Don’t Waste Your Money: Which dishwasher does the best job?

Posted at 9:36 PM, Aug 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-06 21:36:06-04

Looking for a new dishwasher? You might feel ‘overloaded’ with all of the choices.

Consumer Reports says job one of any dishwasher is to clean the dishes and its tests are tough!

Testers spend a day dirtying dishes, glasses, and silverware smearing on peanut butter, sauce, egg yolks, spinach, and more. Then the dishes are left in the dishwasher overnight letting all that food get caked-on, just like you might do.

Some dishwashers leave behind small bits of food, but many dishwashers produce nice clean dishes.

After cleaning performance there is more to consider, like run time.

This $800 Blomberg cuts cycle time almost in half with an 85-minute normal cycle.

But even with its shorter cycle, the dishes come out super clean.

In the end, top-ratings went to a $1,300 Kenmore Elite from Sears, which solves another problem.

With most dishwashers` spray arms, if something like a stray fork gets in its path, it gets stuck and the water can`t reach everywhere.

A Kenmore Elite has a motorized spray arm, so when it hits the fork, it reverses direction.

The Kenmore Elite is also available without the motorized spray arm for $100 less.