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The 5 Best 18 Inch Dishwashers for 2022

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 28, 2022 7:00 AM
Jeff Allaire

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The typical dishwasher width of around 24" just doesn't cut it for small spaces. For narrow kitchens, small apartments, and other situations, many people turn to the 18-inch dishwasher to maximize space. In this article, we compare five of the best 18-inch dishwashers on the market to help you get the best bang for your buck!

We focused on built-in models here, but we also compared the best portable dishwashers if that's what you're looking for. Here are our picks for the best 18-inch dishwashers of 2022 - in no particular order, numbered for your convenience. Check out our dishwasher buying guide for more info on choosing a great new dishwasher!

 

Table of Contents

  1. GE Profile PDT145SSLSS
  2. Electrolux EIDW1805KS
  3. Danby DDW1804EBSS*
  4. Whirlpool WDF518SAHM
  5. Frigidaire FFBD1831US

 *This is the cheapest model that we recommend. Retail price is around $679.

 

What You Should Know About 18 Inch Dishwashers - ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE A FIRST-TIME BUYER!

These dishwashers are smaller, but they're usually not cheaper than a standard 24" wide model. Most are around $700 and up. Mainstream brands like Electrolux, GE Appliances, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire make them, as well as smaller brands like Danby and Summit.

The external height of an 18-inch dishwasher is also slightly shorter on average than for a 24-inch model. A full-size built-in dishwasher is usually about 33.9" tall, while many 18" dishwashers are between 32-33" tall. This is convenient for issues like shorter countertops or raised sub-floors that limit the vertical space for installation. However, with tall countertops, you may see a gap between the dishwasher and the floor if the kickplate isn't tall enough to conceal it.

Rack spacing can be an issue with these smaller models, both between racks and within them. If you have "chunky" earthenware or stoneware plates and bowls, tine spacing and angles are of particular concern. You'll also want to consider the diameter of your full-sized plates and whether they'll fit in the lower rack without catching on the upper wash arm.

Cycle times for dishwashers have gotten longer as they have become more energy efficient. You can expect a typical wash cycle to last about 2 hours, just like with a standard-size dishwasher. This can be inconvenient if you have a lot of dishes to wash.

They work best for small households of 1-3 people, or people with light dishwashing needs. Many 18" dishwashers claim to have an 8-10 place setting capacity*, while a full size dishwasher will usually fit 12-14. Whether you can actually fully utilize the claimed capacity will vary because cups, bowls, etc are not standard in size and thickness. If you have smaller cup diameters and porcelain plates and bowls, you'll have better luck.

*You might be asking: What the heck is a place setting? One "place setting" equals:

  • 1 dinner plate

  • 1 smaller snack plate

  • 1 saucer

  • 1 bowl

  • 1 coffee cup

  • 1 drinking glass

  • 1 knife

  • 2 teaspoons

  • 2 forks

 

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1. GE Profile PDT145SSLSS - 47 dB - $998

The hidden top controls and pocket handle of the GE Profile PDT145SSLSS dishwasher give it a premium look. The low profile installation works well for 34" tall countertops and raised sub floors. If you're looking for a smart dishwasher, you can add GE's Connect Plus module to receive alerts when a cycle is finished, among other features.

Overall, this 18-inch dishwasher has simple controls and options. The upper rack is adjustable, while the lower rack has fold down tines and room for up to eight place settings. The Piranha hard food disposer pulverizes large food particles to prevent debris from clogging the wash arms. The NSF-certified Sanitize option will use a high-heat rinse to reduce bacteria by 99.999%, ideal for baby bottles and other items that you want to be as clean as possible.

The main complaint we've seen about this dishwasher, although it is by no means universal, is that you have to open the door at the end of the wash cycle to get the best drying performance. This type of drying tends to be less effective on plastic items. Some customers also found that the rack spacing and tine setup didn't work for their dishes, in particular stoneware items. Take note of these drying performance issues if you consider buying this item.

If you're looking for a dishwasher with a premium exterior design, this GE Profile model may be the best 18-inch dishwasher for you! It's available in black, white, and stainless steel at $998.

 

Features:

  • 3 Programs: Heavy, AutoSense, Light

  • 3 Options: Boost (Wash Temp), Sanitize, Delay Start (12 Hours)

  • 8 place settings capacity

  • ADA Compliant

  • Stainless steel tub

  • Top controls with pocket handle

  • Adjustable upper rack

 

Click here to read over 45 real customer reviews of this product!

 

GE Profile PDT145SSLSS - $998

GE Profile PDT145SSLSS 18 Inch Dishwasher

 

 

2. Electrolux EIDW1805KS - 56 dB - $999

Next up is a model from Electrolux, the Electrolux EIDW1805KS, which retails at $999 and is available in stainless steel. This model has fully integrated top controls and a bar handle. Also, it features a Luxury-Hold™ Door, so its door stays put regardless of the angle you leave it. This 18" dishwasher operates at 56 decibels, is Energy Star rated so you'll definitely save energy, and is ADA compliant.

The nylon-coated upper and lower racks extend effortlessly, thanks to the Luxury-Glide technology. The upper rack is also adjustable and removable, so you have the flexibility to fit more items even though this is an 18-inch dishwasher. Other rack system features include a stemware holder, fold-down tines, and a 3-piece split silverware basket. This model also has stainless steel interior, which resists staining and odor and reduces noise compared to plastic tubs.

Make sure to check out this model when you shop for an 18-inch dishwasher! The Platinum Star limited warranty offers one year of coverage on labor and three years on parts to give you peace of mind.

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: Quick, Heavy, Normal, Eco Wash, Rinse Only

  • 4 Options: Air Dry, Hi-Temp Wash, Sanitize, Delay Start

  • Energy Star rated

  • ADA Compliant

  • Stainless steel tub

  • Top controls with bar handle

  • Adjustable upper rack

 

Click here to read over 50 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Electrolux EIDW1805KS - $999

Electrolux EIDW1805KS 18-Inch Dishwasher

 

 

3. Danby DDW1804EBSS - 52 dB - $679

One of the cheapest 18-inch dishwashers that we'd recommend is the Danby DDW1804EBSS, which retails at around $679 in stainless steel. It has some great features for that price point and some that are par for the course in a sub-$700 model. If you're on a tight budget, this could be a great option for you.

It has a stainless steel interior tub, which is more durable than plastic and has better drying results. It operates at a respectable 52 decibels - it will be somewhat louder than the other dishwashers on our list, but at this price, that decibel rating is actually pretty impressive. (To learn more about dishwasher operation noise, check out our article on dishwasher decibel levels.)

Although this model has mixed reviews online, in our research, we haven't seen recurring items of concern. Some people weren't aware that the unit didn't ship with a power cord while others didn't know that 18" dishwashers are about an inch shorter than regular dishwashers. The main issue we saw was trouble getting in contact with Danby's customer service. If you're purchasing from a local dealer like us that has their own service team, they can handle any issues in-house.

 

Features:

  • 6 Programs: Normal, Heavy, ECO, Glass, Rapid, Rinse

  • 4 Options: High Temp Wash, Heated Dry, Sanitize, Delay Start (1-24 Hrs)

  • 8 place settings capacity

  • Front controls with pocket handle

  • Stainless steel tub

 

Danby DDW1804EBSS - $679

Danby DDW1804EBSS 18 Inch Dishwasher

 

 

4. Whirlpool WDF518SAHM - 50 dB - $999

Available in stainless steel at $999 and white or black at $949, the Whirlpool WDF518SAHM is another ADA-compliant option among the best 18-inch dishwashers! With 50 decibel operation, it's not the quietest dishwasher around, but noticeably quieter than older models and falls below the typical conversation level of 60 dBA.

Convenient features like the adjustable upper rack and Quick Wash program help you make the most out of a smaller dishwasher. The touch screen controls are a nice upgrade from more basic front control dishwashers, too. The Hi Temp Wash option is a great choice for items like baby bottles. Each rack features its own spray arm to ensure a thorough clean. Heated Dry is a feature many people miss from their old dishwashers. It uses more energy but can help dry dishes more quickly.

Some people found that the rack design didn't meet their needs - the tine spacing may be somewhat tighter than what you'd typically find on a 24" dishwasher, and the utensil rack is placed at the center rear of the lower rack which limits space for larger items.

 

Features:

  • 5 Programs: Heavy, Normal, Quick Wash, Rinse Only, Light/China

  • 3 Options: Delay Start (24 Hours), Heated Dry, Hi Temp Wash

  • ADA Compliant

  • 8 place settings capacity

  • Stainless steel tub

  • Front controls with pocket handle

  • Adjustable upper rack

 

Click here to read real customer reviews of this product!

 

Whirlpool WDF518SAHM - $999

Best 18 Inch Dishwasher_Whirlpool WDF518SAHM

 

 

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5. Frigidaire FFBD1831US - 52 db - $869

Last but not least in our reviews of the best 18-inch dishwasher models is the Frigidaire FFBD1831US, a front control model with a pocket handle available at $869 in stainless steel and at $819 in black or in white. While it's not as quiet as the other models in this post, with its 52-decibel operation, it's still quieter than older dishwashers. It's also ADA compliant.

For its price, you get multiple cleaning cycle options you're familiar with, like Heavy Wash, Quick Wash, and Rinse Only. This model is Energy Star rated and has an Energy Saver program. It also features the NSF-certified Sanitize option that eliminates 99.9% of common household bacteria and the heated drying system helps dry your dishes more quickly. For a thorough clean, you can rely on its dual spray arm system. Cycle status indicators let you know when the dishwasher is in delay, wash, dry, and clean mode.

There are many positive customer reviews. One of the complaints people have had with this model are that it doesn't dry well despite the heated drying, and some people also had issues with the model leaking. Although the happy reviews outweigh the unhappy ones, we think the other models on our list are worth a second look.

 

Features:

  • 6 Programs: Heavy, Normal, Quick, China Crystal, Energy Saver, Rinse Only

  • 4 Options: Sanitize, High Temp, Heat Dry, Delay Start (24 Hours)

  • 8 place settings capacity

  • ADA compliant

  • Stainless steel tub

  • Front controls with pocket handle

  

Click here to read over 205 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Frigidaire FFBD1831US - $869

Frigidaire FFBD1831US 18 Inch Dishwasher-1

 

 

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That's it for our list of the top five best 18-inch dishwashers of 2022. Most dishwashers have 8 place settings capacity. Even the cheapest models on our list have Energy Star ratings, durable nylon-coated racks, and stainless steel tubs. If you prefer the smooth look of hidden top controls, check out the GE Profile model (#1) and the Electrolux model (#2). 

Which of these options is your favorite? Do you value the quiet models or a basic model like the Whirlpool option? Leave us a comment below - We’d love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in May of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Dishwashers

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