Best dishwasher: 5 freestanding and integrated dishwasher options

Find the best dishwasher for your home from our pick of big-named brands in our expert guide

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Owning the best dishwasher can be a life saver if you need clean dishes quickly, and if you simply can't be bothered to stand at the sink to wash up. We know, first-world problems eh?

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. There's also the integrated, freestanding and slimline dishwashers to compare and contrast so although a dishwasher will make cleaning a lot easier, finding one in the first place can be a little tricky.

To make the process of selecting the best dishwasher for your home 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.

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If you're after the best dishwasher (in our opinion) we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Bosch Serie 4 SMS46II01G Standard Free Standing 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 G5222SC Standard Free Standing 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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best dishwasher - Bosch Serie 4 SMS46II01G Standard Dishwasher Freestanding Dishwasher

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1. Bosch Serie 4 SMS46II01G Standard Free Standing Dishwasher

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


Place settings: 13
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 46dB
Type: freestanding
Dimensions: H84.5 x W60.0 x D60cm

Reasons to buy

13 place settings
Cutlery tray
Quick wash cycle
Energy efficient 

Reasons to avoid


Bosch has an excellent reputation in the dishwashing world and this Bosch dishwasher comes highly rated online. Customers are particularly impressed on the noise front (or lack thereof) and also love how easy it is to use.

Very vario
This Bosch model has a VarioDrawer at the top, and VarioFlex throughout. The drawer accommodates up to 13 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.

best dishwasher from Miele: Miele G5222SC Standard Free Standing Dishwasher

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2. Miele G5222SC Standard Free Standing Dishwasher

Best dishwasher from Miele: high spec, high performance – low effort


Place settings: 14
Energy rating: A+++
Noise level: 45dB
Type: Freestanding
Dimensions: H84.5 x W59.8 x D60cm

Reasons to buy

Automatic detergent dispenser
Voice control
Extra Quiet programme goes as low as 38dB

Reasons to avoid


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 favourites are the automatic functions. The auto programme, for example, adapts settings to save time and energy. And the AutoOpen Drying function will automatically release the door at the end of a cycle to let fresh air get rid of any stray droplets.

Quality, every time
This dishwasher will make up to 14 place settings shine, and within 58 minutes if you need with the quick wash setting.

And it's not just outstanding cleaning for the first few months either. Like all Miele appliances, this model has been tested for the equivalent of 20 years’ use, so you can be confident that it’s made to last.

best dishwasher: Bush BFSLNB9B Slimline Dishwasher

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3. Bush BFSLNB9B Slimline Dishwasher

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


Place settings: 10
Energy rating: A++
Noise level: 52dB
Type: Slimline
Dimensions: H85 x W45 x D59.8cm

Reasons to buy

Great for compact kitchens
Quick wash function
Half-load feature to save energy

Reasons to avoid

Instructions could be clearer

This dishwasher from Bush 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 65c Wash programme which leaves all your crockery and cookware gleaming and perfectly dry in just 50 minutes. And there's also a quick wash which will clean your dirty dishes in 30 minutes.

This Slimline design is well suited to the smaller kitchen with reviewers remarking on how well it suits there needs, and space, for the price. What (some) do comment on, however, is that the bottom drawer is a little flimsy but are still over all impressed. This dishwasher also comes in a choice of colours so you can have white or black to suit your decor.

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


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

if 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. 

Best integrated dishwasher you can buy: HOOVER HDI 3DO623D-80 Full-size Fully Integrated NFC Dishwasher

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5. Hoover HDI 1LO38SA Full Size Integrated Dishwasher

Best integrated dishwasher you can buy: the Hoover HDI 1LO38SA ticks all the right boxes


Best for: All-rounder
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H82cm x W59.8cm x D55cm
Noise level: 53dB

Reasons to buy

6 programmes and four temperatures
Door automatically opens for fresh air drying
Energy efficient
Ability to control via an app

Reasons to avoid

Fixed hinge (check your furniture door will fit before buying)

This is our pick of the best integrated dishwasher you can buy – hence our big yellow Real Homes Loves badge –, and for good reasons too. 

Quick cycles
In a rush? There's a quick cycle which takes just 29 minutes. 

You can wash up to 13 place settings in one load with 6 wash programmes and 4 temperatures to play around with – it has everything you need to get your crockery looking good as new.

Energy ratings
Not only does this machine have an energy rating of A+ there's an Eco-Wash setting which takes 170 minutes, too.

Smart control
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. 

How to choose the best dishwasher

Much like it is when buying the best washing machine to clean your laundry, honing in on the best dishwasher requires some consideration into what you envisage the appliance to look like in your home.

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. Either way, it often makes sense to choose the best slimline dishwasher if you're short on space.

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.

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Linda Clayton

Linda is a freelance journalist who has specialised in homes and interiors for the past 19 years, beginning on a trade rag for the Daily Mail Group and now writing full-time for the likes of Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, and of course Real Homes. Linda is our resident mattress reviewer. She spends at least a week on every mattress she tests for us, as does her ever-patient husband. In reviewing mattresses for us for more than a year, she has become something of a very opinionated expert. She lives in Devon with her cabinetmaker husband, two daughters and many pets, and is locked in an on-going battle to drag their red brick Victorian home out of 1970s swirly-carpet hell...