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The Best Dishwashers to Upgrade Your Kitchen in 2023

The Best Dishwashers to Upgrade Your Kitchen in 2023


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While we wish we could spend all day in a rustic countryside retreat, we here at Rustic Kitchen and Bath also understand that every minute counts in the hustle and bustle of modern life. If your kitchen is a battleground of dirty dishes and endless scrubbing, there’s a good chance you’re missing out on using that time to do something you enjoy. This is where the humble dishwasher steps in. If you're ready to bid farewell to hand washing and reclaim your time for yourself, read on. We've collected the best dishwashers to help save you time and conquer the kitchen. Your plates, your time, and your peace of mind are about to receive a significant upgrade.

Dishwasher with sparkling clean dishes

5 Surprising Reasons a Dishwasher is a Smart Investment

Investing in a dishwasher offers numerous advantages that go beyond just convenience. Here are five compelling reasons why you should consider adding a dishwasher to your kitchen:

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Save Time:

Hand-washing dishes can be a time-consuming chore that adds up significantly over the course of a year. Did you know that spending just 30 minutes each day scrubbing and rinsing dishes can add up to more than a week of time every year? Imagine what you could do with an extra week every year! In contrast, a dishwasher takes just around 10 minutes to load, start, and unload, allowing you to use your time more efficiently.

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Save Water:

While it might seem like handwashing saves water, it is actually significantly more wasteful than running a dishwasher. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, washing dishes by hand can use up to 27 gallons of water per load. In contrast, ENERGY STAR-rated dishwashers use as little as 3 gallons per load. This substantial difference in water consumption not only conserves this precious resource but also helps you lower your utility bills.

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Optimize Space:

If space is at a premium in your kitchen, there’s no amount of acceptable wasted space. The compact design of 18-inch dishwashers is perfect for maximizing your kitchen's space. These space-saving dishwashers free up room at the sink or on the countertop, because there’s no longer a need for stacks of pots and dishes to pile up after meal preparation. You’ll just have to make it a habit to load it before those dishes stack up (which can be no easy task!)

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Superior Cleaning:

Modern dishwasher technology has evolved to deliver exceptional cleaning results. Features like ZLINE’s DuraWash ensure that your dishes emerge cleaner, brighter, and shinier than ever before. These advancements in cleaning technology not only save you the effort of scrubbing but also provide consistently better results than hand-washing.

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Health and Safety:

According to the New York State Department of Health, waterborne microorganisms require exposure to 149°F water for five minutes to no longer pose a health concern. Dishwashers achieve water temperatures well above this threshold during the cleaning process, making them highly effective at eliminating germs and dangerous bacteria from your dishes. In contrast, the National Library of Medicine found that direct skin exposure to water temperatures above 140°F for as little as 3 seconds can lead to severe burns.

For these reasons, by investing in a quality dishwasher, you're not just simplifying your daily routine; you're embracing efficiency, cleanliness, and environmental consciousness.

What to Consider When Shopping for a Dishwasher

Dishwasher in a farmhouse kitchen

When shopping for a dishwasher, we recommend you prioritize size compatibility with your kitchen space and your household's needs. After that, consider energy efficiency and noise levels. Other things that should be considered are durability, user-friendly controls, and cleaning performance. To help you get started, we’ve listed the Best Dishwashers of 2023 below. Remember, the goal here is to find a dishwasher that simplifies your life and enhances your kitchen experience.

The Best Dishwashers of 2023

Best Overall Dishwasher:

 ZLINE 24 in. Tallac Series 3rd Rack Dishwasher in a Stainless Steel Tub with Color Options, 51dBa (DWV-24)

ZLINE Tallac Dishwasher in a cozy white kitchen

The ZLINE 24 in. Tallac Series 3rd Rack Dishwasher is our pick for the best overall dishwasher. What sets it apart are 8 versatile wash cycles, 12 different color panel options, and enough capacity for 15 place settings. There’s also an innovative 3rd rack designed specifically for utensils and cutlery. The ZLINE Tallac Series Dishwasher is a true combination of personalized style and exceptional cleaning performance.

Best Compact Dishwasher:

ZLINE 18 in. Compact Top Control Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub and Traditional Handle, 52dBa (DW-18)

ZLINE Compact Dishwasher in a luxury kitchen

When space is at a premium, the ZLINE 18 in. Compact Top Control Dishwasher steps up as your perfect solution. The built-in European style means this dishwasher is low-profile and designed to maximize efficiency without compromising on cleaning power. With the top control, it’s hard not to appreciate its sleek appearance that will seamlessly blend into any kitchen decor. If you are looking for style, practicality, and adaptability in a compact form, look no further.

Best Tall Tub Dishwasher:

Forno 24 in. Tall Tub Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub, 45dBa (FDWBI8067-24S)

Forno Tall Tub Dishwasher

The Forno 24 in. Tall Tub Dishwasher is our pick for the best tall tub dishwasher. Tall tub dishwashers can accommodate taller dishes, glasses, and utensils in a single load. This Forno dishwasher accommodates up to 14 place settings while remaining remarkably quiet at just 45 dBA. There’s also a super drying option which all but guarantees that your dishes come out dry and ready for use.

Best Panel Ready Dishwasher:

BREDA 24 in. Panel Ready 3rd Rack Tall Tub Dishwasher (LUDWT30250)

BREDA Panel Ready Dishwasher fully loaded with dishes

If customization is #1 on your priority list, the BREDA 24 in. Panel Ready 3rd Rack Tall Tub Dishwasher is for you. Boasting a panel-ready design, this dishwasher takes personalization to the next level by allowing you to match its exterior panel with your kitchen's cabinetry. Plus, if you ever feel like shaking things up, the custom panel can easily be replaced with a new custom panel to match the new design without having to replace the entire appliance.

Best Luxury Dishwasher:

ZLINE Autograph Edition 24 in. 3rd Rack Top Touch Control Tall Tub Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Accent Handle, 45dBa (DWMTZ-304-24)

ZLINE Luxury Dishwasher with a Champagne Bronze handle

For those who demand the utmost in both aesthetics and functionality, the ZLINE Autograph Edition 24 in. 3rd Rack Top Touch Control Tall Tub Dishwasher is our pick for the best luxury dishwasher. You can choose between stainless steel, black stainless steel, white matte, or DuraSnow® stainless steel panels and three exquisite accent handles: Polished Gold, Champagne Bronze, or Matte Black. Going beyond just aesthetics, this dishwasher features DuraWash Technology, a speed wash cycle, and a whisper-quiet 45dBa operation. The ZLINE Autograph Edition Dishwasher doesn't just clean your dishes; it transforms dishwashing into a luxurious experience.

Take Back Control with the Perfect Dishwasher

Thank you for reading our guide to the Best Dishwashers of 2023! We hope this guide will help you find the perfect dishwasher for your kitchen. From saving time and conserving water to enhancing kitchen aesthetics and ensuring cleanliness, the advantages of owning a dishwasher are undeniable.

If you’re tired of being held hostage by a sink full of dirty dishes, call us at 1 (866) 212-9706 or book a consultation with one of our dishwasher experts!

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