Chances are your dishwasher is something that gets very little thought until you remodel—or it breaks. Why wait to buy until you’re forced to eat takeout? After all, with today’s technology, dishwashers are energy-efficient time savers that can shave hundreds off your utility bills, having come a long way since they were introduced in the late 1800s. So just what should you look for when you’re in the market for a new dishwasher?
First off, today’s models are quiet! Better insulation means decibels lower than the sound of a light rainfall. Also, many now feature a 24-hour time delay program and additional, adjustable racks for customized wash cycles. When it comes to drying, the latest options range from Zeolite—or moisture-sucking crystals—to inline water heaters. Some even come equipped with hard food disposal units, which work like your sink’s garbage disposal.
In addition, there is now smart phone integration, sensors, and even varying sizes, including slim compact versions, tall tubs, and even dishwasher drawers. Whew!
We did some research and tracked down a few models that passed the test, featuring the latest technology and options. Check them out below before you find yourself painstakingly washing by hand—or watching your water bill soar! So when you’re ready to purchase, work with those business partners who support the Colorado design community, like Builder’s Appliance Center, Kitchens at the Denver, and Roth.
MIELE FUTURA SERIES – DIAMOND G 5975 SCVI
The Diamond is Miele’s only dishwasher with 16 wash programs, including ExtraQuiet, Heavy Soil, Starch/Cheese, Tall Items, Plastics, and Glass. It also has an AutoClose function, and at just 37dB, this machine is only slightly louder than a whisper.
GE PROFILE – PDT750SSFSS
This GE is all about the clean factor. It packs four dedicated integrated bottle wash jets in the upper rack helping clean hard-to-reach areas inside tall items and 100+ cleaning jets that deliver complete coverage to every corner of the dishwasher.
KITCHENAID – KDTE304DSS
Not only does it pack performance, but we love the name of this KitchenAid: the Architect Series dishwasher. The highlight though is its ProScrub Option which eliminates pre scrubbing with 40 spray jets that remove seared or baked-on foods.
ASKO – D5654
With nine wash programs and many features, this dishwasher is a best bet. What sets apart the Asko though is the ability to unify your kitchen, as the handles can be customized to match your Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.