Find the best-value-dishwasher for you with our bite-size reviews and handy buying guide.
What domestic invention can top the humble dishwasher? It saves us from endless wrestling matches with grimy plates and pots, hands full of hot greasy, splashy water and a 15-minute tea towel drying session afterwards. So, a belated hats-off to inventor Josephine Cochrane for making our domestic lives so much easier.
As is the case with any domestic appliance, however, choosing the right dishwasher can be confusing. After all, all dishwashers perform the same function, don’t they? That’s true to some degree, but some models perform the task better than others. That’s why we’re bringing you this lovingly curated shortlist of the best models on the market, featuring everything from sub-£300 budget models to the very best money can buy.
Top 10 best value dishwasher 2021 in UK
Below, you’ll find the best-value-dishwasher you can buy from brands you can rely on such as Miele, Siemens, Bosch and Zanussi, along with all the key specifications and information you need to make your choice. Dip in, the dishes are smelling rosy.
1. Cookology CMDW2SL Mini Portable Dishwasher
For houses with very limited space, this table top dishwasher is nice and portable and easily connected via water pipe.
There’s even functions suitable for cold and hot washing your fruit, as well as steaming functions perfect for glassware and properly washing baby feeding utensils.
You’re also able to delay the machine for up to 24 hours, so you can start the wash at the best time for you.
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2. Bosch SMS24AW01G Serie 2 Freestanding Dishwasher
A decent price with loads of advanced features, making this a top contender for cheap options.
The slimline dishwasher is 60cm wide, allowing it to fit snugly into kitchens, even if they are limited on space. The 12 place setting has a generous sized interior perfect for all of your cutlery, plates and cooking utensils.
The machine regulates the hardness of the water, to constantly protect your delicates, but ensure they’re thoroughly cleaned.
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3. Cookology 8 Settings Table-Top Mini Dishwasher
Provided Adaptable Space For Several Big Items
Could Be Fitted To Kitchen Tap, Enticing, Modern
8 Place Setting XL Mini Table Top Dishwasher
Style Is Suitable For Your Kitchen Area Countertop
Bigger 8 Place Edition Countertop Dishwasher
Links Up Like Every Other Plumbed Dishwasher
Will Easily Fit In Cupboards Or On Your Work Top
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4. Hotpoint Integrated Dishwasher
This first-class 13 settings integrated full size dishwasher is a component of the (Ultima) collection including the newest system compounded with a smooth and fashionable concept.
It delivers with 8 plans to select from to accommodate a number of requirements, incorporating a 30 minutes fast cycle – which is perfect for lighter burdens or maybe when you happen to be in a hurry.
Including an A+ energy grading and a specialised eco cycle, this excellent high calibre cleanup functioning comes with a lower price to equally yourself and the environment.
Cold Or Perhaps Hot Water Fill – Cutlery Carrier
Dual Heat Modes – One-Half Load Plus Overflow
Eight Plans, Extending Express To Intense Cycles
Full 10 Year Warranty Practically All Components
Inclusive Remainder Heat Dry Out Organisation
Power Efficiency Grade A+ 12 Hours Defer Start
Ranked for electricity effectiveness and high grading for cleansing as well as drying operation, however extra characteristics incorporate a time remainder signal, overflow security, height versatile top container, easily removed cutlery items carrier as well as an anti-water mechanism
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5. Bosch Serie 2 SMV40C00GB Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher
Make the washing up easier than ever with this Bosch integrated dishwasher. It can fit 12 place settings inside at once, making it ideal for smaller households. And thanks to the 29 minute quick wash, you can have spotless dishes even when you’re in a hurry. With intelligent ActiveWater technology, clever sensors detect how dirty the water is after the pre-rinse – if it’s still clean, it’ll be re-used in the main wash to save water. Thanks to the DosageAssist, the detergent tablet will drop into a special tray at the perfect time in the wash cycle, so it’ll completely dissolve inside. This means detergent will reach every corner of the dishwasher, leaving your plates gleaming.
This model has a fixed hinge. This means that, unlike a sliding hinge, the furniture door is attached directly to the appliance door hinges and brackets, and will move as one when you open it. Please check that your old appliance had a fixed hinge, or this model won’t fit.
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6. Cookology CMDW2ORG Mini Portable Dishwasher Table Top with Baby Care & Fruit Wash
This fantastic little gadget has been designed by Cookology to be portable as you do not need to plumb it in. You simply use the jug provided to fill it up with 5 litres of water, aim the waste hose down the sink and plug it in.
Alternatively, you can plumb it in like a normal dishwasher, or even connect it to a suitable tap. If your tap has a removable aerator, you can take this off and you should be able to connect the water hose as it is or using an adaptor).
Perfect for camping, students, house boats, salons, caravans, camper vans and any where else where having a portable, mini dishwasher is going to make life easier for you and your family.
This mini dishwasher even has a baby mode that will sterilise your baby bottles.
The standard, Eco programme is 120 minutes, but you can also choose a 1 hour and 29 minute programme.
A useful innovation is the fruit cleaning mode. You can choose between hot and cold (depending on the type of fruit or vegetables) and use the basket included.
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7. Cookology CTTD6BK Black Mini Counter Top Dishwasher, 6 place settings
No space for a Dishwasher in your kitchen? Think again!
Designed by Cookology, this awesome table top dishwasher will fit in cupboards or even on your worktop
The 6 place settings make it ideal even for small families – check out the place setting diagram by scrolling through the photos
Max Plate: 10.1 Inches / 25.8cm
Comes with a standard inlet hose to be plumbed in, but can also be attached to most kitchen taps with a suitable adaptor (depending on the size and type of aerator you have on your tap, scroll through the photos if you are unsure what an aerator is)
The waste can go down the sink or be connected like a standard dishwasher (max height 60cm)
Energy efficient and very quiet at only 49 decibels
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8. Russell Hobbs RHTTDW6B Dishwasher – Black
With enough space for 6 place settings (6 dinner plates, 6 sets of cutlery, 6 cups, etc.) it will make cleaning up after the family very easy.With a sleek and compact design, this dishwasher will perfectly fit into your home.
Rated A+ for energy efficiency, it’s cheap to run whilst looking after the environment too. The dishwasher has 5 programmes, 5 temperatures and delay timer setting giving you all the flexibility you need.
It also has a very handy half load function to save water, an intensive wash for those very dirty plates and a quick wash for when you’re in a rush.
The noise level of the appliance is 49dB which means you won’t have to shout when having a conversation and the dishwasher is in mid cycle.
Features and Benefits
Stylish – with a sleek and compact design
Energy Efficient – save money on your bills and look after the environment.
Save on water – with half load function and a quick wash function.
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9. Bosch SMS46II01G Stainless Steel
Make sure you spend your free time on the things that really matter and let the Bosch SMS46I Freestanding Dishwasher deal with the dishes.
The SMS46I is a modern, reliable dishwasher measuring 60cm wide that cleans the equivalent of 13 place settings.
This appliance offers a combination of flexible baskets and wide program choice to adapt to your particular loads and the simple control panel makes it easy to select the best program for your needs. Whether washing delicate items, heavily used pots and baking trays or a mix of everything, this machine has a suitable program.
For when you’re in a rush, the Quick program will wash your load in just 29 minutes.
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10. Candy Freestanding Dishwasher – White
This Candy dishwasher has a load capacity of 13 place settings, and is equipped with WiFi so you can connect to the machine via an app on your smartphone, and start/ pause cycles as well as download additional cycles and run diagnostic checks. This machine has an energy efficiency rating of A+.Wi-Fi Connected – Connect to this machine via the Candy Simply Fi app on your smartphone. This allows you to download additional cycles, start cycles and run diagnostic checks on your machineDelay the start of the cycle for 3, 6, or 9 hours
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How to choose the best dishwasher for you
What’s the first thing I should look for?
The control panel may be the first thing you notice on the shop floor or website page – is it metal or plastic, cheap or classy? – but ultimately it’s what’s inside that matters most. It goes without saying that the more you spend, the better equipped the interior and the better the quality of the machine’s hidden components.
What does A+++ mean?
Energy ratings give you an indication of each machine’s annual running costs. They’re denoted by the letters A to D, followed by up to three plus signs. Machines with an A+++ rating are cheapest to run – expect one of these to add around £40 a year to your electricity bill, plus the cost of water, tablets, salt and rinse-aid. Even those with an A++ and A+ rating are worth a look, though.
Freestanding or integrated?
Freestanding machines are the most popular as they can be installed pretty much anywhere. All full-size freestanding dishwashers measure around 85cm in height, 60cm in width and 60cm in depth. Consequently, any freestanding model will fit a 60cm gap between the kitchen cupboards. Just be sure that there’s a water outlet and drainage nearby.
What about slimline models?
Slimline dishwashers measuring around 45cm in width are handy for those with small spaces. However, do be sure to choose a model that’s in the mid-priced range; budget models don’t have a great reputation. Most slimline models have the capacity for around ten place settings. If you’re in the market for a slimline model, check out our guide to the best slimline dishwashers.
Cutlery basket or cutlery tray?
Most budget dishwashers use a basket on the lower rack for cutlery storage. This can get in the way if you have large pots and pans to wash: the more expensive models give you a range of positioning options, so you can fit it around other items, while the cheaper ones tend to have a fixed basket position.
High-end machines, by contrast, often feature a top-mounted slide-out cutlery tray instead of a basket. This is a bit slower to load, as every knife, fork and spoon needs to be correctly positioned. However, it’s much more space-efficient and gives the cutlery a more thorough washing.
Why do dishwashers need salt and rinse aid?
According to Finish, the salt provides sodium for the dishwasher’s “ion exchange resins”, which attract and trap the magnesium and calcium ions that cause hard water. This keeps the interior of the dishwasher free of limescale and other unwanted build-ups. Used salt is pumped out with the wastewater so regular top-ups are a must.
Rinse aid, meanwhile, is what helps your dishes and glasses sparkle. It’s a bit of a misnomer, though, as it has more to do with drying than rinsing; in short, it lowers the surface tension of water so it doesn’t form into droplets. That’s why your glasses come out of the machine without streaks and watermarks.