After a few decades of fine tuning, almost all conventional built-in dishwashers perform admirably in the cleaning service. The differentiators boil down to the following questions: How quiet is the operation? What are the energy saving options (such as shortened cycles, half load options, condensation drying and water flow control)? Are heating coils and controls concealed? Is the unit Energy Star qualified (meaning it is 41% more energy efficient than the federal minimum standard)?
We’ve sifted through the options, looked at the rating guides, and came up with our top 10 picks for front-loading dishwashers; most are stainless steel, but many of the models are also available in other finishes as well as ready for custom panels. For alternatives, see our previous article on dishwasher drawers.
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NB: This article is an update; the original story aired on January 26, 2011.