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Best new dishwashers to tackle Christmas dishes

Beko, Neff, Indesit and Zanussi models just tested

Beko DSFN6839W

Beko says its DSFN6839W uses just six litres of water per wash

Our latest round of dishwasher tests has revealed two brand new Best Buy dishwashers that should be perfect for tackling the grease, dregs and grime left after Christmas dinner parties.

We tested six of the latest models including three cheap dishwashers priced £300 or less – the Beko DW603 (£249), Indesit DFG15B1UK (£223) and Indesit DIF04B1UK (£299). You can see if any of these models gave more expensive rivals a run for their money in our dishwasher reviews section. 

Lowest water use in the dishwasher market? 

The line-up also included the full-sized Beko DSFN6839W dishwasher (£349), which its manufacturer claims uses just six litres of water per wash. To put that into context, a standard washing up bowl holds about eight to 10 litres of water. Such low water use would be particularly thrifty for a dishwasher of the Beko’s size and would put it among the most water efficient dishwashers we’ve tested if the claim is accurate. 

Which? dishwasher expert Yvette Fletcher said: ‘As consumers continue to feel the pinch, more shoppers are on the look out for machines that use less water and energy. But no matter how water efficient it is, a dishwasher is no good if it leaves your dishes dirty or needing an extra rinse.’

We know that the most important thing to you about dishwashers is that they leave your dishes sparkling clean and thoroughly dry. So, to score highly in our tests, a dishwasher needs to be good at both. See which models hit the benchmark on our Best Buy dishwashers page. 

As consumers continue to feel the pinch, more shoppers are on the look out for machines that use less water and energy

Yvette Fletcher,
Which? dishwashers expert

What makes a Best Buy dishwasher?

Other factors to think about when choosing a dishwasher are how noisy it is, how easy it is to program, whether it leaves watermarks and how simple it is to load. We test all these and more in our tests, and because we don’t accept advertising you can count on Which? reviews to reveal the true story about how good an appliance is.

Our reviews also tell you whether a dishwasher includes features to make life a little easier, like a delayed start option or height adjustable racks that will enable you to fit in bulky items such as Tupperware or cooking trays, as well as your dirty plates, glasses and cutlery. 

More advanced features are available on some machines that automatically judge how dirty your dishes are and choose the right settings accordingly. We’ve just reviewed the Zanussi ZDF14001WA which comes with this ‘fuzzy logic’ technology. Our full Zanussi ZDF14001WA review reveals whether it makes any difference.

Dishwashers tested

The full list of dishwashers we’ve just tested is as follows:

  • Beko DSFN6839W (£349)
  • Beko DW603 (£249)
  • Indesit DFG15B1UK White (£223)
  • Indesit DIF04B1UK (£299)
  • Neff S51E50X2GB/18 (£429)
  • Zanussi ZDF14001WA (£329).

More on this…

  • Read up on how to buy the best dishwasher
  • Find out more about how we test dishwashers
  • See our guide revealing the best dishwasher brands
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