Our review compares dishwashers on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which dishwasher they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 475 Australians for their feedback on the dishwasher(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last three years.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
Samsung was rated five stars across all categories, including performance, features & functionality, value for money, ease of use, design and overall satisfaction.
While more well-known in the smartphone and technology spaces, Korean brand Samsung offers plenty to keep the household moving, including a small range of dishwashers. While it doesn’t have the range of competitors, the Samsung freestanding range includes a 60cm model, which is equipped with 14 place settings, 4.5 star water rating, sanitise function, flexible interior space with an adjustable third rack to accommodate larger plates and dishes, along with a half-load setting, 60-minute express wash, LED display, child lock and delay start.
Bosch was rated five stars for ease of use, with four stars for all remaining categories, including design, value for money, features & functionality, performance and overall satisfaction.
Bosch is a German appliance manufacturer stacked with a large selection of dishwashers, with its range split into freestanding and underbench models, each of which are further split into 45cm and 60cm models.
Bosch’s freestanding range includes models from the Serie 2, Serie 4, Serie 6 and Serie 8 line-ups, with the underbench range featuring models from Serie 4, Serie 6 and Serie 8. Common features across the entire Bosch range include separate compartments for wine glasses, with ‘GlassSecure’ protective trays for protecting crystal and VarioFlex baskets and shelves to re-adjust options to give you more space on all levels. Most models also feature smart connectivity and a personalised function for downloaded programs.
LG was rated four stars for ease of use, features & functionality, performance and overall satisfaction, with three stars for design and value for money.
LG is a South Korean electronics giant, known for its feature-rich appliances, from TVs to washing machines and dishwashers. Split into freestanding and built-under models, 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, with some also additionally including a cutlery rack in place of the traditional cutlery basket.
Westinghouse was rated three stars for ease of use and features & functionality, with four stars for design, value for money, performance 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 line-up sticking to the 60cm range, meaning those looking for something smaller may need to look elsewhere.
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.
Fisher & Paykel was rated four stars for ease of use and design, with three stars in all other categories, including value for money, features & functionality, performance and overall satisfaction.
Fisher & Paykel is a company from New Zealand, and 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.
With a range split into Contemporary and Integrated models, you can also further narrow down the search into underbench and freestanding models, with models available from the Series 5, Series 7, Series 9 and Series 11 line-ups. Most Fisher & Paykel models include features such as multiple washing programs, flexible racking and internal shelving to help fit in all of your dirty dishes, child lock, fan-assisted drying and SmartDrive technology to help get the job done.
Not all brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.
Dishwashers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with dishwashers further broken into types, including:
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.
With dishwashers seemingly packed with features, it can be overwhelming when looking at all of your options to figure out what features are worth forking over for. Below are some of the key features you should be aware of when buying a new dishwasher.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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