  • Westinghouse WSF6605WR

How we test

We don’t just use any old crockery and cutlery for our dishwasher tests. We load them based on an International Electrotechnical Commission (IECdraft standard, which more closely resembles what you're likely to put into your own dishwasher at home. We then test as follows:

  • Our testers check how well the dishwashers tackle a full load of dirty dishes by measuring out and placing equal amounts of steam-baked oats, egg yolk, spinach, baby cereal, butter, tomato juice and tea on our standardised set of crockery. They also put egg yolk onto cutlery.
  • It’s all then left to dry for 15-18 hours before being loaded into the dishwashers, washed (using the sensor wash if the dishwasher has one or a normal cycle, if it doesn’t) and dried. They use a standard detergent powder specified in the Australian standard.
  • Each dishwasher is tested at least twice and the scores are averaged.
  • Testers also measure the amount of water and energy used in a cycle.
Test program selection

If a dishwasher has an auto program, we select it over the normal program. We do this because an auto or sensing program should be designed to give optimum results for every wash. You're probably also paying extra money for this feature, as the base model won't normally have it. If there isn't an auto program we test on the normal program, as this is what our members tell us they use the most.

Why do CHOICE results often differ to those on energy and water labels?

For the mandatory energy and water labels (the star rating stickers on the machines), the test is done on any program nominated by the manufacturer as long as it's stated in the product literature that it's designed to wash a normally soiled load at rated capacity. This means programs such as economy, daily, intensive and regular, and programs with extra options selected all qualify. They are also based on the Australian standard load, which we've found is not particularly relevant to many people.

CHOICE testing rarely allows any optional extra functions (for example, eco options), as we test based on how our members use their dishwashers at home (the normal or auto program).

The scores explained

Overall score

The overall score (see our table) is a combination of the washing, drying and energy efficiency scores for the normal or auto/sensor wash program, weighted as follows:

  • Washing performance (65%)
  • Drying performance (25%)
  • Energy efficiency (10%).
Washing performance

We assess how well the dishwashers can remove food such as oats, spinach, egg yolk, baby cereal, butter, tomato juice and tea stains that have been dried overnight, and without being rinsed first. Our test is based partly on the current Australian standard and partly on the IEC Draft standard.

Drying performance

This score reflects how dry the dishes are 30 minutes after the normal cycle finished. During this time the doors are left closed (unless the dishwasher has an automatic door opening function that is activated at the end of the program).

Energy efficiency

This is based on the amount of energy used per place setting by the dishwasher on the tested program. The less energy used, the higher (better) the score.

Running costs

This is an estimate of how much it’ll cost you over 10 years (the average life of a dishwasher) for water and electricity if you wash one full load every day using a normal cycle. The calculations are based on 28 cents per kWh for electricity and $2 per 1000L for water. 

For simplicity, we’ve excluded depreciation and any interest costs, as well as the cost of detergent – people use different amounts and the price varies considerably between brands.

Noise level

These are the maximum noise levels recorded during the normal program, measured 1m away from the dishwasher and 1m above the ground. You’d be aware of all these dishwashers running in the background.

Water connection

Most dishwashers give you the option of connecting to either cold or hot water. See Water temp and efficiency for the pros and cons of each.

Recommended retail price (RRP)

This is the manufacturer’s recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around, or try using CHOICE Shopper. You tell us the brand name and model number of the product you want to buy and a price you’d like to beat, and we’ll try to find it for you. You can also use the Compare prices link in the comparison table, which will show you a range of prices online that you can use for bargaining in store, or ordering online.

A dishwasher is a big investment

CHOICE's research will save you money for years to come and goes beyond the sales hype to reveal:

  • Which of the cheaper models perform best
  • How to save hundreds of dollars on running costs every year
  • Which brands need the least repairs
  • What features you need, and what you can do without
  • Which dishwasher is the most suitable for your home and individual needs
  • Which models are the most environmentally friendly

For more information on dishwashers and other kitchen appliances, see our Kitchen section.

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