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The 7 Best Dishwashers for 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Nov 18, 2019, 9:30:00 AM
Jeff Allaire

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Are you looking to upgrade your old dishwasher in 2020? The dishwasher has evolved a lot over the past decade, becoming sleeker, quieter, and more efficient. We’ve compiled some of the best dishwashers on the market for 2020 to help you discover some of the amazing options available! With high-quality features like stainless steel wash tubs, and third racks, you have more options than ever before! (For more info on buying a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!)

Let’s explore some of your choices from a variety of brands and at a range of price points. All of them feature stainless steel tubs, many have third racks to boost capacity, and many other cool features. The pricing ranges from $749 up to $1,249 (but keep in mind that promotional periods, package deals, and rebates can knock 20% or more off of the list price).

 

Table of Contents

  1. KitchenAid KDTE334GPS
  2. Whirlpool WDTA50SAHZ*
  3. GE GDT665SSNSS*
  4. Bosch SHP878ZD5N
  5. LG LDP6797ST*
  6. Maytag MDB4949SHZ*
  7. KitchenAid KDTM354EBS

Models retailing at under $1,000 are marked with a *. Note that promotional sales and rebates can knock 20% or more off of the retail price.

 

3 Quick Buying Tips - Features to Consider

  • Decibel Ratings. Decibel levels are all the rage! As a general rule, any dishwasher under 55 decibels will be quieter than older models, which were typically 60+ decibels. The typical conversation takes place at around 60 decibels, while a whisper is around 35-40 decibels. Dishwashers under 50 decibels will be very quiet, and dishwashers around 43 decibels and below are considered "whisper quiet." Want to learn more? Check out our article on dishwasher decibel levels.

  • Rack Options. Get a look at the dishwasher interior in person, and consider if you want extra features to boost your dishwasher's capacity and flexibility. Height-adjustable upper racks can make room for tall items above or below, and third racks can increase the overall capacity by 30%. Fold down tines and stemware holders are useful, too. Some dishwashers even offer nozzles in the upper rack for spraying inside of tall items like vases and water bottles! Learn more with our article on dishwasher racks.

  • Drying Performance. Today's dishwashers mainly use condensation drying, which takes advantage of stainless steel interior tubs to pull moisture off of your dishes. Some brands and models offer additional features to improve drying performance. If you often wash plastics, you should consider these features, since plastic is harder to dry than glass or metal. 

 

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1. KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - 39 dB - $1,199

The first option on our list of the best dishwashers for 2020: the KitchenAid KDTE334GPS, available in professionally-inspired stainless steel at a price of $1,199 or black stainless steel at $1,299. It features stylish hidden top controls and a bar handle. With five wash cycles and six cycle options, including Sani Rinse, Extended ProDry, and Bottle Wash, your dishes will be sparkling clean! 

 

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The upper rack features a utility basket, two rows of fold-down tines, and two fold-down shelves with stemware holders. It can be adjusted to accommodate larger and taller items, and the SatinGlide Max Rails provide an easy glide with ball bearings. The lower rack can hold 14 place settings, and you can fold down or slide the tines to get the best fit for large dishes or other items. There's also a removable third rack for long, flat items like chef's knives and spatulas.

The wash cycles and options allow you to load up just about anything with great results. The Advanced ProDry system uses a recessed heating element and fan to thoroughly dry your dishes. It also comes with a Bottle Wash option: adjustable spray nozzles in the upper rack can be placed within vases, water bottles, and other tall items to clean them. This dishwasher offers flexibility for washing anything from stemware to casserole dishes and is a great option for a 2020 dishwasher upgrade!

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: Express Wash, Normal, ProWash™, Rinse Only, Tough

  • 6 Options: Delay Start (8 hours), Bottle Wash, Hi Temp Wash, ProDry™, Extended ProDry™, Sani Rinse®

  • ProScrub - 40 targeted spray jets help to remove stubborn baked-on messes

  • Advanced ProDry System

  • Two-position adjustable upper rack and removable third rack with SatinGlide Max Rails

 

Click here to read over 1,500 real customer reviews of this product!

 

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - $1,199

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS

                     

 

2. Whirlpool WDTA50SAHZ - 47 dB - $799

KitchenAid is Whirlpool's high-end line, often competing for best dishwasher brand with Bosch dishwashers. If you want to step down from premium models to their well-known Whirlpool line, you'll find the next model in our review. Whirlpool is the industry’s best-selling dishwasher brand and has had the lowest repair rates for 20 years. The Whirlpool WDTA50SAHZ is one example of their high-quality dishwasher offerings! Featuring a recessed pocket handle and hidden top controls, it’s designed to blend in. It’s available in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel at $799, premium black stainless at $899, white or black at $699, and Whirlpool Sunset Bronze at $899.

This dishwasher features a stainless steel wash tub, which helps reduce odor buildup, speed up drying, and reduce noise during operation. Its tall tub design means it has more room inside for washing more at once and handling oversized dishes, plates, and other items. The adjustable upper rack lets you wash tall items like water bottles more easily, and an in-door silverware basket frees up more space in the lower rack for place settings.

The TotalCoverage spray arm helps target every angle of your dishes and cutlery, and the 1-Hour Wash option is a great feature for quickly cleaning lightly soiled dishes. This quiet dishwasher offers great flexibility for oversized and oddly shaped items, meaning less hand washing for you!

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: Sensor Wash, Heavy, Normal, 1-Hour Wash, Soak & Clean

  • 6 Options: Delay Start (8 hours), Control Lock, Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, Heated Dry, Extended Dry

  • In-door silverware basket

  • Adjustable upper rack

  • TotalCoverage spray arm

  • LED indicator light shines on the floor during operation

 

Click here to read over 1,930 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Whirlpool WDTA50SAHZ - $799

Best Dishwashers WHIRLPOOL WDTA50SAHZ

 

 

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3. GE GDT665SSNSS - 46 dB - $919

Another premium-quality option among the best dishwashers available is the GE GDT665SSNSS, available in GE slate or stainless steel at $919, GE black slate or black stainless steel at $1,019, and in white or black at $819. That's a lot of colors! To learn more, read our complete review of all the new colors. With a tall tub design and stainless steel tub, plus hidden top controls and quiet 46 dB operation, this dishwasher is already shaping up to be a great choice!

A hidden vent with fan dry helps speed up the drying process in an energy-efficient way. The ball bearing glide upper rack can be adjusted to accommodate tall glassware and more while still leaving tons of space in the lower rack. Bottle Jets in the upper rack (pictured below) are a great feature for washing the interiors of vases, tall water bottles, pitchers, thermoses, and other tall, narrow items. There's also a third rack.

 

Best Dishwashers GE GDT655SBLTS bottle jets

 

This dishwasher may be a good option for people who want an easy way to ensure tall, narrow items are consistently clean and sanitary thanks to the Bottle Jets. Another cool feature is the Steam + Sani option, which you can add to any cycle to loosen baked-on food while sanitizing your dishes. This model also offers an improved quick wash cycle compared to previous GE dishwashers with a one-hour long wash. GE keeps the cycles simple while offering you a lot of options to choose from to customize the cycle! 

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: 1 Hour Wash, Auto Sense, Heavy Wash, Light Wash, Normal Wash

  • 10 Options: Bottle Jets, Child Lock, Delay Start (12 hours), Dry Boost™, Heated Dry, Steam + Sani, Steam PreWash, Wash TempBoost, Wash Zone Lower Only, Wash Zone Upper Only

  • Bottle Jets in the upper rack for cleaning tall items like vases and bottles

  • Piranha hard food disposer with removable filter - chops up food particles to prevent clogging of spray arms

  • Full-extension smooth-glide adjustable upper rack with stemware holders, plus a third rack

 

GE GDT665SSNSS - $919

GE GDT665SSNSS Dishwasher

 

 

 

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4. Bosch SHP878ZD5N - 42 dB - $1,149

If you have an open floor plan or spend a lot of time in your kitchen, the best dishwashers for you may be the quietest ones. For most people, that means Bosch. The Bosch SHP878ZD5N dishwasher operates at 42 dB, which is close to silent! It’s available in stainless steel for $1,149 and includes a flexible third rack and an adjustable upper rack.

New for 2019, Bosch has included Zeolite drying technology under the Crystal Dry option. Inside of this Bosch dishwasher is a lab-created mineral called Zeolite that absorbs moisture and releases heat. It produces significantly better drying results, even if you have an upper rack full of plastics, without increasing energy usage! The Zeolite system is completely safe and will last for the life of the dishwasher, too. This feature is definitely going to put Bosch ahead of the game when it comes to drying performance!

The pocket handle and hidden top controls make this dishwasher blend right in with your counters, and an InfoLight LED shines on the floor to let you know when the dishwasher is in operation. The fast one-hour Speed60 cycle plus the third rack make this dishwasher a great choice for busy households. When you want to wash as much as possible in one load, a third rack is indispensable!

 

Features: 

  • 6 Cycles: Heavy, Auto, Eco, Normal, Speed 60, Rinse

  • 6 Options: Delay Start, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize, Crystal Dry, Extra Scrub

  • Flexible third rack adds 30% more loading capacity

  • RackMatic upper rack adjusts to three different heights

  • Zeolite drying system boosts drying without changing energy consumption

  • Speed60 1-hour wash and dry cycle

  • AquaStop 24/7 leak protection

 

Bosch SHP878ZD5N - $1,149

Bosch SHP878ZD5N Dishwasher 800 Series

 

 

5. LG LDP6797ST - 44 dB - $899

A JD Power Award winner for Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Dishwashers, LG is another great brand to consider when shopping for the best dishwasher in 2020. If you love smart appliances, the LG LDP6797ST dishwasher with SmartThinQ technology might be for you! This technology allows the dishwasher to send a notification to your smartphone when a cycle is complete, as well as giving you access to the Smart Diagnosis troubleshooting system. 

Available in stainless steel at $899, black stainless at $999, and black matte stainless at $1,049, LG has a variety of modern color options for your dishwasher upgrade. The adjustable upper rack plus a third rack help you maximize your washing space, while QuadWash spray arms with two Multi-Motion rotating arms ensure total coverage. Plus, this dishwasher is ultra-quiet at just 44 dB!

This dishwasher is a good option for busy, tech-savvy households. If you want to have your dishwasher unloaded and ready for more dirty dishes ASAP after a cycle is completed, the smartphone notifications can be a great way to keep your kitchen running smoothly. It also comes with a ten-year limited warranty on the direct drive motor. Find out more about the LG dishwasher lineup in our LG dishwasher reviews.

 

Features:

  • 9 Cycles: Auto, Heavy, Delicate, Normal, Turbo, Download Cycle, Machine Clean, Rinse, Express

  • 8 Options: Dual Zone, Half Load, Energy Saver, High Temp, Extra Dry, Delay Start, Control Lock, Night Dry

  • QuadWash - four spray arms, two Multi-Motion arms that rotate back and forth while spinning to clean from every angle

  • LG SmartThinQ technology sends a notification to your smartphone when a cycle is complete

  • Adjustable third rack and upper rack

  • Glide Rail upper rack pulls out smoothly

 

Click here to read over 260 real customer reviews of this product!

 

LG LDP6797ST - $899

Best Dishwashers LG LDP6797ST

 

 

6. Maytag MDB4949SHZ - 50 dB - $749

Maytag focuses on power and durability with the Maytag MDB4949SHZ. Choose from fingerprint-resistant stainless steel at $749 or classic black or white at $649. This is the "loudest" on our list of the best dishwashers for 2020, but at 50 dB it’s still notably quieter than older dishwashers. It’s also the only dishwasher on our list with front controls rather than the hidden top controls. Top controls have aesthetic appeal, but some people like the controls and time remaining to be up front and easy to spot. Read our article on Top Control vs Front Control Dishwashers to learn more.

The PowerBlast® cycle uses high-pressure spray jets plus increased temperature and hot steam to blast away baked-on gunk and debris. This dishwasher also has the most powerful motor on the market among leading brands, handling dried-on egg yolk and peanut butter with no need to pre-rinse. The 2X Life Tested Motor is built to last and the nylon racks feature a premium DuraGuard® heavy-duty coating. Maytag's warranty covers the racks, chopper blade, and stainless steel tub for 10 years!

 

Pictured below: The tiered upper rack found in Maytag dishwashers allows you to place larger, taller items in the upper rack.

Maytag MDB4949SHZ Tiered Upper Rack Stadium Seating Detail Photo

If you’re looking for a tough and durable dishwasher that will be in it for the long haul, this Maytag dishwasher is a great choice for your home. Busy families with lots of dirty dishes can have a dishwasher that works as hard as they do! You can read our full review of the Maytag dishwasher lineup here.

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: Auto Clean, Normal, Light, PowerBlast, Quick Wash, Rinse Only

  • 5 Options: Delay Start (4 hours), Control Lock, Heated Dry, Hi Temp Wash, Sanitize

  • Smooth touch stainless steel front controls

  • Hard food disposer - stainless steel chopper disintegrates food particles

  • Most powerful motor on the market and made to last 20 years

  • Tiered upper rack 

 

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Maytag MDB4949SHZ - $749

Best Dishwashers Maytag MDB4949SHZ Dishwasher

 

 

7. KitchenAid KDTM354EBS - 44 dB - $1,249

Last but not least on our list of the best dishwashers for 2020 is the KitchenAid KDTM354EBS, available in black stainless steel for $1,249 or stainless steel for $1,149. This dishwasher focuses on a thorough clean and dry with 40 targeted ProScrub spray jets and Advanced ProDry system. The Ultra-Fine Filtration system continuously cleans the wash water to filter out food particles.

The adjustable upper rack features KitchenAid’s SatinGlide ball bearing system that moves smoothly in and out even with heavy loads. The upper rack also comes with a utility basket and stemware holders, plus fold-down tines. The lower rack comes with sliding and fold-down tines to help you make room for bulky items. Sanitizing options and the fast Express Wash are convenient features for families and large households.

You may have noticed that this product is very similar to the first one on our list of the best dishwashers. Sharp eye! This product features slightly louder operation and does not come with Bottle Jets or a third rack.

 

Features:

  • 6 Cycles: Express Wash, Light/China, Normal, ProWash™, Rinse Only, Tough

  • 7 Options: Delay Start (24 hours), Control Lock, Heated Dry, Hi Temp Wash, ProDry™, ProScrub®, Sani Rinse®

  • Ultra-Fine Filtration continuously cleans the wash water of food particles

  • ProScrub 40 targeted spray jets

  • Advanced ProDry system and ProWash

  • Adjustable SatinGlide upper rack

  • Sliding and fold-down tines in the lower rack and fold-down tines in the upper rack

  • Stemware holders and utility basket in the upper rack

 

Click here to read over 185 real customer reviews of this product!

 

KitchenAid KDTM354EBS - $1,249

KitchenAid KDTM404EBS and KDTM354EBS Black Stainless Dishwasher

 

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Some of the great features present in all of the dishwashers on our list include stainless steel wash tubs, plus fold-down tines and adjustable upper racks, which help you clean more dishes at a time even if you need to wash bulky or oddly shaped items. If you want a smart dishwasher, the LG model (#5 on our list) may be your favorite. All of the options besides the Maytag dishwasher are nearly silent while in operation. If you want a dishwasher with serious drying performance, the Bosch model (#5) is a must-see. Want bottle jets? KitchenAid model (#1) and GE model (#3) are good options!

Which of these options is your favorite? Leave us a comment below - We’d love to hear from you!

 

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

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