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Shopping for a new dishwasher can be quite a chore. There are numerous different manufacturers, and there are hundreds of different models from which you can choose. When you look at the different models, you will see all sorts of features, special programs and machines that come in a variety of sizes. Beyond that, you have to think about the quality of the machines construction and engineering. It is a lot to consider for the average buyer.
So how do you know which dishwasher is the right one for your home? Even if you’re not looking to spend over £500 – and you easily could with some of the top models that are available – it’s big purchase and you want to make sure that you are getting the most for the money that you have budgeted.
To help people that have found themselves in this situation, we have put together a list of the best buy dishwashers that are currently available. We are not talking here about the overall best dishwashers that you can buy. While getting one of the absolute best models would be great, the high price tag means that they are out of the question for most buyers. The idea with our best buys is to recommend the best machines that you can get for a budget that is a little more reasonable, and a little more realistic for the average shopper.
We are making these best buy recommendations to help the average shopper in finding the right machine for them, but ultimately, this is just our opinion. Some people may disagree, but we are pretty confident in our choices. To be sure that you get the right machine for your household, we do recommend doing your own research too. Look at the different features and specs of the models that are available, read buyer reviews, and carefully compare the different machines that you are looking at before finally making up your mind.
Freestanding dishwashers tend to be the most popular option among modern shoppers. Part of the reason that they are more popular is because they are easier to install, and you don’t need to have a cabinet space set apart for them. This ease of installation provides the buyer with more options for where they will place the machine, and it also makes them easier to take with you if you move home (integrated appliances tend to be viewed as ‘fitted’ so estate agents discourage their removal).
At less than £350, the three picks above all offer exceptional value for money. Now, you could find models that will perform better, and ones that will have more features, but these models would be a great choice for anyone working on a budget. Even at this low of a price, these models have scored well in several categories, so we are confident in recommending them to you.
If your budget permits, then the machines listed above could be just what you’re looking for. At over £350, they cost a little bit more, but these machines offer more to the buyer in terms of features, performance and options.
If you’re treating yourself to a new kitchen then there’s a good chance you’ll be considering an integrated (otherwise know as a built-in) dishwasher. They cost slightly more, and they require a little more effort to install but they look great! The main reason that people buy them is because they can be fitted into a cabinet space and covered with a panel that matches the rest of the kitchen so they blend in seamlessly.
As mentioned above, integrated models tend to be more expensive for a variety of reasons (more compact size, enhanced ventilation etc) – you can find out more in our buying guide here. At the cheaper end of the market you’re looking at machines where you might be compromising on some of the advanced features available or you might be getting a model that runs a little louder than the more premium models. However, we have found three reasonably-priced integrated dishwashers that do perform very well for the money.
If you have a little more money to your budget, you will find that you can get an integrated dishwasher that offers greater capabilities and features. In this price bracket you will usually find that the available machines offer better value because they can do more, they perform better and in many cases, they last longer.
In selecting the models that we recommend as best buys, we consider a number of different factors. While in some cases, there are minor points that may play a role in picking one model over a competing machine, the following points are the main deciding criteria that help us to make the decision.
Build Quality – For a buyer, it is important to know that they are going to get a machine that will last. All of the nice features and performance can be great, but if the machine breaks down early or continually needs repair, then it is hardly worth considering. We only recommend models that are made by manufacturers that have a good reputation for making quality appliances.
Specification – This is a consideration of whether the machine offers a good range of features and functions for the price. Does the machine have racks that offer a lot of options? Does it have features like quick wash and half load? Can you fit a good number of dishes in the machine?
Value for money – In this, we are looking to see how well it compares to other machines in the price range that it is in. We consider whether it has features and performance that compare with other models that are similarly priced and whether it offers reliability in comparison with models that are in the same price range.
Buyer feedback – Another way to tell if a machine is worth buying is to see what past buyers have said. This can give a better idea of how well the machine works under real user conditions. To gauge this point, we pore over all of the buyer feedback that we can find. Our experience with this has given us the tools to sift through reviews that are less reliable, and give more weight to the ones that are a more accurate representation of what the buyer can expect.
Our aim is to list all the best-selling and top rated UK dishwashers on the market in 2021 and then make recommendations of what I would buy given various budgets and criteria (ie Do you want a freestanding or an integrated model? Slimline or standard width?). You’re then of course welcome to do as much, or as little, further research as you like but at least I’ll hopefully have pointed you in the right direction.