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Top five dishwashers for 2019

By Hannah Walsh

We've rounded up the very best of our Best Buy full-sized and slimline dishwashers to help you find the right model for your home.

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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, such as milk, tea, eggs, oats and spinach, 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

89%
£849.99
Reviewed

If there ever were a perfect dishwasher, this would be it. Its cleaning and drying ability is superb, and it's quiet, user-friendly and energy efficient - all making it our highest-scoring Best Buy.

Best fully integrated dishwasher

85%
£588.99
Reviewed

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

80%
£1,249.00
Reviewed

This dishwasher is among the most efficient we've ever tested - even among other Energy Saver dishwashers, it would save you money. The fact that it also still gives five-star cleaning and drying is nothing short of magic.

Best slimline dishwasher

75%
£899.00
Reviewed

This is one of the highest scoring slimline dishwashers we've ever tested - is it the one for you?

Best cheap dishwasher

75%
£230.00
Reviewed

This fully sized integrated dishwasher is available at an affordable price but brings some premium features, such as a smart wash program that adjusts the time and temperature to suit how dirty the dishes are. Will this dishwasher prove to be a false economy? Read our full review to find out how good it really is.

Not found the product for you? Browse all of our dishwasher reviews.

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

39%
£189.99
Reviewed

This slimline model is a disappointment - it doesn't impress when it comes to cleaning or drying and isn't the easiest to use.

36%
£689.00
Reviewed

This is a semi-integrated one-drawer dishwasher that has room for 60 items. It got a measly one-star rating for cleaning, as it repeatedly failed to clean tea stains off cups and saucers, and didn't remove the smeared-on spinach from plates.

33%
£699.00
Reviewed

This is a semi-integrated one-drawer dishwasher that has room for 60 items. It got a measly one-star rating for cleaning, as it repeatedly failed to clean tea stains off cups and saucers, and didn't remove the smeared-on spinach from plates.

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.

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