When shopping for a dishwasher, you'll want a model that's affordable yet powerful enough to blast away dirt and grime, leaving glasses sparkling and crockery with no water marks. To save you some time, we've rounded up five brilliant models that impressed in our tests.
To pick the perfect model for you, consider how often you'll be using it and the effect it'll have on your annual energy bill. Our rigorous lab tests, which cover big-name brands including Beko, Bosch and Miele, sort the impressive Best Buys from the .
Keep scrolling for a selection of top performers uncovered by our testing – the list includes an internet-enabled Bosch that you can control remotely, along with a pair of dishwashers that are brilliantly efficient, saving you money.
We liked: Simple to load and unload, brilliant at cleaning and drying, doesn't leave water marks
We didn't like: Fairly noisy, tall glasses and large plates don't fit
This impressive freestanding dishwasher from Belling cruised effortlessly through our cleaning and drying tests. It holds 15 place settings, making it well-suited to a large family.
You have seven programs to choose from – the auto setting measures how dirty your dishes are and adjusts the temperature and duration of the wash accordingly. During our lab tests, we saw this dishwasher remove every trace of food and drink, including stubborn tea stains. Everything comes out dry, and you won't need to polish glassware before putting it back in the cupboard.
We liked: Good at drying dishes, easy to adjust the height of the top rack, clear controls
We didn't like: The auto program isn't very energy efficient
If you're shopping for a slimline dishwasher, add this model from Beko to your shortlist. It has 10 place settings (the maximum for a slimline), along with five main programs and a pre-wash option. This dishwasher is quieter than most, so it shouldn't be too much of a distraction while you're in the kitchen.
During testing, we noticed that cleaning performance when using the auto program is fantastic. We chucked plates caked in egg, mince and dried-on milk inside the machine and they all left glistening and free from water marks. The drying function is equally good, particularly if you're cleaning plastic tubs that other dishwashers struggle with.
We liked: Auto and eco programs are energy efficient, doesn't use much water, easy to use
We didn't like: Makes a couple of distracting noises
The Bosch SMV6ZCX01G is a full-sized, integrated dishwasher that fits up to 14 place settings. Thanks to wi-fi support, you can control this smart dishwasher straight from your mobile – the app also lets you delay wash times and see how much energy and water the machine is using.
The auto program took just over two hours to complete a full cycle, using far less energy compared to many other fully-sized dishwashers which will save you money. This Bosch dishwasher is fantastically efficient.
We liked: Simple control panel, cleans and dries brilliantly, very quiet
We didn't like: You might struggle to fit large plates
Take a closer look at this dishwasher if it's going to be living in a household of around four people. It has room for 14 place settings and includes a self-cleaning filter, saving you from regularly having to scrub the inside of the machine. At the end of each wash, the door will open slightly to help your glasses and crockery dry out.
This dishwasher powers through the fantastic eco program in around 3 hours 18 minutes. It's also one of the quietest dishwashers we've ever tested – our lab experts said it was 'barely noticeable'. It's perfect if you work at home and don't want to be disturbed.
We liked: Doesn't leave water marks, energy-efficient eco program, simple to use
We didn't like: Not the quietest dishwasher we've tested
This Bosch dishwasher offers five programs. The go-to option is auto 45-65°C, which measures how dirty your dishes are and tweaks the temperature and duration of the wash without you having to do anything. You can use the Intensive Zone setting to increase the intensity of the wash in the lower basket.
We've taken this dishwasher for a spin and it's fantastic at cleaning everyday dishes, making light work of tea stains and bits of porridge. As an added bonus, your wash will dry very thoroughly without leaving water marks.
'Dishwashers aren’t an everyday purchase, but they can easily last for more than a decade. In other words, making the right choice today matters for years to come. It's easy to get dazzled by attention-grabbing features such as automatic detergent dosing and smart connectivity, but if your dishwasher doesn't clean mucky dishes effectively, it's not worth your money.
'Two newer features we rate highly are automatic open-door drying (which cuts down on energy use) and auto wash, designed to pick a program on your behalf based on the amount of dirt in the wash. If in doubt, check our to find out which features are worth paying a premium for.'
Alison Potter, Which? dishwashers expert
The only way to tell if a dishwasher is any good is to cram it with dirty dishes, which is part of what we do in our independent lab tests. Our recommended Best Buys take the risk out of choosing a new dishwasher.
When reviewing dishwashers, we answer important questions including: