Top five dishwashers for 2020
By Hannah Walsh
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. The picks in the table below are some of the very best dishwashers we’ve tested.
We bake each dish in our tests with a variety of foods to see how well each dishwasher cleans. We even add in some clean dishes to the load, to see if the dishwasher spreads grime around.
The best leave all dishes clean and glasses sparkling, and are easy to use, too. 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.
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Best freestanding dishwasher
Best fully integrated dishwasher
This dishwasher flew through our tests without breaking a sweat. It cleans and dries fantastically and is easy to load and unload. Sure, we've found others that are a little bit more efficient. But what sets this dishwasher apart, and gives it a lead over most, is that it runs almost silently.
Best semi integrated dishwasher
Best slimline dishwasher
This slimline dishwasher removed sticky baked-on food such as egg and spinach with ease, and did a good job of getting plates and cutlery dry. It was heavy-handed with water and energy while using the auto program, but this can be improved by switching to the eco cycle.
Best cheap dishwasher
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And here are three dishwashers to avoid
We've found dishwashers that do such a poor job of cleaning and drying that we simply can't recommend them. They're annoyingly noisy and the worst models are awkward to load and unload, too. The Don't Buy dishwashers in the table below are definitely best avoided.
Don't Buy dishwashers
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 to compare running costs for the dishwashers we've tested, head over to our dishwasher energy running costs guide to use the interactive tool.