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Cheap vs expensive dishwashers

Dishwashers come in a wide range of price points, from the low hundreds to the low thousands, but they are a great example of getting what you pay for.

Taking care of one of the least popular jobs in the home, dishwashers are considered a must-have for most. And while we’re yet to develop a model that’ll pack and put the dishes away for us, they have come a long way from the early models in terms of ability. Here’s what you get when you spend more on a dishwasher—longevity aside.


Some of your extra dishwasher dollars go into buying smarter design, including rack placement. New generation high end models come with foldable shelves for glassware, or height adjustable baskets meaning you can move them around to accommodate taller dishes, a common bugbear for those wanting to pack their dishwasher with unusually shaped or sized crockery or cookware. It also makes for less breakage. We’ve all tried to sneak a tall glass onto a crazy angle to make it fit, only to find it broken when we open the dishwasher door!

They look a million bucks

While that may be overstating it, pricier dishwashers tend to have more aesthetic appeal, with stainless steel models more expensive than their white plastic counterparts (and more expensive white models generally made from sturdier materials than their cheaper counterparts again.) These pricier materials don’t just look better, they’re also more durable, and more expensive dishwashers will carry these materials through to the trays, racks and moving parts to make for an all- round nicer looking, sturdier machine that continues to efficiently clean your dishes over time. 

Dishwashers can be built into your existing kitchen cabinetry or integrated entirely, meaning the door is finished with the same materials.

All the settings

The more you spend, the better the technology that goes into your machine and the more options you’ll have to suit your specific load of dishes. The extra programs, features and modes mean you can choose the most efficient option and save wear and tear or your dishes (and some will even allow you to wash only the lower rack, reducing water use)

Some machines offer options including pre-washing, saving you water, effort and dishpan hands pre-scrubbing gunky bowls and crusted pots. Sanitizing is another option these days, which is essentially a super-heated spray to remove germs efficiently. They also come equipped with more jets, meaning the water hits your dishes and debris at more angles, removing the risk of unpacking your load, only to find cups or plates still marked with food. New high-end models also come with turbo drying, resulting in spot free dishes.

Water and energy efficient

High energy and water-star-rated products can use as little as 10 litres of water and 1 kilowatt-hour of energy per load, meaning you’ll use less than handwashing after a family meal (while a cheaper machine will require you pre-rinse dishes being loading into the machine, making them less efficient on both counts.) And because the machine can do this at temperatures your hands would not be able to tolerate, you’ll get much better results.

Considering the kitchen is the hub of most homes, a top notch dishwasher is an investment in helping it look and function at its very best.