The washing capacity, energy use, amount of noise, ease of use and cycle time of a dishwasher are the main factors that Consumer Reports considers to determine the best dishwasher. Consumer Reports has a team of experts at the National Testing and Research Center that test numerous dishwasher models.
The KitchenAid KDTM354DSS is the top-rated dishwasher as of August 2014, according to Consumer Reports. It features a shorter cycle compared to other models and a self-cleaning function without the grinding noise commonly found in self-cleaning machines. The dishwasher uses an ultrafine filter that quietly gets rid of food remnants throughout the washing cycle.
The KitchenAid KDTM354DSS attained the top spot also because of its 125-minute normal cycle, which is 20 minutes shorter than the previous top-rated dishwasher, the Kenmore Elite 12793, says Consumer Reports. Additionally, the KitchenAid dishwasher effectively dries plastic items, which are usually the toughest to dry completely.
Another recommended dishwasher is the Bosch Ascenta, which boasts a normal cycle that is around 30 minutes shorter than the KitchenAid dishwasher. Consumer Reports reviewed more than 190 models and offers a dishwasher buying guide to help customers choose the right dishwasher. Consumer Reports' top choices clean well, use significantly less energy and water than washing by hand, and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard.