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Dishwashers: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on March 13, 2018

Dishwashers: Ratings of Sources

Editors of Consumer Reports, Not Dated
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Editors at Consumer Reports evaluate nearly 175 dishwashers in this comparative test. Cleaning tests include removing challenging food items, like egg yolk, on dishes that are scraped but not rinsed. Machines are rated according to cleaning ability, drying performance, energy efficiency, noise level, and cycle time.

Editors of Reviewed, As of March 2018
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Reviewed is another prolific reviewer of dishwashers. This page 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 Year honors. Testing is well documented.

Editors of CNET, As of March 2018
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The number of dishwashers reviewed at CNET isn't extensive, but the full reviews here are very thorough and extremely well-documented, often including video reviews. Dishwashers are given an editor's rating of up to 5 stars, as well as ranked and compared against other dishwashers the editors have tested.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, As of March 2018
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While some of these reviews are older, some are newer and there's even at least one roundup from 2018. Results of testing are well-detailed. Editors rank dishwashers on a 5-star system, and pros and cons are listed. Several dozen dishwashers are listed, although they are not specifically ranked and rated against each other.

Contributors to Home Depot, As of March 2018
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Home Depot is a popular destination for dishwashers of all types, both built-in and portable, and the main page makes them easily sortable by type. Some of the reviews on this website are not posted by the site's users but are drawn from manufacturer websites. Those reviews are identified, however, and there are plenty of reviews that are unique to the site.

Contributors to Lowe's, As of March 2016
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Lowe's sells many of the same dishwasher types and brands as Home Depot, and they get similar ratings here -- no surprise since they, too, import reviews from the manufacturer's websites. Reviewers sort their ratings by features, value, design, quality and ease of use, and also say if they would recommend the item.

Contributors to Best Buy, As of March 2018
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Hundreds of different built-in and portable dishwasher models are sold at Best Buy. Though some only get a handful of reviews, or none at all, many draw dozens and even hundreds of owner opinions. While Best Buy has links to reviews posted at manufacturer web sites, those are kept separate from reviews by its own users and are not included in the overall star ratings.

Contributors to Sears, As of March 2018
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Sears carries hundreds of dishwasher models from a wide range of brands. Many receive only a few reviews, but a few get many more, though again supplemented by reviews from makers' sites. However, 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.

Contributors to Amazon, As of March 2018
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Amazon has long sold a large selection of built-in and portable dishwashers, but they're also becoming a player in the built-in market -- most notably Kenmore and Bosch dishwashers. There are fewer reviews here overall, but on the plus side, Amazon does not syndicate reviews from other sites, so all feedback here is unique.

Contributors to Walmart, As of March 2018
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Like Amazon, Walmart is venturing further into the full-size dishwasher market; they've always carried portable and countertop models. However, although some of the name brand, built-in dishwashers seem to get a lot of reviews, most are drawn from the manufacturers' websites.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Not Dated
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Energy Star 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-certified dishwashers. The site also offers tips on purchasing a dishwasher and using it efficiently. However, recommendations are not made.

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