10 Easy Pieces: Front-Loading Dishwashers

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.

The classic Miele (G4
Above: The Miele Classic 24-inch Full Console Dishwasher (G4228SCUCLST) is Energy Star qualified, has active condensation drying and 5 wash cycles; $ 999 at AJ Madison.
The Kenmore Elite (743) Dishwasher with Turbo Zone in Stainless Steel gets high marks all around;  $ 899.99 at Sears.
Above: The Kenmore Elite (14743) Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Turbo Zone gets high marks all around; $ 899.99 at Sears.
The AGA Mercury-Inch Fully Integrated Integrated Dishwasher is available in 6 different colors and includes 6 wash styles;  $ data-src =
Above: The AGA Mercury 24-inch Fully Integrated Integrated Dishwasher is available in 6 different colors and includes 6 wash styles; $ 1929 at AJ Madison.
The Bertazzoni-inch built-in dishwasher is Energy Star certified and comes in stainless steel;  $ data-src =
Above: The Bertazzoni 24-inch built-in dishwasher is Energy Star qualified and is made of stainless steel; $ 1,202 at Buid.com.
KitchenAid built-in dishwasher in stainless steel;  $ 949.99 at Best Buy.
Above: The KitchenAid 24 ”built-in dishwasher in stainless steel; $ 949.99 at Best Buy.
The Bosch 800-inch series dishwasher (SHXM78Z55N) is Energy Star qualified and has a low noise level db (A);  $ data-src =
Above: The Bosch 24-inch 800 Series Dishwasher (SHXM78Z55N) is Energy Star certified and has a low noise level of 24 dB (A); $ 1109 at AJ Madison.
The Bosch -Inch built-in dishwasher (SHE3AR7
Above: The Bosch 24-inch built-in dishwasher (SHE3AR72UC) is Energy Star certified and efficient in terms of water consumption per cycle and level 1 in energy efficiency classes; $ 499 available in three finishes at ABT.
The Asko 30-inch series built-in dishwasher is $ 899 at AJ Madison.
Above: The Asko 30 Series 24-inch built-in dishwasher costs $ 899 at AJ Madison.
The Bosch 800-inch Series Stainless Steel Built-In Handle Dishwasher (SHEM78Z55N) is $ data-src =
Above: The Bosch 24-inch Built-In Handle Dishwasher 800 Series in Stainless Steel (SHEM78Z55N) costs $ 1,034 at ABT.
The GE Profile -Inch Smart Dishwasher (PDT775SYNFS) is $ data-src =
Above: The GE Profile 24-inch Smart Dishwasher (PDT775SYNFS) is $ 1,091 at AJ Madison.

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NB: This article is an update; the original story aired on January 26, 2011.

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