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Gone are the days when a dishwasher was a luxury amenity. Whether a person is looking to buy or rent a home, a dishwasher is always on the must-have list. Preparing to buy a new device is not an easy task. There are spec sheets, special prices and sales to sort through. The most important elements of a dishwasher are washing capacity, energy efficiency, load time, and noise level. Keeping those key factors in mind makes shopping for the best dishwasher much easier.
Maytag MDB7759AWS 24-in Stainless Steel Built-in Dryer
This Maytag model is a top performer and has been built with a clean and uniform look. The multiple buttons and the rotating wheel are gone, allowing for a beautiful and streamlined kitchen design. The controls remain hidden except when in use and this unit fights dirt over several quiet cycles. Without sounds and hidden buttons, you can actually forget that it is a dishwasher. This model has a steam cleaning cycle and even cleans up after itself, leaving no mess once your dishes have been washed, rinsed and dried. Although it is priced higher than some of its competitors, this dishwasher outperforms those with more attractive prices.
Kenmore 24 inch Built-In Dishwasher w/ SmartWash Cycle – 13893
This Kenmore model is priced slightly lower than the Maytag and offers great features not often found on other dishwashers. These features include a fast wash cycle and a deep wash cycle that can be started at any time. This model is energy efficient and runs quietly, so the only sounds you’ll hear are the nickels and dimes falling into your savings account. The Kenmore 13893 has a sleek finish and hidden controls that make this a good choice for estheticians or those with kids who have curious fingers. The adjustable shelves make less shuffling of items and more space for the dishes that you don’t want to stick to the scrub. This dishwasher is a great value and the best choice.
Bosch SHE55M15UC- Evolution 500 Series-24-in-Under Counter Dishwasher – Stainless Steel
The Bosch SHE55M15UC may give you sticker shock, but a better understanding of what it has to offer is the best medicine. Not only is it a top performer, but it achieves its peak performance by running quieter and more energy efficient than most. Although this may not sound like a big deal, those with large families quickly reap the benefits. Simple cycle selection options make the washer run faster and mobile racks accommodate the biggest and most interesting dishes, bowls and plates. The energy star rating promises to keep the savings coming well beyond your recovery from sticker shock.
KitchenAid Architect Series Stainless Steel Undercounter Dishwasher – KUDC03FVSS
It may be difficult for some to think of their beautiful mixer when they hear the name KitchenAid, but those who do may discover that they make good dishwashers too. There is no doubt that this is a high-end dishwasher, with adjustable tines and an optimal automatic wash sensor and it makes the list for those same features. The cleaning power on this unit has allowed it to rank in the top review lists and in the hearts of those whose homes have been equipped with one. The heated dry gets your dishes ready for use or put away as soon as the door opens. With hidden buttons and the automatic wash cycle, this is a true set it and forget it device. If you’re willing to spend for the convenience of high-powered cleaning, this is definitely the dishwasher for you.
Whirlpool DU1010XTXQ 1000 Series Sheerclean Tall Tub Built-in dishwasher
Those who are looking to save without sacrificing quality or just feel nostalgic when they hear the sudden sound and dump of a dishwasher may find that the best dishwasher for them is the Whirlpool DU101XTXQ 1000 Series. Available for less than $300, this is a budget dishwasher with all the flair of a top performer. It has 20 percent more capacity than most and still claims the coveted Energy Star rating. Those who choose this dishwasher and choose to use the high heat setting will be pleased with their exceptionally clean dishes. The touch-sensitive controls make setting up this unit easy and are a welcome upgrade from most base models.
Buying a great home appliance is about finding a unit that does the job well and makes your life easier. Take the time to seriously consider your needs and choose a dishwasher that works well and won’t cause a commotion every time you run your dinner dishes.
Katie Campbell is a Domestic Diva who enjoys incorporating modern technology into her life and home. She is a writer and Appliance Expert for Bestcovery.com.