Canstar Blue’s 2021 dishwasher review has seen LG, Fisher & Paykel, Westinghouse, Dishlex and Bosch compared and rated on performance, design, internal layout, quietness, value for money and overall customer satisfaction.
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The last thing you want to do after a big meal is to wash the dishes. So, having a trusty dishwasher to take care of the mess is a convenient solution that can be just as satisfying as the food on the plate. So, where do you turn in your search for the best dishwasher you can buy? If our customer reviews over recent years are any indication, you’ll likely need to splash the cash if you want maximum bang for your dishwashing buck.
This year, we got the dirt from more than 500 Aussies after asking for their feedback on the dishwasher(s) they have purchased and used over the last three years. Survey respondents rated brands on their performance, quietness, internal layout, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. The idea is to give you an idea of the best dishwasher brand for your needs and budget before you hit the stores or buy online. Manufacturers that received the minimum sample of 30 responses are featured in our report.
So, what did we find this year? LG brought home the goods in our latest dishwasher review, being the only brand to earn a five-star rating for overall satisfaction. The South Korean appliance powerhouse also got five stars for performance and internal layout.
Here are the best dishwashers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
LG slid into first place in our 2021 dishwasher review, after receiving the only five-star review given to any brand for overall satisfaction, plus top marks for performance and internal layout. Runner-up Fisher & Paykel, Westinghouse, Dishlex and Bosch all scrubbed off four stars for overall satisfaction
Notably, most brands rated this year managed to score five stars in more than one area. Westinghouse was the only manufacturer to score five stars for value for money, and also received top marks for performance and quietness, alongside Fisher & Paykel which also rated five stars for design and internal layout. Bosch got full marks for performance and internal layout.
Read on as we provide a guide to the dishwasher brands in our latest comparison and see what they have to offer, and at what price.
Adding to the colourful rainbow of countries represented in this report, LG is a South Korean electronics giant, known for feature-rich appliances, from TVs to mobile phones, to washing machines and dishwashers. Some of LG’s dishwashers feature ‘Smart Diagnosis’, to troubleshoot issues using your smartphone and the LG ThinQ app. You can also expect some models to feature ‘QuadWash’, which is stated to help clean dishes from multiple angles and ‘TrueSteam’ to blast away stubborn grime.
Most models also feature smart racks, which have many adjustable elements to suit the wide variety of glasses and dishes the typical Aussie household uses. Prices for LG dishwashers start at around $1,199, but you can expect to pay a little more for the most high-end models, up to $1,900.
LG’s dishwasher range includes:
LG was rated five stars for performance, internal layout and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for quietness and design, and three stars for value for money
Fisher & Paykel is a company from New Zealand and some of its products are still made across the ditch. Fisher & Paykel is perhaps best-known in the dishwasher world for its innovative dishdrawer solutions, where instead of a folding door, you get a drawer. This makes it easy for apartment dwellers short on space, or for those who just want to plonk their dishes in from the top. Fisher & Paykel does, however, also offer traditional dishwashers with drop-down doors.
While the dishdrawer dishwashers are slightly less energy efficient than their traditional counterparts, the convenience factor is notable. Prices for Fisher & Paykel dishwashers start just under $900, while the more expensive models cost closer to $2,300, with double dishdrawer models costing a little extra.
Fisher & Paykel’s dishwasher range includes:
Fisher & Paykel cleaned up with five stars for quietness, design and internal layout, plus four stars for performance, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Born out of the USA, Westinghouse is also now an Electrolux-owned company, and makes all manner of home appliances, including dishwashers. Westinghouse specialises in freestanding dishwashers, with the cheapest models sitting at around the $800 mark, while the most expensive will take you back $1,099. In terms of size, Westinghouse sticks to the standard 60cm-wide unit with 15 place settings.
Common features include cycle sensors to help with water efficiency, super-fast wash cycles, hygiene and water safety systems, as well as adjustable rack solutions. Many models boast WELS ratings greater than 4.5 stars, with some consuming less than 13L per cycle.
Here are several Westinghouse dishwashers currently available:
Westinghouse was a solid performer in our 2021 ratings, scoring five stars for value for money, quietness and performance. It got four stars for internal layout, design and overall satisfaction.
Dishlex is a kitchen appliance specialist, owned by the Electrolux group. Dishlex has a strong focus on budget-friendly prices and simple and effective dishwashing, although its range is limited. Please note that as of 2021, Dishlex is no longer producing appliances.
However, leftover Dishlex dishwasher models are still being sold and cost as little as around $700, while the most expensive dishwasher sits around the $1,000 mark.
Features are fairly basic, with most models having simple rotary dials to choose your wash setting, and standard yet spacious internal layouts. Most impressive, however, is that most of Dishlex’s dishwashers have smart load sensing, which adjusts the water level to suit your load, which can save on water costs. Some models use less than 12L per cycle.
A few Dishlex dishwashers include:
Dishlex was a moderate performer in our 2021 ratings, earning three stars for performance, quietness, design and internal layout, plus four stars for value for money and overall satisfaction.
Like Miele, Bosch is another German appliance manufacturer stacked with a large selection of dishwashers. Bosch dishwashers come equipped with a wide range of rack options and flexibility. Plus, there are several modular dishwashers that can fit into a variety of spaces due to their more compact size.
For the German-made models, you can expect to pay a slightly more premium price compared to the units made elsewhere. However, there is still a range of lower-priced models to suit a lot of Aussie customers. Some cost less than $1,000, while others cost well in excess of $2,000.
A common feature across the entire Bosch range includes separate compartments for wine glasses, with ‘GlassSecure’ protective trays for protecting crystal. Many also boast five-star WELS water efficiency ratings, with some consuming as little as 10-12L per cycle.
Bosch’s dishwasher range includes:
Bosch rounded up the scores on five stars for performance and internal layout, plus four stars for quietness, design and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for value for money.
Aside from the major dishwasher manufacturers compared in this year’s review, there are plenty of other brands that may be worth a look into, including the following:
Swedish appliance giant Electrolux offers a decent selection of dishwashers, mainly targeted towards households looking for models that can easily adapt to suit different needs. Expect features such as delay start times to make use of any off peak energy tariffs, ‘Aqua Control’ to prevent flooding your appliance and adjustable baskets to fit in different sized dishes.
One of its dishwashers – the Electrolux ESF8735ROX ComfortLift – is specifically designed with a lower basket that can simply be raised up instead of pulled out to provide a more ‘comfortable’ height to load and unload dishes.
The Italian home appliance brand, Smeg has a focus on style and technology, keeping up with the latest consumer trends. It offers freestanding, under-bench, fully-integrated and semi-integrated dishwashers, with most of the Smeg models being the standard 60cm width. It has a number of high-end features to look out for within its line-up, including versatile baskets, flexi-duo cutlery trays and Smeg’s ‘Aquatest’ sensor, stated to automatically adjust water, temperature and wash action to suit the load.
But with uniformly high quality, there are no cheap Smeg dishwashers. This is because even the most basic model includes more features than the basic models of other brands. Prices start at around $1,500, with most models costing under $1,750 and maxing out at the $3,550 mark for the fully integrated units and the retro style range.
Miele produces a wide range of freestanding, built-under, integrated and fully integrated dishwashers. Many of its models are designed to offer versatile storage options with aspects like the 3D cutlery tray to help accommodate bulky utensils. The brand also works to add in even greater flexibility with features such as ‘ComfortClose’, shorter cycle options, ‘Knock2Open’ handle-less opening system and an intuitive user interface.
When it comes to water efficiency, Miele’s collection of high-end dishwashers tends to provide 3.5-star ratings and above for most models, and usually at least 4.5 stars for energy consumption.
However, all of this will come at a cost. Most Miele dishwashers are priced around the $2,000 mark, with its cheapest model – the Active Freestanding Dishwasher – costing $1,399. The fully integrated range goes up to as much as $4,399.
Asko is a Swedish appliance brand known for making innovative and stylish appliances – most notably dishwashers. Asko’s dishwasher range encompasses both built-in and fully-integrated models, with the latter often coming in stylish wood-grain finishes to match your kitchen. Asko dishwashers feature highly flexible rack solutions, with lock-in clips for light objects, an upper cutlery tray for maximum storage capacity, a crystal glass racking facility for wine glasses, and intuitive control interfaces for ease of use.
Most of the Asko range features 3.5 stars for energy efficiency ratings and 4.5 stars for water use. Many Asko dishwashers are available for less than $1,500, but most are above this mark, with some inching towards $3,000.
Any dishwasher worth its salt should be able to fulfill the most basic task of washing your dishes at the end of the day, but there are several factors worth considering to make sure that you’re buying the best dishwasher for your household’s needs, including size, capacity and internal layout. Using a good dishwasher detergent also helps to get the best results.
While we give a breakdown of the different types of dishwashers available below, here’s a taste of several common styles to choose from:
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In addition to finding out which are the best dishwashers in Australia, our research identified the key purchase decision factors for consumers, with 37% claiming that dishwasher price was the most important purchase decision factor. All of us want to bag a bargain on our major household appliances, but keep our ratings in mind because they reflect what is important to consumers once that dishwasher is plugged in at home, operating on a daily basis. Our latest survey found Australians spend an average of $809 on a new dishwasher, so keep this figure in mind when shopping around.
The standard size of a dishwasher is usually 60cm wide and 60cm deep, but the height and width of dishwashers can vary significantly between brands and specific model types. Slimline dishwashers can be considerably smaller at around 45cm wide. Below are the common sizes:
Be sure to take measurements of the kitchen space that you have in mind before choosing which is the best dishwasher for you. Whichever type you go with, it’s recommended you leave a little space around your dishwasher for ventilation.
A dishwasher’s capacity is measured by the number of ‘place settings’ it can accommodate in a single wash cycle. Most freestanding and fully-integrated dishwashers will come with a capacity of 14 place settings, but some high-end models can be even larger. Smaller dishwasher types often have smaller capacities of anywhere between six and nine place settings. Consider your daily use of dishes and cutlery to decide what capacity would be best for your household. Keep in mind that having to use a small dishwasher twice a day, rather than a large model once, might result in higher long-term costs.
Anyone who has ever felt the frustration of not being able to properly accommodate different sized cooking utensils, saucepans or plates into a dishwasher can appreciate the importance of a good – and flexible – internal layout. If you regularly need to wash large and unusual items, look for a dishwasher that provides racks you can adjust to different height levels and adjustable cutlery trays – including being able to move or remove other internal elements to create extra space.
When a rumble from your dishwasher can’t be solved with a simple clean or repair, then it may be time to scoop up a new one. There are a few features to consider when picking out the best dishwasher for your home. Some of these include:
When quoting a dishwasher’s capacity, most manufacturers will describe it in terms of the number of place settings a dishwasher can accommodate. One place setting refers to the standard number of crockery and cutlery that would be used by one person during a three-course meal. This usually consists of one small and one large plate, a bowl, cup, and the necessary cutlery for said courses.
Measuring capacity in this manner is much less confusing and ambiguous than measuring it in terms of individual items, although a dishwasher’s approximate item capacity is often quoted as well. Therefore, we recommend you consider how many people in your home eat during a standard meal – just one, relatively large meal (e.g. dinner and dessert). Perhaps you could purchase for this many place sittings, plus one or two, in case you have company.
Once you’ve determined your optimum dishwasher’s capacity, you’ll need to decide which installation style to purchase. We’ve outlined the most common styles below.
Every dishwasher on sale has a star rating from the Australian Government’s efficiency rating initiatives for both water and energy efficiency. The more stars a product has, the less energy or water it uses. You can compare dishwasher model energy efficiency on the energy ratings website.
If your dishwashing needs vary each wash, consider buying a dishwasher that has different cycles that you can set for different loads. Such features are usually only available on more expensive models, but by using less energy and water they can save you a significant amount of money over the long term, as well as reduce your environmental impact.
Read more: Dishwasher cycles explained
Do you have lots of different sized pieces of crockery that frequently require reshuffling inside your dishwasher? If so, consider buying a model with several different layout options or removable shelving.
Choosing between a cutlery basket and a cutlery tray might also make a difference. Are you a ‘stand and stuff’ kind of person when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, or do you prefer to have your forks, spoons and other utensils stored in specific sections?
Some dishwashers have a delayed start function whereby you can set it to begin a cycle at a specific time – such as in the middle of the night when electricity rates are cheaper, or while you’re out at work so as not to disturb anyone.
If you live in an apartment or a high-density living space, or if you simply don’t like being disturbed, make sure you check the noise levels of your dishwasher before you buy it. Some models record this in the product description. Failing that, search online for customer feedback.
Water and energy efficiency are also important considerations when picking a new dishwasher. Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) provides a rating for each appliance based on how much water it uses to get the job done. You can see how efficient your dishwasher is by checking the number of stars on the label, in addition to the number of litres likely to be used per cycle. The higher the star rating, the more water-efficient the model will be (and the cheaper the running costs will usually be long-term). Most dishwashers in Australia have a 4.5-star or five-star efficiency rating.
It’s a similar deal when it comes to energy ratings, with the number of stars indicating the efficiency of an appliance. The best dishwashers with high energy and water ratings will typically cost more to buy, but the trade-off is you’ll stand to save more over time through reduced utility bills.
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You’ve nailed down what type of dishwasher you want – maybe you even have a brand in mind. After this, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before you part with your money and drag a new dishwasher into your home.
Once you’ve made up your mind what style of dishwasher you’d like, you need to make sure you can accommodate it in your home. Important steps to take are:
Having considered all the options and purchased your machine, you’ll now need to install it in your kitchen. In addition to making sure there’s adequate space, there are three different connections that need to be set up:
With a countertop dishwasher, this process is as simple as plugging it into the wall, connecting it to your kitchen tap and letting it drain into the sink. If you’re installing a built-in dishwasher, however, you have two options: either do it yourself, or get a plumber to install your dishwasher for you.
If you’re perfectly comfortable with the installation process, and the necessary taps are already plumbed into the wall, go for it. If that’s not the case, it’s best to leave it to a professional. Most plumbers offer dishwasher installation services and while paying someone to install your appliance can be a little pricey, it also ensures the job is done quickly and without any hassle.
Yes – fortunately, many dishwashers have self-cleaning functions designed to reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to keep the appliance free of grime and grease, which also helps extend its lifespan as much as possible. But you will still need to clean the dishwasher by hand to make remove any traces of undissolved detergent and leftover bits of food and grease that have built up in the filter over time. All this residue can create marks on your dishes and prevent them from getting cleaned properly.
Our dishwasher detergent ratings show most Aussies we surveyed clean their filter once a month (39%), while around a quarter only do it whenever they notice a bad small coming from the dishwasher (25%).
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Ideally, it’s good to give the dishwasher a spot clean every day to get rid crumbs and other small bits of food. Cleaning the filter can be done on a weekly or fortnightly basis (depending on how often the dishwasher is used), while deep cleans can be done every month.
To pre-rinse or not to pre-rinse? According to manufacturer LG, pre-rinsing isn’t necessary for getting clean dishes. In fact, leftover bits of food residue are likely to stay on the plate if the cookware and crockery are packed too tightly together or loaded incorrectly. That’s why it’s important to make sure your cups are emptied and food is scraped off the plate before adding it into the dishwasher.
Here are a few other tips LG has on making the most out of your dishwasher:
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Washing dishes by hand takes a lot of water, detergent, and energy – especially if you have a large family or regularly invite guests. But is it actually worth forking out for a dishwasher? We look at a few benefits and disadvantages of buying a machine versus doing it yourself.
|Pros of using a dishwasher||Cons of using a dishwasher|
|More convenient and faster and cleaning dishes||Older models can be noisy|
|Consumes less water, saving you money in the long run||Expensive to purchase, with most models costing between $400 and $3,000.|
|Better at killing germs since the water runs at a higher temperature||Needs to be regularly cleaned|
Dishwashers are convenient because all you need to do is scrape the food off your plate and chuck it in the appliance, before unloading and storing everything away later on. But what makes dishwashers particularly useful are its settings. Many models offer quick-wash options that can clean items under 15 minutes, delay timer settings so you can choose a more suitable time, and programs tailored to wash everything from heavily soiled cookware to small crockery that require a gentle ‘touch’.
Studies have shown the best temperature to kill most harmful germs is anything between 54°C and 60°C, with hotter being better. This can be easily achieved by a dishwasher, especially when many models now come with settings like ‘Intensive’ or ‘Express’ that usually operate around at least 65°C. For obvious reasons, this would be difficult to do when washing by hand.
Using a dishwasher can help you consume less water, as long as you’re not using the appliance to wash a couple of dishes and cups. You can also check the WELS star rating on products to get a good idea on how efficient a machine will be, which is also useful if you’re concerned about the long-term impact on your bills and the environment.
When it comes to appliances, the main thing to consider with cost is whether you’re willing to pay a higher upfront price in order to save in the long term. Premium models typically come with longer warranties, more pre-set mode and flexible features (physical and tech wise), and better energy and water efficiency ratings. You also need to consider how regularly you plan on using a dishwasher because using a regular wash setting to clean one or two plates, instead of a full load, isn’t exactly economical.
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Our latest research found that Aussie households spend an average of $809 on a new dishwasher. Here’s what’s driving customers, in order of what respondents considered the most important factor:
The average cost of a new dishwasher usually starts just under $800 and reaches around $3,000. However, there are some models that cost as much as $5,000. But keep in mind that there are also additional costs to take into account like delivery and installation charges, plus the cost of removing your old dishwasher.
While price is very important – and no one wants to pay more than they have to – it’s probably best to focus on a dishwasher’s performance credentials first and foremost. You wouldn’t want to purchase a ‘dirt’ cheap dishwasher and simply end up replacing it every couple of years. With many Aussie shoppers keeping the same model for seven years, according to our survey, buying a new dishwasher is definitely a long-term investment that needs some serious thought. If you can score a great deal on the price, that’s even better!
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This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
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*Prices are taken from respective websites, correct as of September 2021.
There are plenty of retailers that sell dishwashers either in-store or online. These include:
Esatto, Beko, Haier, Euromaid, Altus and Emilia offer some of the most affordable dishwashers on the market, offering several options under the $800 mark. Retailers like Kogan and Kmart also have their own budget-friendly ranges. But keep in mind the cheaper whitegoods often have poorer efficiency ratings, potentially resulting in higher bills long term. So, make sure to compare different brands and models to make sure you’re getting a dishwasher that suits your budget and needs.
Premium dishwashers generally come with a better efficiency rating and contain many convenient features. There are also usually more adjustable features to accommodate different sizes of crockery and cookware as well provide a more comfortable and ergonomic design. But in saying that, many new models now share many of the same functions, such as half load and eco-wash, so it’s largely a matter of finding a dishwasher with the right number of place settings for your household.
What’s the best dishwasher for your kitchen? Here are the top brands, as rated by consumers in our latest review:
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new dishwasher in the last three years – in this case, 520 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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