Best dishwasher 2020: 5 top freestanding, integrated and slimline dishwashers

Find the best dishwasher from big-named brands such as Miele, Bosch and BEKO in our expert guide, for the best price

best dishwasher: Bosch
Bosch SMS46MI01G Freestanding Dishwasher
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Having one of the best dishwashers in the house – albeit fully-sized, integrated or a slimline dishwasher – will make cleaning up after meal times a doddle. And although we may be one of the first to admit that we LOVE keeping the kitchen tidy, we would, however, much rather be outside enjoying the garden this summer rather than cleaning dirty dishes.

While they’re all designed to do the same job, not every dishwasher is created equal – some are smart, others are cheap and then there are quiet models, too.

To make the process of selecting the best dishwasher slightly less overwhelming, we’ve cut through the jargon, studied the details, and checked out the reviews to find the very best makes and models around. You’ll find our handy round-up, including our pick of the best integrated dishwasher, below.

The best dishwashers for 2020

best dishwasher - Bosch SMS46MI01G Freestanding Dishwasher

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1. Bosch SMS46MI01G Freestanding Dishwasher

Best dishwasher all round: a great brand, this one's whisper quiet and tea-towel dry

Specifications
Place settings: 14
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 46dB
Type: freestanding
Dimensions: H84.5 x W60.0 x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+14 place settings+Cutlery tray+Energy efficient 
Reasons to avoid
-Long eco time (3hours 45 minutes)

Bosch has an excellent reputation in the dishwashing world and this Bosch SMS46MI01G comes highly rated online. Customers are particularly impressed on the noise front (or lack thereof) and also love the cutlery tray, which is easy to unload and saves space for big pans on the bottom rack. 

Very vario

This Bosch model has a VarioDrawer at the top, and VarioFlex throughout. The drawer accommodates up to 14 place settings of cutlery and smaller utensils, such as whisks and ladles, so you no longer have to battle with the cutlery basket! And with the VarioFlex, the clue is in the name: the baskets can flex to accommodate pots and pans, or different shapes and sizes.

Keeping it simple

Although this dishwasher has a variety of well thought out additions, Bosch have kept the control panel simple to navigate. This way you can easily select the best programmes for your needs; from rinsing glass to removing baked on foods from pans.

Save water

There are plenty of dishwashers with half-load capability to save water and energy when you’ve just run out of spoons. This model takes care of it using sensors that automatically detect and adjust the water levels, so you can do any size load without having to worry about pouring your money down the drain.

  • Buy the Bosch SMS46MI01G Freestanding Dishwasher

Miele G 7360 SCVI Autodose Integrated Dishwasher

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2. Miele G 7360 SCVI Autodose Integrated Dishwasher

The best dishwasher from Miele: high spec, high performance – low effort

Specifications
Place settings: 14
Energy rating: A+++
Noise level: 43dB
Type: integrated
Dimensions: H80.5cm x W59.8cm x D57cm
Reasons to buy
+Automatic detergent dispenser+Voice control+Extra Quiet programme goes as low as 38dB
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

We’re not gonna lie, this new Miele dishwasher is expensive. Some might say eye-wateringly so, which is why it's our no.2. But Miele’s reputation for longevity means you shouldn’t expect to replace it for a decade, or more, which makes the investment feel a little saner. And besides, it really is the bee’s knees. 

Dream clean

You don’t have to be a geek to enjoy the smart features on offer. Our favourite is the AutoDos system which, combined with a PowerDisk filled with detergent, automatically dispenses exactly the right amount of cleaner. Of course the detergent in question has been specially developed by Miele. We’ve watched a live demo by the company’s scientists and the dirt just melts off dishes and pans – even the dried-on food that usually requires an overnight soak.

Speak easy

Naturally this appliance is Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled and monitored via an app on your smartphone – great if you prefer to do the dishes when you’re safely out of earshot. It can also be connected to Alexa to enable Voice Control. Just call out 'Alexa, start the dishwasher' as you leave. 

Perfect fit

Miele has always been ahead of the game when it comes to smart dish stacking – it was the first to introduce cutlery trays, which are 100% easier to handle than baskets, not to mention space saving. This new dishwasher boasts a 3D MultiFlex tray plus FlexLine baskets, which basically means it’s adjustable in multiple directions to ensure everything has a place, and every inch is used. More importantly, dishes are stacked in a way that doesn’t impede cleaning so you won’t get pockets of grime that the water hasn’t been able to reach.

  • Buy the Miele G 7360 SCVI Autodose Integrated Dishwasher

best budget dishasher: Beko DFS04R11W

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3. BEKO DFS05X11W Slimline Dishwasher

Best dishwasher on a budget: this machine does everything you would expect

Specifications
Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A+
Noise level: 49dB
Type: Slimline
Dimensions: H85 x W44.8 x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Great for compact kitchens+Quick wash function+Eco programme
Reasons to avoid
-Not a lot of room between bottom rack and top rack so may be ticky to load

This Beko dishwasher is a great option for households on a budget, or if space is limited in the kitchen or utility room.

Place settings

This dishwasher has a total of ten place settings which makes it ideal for a small household.

It has a number of programmes to choose from, too. These include a useful Clean & Shine programme which leaves all your crockery and cookware gleaming and perfectly dry in just 58 minutes. And there's also a quick wash which will clean your dirty dishes in 30 minutes.

Design

This Slimline design is well suited to the smaller kitchen with many reviewers saying that it fitted the small space they has available, with one reviewer (in particular) noting that it cleaned a full day's worth of dishes for a family of 4. It looks neat and tidy, and is a quiet option, too.

  • Buy the BEKO DFS05X11W Slimline Dishwasher 

Best dishwasher slimline: Siemens SR256I00TE Slimline

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4. Siemens SR256I00TE Slimline Freestanding Dishwasher

Best slimline dishwasher: less space needn’t equal fewer features

Specifications
Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 44dB
Type: freestanding
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W45cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Automatic sensor controls+Extra dry +Glass care system
Reasons to avoid
-10 place settings won’t cut it

Slimline dishwashers save you 15cm of precious space in your kitchen but they can be surprisingly roomy inside. This SR256I00TE model can handle 10 place settings, making it perfect for a small family or couple. It’s fully loaded with features and boasts six programmes, including special treatment for glasses and a quieter setting.

Double spray

Most dishwashers have one spray arm that rotates the width of the cavity. Doubling up with two smaller spray arms (side by side) not only achieves better coverage but can also help prevent that annoying clash between big pan and spray arm that stops the rotation working effectively. Clever. And the proof is in the pudding, or pudding dish as it were – sparkling clean dishes from top to bottom, according to the many, many gushing online reviews. 

Flexible baskets

When space is at a premium, it’s essential to make the most of what you’ve got. This dishwasher has varioFlex Plus and varioDrawer Pro, which are rather Germanic ways of saying they can be shifted and adjusted to suit. The bottom basket can hold two rows of glasses, while both baskets have multiple fold-down dividers to accommodate bigger items. 

Divide and conquer

Another smart features is intensiveZone, which produces a far more powerful spray on the bottom basket for dealing with the dirtiest of dishes. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual on the top basket, where delicate glassware and china mugs will be cleaned more gently. 

  • Buy the Siemens SR256I00TE Slimline Freestanding Dishwasher

Best dishwasher integrated: Hoover HDI 3DO623D-80 Full-size Fully Integrated NFC Dishwasher

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5. Hoover HDI 3DO623D-80 Full-size Fully Integrated NFC Dishwasher

Best integrated dishwasher: the Hoover HDI 3DO623D ticks all the right boxes

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Energy Efficiency: A+++
Dimensions: H82cm x W59.8cm x D55cm
Noise level: 43dB
Reasons to buy
+10 programmes and six temperatures+Door automatically opens for fresh air drying

This dishwasher gets our vote for the best integrated dishwasher, so we've given it a Real Homes badge.

Wash up to 176 items in one load in this integrated dishwasher model from Hoover. Featuring 16 place settings, 10 wash programmes and six temperatures to play around with, it has everything you need to get your crockery looking good as new. 

Quick cycle

For those who are in a rush, there's a quick cycle which takes just 24 minutes. 

Eco wash

For those who are eco-conscious, there's an Eco-Wash setting which takes 170 minutes. 

Noise levels

Not only does this machine have an energy rating of A+++, but it also boasts an impressively low noise level. 

Usability and smart capabilities

There's a third drawer which is ideal for serving spoons, large knives and any other cooking utensils. The machine can also be controlled via an app on your phone, so you can turn it on during your lunchtime at work and it'll be clean for when you arrive home. The best part? Once the cycle is finished, the dishwasher will automatically open to allow your crockery to air dry. 

  • Buy the Hoover HDI 3DO623D-80 Full-size Fully Integrated NFC Dishwasher

How to buy the best dishwasher

When it comes to the process of buying the best dishwasher, there are a few essentials that we think are really worth having. 

Integrated or freestanding?

The most important decision you need to make when choosing a dishwasher is whether you want a model that’s integrated or freestanding. If you’re choosing new appliances as part of a complete kitchen refit, you’ll create a more cohesive finish by opting for an integrated design where a furniture panel conceals the machine. However, a freestanding version may be a better choice if you’re fitting it retrospectively, or if you’re looking for a larger model.

Cutlery drawer

Look out for a cutlery drawer. It’s tucked out of the way, comfortable to load and you won’t accidentally slice your digits when emptying. Baskets are bulky and awkward by comparison (not to mention potentially dangerous when you leave the drawer out with sharp items pointing up).

Automatic sensors

Automatic sensors take the effort out of deciding which wash programme is best. Press the button, it cleans until the water runs clear – job done. 

Additional features

And finally, any tech that produces entirely dry contents. Automatic door opening, steam sucking or clever minerals, it doesn't really matter how it’s achieved, as long as you don’t have to towel everything off before it can go in the cupboards.

What is the best dishwasher?

So, let's recap...if you're after the best dishwasher (in our opinion) we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Bosch SMS46MI01G Freestanding Dishwasher. Perfect for a range of kitchens, even open plan, this Bosch dishwasher has scored highly on noise levels, the epic cutlery tray and accommodating space for large pans. 

Got a few more pennies (or couple of hundred pounds) spare? We really love the Miele G 7360 SCVI Autodose Integrated Dishwasher. Perfect for a fitted kitchen – this fully concealed model ticks all the must-have boxes mentioned above, and so many more. The space-age tech might not impress everyone but nobody can deny the sheer decadence of only having to add detergent every 20 cycles.

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