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The most common dishwasher style is built-in, meaning the machine is permanently installed under a kitchen counter; these are available as 24" built-in dishwashers that fit into a standard opening between kitchen cabinets or as 18" built-in dishwashers for kitchens with a narrow space between cabinets. If a built-in won't work in the space available, portable wheeled dishwashers that roll around on casters and connect to a sink with two hoses (incoming and draining water; or countertop dishwashers which are roughly the size of a microwave oven, sit on a kitchen counter or rolled cart, and connect to the sink with two hoses.

 
 

Built-in 24" Dishwashers

Amana ADB1000AWW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$224-$329
The Amana ADB1000AWW is a basic, standard-tub-height dishwasher that should get household dishes clean at a relatively low cost. It doesn't come with the extensive sound-damping insulation found on higher-end models, but should be a bit quieter than older dishwashers. The ADB1000AWW does have a heated dry option to reduce spotting; it can gently heat dishes at the end of the cycle so they go on the dining table warm; and the rinse-only cycle can be used to clean lightly soiled dishes when there isn't enough for a full load. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Amana ADB1400PYW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$283-$567
The Amana ADB1400PYW is a basic tall-tub (no front access panel, allowing slightly more interior space) dishwasher that should handle the typical cleaning needs of an average household. It comes with a few features like a soil sensor and the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for four hours, but it does not include options found on more expensive models, like a self-cleaning filter, adjustable racks and tines, hidden controls or estimated remaining time display. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR72UC 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$584-$920
The Bosch Ascenta Series SHX3AR72UC is an energy-efficient dishwasher with a delay start option (three, six or nine hours), a 30-minute express wash setting, a sanitize cycle, fold-down tines for flexibility and a two-position top rack that adjusts up and down. The manufacturer estimates its capacity as 14 place settings, but this machine is only about 22.5" deep compared to the 24"-34" typical depth on other brands, so it holds fewer dishes than many of its competitors and is best for smaller households or those that don't wash a lot of dishes. The SHX3 models come with hidden controls and a stylish bar handle, but Bosch also offers machines with the same features but visible controls and a recessed handle (SHE3AR72UC White; SHE3AR76UC Black; SHE3AR75UC Stainless Steel). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Frigidaire FPHD2491KF 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$539-$799
The Frigidaire FPHD2491KF is a relatively large capacity dishwasher that should handle the cleaning needs of a typical household. It comes with a range of features, including sensors that adjust the cycle to match the load; the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for one to 24 hours; adjustable racks with folding tines for flexibility in washing large or odd-shaped items; and a large, multi-compartment silverware basket. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE GLD5664VSS 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$340-$599
The GE GLD5664VSS is a large-capacity, basic dishwasher with a few extras, like the adjustable and removable upper rack; fold-down tines in both racks for flexibility; sensor technology that adjusts the water levels to match the load; and the sleek look of the tall-tub design (no front access panel below the door). The start of a wash cycle can be delayed by two, four or eight hours, and a hard-food disposer grinds down chunks of food washed off the dishes. This machine may not be as quiet as many of the high-end models, but it should be less noisy than older dishwashers or most low-end models. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE Profile PDWT200VWW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$679-$1,199
The GE Profile dishwashers with model numbers starting PDWT1, PDWT2 and PDWT3 are relatively large-capacity dishwashers providing a variety of features. Although they don't have the fold-down tines found on some models, they do have hidden controls (for a sleeker look); the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for two, four or eight hours; an adjustable and removable upper rack; an audible end-of-cycle signal; water jets targeting the silverware area; and a steam prewash setting. The main differences are that the PDWT2 and PDWT3 series have an exterior end-of-cycle indicator light that isn't on the PDWT1, and the PDWT3 series has a DeepClean with Steam cycle and a bulk detergent dispenser that aren't on the other two. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Hotpoint HDA2000VWW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$289-$369
The Hotpoint HDA2000VWW is a basic dishwasher that should work well for a small household (up to three people). Although it doesn't have the multitude of features available on more expensive models, it does include a removable upper rack, a hard food disposer to grind up and wash away pieces of food, a heated dry option and an internal water heater to maintain consistent temperatures throughout a wash cycle. Noise levels during operation should be about average to slightly louder than most new dishwashers. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore Elite 1327 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$410-$830
The Kenmore Elite 1327, 1328 and 1304 model series are similar mid-size dishwashers with minor variations: the 1327 and 1328 models have a bar handle and controls hidden on the top door edge, while the 1304s have a recessed handle and visible controls at the top of the door panel; the 1328s have fold-tines on the upper rack and the others don't; and the 1304s have cycle status lights but the others don't. All three models have a plastic tub; a manually-cleaned filter; sensors to automatically adjust the water and energy levels for each load; the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle; and an adjustable upper rack and a removable lower rack with fold-down tines on the lower rack. Like all Kenmore appliances, these units are sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore Elite 1396 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$780-$1,300
The Kenmore Elite 1394 and 1396 series are similar large-capacity dishwashers with stainless steel tubs, a four-hour delay-start feature, an adjustable (up/down) or removable upper rack and fold-down tines on both racks. The main differences between these models are that the 1394 has five automatic cycles while the 1396 has six; the controls on the 1394 are visible at the top of the front panel, while the controls on the 1396 are hidden on the top door edge; and the 1394 is rated as slightly louder (49 decibels) than the 1396 (46 decibels). Like all Kenmore appliances, these units are sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
KitchenAid KUDS30CXSS 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$805-$1,049
The KitchenAid KUDS300CX series is a relatively large capacity machine that should handle the dishwashing needs of an average household. It has a stainless steel tub and interior; is relatively quiet compared to other models; and includes a stylishly narrow (2.5" wide) control console on the top front. Other features include fold-down tines on both racks, an adjustable (two position) upper rack and a built-in hard food disposer to prevent blockage of the lines or specks on the dishes. Premium rails allow the racks to glide smoothly, and the ProScrub feature uses 36 spray jets for concentrated cleaning. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
KitchenAid Superba KUDE70FXSS 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$1,525-$1,799
The KitchenAid Superba KUDE70FXSS is a large-capacity machine that will handle a large household's dishwashing needs. At 40 decibels for the normal cycle, this model is advertised as KitchenAid's quietest. A flat and removable utensils tray slides in above the top rack, creating a third washing level; if the silverware is placed in this tray, the silverware basket can be removed from the lower rack, creating more room for dishes. This unit also has hidden controls and a bar handle for a sleek exterior, a delay-start feature, fold-down tines and a two-position upper rack. In addition to a stainless steel exterior, this model comes in a panel-ready version, to create a custom built-in look with the addition of a panel that matches the kitchen cabinets. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
LG LDF7551ST 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$762-$900
The LG LDF7551ST is a relatively quiet and large-capacity dishwasher with a lot of flexibility due to its adjustable upper rack and fold-down tines on both racks. Although it doesn't have the heated drying cycle found on many high-end models, it does have a stainless steel tub, an overflow detector and the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for up to 19 hours. Other features include time remaining and rinse-aid indicators; a child lock; and variable spray settings (strong, medium, soft). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Maytag MDB4409PAW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$291-$399
The Maytag MDB4409PAW is a mid-range dishwasher with a plastic tub and vinyl racks; it should handle the dishwashing needs of a small household (up to three people). It won't be as quiet as some of the high-end models, but should be much less noisy than older dishwashers. While it doesn't have the adjustable racks and fold-down tines of more expensive models, it does include a stainless steel chopper to prevent food particles from plugging the jets or leaving specks on the dishes, as well as delay start and high temp wash features and a heated dry cycle. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Maytag MDB7749SAW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$535-$799
The Maytag MDB7749SA and MDB7759SA dishwasher series are relatively large-capacity machines with stainless steel tubs and interiors, adjustable upper racks and stainless steel choppers to prevent food particles plugging the jets or leaving specks on the dishes. The main differences between these two models are that the MDB7749SA series has visible controls on the top front panel and a recessed handle, while the MDB7759SA series has a bar handle and its controls are hidden on the top door edge. Both should be relatively quiet and handle the dishwashing needs of an average family. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Miele Futura Dimension G5575SCSF 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$1,899-$1,979
The Miele Futura Dimension G5575SCSF is a large capacity, whisper-quiet dishwasher with a number of flexible loading features (like the adjustable upper rack and tines, adjustable center cutlery rack, an adjustable extra-large cup rack and a door that remains open in any position). Other features include the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for up to 24 hours; an automatic shut-off when a leak or blockage is detected; and a built-in water softener, plus the hidden controls provide a sleek exterior look. Miele dishwashers are generally considered high-end products, and are typically sold by smaller, more specialized appliance retailers. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Samsung DMT400RHW/XAA 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$494-$749
The Samsung DMT400RHW/XAA is a fairly large-capacity dishwasher that should be relatively quiet. It has touch controls hidden on the top door edge; an adjustable upper rack with foldable tines to create more space for larger or odd-shaped items; two cup clips to secure light items; and a digital leak detector that shuts the machine off with a leak of 1.5 ounces or more. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Samsung DMT800RHW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$700-$949
The Samsung DMT800RHS is a relatively large tall-tub dishwasher with an adjustable (two position) top rack with fold-down tines, providing flexible space to wash kitchen items of a variety of shapes and sizes. This is a fairly sophisticated model, with touchscreen controls hidden on the top door edge; a digital sensor that shuts the machine off if there's a leak of 1.5 ounces or more; and a delay start option will begin the wash cycle up to 24 hours later. It has an insulation system the manufacturer advertises as minimizing noise, and it can be set to wash just half a load, to do a heated drying cycle or to sanitize the load. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool Gold WDF750SAYW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$494-$749
The Whirlpool Gold WDF750SAYW is an energy-efficient machine with a large capacity that should quietly handle the dishwashing needs of most households. Although it doesn't have the adjustable upper rack or fold-down tines found on more expensive models, the WDF750SAYW series does have a stainless steel drum and interior; the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for two, four or eight hours; and a covered silverware basket that can be installed either inside the door or in the bottom rack. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool Gold WDT710PAYW 24" Built-In Dishwasher
$449-$649
The Whirlpool Gold WDT710PAYW dishwasher combines a relatively large capacity with an upper rack that can be adjusted up or down or removed altogether, plus folding tines, providing the flexibility to wash items of various sizes and shapes. It has a delay start option to begin the wash cycle up to four hours later; sensors to automatically choose the wash and dry settings; a seven-hour overnight cycle with an extended prewash soaking combined with a heavy-soil wash cycle; and the ability to wash a smaller load in just the top rack. Noise levels during operation should be about average, but relatively quiet compared to older dishwashers. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Built-in 18" Dishwashers

Bosch SPE5ES55UC 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$809-$999
These compact dishwashers by Bosch are ultra-quiet, energy-efficient and loaded with features; at 18" wide they won't hold as much as standard 24" built-ins, but their flexible loading options (three-position adjustable upper rack, fold-down tines) mean they should easily handle the dishwashing needs of a small household. All three have a stainless steel interior; an internal water softener; sanitize and half-load settings; and the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for up to 24 hours. The differences are minor: the SPE5ES55UC is stainless steel with a silver-painted panel and has visible controls with a recessed handle and a child lock; the SPX5ES55UC is all stainless steel and has a bar handle and hidden controls; and the SPVES53UC is ready to hold a custom panel (to match adjacent cabinets) and has a stainless steel fascia panel and hidden controls. Both models with hidden controls beam indicator lights on the floor when the machine is running. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE Profile PDW1860NSS 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$769-$949
With a stainless steel exterior, a bar handle and hidden controls, the GE Profile PDW1860NSS is a sleek and compact machine that will fit into openings only 18" wide. It should handle a moderate load for a household of up to three people, although fitting in large pots and pans could be challenging. It has a timer that will delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 24 hours and, in addition to the standard silverware basket in the lower rack, it comes with two plastic utility shelves in the upper rack to organize small items. This is neither the quietest nor the loudest machine available, and the noise levels should be about average. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE Spacemaker GSM1800NWW 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$581-$829
The GE Spacemaker GSM1800NWW is a basic energy-efficient compact dishwasher that fits into a space a minimum of 18" wide; It should handle a moderate number of dishes for a household of up to three or possibly four people, although fitting in large pots and pans could be challenging. It has a simple mechanical dial that must be turned clockwise through the possible settings (heavy, normal, etc.) to reach the desired wash cycle; two plastic utility shelves (in addition to the standard silverware basket) for small items; and removable upper and lower racks. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 1466 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$530-$860
The Kenmore 1466 dishwashers are relatively energy-efficient and offer a fair number of features for compact models less than 18" wide, and should handle the dishwashing needs of a small household. These machines have six wash cycles, plus a stainless steel tub; the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle by 2 or 4 hours; a choice to save energy by air drying instead of using the heating element; and removable upper and lower racks. Like all Kenmore appliances, these units are sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore Elite 14683 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$730-$980
A bar handle and hidden controls (a blue beam shines on the floor when a cycle ends) add stylish touches to the compact (17.625" wide) Kenmore 14683 dishwasher, which should handle the dishwashing needs of a small household while being relatively quiet compared to older models. This machine is stainless steel inside and out, and comes with a removable upper rack; fold-down tines on the lower rack; and the ability to have the door remain open in multiple positions. Like all Kenmore appliances, these units are sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool DU018DWTQ 18" Built-In Dishwasher
$539-$649
At 17.63" wide, the Whirlpool DU018DWTQ is a basic, compact dishwasher that will handle the dishwashing needs of a small household (1-3 people) with limited kitchen space. It has none of the bells and whistles found on more expensive models, but offers a stainless steel interior, vinyl racks and a simple dial to select one of five wash cycles -- pots-and-pans, heavy wash, normal, quick wash and rinse-only. While not the quietest dishwasher available, it should be less noisy than older models. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Portable Wheeled Dishwashers

Frigidaire FFPD1821MW Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$570-$699
At 20.5" wide (compared to 24" for most built-in models), the Frigidaire FFPD1821MW is a relatively compact, energy-efficient portable dishwasher that should clean a typical load for a small household of one to three people, although fitting in oversized items might be challenging. The FFPD1821MW has a stainless steel interior and nylon racks; offers six cycle choices ranging from delicate china to heavy-duty pots and pans; allows the user to delay the start of a wash cycle for one to three hours; and includes the option of a heated drying cycle. Noise levels should be about average for portable dishwashers, neither whisper-quiet nor overwhelming loud. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE GLC5604VWW Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$629-$749
The GE GLC5604VWW is an energy-efficient, large-capacity portable dishwasher that has the potential to convert to being a built-in, under-counter model. It has a number of features found on built-in dishwashers, including a laser sensor that adjusts the wash cycle based on debris in the water; dedicated silverware jets; a steam prewash setting to loosen tough soils before a cycle starts; a sanitizing rinse cycle; fold-down tines in the lower rack for flexible loading; an audible end-of-cycle signal; and a natural convection heated-dry option. The GLC5604VWW should be relatively quiet for a portable unit, neither overly loud nor whisper-quiet. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 1465 Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$570-$710
With a stainless steel tub and nylon racks, the Kenmore 1465 is an energy-efficient and compact (18" wide) wheeled dishwasher that should handle moderate dishwashing needs for a household of up to four people, although fitting in oversized or odd-shaped items might be challenging. The 1465 offers a choice of six wash cycles ranging from gentle to heavy duty, plus a high-temperature wash option and the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for two or four hours. Noise levels should be about average, depending on kitchen acoustics. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 1772 Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$600-$710
The Kenmore 1772 is a portable wheeled dishwasher that is the same 24" width as conventional built-in machines; it should handle the dishwashing needs of an average family. Its tall tub design will accommodate large platters and pots better than most portable models, and the laminate top serves as additional counter space. Other features include a heavy-duty Pots and Pans cycle, a high temperature wash setting and a heated dry option. Noise levels will depend in part on kitchen acoustics, but should be about mid-range for portable machines, neither overly loud or whisper-quiet. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
SPT SD-9239W Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$337-$499
Slightly less than 18" wide, the SPT SD-9239W by Sunpentown International is a compact, energy-efficient portable dishwasher suitable for a small household of one to two people. It offers a variety of wash cycles varying from light- to heavy-duty, as well as a heated dry setting, the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle up to 24 hours, an adjustable (two position) upper rack and the ability to remove either the upper or lower rack entirely. This unit is typically considered relatively quiet to operate for a portable machine, although sound levels will vary depending on kitchen acoustics. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool DP1040XTXQ Portable Wheeled Dishwasher
$529-$749
The portable Whirlpool DP1040XTXQ offers as much capacity as a mid-size built-in machine (up to 12 place settings), and should handle the dishwashing needs for a typical household, with about average noise levels. This is a basic machine without a lot of bells and whistles, but it does provide more capacity than most portables, and offers a variety of wash cycles ranging from rinse only to heavy soil. Other features include a high-temperature boost in the wash cycle and optional heated drying. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Countertop Dishwashers

Avanti DW6W Countertop Dishwasher
$331-$450
*As of September 2012, Avanti had stopped producing any counterop dishwashers; while the DW6W was still available from several retailers, supplies may be limited.
The Avanti DW6W is a basic countertop unit that should handle the dishwashing needs of one to two people, with about average or slightly better than average noise levels for countertop models. It offers six wash settings -- light, normal, heavy, glass, rapid and pre-wash -- and has automatic detergent and rinse-aid dispensers as well as a removable cutlery/silverware basket. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
EdgeStar DWP61ES Countertop Dishwasher
$229-$390
The EdgeStar DWP51ES is an energy-efficient countertop dishwasher with a few of the features usually found only on built-in models, such as the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle, a child lock and a time remaining display. That's in addition to its six wash cycle choices -- heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, soak; an internal water heater to boost the temperature on the heavy cycle to 149 degrees Fahrenheit; and a dish rack, cup shelf and silverware basket. The manufacturer estimates this unit's noise levels at about 55 decibels, relatively quiet for a countertop dishwasher and comparable to many modern built-in dishwashers. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
KoldFront PDW60EW Countertop Dishwasher
$189-$365
The energy efficient KoldFront PDW60EW by EdgeStar should handle the dishwashing needs of a one- or two-person household. It has six wash cycles -- heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, soak -- plus an internal water heater that boosts the temperature on the heavy cycle to 149 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a dish rack, a cutlery/silverware basket and a cup shelf, and at 17.19" high should fit under standard kitchen cabinets (but measure carefully before ordering, because it can be a tight fit). The manufacturer estimates the noise level at a relatively quiet 55 decibels, comparable to many modern built-in dishwashers. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher
$233-$289
The energy-efficient countertop SPT SD-2201W by Sunpentown International should handle the dishwashing needs for a household of one or two people, without making a tremendous amount of noise. At 17.24" high it should fit between standard-height kitchen counters and cabinets (always measure carefully before ordering, because it can be a tight fit) and offers six wash cycles -- light, normal, heavy, glass, speed/quick wash and soak. It comes with a dish rack and silverware basket, a built-in hose and a faucet connector (which might not work with all faucets). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]