Hot Topics: Dishwasher Recommendations

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This DIYer is in the market for a new dishwasher, but with so many options out there it's easy to get overwhelmed. His budget is up to $1,000 and he doesn't care about any bells and whistles or noise level, so check out what the forum recommends.

Original Post: Built-In Dishwasher Recommendations

rfehr613 Member

My hotpoint dishwasher is making my dishes dirtier than when I put them in. It's small and low-end, so I just want to replace it. I need a 24" built-in. Typically when shopping for something, I check reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon has very little reviews on dishwashers. The big retail stores have fake reviews, so I'm kind of at a loss as to how to find a good dishwasher. I don't want to waste money on something that doesn't clean any better than my current one. So can anyone recommend a good 24" in the $400-$1,000 range? That's pretty much my only criteria for purchase: price and quality. Obviously, the more room the better, but bells and whistles and washer noise volume aren't too important to me.

Handyone Forum Topic Moderator

I have a Kenmore Elite for my own home. Even though quiet isn't important to you, it's a sign of good quality. For around $700-$1,000, you can get a high quality dishwasher with a stainless tub and useful electronic controls.

I install a lot of brands and Kenmore Elite, Bosch, and LG stand out. GE has high-end appliances, but they're not my favorite. Whirlpool has good high-end appliances because they make them for other companies, too.

Pjmax Group Moderator

I was always a fan of Whirlpool—even something in the Maytag line that's manufactured by Whirlpool. Bosch is fairly reliable and a little pricier. I would not hesitate to bargain for an extended warranty, either. Most come with a one year warranty and the electronics seem to falter in the second to third year.

Norm201 Member

For what it's worth, in my opinion the basic washing ability of a dishwasher is the same regardless of model or high and low end models of the same brand. I will agree with the remark that the quiet units are better only because they are quieter. Kitchen Aid is my choice, but most brands are all made in the same factory using pretty much the same parts. You need to decide what is important to you. For instance, the shape of the baskets do vary among brands. Stainless interior will stay bright and not take on any stains, but you will pay more for it. A sanitary cycle is nice on occasions, but not necessary most times. Being able to not use the dry cycle is a good energy saver. The basic models will clean just as effectively as the high end models—but they will be noisy and not as convenient.

A big factor is the water temperature coming into the unit. Be sure your hot water tank is producing sufficient hot water. Are you sure the heating element in the current dishwasher is working? Before turning on the dishwasher, run the hot water faucet until hot water is flowing, and then turn on the dishwasher.

If you look up a parts website, you will see almost all parts are Whirlpool compatible, regardless of brand. That should tell you something. Some of the European brands (Bosch) and others are independent. Some may be better, but I think it has a lot to do with what detergent you use and the water temperature.

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