Dishwasher Rating Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at ConsumerReports.org evaluate 200 dishwashers in this comparative test, although not all of them are actually tested; some are rated based on their similarity to tested models. Editors smear a range of sticky foods, including peanut butter, raspberry jam and egg yolk on dishes, which are scraped but not rinsed. Machines are rated according to cleaning ability, energy efficiency, noise level, ease of use and cycle time. Nearly all tested dishwashers clean well, but more expensive models tend to be quieter and offer more convenience features. A valuable sidebar addresses overall brand reliability.
by Editors of Reviewed.com
Our AssessmentReviewed.com is another prolific reviewer of dishwashers. This list names top picks overall, and by price and features. Links lead to full reviews of the named dishwashers, and to reviews of all dishwashers tested. Dishwashers get a numerical rating, and some are further singled out for Editors' Choice and Best of the Year honors. Testing is well documented.
2014 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study: Dishwasher
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates' most recent survey of appliance brands analyzes responses from more than 3,600 consumers who have recently bought dishwashers. Brands are rated in six categories: ease of use, performance and reliability, styling and appearance, features, price, and warranty. Kenmore Elite is the award recipient for highest overall customer satisfaction. Other top brands include and Samsung. Respondents aren't asked to rank specific models.
by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Our AssessmentEnergyStar.gov is a program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) that helps businesses and consumers save money and protect the environment through increased energy efficiency. This site has an extensive list of Energy Star-compliant dishwashers that it says are, on average, 5 percent more energy efficient and 15 percent more water efficient than standard models. The website includes each model's energy and water use, as well as energy-factor ratings, which measure an appliance's efficiency. The site also offers tips on purchasing a dishwasher and using it efficiently. Energy Star qualified dishwashers are listed, and their energy and water use are provided, but recommendations are not made.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentMore than 200 built-in dishwasher models are sold at BestBuy.com. Though some only get a handful of reviews, or none at all, many draw dozens and even hundreds of owner opinions. Among those dishwashers with lots of feedback (100 reviews or more), Bosch and LG dishwashers move to the head of the pack.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears carries nearly 300 dishwasher models from a wide range of brands. Many receive only a few reviews, but a few get hundreds. In addition, Sears is the only retail site with user ratings for Kenmore dishwashers, so it's a top destination for feedback if you're considering a Kenmore unit. Among models that receive 100 or more reviews, Whirlpool and Kenmore are by far the most highly rated brands. Of note: the reviews for Kenmore dishwashers are unique to this site, but many reviews for other brands are taken from manufacturer websites.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHome Depot sells fewer dishwasher models than the sites above -- less than 100 on our last visit. Some receive less than a handful of reviews, and others earn more than 1,000. Whirlpool dishwashers seem especially popular, but there's also lots of feedback and strong ratings for KitchenAid and Maytag models. However, many of the reviews on this website are not original, rather, they're reprinted from manufacturer websites. Those reviews are identified on the comments pages.
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentWe found lots of dishwashers at AJMadison.com. Many have only a handful of reviews, or none at all. Others have hundreds, but as is the case with HomeDepot.com, those with the most feedback borrow heavily from the user comments posted at manufacturer web sites.
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentABT.com is another Internet retailer with many dishwashers -- more than 425 at last look. Most get at least some feedback, and a handful get hundreds of reviews. Like many retailers, some dishwasher ratings are heavily skewed by feedback originally posted at the manufacturer web site, but there are also a fairly good number of reviews that are unique to this site.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a large selection of built-in and portable dishwashers. Built-in models garner very few reviews, but there are a fair number of reviews for portable models. Some ratings are dragged down over issues with sellers rather than issues with the dishwashers themselves. On the plus side, Amazon.com does not syndicate reviews from other sites, so all feedback here is unique.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com only carries a handful of dishwashers on its website, and most are portable models. Feedback is relatively limited, though a couple of countertop models draw more than 90 reviews. Reviews appear to be unique to Walmart.com and not drawn from other sources.