Best dishwasher 2019: speed through the washing up

The best dishwasher will help you save time, money on your energy bills and elbow grease. Here's our guide to the top picks

Best dishwasher: BEKO DEN59420DX Full-size Smart Dishwasher in kitchen

The best dishwasher you can find for your kitchen is the one appliance that we all need, no matter if you're a one-pan recipe master or you live on your own and have minimal washing up. They can, without a doubt, be handy for those days when you just don't want to wash up after yourself, or if you're having guests over for dinner. 

Freestanding models easily slot under worktop space in your kitchen, while integrated designs can make a sleek looking kitchen more streamlined still, and slimline models are best for small kitchens or small households. But which to choose?

Check out our pick of the best dishwashers for your kitchen. If you're looking for more kitchen appliance recommendations, head over to our hub page.

What is the best dishwasher?

The Miele G 6630 dishwasher takes our top spot. It's user-friendly and quiet when running, there's a wide choice of cycles and it dries brilliantly. Read on to find out more and to see the rest of our top pick.

How to buy the best dishwasher

Freestanding or integrated? 

The majority of dishwashers made as freestanding units are usually no wider than 60cm and stand a little below your kitchen countertop level. If you’re looking to save space or want to keep a certain aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, you can also get integrated dishwashers that are designed to sit behind a façade that matches your kitchen cupboards.

Check your dishwasher's capacity

If you're a family of five, you're going to want a dishwasher that's on the larger side, has a few racks and can fit a fair amount of kitchenware, so you're not having to put it on several times a day. But for those who are a couple or live on their own, a smaller model will do fine, or you could even consider a slimline dishwasher if you're being really space-savvy.

How many speed settings does the dishwasher have?

It's worth checking if there's a quick wash option on your new dishwasher, and how long it takes. It's also worth noting how many different settings there are, which can be useful for those who own nice kitchenware that needs to be delicately washed, or for those who prefer an EcoWash. 

How noisy is your dishwasher?

Check out how noisy the dishwasher is, especially if you live in a flat or if your bedroom or living room is right by the kitchen. Or, of course, if your kitchen doubles up as a living room/diner.

Dishwasher energy efficiency

Ranging from D to A+++, the latter being the better, dishwasher energy efficiency can affect your utility bills, so there's really no excuse not to shop for one that's energy efficient. Look out for dishwashers that have eco wash cycles which take longer to complete, but will save you money in the long run on your bills.

What do dishwashers cost?

Dishwashers can range from £200 to £1,000 (and sometimes beyond), but a higher price tag doesn't mean they're better. Depending on their capacity and energy rating, be sure to choose one which suits your needs best.

THE BEST DISHWASHERS

Miele G 6630

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1. Miele G 6630

Best dishwasher: a better freestanding dishwasher you will not find

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Energy Efficiency: A+++
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W59.8cm x D60cm
Noise Level: 43dB
Reasons to buy
+Excellent at cleaning and drying+Easy to load+Easy to use control panel 
Reasons to avoid
-Only has basic features

Easy to use and super quiet, the Miele G 6630 takes the top spot in our round up of the best dishwashers.

Easy to use

The Miele G6630SC has 14 place settings and a simple set of six programmes. The go-to wash for your everyday load is the automatic programme. This measures how dirty your dishes are and then adjusts the temperature and duration of the cycle to get your dishes sparkling. Magic.

And while it might not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other models, it's easy to load and unload, with its very spacious lower rack and cutlery drawer. You can also adjust the height of the top rack so you can fit in larger pots and pans below. Clever. 

Almost silent

The Miele G6630SC operates at an unintrusive noise level of just 43dB, perfect if you have an open plan kitchen/living space. 

Plenty of cycle options

There's an all important eco wash that lasts three hours and 46 minutes; an intensive 75°C wash; a gentle wash that's ideal for glassware and china; and a quick wash that lasts 58 minutes. There's also a delay start feature that can be set in 30-minute increments up to 10 hours; then one-hour increments between 11 and 24 hours.

Dries your loads

No more having to dry off all you dishes before putting them away because this model leaves the loads bone dry. 

Beko AutoDose

2. BEKO DEN59420DX Full-size Smart Dishwasher

Best smart dishwasher: this smart dishwasher takes the hard-work out of clean dishes

Specifications
Best for: Smart
Energy Efficiency: A++
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.8cm x D60cm
Noise Level: 44dB
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Alexa+Can control with an app+Sleek looking+Available in different colours+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Need to have an Alexa to get the most out of it

Thanks to the Beko HomeWhiz app, the possibilities with the Beko DEN59420DX are are endless.

Compatible with smart assistance

It's compatible with Alexa so whether you can't be bothered to move from the sofa or you're at the office, you can turn on the dishwasher with your voice or your smartphone. 

You can pair up this dishwasher with the HomeWizz app. The app notifies you when the salt needs replenishing or the filter needs cleaning, and it lets you store your favourite tailored programmes in a tab so they can be easily chosen.

Lots of programmes

It comes with eight programs, plus a prewash option. There are auto 45ºC and 65ºC programmes for everyday cleaning; an eco 50°C wash for three hours and 40 minutes; an intensive 70°C wash; and a delicate 40°C wash. There's also two quick wash options; Quick&Shine which lasts just under an hour; and a mini 30 minute 35ºC wash.

And if that wasn't enough, there is also a two zone wash called Aquaflex, which gives the dishes on the lower rack a more intense wash, and a SteamGloss programme for shiny glassware. 

AutoDose software

With the auto programme, you can fill up you dishwasher with up to a month's worth of detergent. It should then use the perfect amount of liquid detergent and rinse aid for your load.

Machine-care programme

Reviewers massively praise this function. The InnerClean programme can be run every few months when the dishwasher is empty to keep it working perfectly. 

Bosch SPS46II00G

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3. Bosch SMS46II00G Slimline Freestanding Dishwasher

Best slimline dishwasher: smart in both appearance and functionality

Specifications
Best for: compact size
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W45cm x D60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Slimline+Dries effectively
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy

If you're looking for the best dishwasher at a realistic price, the Bosch SMS46II00G ticks all the boxes.

Slimline design 

Didn't think you had room for a dishwasher in your small kitchen? Think again, because this Bosch model is just 45cm wide! The one downside is that its compact size can make it tricky to load efficiently (but then you ARE buying it for its neat proportions), but the good results you get from this dishwasher make up for the inconvenience. 

Flexible loading options

The SPS46II00G offers total flexibility thanks to Bosch's VarioFlex feature which allows you to adjust the top basket. That means, despite its size, you can get larger items on the lower rack.

Efficient + water saving

Those worried about water bills will be pleased to learn about its host of efficiency features. There's ActiveWater, which enables the dishwasher to use less water while increasing performance, and AquaSensor, which ensures the dishwasher is never using more water than it needs. 

Range of programmes

There are seven programmes, including an intensive wash; eco; Silence; 40ºC glass; and a quick cycle. As well as these, you can set a more intense wash for the large dirty dishes on the bottom rack, speed up the cycle and boost the drying time.

See the best of the rest slimline dishwashers for a small kitchen in our buyer's guide.

SIEMENS iQ500 SR256I00TE FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

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4. SIEMENS iQ500 SR256I00TE FREESTANDING SLIMLINE DISHWASHER

Best quiet dishwasher: this slimline model has a super silent option, meaning it won't wake the kids - result!

Specifications
Best for: Slimline silence
Energy Efficiency: A++
Noise level: 44dB
Dimensions: H81.5cm xW45cm x D60cm
Noise Level: 44dB
Reasons to buy
+Programme running times reduced by 66 per cent+Interior lights+AutoProgramme control
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looking

Another great option for smaller kitchens, the Siemens iQ500 SR256I00TE cleans and dries well, and doesn't use up too much energy. 

DuoPower® double spray arm

The standout feature on this dishwasher is the duoPower® double spray arm, which gives fantastic cleaning results thanks to better water distribution. It also cuts down on water usage making this a really energy efficient dishwasher. 

Flexible design 

You can adjust the height of the top basket to allow room for bulkier items below. Plus, rather than wasting space on a bulky cutlery basket, this model has a third level just for cutlery and smaller items. 

Range of programmes

The auto programme analyses the dirt on your dishes for a more tailored wash, which is a real plus. As well as that there's also an intensive programme; an eco-wash; silent wash; a lower temperature cycle for glassware; and a machine care cycle. You can also change the wash time; increase the water pressure for the lower level; and run the drying cycle for longer (perfect for plastic).

Belling FDW150W

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5. Belling FDW150W

Best dishwasher for large families

Specifications
Best for: Large capicity
Energy Efficiency: A+++
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W59.8cm x D60cm
Noise Level: 40dB
Reasons to buy
+Doesn't leave water marks+Easy to load and unload

The Belling FDW150W is the largest model of the bunch, and the best dishwasher for large families with loads of washing up to get through.

Large capacity 

The Belling FDW150W can hold up to 15 place settings. Most models hold 13 to 14 settings, so you are getting a fair bit more room with this one. It would be great for a large household or if you love to host. 

Excellent at cleaning 

Cleaning performance is great, as you would hope for in a list of best dishwashers. But users were particularly impressed by this model's ability to remove even the most stubborn food. It removes every trace, even bits that have dried on. Plus everything comes out bone dry, even plastics which usually need an extra dry when coming out of the dishwasher. 

Effective eco-wash programme 

The auto wash is pretty energy- and water-efficient, but this model is even more frugal if you use the eco programme; this feature uses about 30 per cent less water than the auto wash cycle. 

Easy to use

Thanks to it being so roomy, this dishwasher is really easy to load and unload. It's a bit of a squeeze at full capacity, but you can adjust the height of the top rack to make the most of the space. You can actually move the top rack while it's full, something very few other models can do. 

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