The Best Dishwashers In 2021 & Why To Upgrade

February 12, 2021 - 5 mins read

The dishwasher is the true workhorse of your kitchen. And over time, it can take a real beating. So, it might be time for you to upgrade and get those dirty dishes and cookware clean. Not only can a modern dishwasher save you time in the kitchen, but an energy efficient or intelligent one can save you loads on your power and energy bills as well. The Good Guys will take you through the best dishwashers on the market, all the latest technology, and how best to clean up in the kitchen.

Semi-integrated, Miele dishwasher in stylish, modern kitchen.

What is the best dishwasher to buy?

If you haven’t been dishwasher shopping for a while, there are a few options now on the market. Some of the main types of dishwashers are; a freestanding dishwasher, that can be placed anywhere in your kitchen. An integrated dishwasher fits seamlessly into your cabinetry, matching your kitchen’s style and design. Drawer dishwashers function like other drawers in your kitchen and are ideal for small spaces.

The latest in dishwasher technology

Autodos technology

A technology that’s exclusive to the Miele range of dishwashers, Autodos technology is here to make doing the dishes easy. Basically, it’s the world’s first automatic dispensing system that adds the right amount of detergent to your wash every time for every different kind of washing load.

Self-Cleaning technology

Dishwashers clean all of the food scraps off your dishes, but have you ever thought where the soggy bits of food goes? It ends up in a filter at the bottom of the dishwasher. If you don’t like the idea of cleaning out that filter from time to time, then a self-cleaning dishwasher is for you. This will grind away the food particles for you so they aren’t left on your clean plates.

Child Safety Lock

Many of the latest dishwasher models feature a child safety lock. This ensures that little fingers can’t open the dishwasher mid-cycle and create a gigantic mess in your kitchen. Generally, all you have to do to activate it is click the padlock symbol on the display menu.

Sensor technology

Some dishwashers have sensors that can detect how dirty your dishes are, and adjust the cycle, wash time and amount of hot water as needed. It means that you will always have perfectly washed dishes, with the minimum amount of power and water used to get the job done. Another intelligent feature of the latest dishwashers is LoadSensor, which detects how many dishes are in the machine and can adjust the amount of water used.

Anti flood technology

One feature that may save you calling out a plumber is the anti-flood technology. This is a switch inside the cabinet that can detect water leaking into it and stops it filling up. Another great feature in Bosch dishwashers is AquaStop™ Antiflood technology, which cuts off the water directly at the tap outlet to prevent leaks.

Built-in Wi-Fi

A WiFi enabled smart dishwasher allows you to download additional wash programs and cycles, help with troubleshooting and even receive notifications on your smartphone when the cycle is done. Certain models may even alert you when cleaning products are running low or allow you to start a wash when you aren’t at home.

Types of popular dishwashers for your kitchen upgrade

The good news is that there are a few different types of dishwashers on the market. However, choosing the right one for your kitchen or next home renovation is really important. We’ll break down the choices for you to help you find the right one.

Best freestanding dishwashers

If you don’t have the space within your cabinetry for a dishwasher, then a freestanding one is the option for you.

Modern stainless steel Fisher & Paykel freestanding dishwasher with cutlery tray in minimalist modern kitchen.

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Stainless Steel Dishwasher

Built for the at-home entertainer, this dishwasher boasts a flexible racking system which allows you to clean up after as much as 15 people.

Bosch Stainless Steel Freestanding Dishwasher

Use as little water as possible with this elegant stainless steel dishwasher from Bosch. You’ll love the half load wash feature that saves you water as well.

Best built-in dishwashers

Reduce the noise in your kitchen with a built-in dishwasher. Featuring the latest technology, you’ll hardly even notice it is working.

Bosch Stainless Steel Under Bench Dishwasher

Fitting neatly into your cabinetry, this Bosch dishwasher works effortlessly and efficiently. It’s so quiet, you can keep the party going after you’ve turned it on.

Smeg Stainless Steel Under Bench Dishwasher

With a neat, streamlined look under your kitchen bench, you’ll love how quiet and quick this intelligently designed dishwasher gets the job done.

Best integrated dishwashers

After carefully planning your kitchen design, an integrated dishwasher perfectly fits into your layout. Simply hide it behind a custom-built cupboard door and you’ll forget it’s even there, or choose a semi-integrated option that only reveals the control panel.

Bosch dishwasher fully integrated into kitchen cabinetry for a seamless look

Bosch Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Maintain the look of your beautiful kitchen with this integrated dishwasher and hide away the buttons and display. The ‘last program used’ function speeds cleaning up for busy families.

Miele Fully Integrated Clean Steel Dishwasher

A smooth operator in the kitchen, this German made dishwasher has a fully integrated design, which will keep your kitchen looking great.

Best drawer dishwashers

For small kitchens and apartments, a drawer dishwasher is the perfect solution. With more flexibility and space saving opportunities, it can help you to open up your kitchen.

Stainless steel double Fisher & Paykel dishdrawer in minimalist kitchen.

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Double DishDrawer Dishwasher

This double drawer dishwasher allows you to use the drawers independently for washing – perfect for popping on a small washing load or using different wash programs for each drawer.

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Double DishDrawer Dishwasher

Add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen with this black double drawer dishwasher. Independent washing within the drawers and various functions makes this your new favourite appliance.

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Integrated DishDrawer Dishwasher

Blending into your cabinetry, simply knock on this drawer dishwasher to pause the cycle and again to get it going. There’s no need for a remote control.

What to look for in a new dishwasher

After choosing the style of dishwasher that suits your kitchen, there are a few common features and guidelines you should look out for. Read on and we’ll break them down for you.

Dishwasher size

The first consideration when choosing a new dishwasher is to consider the physical dimensions. If you are installing a new dishwasher in an existing space, make sure that your new one fits into the same space. This will save you a lot of hassle! Another thing to remember is that you will also need to leave space at the back of the dishwasher for ventilation.

Energy efficiency

All dishwashers have different energy ratings, shown in Kwh per year. The more stars a dishwasher has, the better it is for the environment and your back pocket. Some dishwashers also boast features such as half load and economy settings, reducing your energy consumption even more.

“Something to keep in mind is that today’s dishwashers generally use 50% less power than ones built in the 1990’s.”

Water usage

All dishwashers have a WELS star rating that tells you how water efficient they are. Basically, the more stars a dishwasher has, the better. You’d be surprised that you can save up to 50% water with some models.

Stacking capacity

The internal space of the dishwasher refers to how much you can generally fit into it and clean effectively. This is measured in place settings, which is how many people’s 3-course meal dishes can fit in. A 12+ place setting size dishwasher is perfect for families who like to entertain. Whereas a small apartment for a couple may only need a 6-9 place setting size dishwasher.

Are new dishwashers more energy efficient?

Dishwasher technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Keep an eye out for the latest models that are more energy efficient, which may help you save money in the long run.

Information such as the energy efficiency star ratings and WELS water efficiency ratings will point you in the right direction. Another good tip for saving energy is that dishwashers that only have a hot water connection use a lot more energy than models with hot and cold water connections.

Need a hand installing your new dishwasher?

If you don’t know your S-Bend from your 90o waste pipe, you may need some help installing your new dishwasher. Luckily, The Good Guys are here to help. We can arrange to hook up your new appliance in no time, without any fuss. Once it’s installed, they’ll even remove the old one for you and take all of the rubbish away.

Discover The Good Guys range of the latest modern dishwashers

Check out the latest, innovative dishwashers at your nearest The Good Guys store and make cleaning up in the kitchen easy. We’ve also got you covered for some dishwasher accessories you may need.

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