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Last updated: 15 April 2019

Will your new dishwasher leave you with egg on your plates - and your face? We test and review the latest and most popular models, including conventional, drawer, slimline, and compact sizes, to help you find the right model for you.

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In our specialised CHOICE labs, we load up the machines with piles of dirty dishes, cutlery, glassware and cookware to thoroughly test each model so we can tell you which dishwashers:

  • wash best
  • dry best
  • use the least water and energy
  • have more features
  • are quieter than others
  • have the best member-rated reliability scores.

Our interactive tool also gives you vital stats like 10-year running costs, ease of use and special features to help you choose a model that's right for you. And our Recommended list will help you quickly pick the best-performing dishwashers of the lot.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.

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    Type

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    Type refers to the way the dishwasher is built into the cabinet.

    Freestanding, with a worktop – can generally be built-in as well because the worktop can be removed.

    Built-in – might not have top or side panels; must be enclosed and anchored to prevent it from tipping forward when fully loaded and dish racks are pulled out.

    Semi-integrated – a built-in type that allows you to fit a panel to the door under the control fascia to match the rest of your kitchen cupboard doors.

    Fully integrated – built-in with the whole front matching your kitchen and the controls inside the door.

    Compact – refers to the height. These tend to be built in (like an oven) or benchtop dishwashers. 

    Slimline – a full height dishwasher, but they tend to be a good deal narrower to suit narrow margin installs.

      Brand reliability

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      These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not that particular model. If you see "Not available" as the outcome, that's because we haven't gotten enough people who own the brand to reply with their findings – we need at least 50 to make the outcome statistically significant.

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      Drying score

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      Reflects how dry the dishes are 30 minutes after the normal cycle has 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).

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      Washing score

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

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      Noise level (dBA)

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      Measured from one metre away from and one metre above the dishwasher, which is placed within cabinetry. The noise level varies depending on kitchen layout, but our reading gives a comparative measure. For reference, a normal conversation is around 60dB and a whisper is between 20 and 30dB. A difference of 3dB is noticeable to the human ear.

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      • Overall score
      • Recommended
      • Washing score
      • Drying score
      • Energy efficiency score
      • Running costs over 10 yrs
      • Brand reliability (%)
      • Satisfaction score (%)
      • Service score (%)
      • Energy use (kWh)
      • Water use (L)
      • Noise level (dBA)
      • Program time (min)
      • Running cost + price over 10 yrs
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Status
      • Program tested
      • Configuration
      • Place settings
      • Cutlery
      • Type
      • Colour
      • Tap connection
      • Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
      • Similar models
      • Differences
      • Warranty (yrs)
      • Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
      • Water inlet pressure (kPa)
      • Energy label program
      • Energy label - energy (kWh/yr)
      • Water label - water (L)
      • Energy - stars
      • Water - stars
      • Child lock door
      • Child lock controls
      • Child lock dispenser
      • Anti-flood hose
      • Delay start
      • Time remaining display
      • Height-adjustable basket
      • Easy-to-lift top basket
      • Fold-down plate racks
      • Removable tines
      • Fan-assisted drying
      • Salt dispenser
      • Internal light
      • Auto-open door
      • Eco or bio wash
      • Light or fast wash
      • Delicates
      • Pots, or intensive wash
      • Rinse only
      • Auto sensor program
      • Half load
      • End of wash signal (audible / visual)
      • Other features
      • Origin
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