Are you one of those people that swear by washing your dishes by hand, or have you been converted to buying a dishwasher? If you are new to dishwashers it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer choice of machines.
So here’s what you need to know:
Before you start comparing makes and models you should be aware that there are three different sizes of dishwashers; full-sized, slim-line and compact. Full-sized dishwashers hold around 130 items to be washed, slim-line about 90 and compact sit on a work surface and wash about 60.
There are fully-integrated dishwashers which are concealed by your kitchen cabinets, semi-integrated ones where you can see the control panel, and free-standing.
Typically dishwashers have enough space for 12 place settings, which is around 130 items of crockery, pans, pots and cutlery, and is adequate for a normal size family.
Here’s our pick of the best dishwashers whether you require slim-line, affordable, technically smart or great value for money.White Knight DW0945IA Slim-line Dishwasher – £195.78
A good budget machine here from White Knight that would suit most couples or small families. You get around 7 to 10 place settings and a choice of five temperature settings. There’s a handy salt and rinse aid refill indicator for when they have run out, and you can delay the start by up to 12 hours. Comes with everything you’d expect with a standard dishwasher, a cutlery rack, adjustable top basket and foldable plate racks.
Beko EcoSmart Dishwasher with AquaIntense DFN28320 – £269
If you want a machine that is super-quiet but still gets the job done, this is one for you. It also has an amazing eco-friendly rating – A++, as it uses only 6 litres of water per cycle. This is a great choice of machine if you are worried about your carbon footprint and/or have a water meter where every penny saved helps. We particularly like the extra spraying arm on the bottom which will get rid of the most baked on food. This machine also has integrated and slim-line models.
Hotpoint Ultima Slimline SIUF32120X – £349
If you are looking for a slim-line stainless steel model this is probably your only choice, as it is the only one we could find at a reasonable price. Despite the small exterior, the inside is surprisingly spacious, and can hold 10 place settings. This is because you can adjust the height of the baskets to fit extra items in and change the supports for the glasses to make room for larger items. Works well on even the shortest of cycles.
Siemens SN26M880GB Freestanding Dishwasher – £549
Lots of things to recommend about this machine, it has an A++ energy rating, a child lock for safety, a range of washing options and best of all – the VarioFlex basket system. This is simply a basket that you can change to fit in all your pots and pans. The basket is flexible and has top and bottom racks which can be adjusted and there’s also a VarioDrawer which allows the highest loading capacity.
Samsung DW60H9550FW – £749.99
If you want a dishwasher that offers you a variation on washing cycles then this one by Samsung is arguably the best. There’s a huge range including a quick wash, intensive, delicate, eco and pre-wash. There’s also an option towards the end of each longer cycle to add one last cleaning rinse of 70 degrees and the anti-fingerprint finish leaves your glassware spotless.
Miele G 6860 SCVI Integrated Dishwasher – £1,499
The most expensive of our dishwashers comes with an impressive range of technological features. The machine is super-quiet, it has indoor lighting, there’s an automatic function that opens the door to allow steam to escape, and there are tons of impressive functions, including the glassware programme which is delicate enough for your finest crystal. The interior can be adjusted to give you tons of space and there is Miele’s standard flat cutlery tray on the top level which makes sure even the dirtiest of cutlery is sparkling. Comes with a smartphone app that allows you to see how much salt, rinse aid or energy you are using.