Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Best Dishwashers 2022

Buying dishwashers can be tricky.  Currently, the delays and shortages were hard to work around as we bought a new dishwasher. Here are some tips:

1. Buy from your local appliance store. When you visit an appliance store you can handle and compare the appliances and really get a feel for which ones are top quality. Buying from a local appliance store also means you can walk out with the appliance.

2. Do not buy from LG or Samsung. Supposedly, LG and Samsung do not pay their repairman, and so it is difficult to find someone to do repairs under their warranties. LG's LDFN4542W was at the top of my list until I learned about repairman refusing to service them under warranty.

3. Buy with whatever credit card has the best purchase protection and warranty extension. (I recommend Costco's Citi Visa with 120-day purchase protection and 2-year extended warranty.) The reason why I say this is because dishwashers are now considered disposable. All the companies I researched had a one-year parts & labor warranty. Using a credit card with a good extended warranty means you can feel more secure laying down more money for a dishwasher.  If you don't have a credit card with these options, then I would say buy the least expensive quality dishwasher you can find (just not LG or Samsung).

#1 Dishwasher: Maytag MDB8959SKW. This dishwasher was not even on my list until I visited the local appliance store. Upon opening it and inspecting the inside, I could tell it was very solidly built and high quality. It's third rack is a major game changer. I chose this Maytag over Bosch's 800 series because its third rack has so much more room, and the racks move smooth like butter. And dishes come out so dry! $899  I feel like a queen using it.


Bosch SHEM3AY52N: this is Bosch's's economy line dishwasher but it still has an amazing interior and rinse only cycle.  You may find this model is very hard to find in stock.

Frigidaire FFCD2418UW is an inexpensive but solid quality dishwasher with three spray arms, open heating rod, and polymer interior for better drying. If you don't have any extra cash to lay down for a dishwasher, I would think about this one or Bosch's economy line.

GE GDF645SGNWW has a stainless steel interior and dry boost fan assist.  If you want a third rack, I'd go for the GDT665SGNWW.

Frigidaire FGIP2468UF with three innovative spray blades, 34-minute quick wash, and traditional open heating rod, this dishwasher was on the top of my list for a long time.  But it didn't come in white and doesn't have a third rack so it's high price is unreasonable.

Note:  I initially didn't even consider Maytag because I knew that Whirlpool has acquired the company.  And Whirlpool was the company that I did not want at all.  But in talking with the sales lady at my local appliance store (which sold Whirlpool, Maytag and Bosch), apparently Whirlpool is letting Maytag build their dishwashers as they always have.  She had not noticed a difference in quality or construction since the takeover.

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