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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
  • Baumatic BDWI660 #
  • Beko DSFN 6835
  • Bellini BDW127W-F
  • Bosch SMS40M02AU
  • Bosch SMS50E32AU
  • Bosch SMS63L08AU #
  • Bosch SMS63M18AU
  • Bosch SMS68M12AU
  • Bosch SMS69T12AU
  • Bosch SMS69T28AU
  • Bosch SMU50E65AU #
  • Bosch SMU68M15AU
  • DeLonghi DEDW645S
  • Dishlex DX103WK
  • Dishlex DX203WK
  • Dishlex DX301SK
  • Electrolux ESF6700ROW
  • Emilia EDW 62SS
  • Euromaid DW24S
  • Everdure DWF146WE
  • Fisher and Paykel DW60CCW1
  • Fisher and Paykel DW60CEX1
  • Haier DW12-TFE4WH
  • Ikea Bespara DWHB81-2
  • LG LD1452WFEN2
  • LG LD-1482W4
  • LG LD-1485T4
  • Miele G 4220
  • Miele G 4420 Sci
  • Miele G5500 SCU
  • Miele G5715 SCU XXL CS
  • Miele G5935 SCi XXL
  • Omega ODW702WB
  • Samsung DW5343TGBWQ
  • Samsung DW-FG725L
  • Smeg DWA214W
  • Smeg DWA315W
  • Smeg DWAUP364X #
  • Westinghouse WSF6605WR
  • Westinghouse WSF6606W #
  • Westinghouse WSU6603XR
  • Whirlpool ADP5000WH

Compact, drawers and slimlines

  • Bosch SCE53M05AU
  • Bosch SPU63M05AU
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60DCW7
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60SCW7
  • Fisher and Paykel DD60SDFTX7
  • Miele G4570 SCVi
  • 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 SMS50E52AU
  • Bosch SMS63M08AU
  • Bosch SMU65M25AU
  • Bosch SMU68M05AU
  • Haier HDW300SS
  • LG LD1454TFES2
  • Miele G4101
  • Omega ODW704XB
  • Samsung DMS500TRW
  • Samsung DW-FG520W
  • Siemens SN46M582AU
  • Smeg DWA149S
  • Smeg DWA157X

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 26 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.

 
 
 

The Independent Living Centre, NSW, provided us with the following general guidelines on what to look for in a dishwasher for use by someone with a disability.

Problems with hands or strength

Look for:

  • light doors with latches that are easy to open and close
  • controls that are easy to turn and press
  • baskets that slide in and out easily
  • large, raised dials with a crossbar, but note that dials can be more difficult to use than buttons or keypads if you lack hand strength
  • buttons and keypads that require only a soft touch to activate
  • filters that can easily be removed, cleaned and replaced.

For poor vision

Look for:

  • controls that are easy to read - large, well-spaced and with good contrast, and well-labelled
  • positive feedback such as lights and/or beeps, and other tactile, audio and visual feedback is helpful
  • well-defined baskets - in a contrasting colour.

For someone with dementia

Look for:

  • an audible end-of-cycle signal and fault alarm.

Problems with your dishwasher?

Problems with dishwashers can be frustrating because you can’t see what’s going on in the dishwasher. Often it depends on what you’re loading into it, detergent, rinse aid, how dishes are loaded, and the type of soil that’s on your dishes. As always, check your instruction manual from the manufacturer first to see whether they list any troubleshooting options, or try some of the suggestions below. Most maintenance such as cleaning and troubleshooting require the dishwasher to be powered off.

Noise
Installation
Dishes aren’t clean
Dishes aren’t dry
Spots or detergent film
Stainless steel
Smells and cleaning
Water issues
Touch controls stop working

Noise

Dishwashers can be noisy, ranging at the highest levels between 35dB and 56dB - that is, between the volume of a whispered conversation to a normal level conversation. The noise will range between different wash and rinse cycles. If you’re hearing really loud noises coming from the dishwasher, it’s likely that some plates or other items are bumping against each other or that something is loose within the cabinet. Make sure that plates and glasses are secure in the racks. Some dishwashers come with special devices to lock items in more securely.

Noises can also be caused by spray arms not rotating, so pause the dishwasher to check the arms can freely spin and no plates are stopping them from rotating. Some dishwashers also come with sound-proofing material that should be installed prior to use; it usually looks like foam or cloth attached to a plate.

Installation

Most manufacturers are going to recommend getting this done by a licensed professional.

Dishes aren’t clean

Detergent: Too much, too little, and detergent that’s too old can have an effect on how clean the dishes are. It’s worth remembering that, particularly if your water hardness might affect the amount of detergent you need (as well as salt for your dispenser if required). Check the manual for precise dosage requirements.

Loading: Wash only items that are dishwasher safe. Depending on your load, you may need to use a program that’s more intensive than normal. Hard, baked-on dirt can be difficult for dishwashers to remove, so experiment with the other programs to see if they can improve results. In extreme cases, you may need to soak your pots or pans prior to loading into the dishwasher. Where you place your dishes matters; do your best to make sure they avoid shadowing each other, preventing access of detergent and water to soiled areas. Leaning plates against each other will also create contact points for water and soil to accumulate. If you can, adjust the basket tines (the vertical spikes that support your dishes) to accommodate each plate without touching another. Instructions manuals will often have recommendations for the best places to put common items. For instance, many dishwasher manuals recommend the lower basket for pots and pans. Small, light items can bounce around from the pressure of the spray arms during a wash and prevent either the filter from working when they get lodged in it, or the spray arms.

Filter: Every dishwasher has at least one filter which needs to be periodically cleaned to get rid of some dirt; check the filters to see they are clean and make sure they are fitted correctly when replacing, as an incorrectly fitted filter can be the cause of dirty dishes.

Spray arms: Check that the spray arms can rotate freely within the cabinet and that no plates or long utensils are stopping their action. Some dishwashers allow you to remove the arms to make sure nothing is blocking the holes for water to spray through. Those that cannot be removed can have remaining parts of soil removed with a thin pointed object.

Water: Dishwashers often specify the water pressure required to operate effectively. Check to see that your water pressure meets the specifications.

Dishes aren’t dry

Opening the door a little immediately after a program stops will aid drying, as will making sure the dishwasher is fully loaded (more thermal mass, more drying ability). Plastic doesn’t retain heat, so will not aid drying. It can also be quite light and flip during washing, which will then fill with water. Some dishwashers have options for drying that may improve drying, but will use more energy. The rinse aid setting may need to be adjusted, or refilled. How you load can also affect drying performance. Cups, glasses, pots, bowls or mugs with deep recesses need to be loaded on an angle so water can drain out rather than accumulate.

Spots or a detergent film

If you are seeing spots on glasses or a film of detergent on plates, try adjusting your rinse aid setting which aids to getting rid of these problems. Check the rinse aid setting of your instruction manual. Too much rinse aid can cause streaks or stains and too little means water won’t sheet off the dishes as well as possible. Lipsticks and tea can also be difficult to remove; so experiment with programs, or wipe off prior to cleaning. If you place glasses so they lean against each other, they may develop a staining point where they touch – there is also the possibility they may break from knocking against each other.

Stainless steel

See our page on these items. Some food items (mustard, vinegar, lemon, salt, and mayonnaise, for example) can leave permanent spots on cutlery if left on cutlery for a long time. If you are going to leave items for a long time prior to cleaning, minimise this possibility by scraping off as much as possible. Black or gray marks can be created from putting aluminium items in the dishwasher.

Smells and cleaning

Periodically cleaning the filter will help to maintain the dishwasher. Some dishwashers have both coarse and fine filters, so remember to clean both. It’s also a good idea to wipe over the seals of the dishwasher with a damp cloth and in any corners where dirt and grime can accumulate. Using a higher temperature program once a month can also aid in getting rid of any smells, and some dishwashers come with a cleaning program. You can also try running a normal program with detergent but without loading the dishwasher. Using any abrasive cleaners, solvents or scouring cloths on the dishwasher, internally or externally, is not recommended.

Water

If there is water left over in the dishwasher after a wash, there are a couple of things you can check: that the filter is not blocked, that it's locked into its appropriate place, and that the pump area is not blocked by any debris. Also check to see that the drainage hose is not blocked and that there are no kinks in the drainage hose.

If the dishwasher is not filling with water, check the water inlet tap to see if it’s turned on and that it is not blocked or restricted with lime scale – often this will have a filter as well so make sure this is cleaned periodically under running water. Dishwashers are sensitive to water pressure; very low water pressure will mean it may not fill with water. Check with your local water supplier.

Touch controls stop working

Some dishwashers come with touch controls requiring only a slight touch to activate. If these stop functioning, it may be that the touch controls have been touched too soon after opening. They may need to be wiped over with a damp cloth as they are too dirty and no longer recognise touch. It could also be that the child lock controls have been activated and need to be deactivated. Consult your manual for the correct sequence to deactivate child lock controls.
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