If you're looking for a built-in dishwasher that will provide excellent cleaning, energy efficiency and a low noise level, reviews from a combination of professionals and users say you can't go wrong with the Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR75UC (Est. $625) . For this reason, we've named it our top-rated model.
This Bosch Ascenta model scores very high in one multi-product test of dishwashers, earning top ratings for its washing ability and energy use, and nearly as high ratings for noise level and ease of use. In addition, the 230-plus owners posting about this model to BestBuy.com are similarly impressed, awarding it an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Many say it gets dishes spotless -- even in situations where the dishes go in very dirty or the machine is crowded and dishes are touching one another.
Users also call the machine easy to use, with adjustable tines and a long silverware basket that can be separated into multiple parts. The unit is Energy Star-rated (exceeding Energy Star standards for water by 69 percent). Users also say the machine is so quiet it's hard to hear it running, even when standing in the same room.
We found very few complaints about the SHE3AR75UC, although some do note that dishes -- especially plastics -- do not come out perfectly dry. However, this is a common complaint among owners of a variety of dishwasher models.
If you're looking to save a little money but still take advantage of excellent dishwasher features, owners also rate the Whirlpool Gold Series WDT710PAYM (Est. $600) very highly. The unit receives slightly lower ratings for noise, washing performance and ease of use, compared to the Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR75UC, in a professional comparative test of dishwashers.
Nevertheless, the more than 615 HomeDepot.com owner reviews posted about the Whirlpool WDT710PAYM give it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, with most applauding its cleaning, stylish appearance and noise level. Some, however, find fault with its cleaning and drying performance, and some say the silverware basket is too small.
For those who prefer to stay in an even lower price range and don't need a stainless-steel front, Whirlpool offers four money-saving variations of this model: The WDT710PAYE (Est. $525) has a black front with a stainless handle, while the WDT710PAYH (Est. $525) has a white front and stainless handle. In addition, the brand offers the all-white WDT710PAYW (Est. $475) and all-black WDT710PAYB (Est. $475) .