Best dishwashers 2021
Whether you want an integrated or freestanding dishwasher that’s compact, slimline or full-sized, we’ve got a top-scoring model for you.
Hundreds of dishwashers have passed through our labs, including models from Beko, Bosch, Hotpoint, Miele, Zanussi and others.
We assess how well each dishwasher dries, and whether it leaves a lot of streaks or watermarks on cutlery, crockery and glassware, too.
But we’ve also found models that are not only awkward to load, but that will leave you with food smeared or still wet dishes that need some elbow grease to get them up to scratch.
To see our picks of the best dishwasher by size or type, follow these links:
Best dishwashers for 2021
We've selected our pick of the best dishwashers to help you find the right model for your home.
These models are great all-rounders and will leave your dishes sparkling clean - they are the very best dishwashers that we've tested this year.
Best dishwashers by size
Whether you want a compact, slimline or full-sized dishwasher, we’ve got a top-scoring model for you. Hundreds of dishwashers have passed through our labs, including models from Beko, Bosch, Hotpoint, Miele, Zanussi and others. The picks in the table below are some of the very best dishwashers we’ve tested.
Best full-width dishwasher
Best slimline dishwasher
Best compact dishwasher
Best dishwasher by type
Freestanding dishwashers are designed for front door to remain fully visible. They're available in a range of colours white, black, grey and silver.
Integrated dishwashers are designed to be incorporated into built-in kitchens. They fall into two categories fully integrated and semi integrated. Fully integrated dishwashers are hidden behind a kitchen cabinet door. Semi-integrated – where most of the front is covered, but the control panel is left visible at the top.
Best freestanding dishwasher
Best fully integrated dishwasher
Best semi integrated dishwasher
How much should you spend to buy the best dishwasher?
Whether you’re looking for a freestanding,
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We currently have 50 Best Buy dishwashers including a budget option that costs less than £220 and our top-rated model is under £630.
Cheapest Best Buy dishwasher
Video: how to buy the best dishwasher
Buying a great dishwasher means kissing goodbye to washing up by hand. Our expert guide tells you what you need to know to buy the best dishwasher for your home.
One dishwasher may look like another, but our rigorous tests have revealed huge differences in how well they clean and dry. The best will leave your crockery gleaming, while the worst will see you standing at the sink re-washing still grubby plates and bowls.
Picking the right model for you also comes down to your budget, the size of your kitchen and the capacity and features you want.
Best dishwashers: what features to look out for?
- Delay start - most dishwashers come with a delay timer, which allows you to set the dishwasher hours before you want the wash program to start.
- Adjustable racks - if you regularly host dinner parties you might want adjustable racks so you can fit platters and wine glasses in with ease.
- A child-safe lock - will protect your dishwasher’s control panel from curious little fingers.
- Smart features – this allows you to control and monitor your dishwasher remotely via an app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Automatic open door drying – this opens the door of your dishwasher slightly near the end of your wash to let the steam escape, allowing your dishes to dry better.
- Sensor wash or fuzzy logic – a more advanced feature, this measures how dirty the dishes are, and adjusts the temperature and length of the wash accordingly.
Best dishwashers for running costs
Be careful not to pick an inefficient machine. Although most models have an A rating for energy efficiency, this doesn’t mean they won’t guzzle gallons of water during each wash. Which? rates each machine out of five stars for water and energy use. Shop smart and you could save yourself £37 every year.
Our best buy not only ensure your items are left sparkling clean but also using less water in the process. If you only put your dishwasher on when it's full, the best will use less water than the usual washing up bowl, despite cleaning more than a hundred items.
Our top rated dishwasher has been awarded an "energy saver" badge and can use up to 40% less energy and 25% less water than other models.
How much energy will your dishwasher use?
We don't just test how well a dishwasher will clean your dirty plates and glasses, we calculate the annual energy running costs, too, so you don't get a shock when your utility bills land on your doormat.
Although most dishwashers have an official A-rating for energy efficiency, we've found plenty of models that use both water and electricity inefficiently - even on the eco program.
Which? gives each model a star rating of one to five for energy and water use. Look out for dishwashers with a Which? energy efficiency rating of four stars or more. If you want the most efficient dishwashers we've tested, head over to our guide on the to find our top Eco Buys.
Compare best dishwashers by brand
Discover the best and most reliable dishwasher brands, according to our Which? independent test lab reviews and survey of dishwasher owners.
We’ve asked thousands of Which? members about their dishwashers, to find out which brands impress when you install them at home. Our tough tests have also uncovered plenty of Best Buy machines that will leave your crockery and cutlery spotless, but we've also found some that fail to shift grime.
Our research means you can now see at a glance the brands that should give you unrivalled cleaning over a number of years and those that could prove a costly waste of money.
Don't Buy dishwashers to avoid
Some dishwashers do such a poor job of cleaning and drying in our tests that we’ve labelled them with our Don’t By warning. They're annoyingly noisy and the worst are a chore to load and unload, too. The Don't Buy dishwashers below are definitely best avoided.
How we test dishwashers
Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our dishwasher recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.
With more than 50 years expertise in testing appliances, you can trust that we’re the experts in separating the good from the bad.
Every dishwasher is assessed in the Which? test lab using a strict range of criteria. From how easy the machine is to load to how much water and energy it uses, our tests will reveal everything you need to know about a dishwasher.
Most importantly, we check how well each dishwasher cleans. We bake each dish in our tests with a variety of foods to see how well each dishwasher cleans.
We test dirty dishes with milk, tea, minced meat, eggs, oat flakes, spinach and margarine, baking on these substances in a heated cabinet to ensure we give dishwashers a tough, realistic test.
We then go one step further and add in some clean dishes to the load, to see if the dishwasher spreads grime around the dishwasher - you wouldn’t want to buy a machine that just moves dirt from one plate to another.