6 of the best dishwashers for cleaning your crockery

Save time and money on your energy bills with a handy dishwasher to do the hard work for you. Here's our guide to the best dishwashers

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Researching new kitchen appliances? Turn your attention to the washing up. Nobody likes doing it, and it uses a lot of water, which in turn increases your energy bills. Investing in a dishwasher could change all of that. With today’s technology, dishwashers can help you cut your energy bills and they give you a place to store your dirty dishes so that your kitchen always looks squeaky clean. We’ve rounded up a list of the best, while considering all styles of kitchen and budget options. So throw your marigolds in the bin and treat yourself.

What to consider when buying a 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. If you have a particularly small kitchen, you can also get slimline dishwashers that are a fraction of the width.

Check the dishwasher's capacity

You can pretty much pop anything in a dishwasher these days, but make sure you check the capacity and the amount of space on the racks available. Some come with adjustable racks and prongs so you can fit in larger items when needed, but some don't. Many people don’t like to put glass in the dishwasher, but they normally clean well on the top shelf, and some dishwashers have special settings to ensure a more delicate wash. 

Dishwasher energy efficiency

Energy ratings go from a D to a A+++, with most being very highly efficient. Most dishwashers will also come with an Eco-Wash setting, which takes a little longer, but every little helps. 

What do dishwashers cost?

The cost of a dishwasher can range from anything between £200 and £1,000, depending on its capacity and energy rating. 

Miele G 6860 SCVI Integrated Dishwasher

(Image: © Miele G 6860 SCVI Integrated Dishwasher)

1. Miele G 6860 SCVI Integrated Dishwasher

A quick and easy wash with excellent results

Specifications
Best for: Cleanest wash
Energy Efficiency: A+++
Dimensions: H80.5cm x W59.8cm x D57cm
Type: Integrated
Reasons to buy
+Less than one hour cycle+Wi-Fi Connectivity+Child lock
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive 

This fully integrated dishwasher is designed to fit in neatly with your kitchen’s décor and to save you space. With one of the highest energy efficient ratings a dishwasher can have, its quick power wash provides fantastic results in less than one hour. Arriving with a cutlery basket and FlexCare glass holders which ensure nothing gets broken during a cycle, you really can't go wrong. Although pricey, its sleek design and high energy rating make this a great investment for the modern home.  

Bosch SMS46II00G Freestanding Dishwasher

2. Bosch SMS46II00G Freestanding Dishwasher

A dishwasher smart in both appearance and functionality

Specifications
Best for: Minimal streaking
Energy Efficiency: A++
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W60cm x D60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Height adjustable top basket+AquaSensor assesses how much water is required+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-No alarm to alert when finished

If you're looking for smart at a realistic price, this dishwasher from Bosch ticks all the boxes. 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. With a host of automatic settings to choose from and a glass 40 degrees protective program, you'll never have to worry about ruining your best wine glasses again. Our only complaint? There's no audible alarm to alert when it's finished cleaning, but if you can look past that, it may just be the perfect dishwasher for you.

Bosh SMS53M02GB Freestanding Dishwasher

3. Bosh SMS53M02GB Freestanding Dishwasher

An eco-friendly dishwasher ideal for family households

Specifications
Best for: Families
Energy Efficiency: A++
Dimensions: H84.5cm x W60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Child lock+Glass protection technology
Reasons to avoid
-Tray is a little small-Eco cycle is long

If you have a big family, the last thing you want to do after cooking for everyone is then wash up after them. With this dishwasher, you can load everything up and let the machine use its ActiveWater Technology to do the hard work. The door has a child lock preventing little ones from accidentally opening it mid-cycle and causing a flood, and you can load up to 132 items in one go. The trays are a little small, but as long as you don’t over-stack, it works a dream. It even has a load sensor so it will use less water when it is not completely full. Win win!

Hotpoint SIAL 11010P 10 Place Slimline Dishwasher

4. Hotpoint SIAL 11010P 10 Place Slimline Dishwasher

A budget dishwasher ideal for small kitchens

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H88.5cm x W59.8cm x D62.5cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Slim line+Adjustable rack+Quiet to run
Reasons to avoid
-Not as efficient as others

This slimline dishwasher would fit neatly in any kitchen without taking up too much room and provides an economic wash that can help you save on your energy bills. Although not the most stylish, this basic model is super easy to use with an LED display and simple interface allowing you to pick from seven different wash programmes. You can delay the cycle by up to 12 hours and each cycle is quick and quiet. Although smaller than other dishwashers as it's slimline, it'll suit a small family perfectly. Washing up has never been so easy...

Smeg DF6FABRD Retro Freestanding Dishwasher

5. Smeg DF6FABRD Retro Freestanding Dishwasher

A good-looking dishwasher for the retro kitchen

Specifications
Best for: Style
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H88.5cm x W59.8cm x D62.5cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Looks great+27 minute wash
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most energy efficient 

The Smeg dishwasher is any retro-lover's dream and it would look fantastic in a country kitchen or retro style kitchen. Its fastest wash is only 27 minutes and it boasts a powerful wash that ensures even water distribution. With adjustable sections you can organise the dishwasher in the way that suits your needs, from a few plates to glasses and larger pots and pans. A great purchase to match your other Smeg appliances...

Indesit DSR15B1 Dishwasher

6. Indesit DSR15B1 Dishwasher

A slimline dishwasher for little households

Specifications
Best for: Slim line
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H85cm x W45cm x D60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Slimline +Choice of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Not as energy efficient as others-Eco cycle takes a while

If you liked the look of the Hotpoint Slimline dishwasher but don’t like it in white, then this one comes in both silver and black to suit all styles of kitchen. Although not as energy efficient as others, it will still save you time and money on washing up and will keep your kitchen free from clutter. The perfect size for a family of three, its even easy to use. Not only is it excellent value, it's also super quiet, meaning you can put a cycle on at night for the best energy rates. 

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