In this guide we’ll look at the best dishwashers for the UK market.
We’ve compared size, noise levels, wash programmes and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Dishwasher?
More Detailed Dishwasher Reviews
Cookology Mini Table Top Dishwasher Review
The Cookology Mini Table Top Dishwasher puts an end to the problem of not having floor space for a full-sized appliance. This is one of the best dishwashers for a counter and it will even fit discreetly within a kitchen cupboard. This is a larger version of their earlier best-seller and will accommodate crockery from an eight place setting.
There are eight varied programmes to cater for day to day usage, as an extra pair of hands for entertaining or even just to keep on top of the daily needs of a large household. Lightweight and easy to move around, this compact and stylish table top dishwasher can sit neatly in the corner on kitchen units or stay tucked away out of sight.
Most other mini dishwashers in the class don’t offer this capacity in such a neat size, with a spacious interior split into two levels and none of that endless bending down to load a conventional large machine. For occasional or daily use, this dishwasher will produce sparkling results time after time.
Bosch SMS24AW01G Freestanding Dishwasher Review
The Bosch SMS24AW01G Freestanding Dishwasher has a twelve place capacity but also features an extra spacious interior with a top basket, which you can easily adjust to fit all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Bosch needs no introduction and this competitive price tag makes this appliance one of the best freestanding dishwashers for its size. Enjoy the quiet wizardry of Eco Silence Drive which means you barely notice the dishwasher at work in your kitchen. 21st-century technology regulates the water hardness to provide optimal care for your delicate glass and china.
An A+ energy rating will look after your bills as well as the environment and Bosch have thought of every little detail with DosageAssist, a feature which makes sure the detergent is totally dissolved. Lose the chore that we all hate with this environmentally-friendly kitchen aid.
Indesit DIF04B1 Fully Integrated Dishwasher Review
The Indesit DIF0481 Fully Integrated Dishwasher will allow you to swap the door to match your cabinetry although this stylish appliance with its stainless steel interior is good looking enough to slot happily into most kitchens.
Enjoy the environmental benefits of an Ecowash setting and A+ energy rating, cheaper bills for the home and energy saving that is good for the planet. all adding up to one of the best integrated dishwashers in terms of performance and green credentials.
Take care of all the household washing up with capacity for thirteen place settings and a height-adjustable top basket for all those awkward plates and dishes. A four-stage filter system using micro mesh filters prevents particles from entering the machine promoting both reliability and longevity.
Klarstein Amazonia 6 Table Dishwasher Review
Freestanding or built in are the options for the Klarstein Amazonia 6 Table Dishwasher, which makes light work of up to six place settings. Choose from a menu of six adjustable programmes all of which enjoy energy-efficient cleaning with an A* energy rating.
A compact and space-saving unit, the Klarstein Amazonia is a smart silver colour and is the perfect size for single households and small offices or work units. Pick the programme to suit the level of cleaning required with the intensive mode particularly effective at stubborn dirt and grease.
Easy to use, the operating panel has just three buttons and a handy timer which lets you know how long the selected programme has to run. With indicator lights alerting you to low salt or rinse aids, what more do you need? Unique Aquastop technology prevents leakage and flooding whilst the appliance is in use.
Dishwasher Buyer’s Guide
No kitchen is complete without a dishwasher, but finding the right one to suit the needs of each household and the size of kitchen will vary.
Whether you are after a large appliance for a busy household, lots of features for your fine china and glass or perhaps you need a compact unit as space is short, this buyer’s guide will help you work out exactly what your priorities are to ensure you make the right purchase.
Dishwashers are sold by size but the product description will include a reference to place settings; this provides an idea of exactly how much crockery each appliance can hold. A compact unit might accommodate six place settings whereas if you are looking for a large dishwasher for a family, then a dishwasher with thirteen or fourteen place settings is more appropriate.
The more basic and budget-friendly dishwashers tend to have fewer programmes to choose from and they are usually shorter as well and won’t have the special features of a more expensive model. Think about the type of items you are going to wash. Do you need a delicate wash programme for crystal or porcelain? Small families or couples will benefit from a half-load option or you might focus on the Energy Saver Wash sometimes also called the Eco Wash. This is much more environmentally friendly than the main intensive wash programme but will take longer as it washes the dishes at a lower temperature. This might be a good overnight selection but wouldn’t work for all households.
Ease of Use
If you are in a shared household or office, then something that is simple and self-explanatory is the way to go. Sometimes, the best dishwasher isn’t always the most complicated and if it isn’t obvious how to load it and add salt and rinse aid then you run the risk of misuse and possibly even damage. Some dishwashers can be quite intimidating so focus on how many programmes you really do need and don’t opt for an appliance that is complex and complicated with features that you will never use.
Dishwasher noise levels are measured in decibels also known as dB and the ratings refer to the sound of the machine when it is fully loaded. An average machine would create about 40-55 dB. If the appliance is in your kitchen and your house is small or open plan, then audibility is an important factor or, if you tend to use a long energy efficient wash programme overnight, a louder dishwasher can be disruptive to the rooms above or adjacent to the kitchen.
All modern dishwashers will have an energy efficiency rating, but how you use the appliance is just as important. Opt for the economy or eco programme as much as possible, this setting can save around 20% or energy by using less power to heat the water, cleaning the dishes more slowly over a longer cycle. Other ways to save energy include missing out the pre-wash – just scrape the plates before you put them in – and making sure the dishwasher is full before you use it rather than washing half loads.
How does a dishwasher work?
A dishwasher is a machine which automates the process of washing up by adding water, heating the water to the pre-selected temperature, dispensing detergent and using jets to shoot water at the dishes to clean them, before draining the dirty water away and rinsing the dishes. You can also select a drying option which uses air to dry the dishes within the appliance.
How much water does a dishwasher use?
The average dishwater uses just 9.5 litres of water per wash cycle, compare this to around 60 litres for washing up in the sink. Installing a dishwasher can save water and energy as well as significantly lowering your utility bills.
What does dishwasher salt do?
Dishwasher salt provides sodium for the resins in the appliances’ water softener and this keeps the softener working hard to capture the magnesium and calcium that cause hard water. Dishwasher salt provides that crystal clear finish on all your china and glass.
How to clean a dishwasher?
Some dishwashers have a cleaning programme, a bit like a service wash on a washing machine. You can also help the dishwasher with a few simple steps, like making sure plates are completely clear of food before they are loaded, removing any obvious particles of food that you find after a wash programme and cleaning off spatters and stains. Locate the filter in the appliance and remove it weekly. Clean with hot water and a gentle scrub with something like a toothbrush.
How to unblock a dishwasher?
Always check the filter first but if the drain has clogged up with grease and grime then you can use a homemade solution of baking soda, vinegar and hot water to try and shift the blockage.