Best cheap dishwashers for 2021
A dishwasher is a big purchase, particularly if the old one suddenly needs replacing or you’re installing a whole new kitchen. The good news is that we’ve found Best Buy dishwashers for all budgets.
Our testing has found that price is no indicator of quality – in fact, our most expensive Don’t Buy dishwasher costs over £800 while our cheapest Best Buy dishwasher will set you around £250.
Here we take a look at the best budget machines from our tests, and picked out three to avoid. And keep reading to find out what you might be missing out on by opting for a bargain, and what features to look out for.
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Last updated: April 2021
Cheap dishwashers to avoid
There are some great dishwasher bargains to be had, but we’ve also found plenty of cheap options that simply aren’t worth the money. These Don't Buys will leave you stuck at the sink rewashing grubby crockery and cutlery by hand, or reaching for a tea towel when unloading wet dishes.
What do you miss out on by going cheap?
Cheaper dishwashers often have fewer programs. This has no effect on how well the dishwasher cleans or dries, but it does limit your choices.
For example, some expensive dishwashers have a 'silent' wash, which reduces the noise made by the machine during the rinsing and washing cycles. This makes it ideal to use when you have friends round, or on a timer overnight.
Other programs that are often missed out on basic dishwashers include:
- Delicate wash: uses a lower temperature for glassware and china
- Higher temperature wash: for an extra hygienic clean, often recommended for items like baby bottles
- Two zone wash: where the top or bottom rack will get a more intense wash, so you can wash a baking tray in the same load as glassware
Occasionally very cheap dishwashers even scrimp on the display. This means you won’t be able to check how long you have left before the cycle completes.