Not all dishwashers are created equal. That is a FACT. And if your budget is limited, you might find that the quality suffers too.
Consumer Reports to the rescue!
The evaluators at Consumer Reports recently rated the top 5 dishwashers with the best performance for less than $500. High performing and affordable? Let’s check this out!
Of course they do warn that with the budget-friendly models you won’t get as quiet of a machine as the pricier options. But the report indicates that the dishwashers listed below were “excellent at cleaning a full load of glasses and very dirty dishes that were scraped of leftover food but not rinsed. Plastic items are among the most difficult to dry, with drops of water remaining, but these dishwashers did an excellent job drying. Most used 4 to 5 gallons of water to wash a load and were energy-efficient when heating the water, washing, and drying.”
Consumer Reports’ Top 5 Under $500
- Kenmore 13223 $450
- Whirlpool WDT720PADM $400
- Kenmore 13473 $400
- Maytag MDB4949SDM $450
- Ikea Renlig IUD7555DS  $400
For the full dishwasher ratings at Consumer Reports in all prices ranges, go to http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/dishwashers.htm.