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Find the Best Dishwashers of September, 2018. We Reveal Our Top 5

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Best Selling Dishwashers – We Test Them, So You Don’t Have To!

We all know that feeling – after a delectably delicious meal, the washing up.

It’s stacked, Pisa-esque and about to topple. Or you stagger in after a long day at the 9 to 5 and there they are, the left over breakfast dishes and dirty mugs, glaring at you before you can even throw off your shoes. Wouldn’t it be great to not worry about it anymore, well with a dishwasher you don’t have to. It does the work for you – perfect!

Buying such a large appliance can seem daunting, but we’re here to help.

Firstly, where’s it going to live? Under the counter, on the worktop? Will you want to move it around depending on what’s going on?

  • Top Control

These machines have their control panel on the inside top of the pull down door. Their uninterrupted appearance lends a sleek look to your kitchen. However, it does mean that when the dishwasher is on, you have to open the door to find out where in the cycle it is. These machines do stop instantly the door catch is released, though, so it is possible to check the cycle without too much bother.

  • Front Control

The controls on this type of machine are visible without opening the door, although it can be easy to lean against and switch it on inadvertently.

Capacity is next on the agenda. This is usually maximized by space-saving racks, and cutlery baskets, but do think about the size of your family requirements. A single person can get away with a smaller machine than a family of four, for example. Another point to consider is usage; will you be putting it on once every few days, or are you a twice a day family?

Some machines are ultra quiet, have built in water softeners, or are amazingly energy efficient. Most have a variety of cycles, including programs for heavily soiled, light wash, soaking, and drying. A few top-of-the-range dishwashers can even connect to your WiFi and be controlled remotely.

We put the best selling dishwashers of September, 2018 through their paces to give you our honest, unbiased opinion:

1) hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher


Wow, this compact little dishwasher is pure genius. With a tidily designed and simple to use display panel on the front, this will fit nicely in a compact, modern kitchen. As a bonus, the instructions are very simple to follow.

What We Like

Installing this dishwasher was stress-free – everything is included, so just clip the pipes together and off you go.

HomeLabs say this takes up to 6 place settings, but with careful stacking we managed to easily fit that, along with some extra mugs and plates. They all came out spotless and nicely dried.

There are 6 x different wash cycles including heavy load, ECO, glass, speed wash, rinse and normal cycle.

It’s quiet to run, doesn’t vibrate its way across the countertop, and is easy on water. This product is energy certified, so it will save on your bills.

What Needs Improving

If you suddenly need to pause or disrupt a cycle, it takes a while to learn how to do this. Once you get it right, this machine will work like a dream.

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

An efficient, compact, and well designed product; our dishes went in dirty, and came out spotless, warm and dry in no time at all. It's ideal for smaller homes where space is imperative or school camps with basic facilities.

HomeLabs Compact Countertop Stainless Steel Dishwasher

Last update was in: September 4, 2018 2:29 pm
$229.99 $299.99


2) Frigidaire Built In Dishwasher


If dishwashers had sex appeal, this has it by the bucket load – well built, sleek, suave and sophisticated. This is neat enough to fit under the counter, and narrower than most machines of this type.

What We Like

We installed this ourselves; it arrived with everything needed to carry this out, and there were no issues whatsoever.

The control panel on the front is simply designed and easy to follow, so choosing the correct cycle was a no brainer. We easily managed to fit a family of four’s washing up for a whole day in, with plenty of space left over, and it came out sparkly clean every time.

This Frigidaire dishwasher needs less detergent, less water and less power than many other machines, so is economical to run. It’s energy star certified and made with high quality stainless steel.

What Needs Improving

It lacks a drying cycle, which can be a bit of a pain, but we were putting it on overnight, and letting the crockery sit until the morning, so the residue warmth inside dried all but the worst off them.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Despite the price of this dishwasher, it’s an excellent machine – efficient and hard working. We were very happy with the results.

Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18 Built-in Dishwasher, Black/Silver

Last update was in: September 4, 2018 2:30 pm


3) SPT Portable Dishwasher


SPT have had a brilliant idea here – a portable dishwasher; however, if you chose to hook it up in a permanent siting, that would work well, too.

The instructions are simple, with clear diagrams to follow.

What We Like

This is deceptively large on the inside, with enough room for 8 place settings and with a bit of constructive packing, a saucepan or two. It washes really well, leaving everything spotlessly clean, and is so quiet when it’s running. There are 6 x different programs including all in 1, heavy, normal, light, rinse and speed cycle. You can also make use of the hand 24 time delay feature.

Being portable, it needs to be light enough to move easily, and this dishwasher is, with lockable wheels for when it’s busy.

What Needs Improving

The wash cycles with this dishwasher are quite long, and together with the lack of a dry program, makes this seem an expensive choice.

8.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

SPT are onto a winner with this; it does what it’s meant to, and while it may take a little longer to do it, and be in the higher price band, we like it and would recommend it.

SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher, 18-Inch, Stainless Steel

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Last update was in: September 4, 2018 2:31 pm
$474.99 $505.88


4) Danby Dishwasher in White


Danby have produced a neat countertop dishwasher. It arrived promptly with clear concise instructions, and all the parts required for the hook up.

The controls are well designed, easy to decipher and look durable.

What We Like

The installation was quick and easy, and we just followed the instructions – simple! It sits comfortably on a countertop and fits under the wall hung cupboards nicely.

Getting 6 full place settings in was okay, but you wouldn’t want to squeeze in any more for fear of not managing a proper wash. As it was, everything kept coming out clean, if a little damp. Even at full throttle, this was a quiet dishwasher, and couldn’t be heard in the next room, while the little rubber feet kept it from jumping off the counter.

Again there are 6 x wash cycles, including intensive, rapid, normal, economy, glass and soak.

What Needs Improving

Danby have neglected to add a timer to their dishwasher; this would have been really useful, but isn’t a deal breaker.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a good countertop dishwasher; easy to set up, easy to use, cheap to run and cleans well! What more do you need?

(New Model) Danby DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher, White

1 used from $249.50
Free shipping
Last update was in: September 4, 2018 2:33 pm
$204.97 $229.99


5) EdgeStar Black Dishwasher


This chic black compact dishwasher is the perfect size for apartments, offices and small kitchens. It has plenty of wash cycles to choose from to get your dishes spotless.

It comes with everything needed to hook up to your faucet, so there’s no need for any complicated plumbing, and the instruction manual explains it all very clearly, along with how to use the machine.

What We Like

We installed this extremely easily, with no need to call a plumber – it’s that simple!

EdgeStar have created a near silent machine, so silent in fact that even with our ears pressed against it, we couldn’t hear it washing. It doesn’t jump around when on either, and just does the job, turning our washing from sticky to spotless thanks to the 7 x wash cycles.

What Needs Improving

Our only note is to use detergent sparingly. This compact machine may leave residue, if it’s overloaded.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

As dishwashers go, this is a great countertop machine, doing exactly what you want with no messing around or getting it wrong. Excellent!

EdgeStar DWP62BL 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Black

Last update was in: September 6, 2018 8:37 am


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