6 best dishwashers for cleaning your crockery 2018

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 washing up 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 and considered all styles of kitchen and budget, so take a look and say goodbye to your dirty dishes. 

Freestanding or integrated? 

Most dishwashers are 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 what space on the racks is available. Some come with adjustable racks and prongs so you can fit in larger items when needed. Many people don’t like to put glass in the dishwasher, but they normally clean fine 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 these days. 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 anything between £200 and £1,000, depending on their capacity and energy rating.  

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: H80.5xW59.8xD57
Type: Integrated
Reasons to buy
+Less than one hour cycle+Wi-Fi Connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive 

This fully integrated dishwasher is designed to fit in neatly with your kitchen’s décor and save you space. This is one of the highest energy efficient ratings a dishwasher can have and the quick power wash provides fantastic results in less than one hour. It comes with a cutlery basket and FlexCare glass holders which ensure nothing gets broken during a cycle. Although pricey, its sleek design and high energy rating make this a great investment for the modern home.  

Bosh SMS53M02GB Freestanding Dishwasher

2. Bosh SMS53M02GB Freestanding Dishwasher

An eco-friendly dishwasher ideal for family households

Specifications
Best for: Families
Energy Efficiency: A++
Dimensions: H84.5xW60
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Child lock+Glass protection technology
Reasons to avoid
-Trays a little small 

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 which prevents your little ones from accidentally opening it mid-cycle and causing a flood. Some users say the trays are a little small, but as long as you don’t over stack, this dishwasher works a dream. It even has a load sensor so it will use less water when it is not completely full. 

Bosch SMS46II00G Freestanding Dishwasher

3. Bosch SMS46II00G Freestanding Dishwasher

A dishwasher smart in appearance and functionality

Specifications
Best for: Minimal streaking
Energy Efficiency: A++
Dimensions: H84.5xW60xD60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Height adjustable top basket+AquaSensor assesses how much water is required

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. There's a host of automatic settings to choose from and a glass 40 degrees protective program so you don't need to worry about it ruining your best wine glasses. 

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: H88.5xW59.8xD62.5cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Slim line+Adjustable rack

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 that allows 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; 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: H88.5xW59.8xD62.5cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Looks great+27 minute wash

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 slim line dishwasher for little households

Specifications
Best for: Slim line
Energy Efficiency: A+
Dimensions: H85xW45xD60cm
Type: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+Slimline +Choice of colours

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. It isn’t as energy efficient as some others, but will still save you time and money on washing up and will keep your kitchen free from clutter. Users say it is the perfect size for a family of three and is really easy to use. This dishwasher is excellent value and super quiet, meaning you can put a cycle on at night for the best energy rates. 

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