There definitely isn’t a shortage of options in the mid-range dishwasher market. Above the $500 cutoff (but below $1000), there are about 10 different viable dishwasher brands on the market competing for your attention.
For that kind of money, anything you buy is going to wash your dishes. So every manufacturer tries to find a unique selling point to differentiate themselves in this fiercely competitive market segment.
But we consistently find ourselves coming back to a few go-to recommendations that are clearly winners at their price point.
The best dishwashers on the market combine quietness, energy savings, efficient operation in one machine. Here, we review the three dishwashers that cut through the noise to earn the prestigous title of Best Dishwasher Under $1000.
(If you’re wondering why you should trust a dealer’s reviews over a site like Consumer Reports, check out our op-ed: “Making a Major Purchase? Don’t Trust Online Reviews“)
The 3 Best Dishwashers Under $1000
GE GDF520PSDSS – $529
GE makes a great dishwasher just above the $500 cutoff (we will cover bargain dishwashers under $500 in a future post). It has a large 16 place setting capacity (better than the more expensive recommendations to follow), making this a great value for the money if your household size requires you do dishes on a daily basis.
To hit this price point, GE stripped away features and cycles found on higher-end machines. It has light / medium / heavy cycles, plus a 4th cycle that auto-senses how dirty your dishes are and adjusts water usage accordingly.
Quick specs for the GE GDF520PSDSS:
- 54 dBA
- 16 place setting capacity
- 4 cycles: Auto Sense, Heavy Wash, Normal Wash, Light Wash
- 7 options: Child Lock, Delay Start 2/4/8 Hr., Wash TempBoost, Sanitize, Heated Dry, Steam PreWash, Start/Reset
- Energy Star projected energy usage: 275 kWh per year
Bottom line: The GDF520PSDSS is a simple, rock solid dishwasher with a reliable reputation (low service rates, etc.) that will clean your dishes for you. If you need bells and whistles, consider our next recomendation.
Learn more: GE GDF520PSDSS
Bosch SHX3AR75UC – $789
Bosch is one of the most dependable brands we sell. Bosch accounts for over 60% of the dishwashers we sell here at Boston Appliance.
They have a great philosophy that informs their entire product line: they focus on building dishwashers that are extremely energy efficient, and quieter than any other brand in the industry.
Those two hallmarks are on display here, as the SHX3AR75UC exceeds Energy Star water usage standards by 69% and comes in a little quieter than the GE dishwasher, at 50 dBA.
The SHX3AR75UC also boasts extra cycles: delicate, quick wash, and half load (which consumes half the water by washing only the top or bottom shelf). This model also features a 24/7 leak protection system as a failsafe, so if something should go wrong while you’re on vacation, you won’t come back to a flooded kitchen.
The Bosch has a slightly smaller capacity, which can actually be better for small households (you don’t want to wait too long to run a full load of dishes). Consider your household’s needs carefully before deciding.
Quick specs for the Bosch SHX3AR75UC:
- 50 dBA
- 14 place setting capacity
- 6 cycles: Power Scrub Plus, Auto, Regular, Delicate/Economy Wash, Quick Wash, Half Load
- Energy Star projected energy usage: 279 kWh per year
Asko D5424XLS – $999
Founded in Sweden, Asko is a luxury brand under the Clarke distribution umbrella, the same company that distributes Sub-Zero refrigerators and Wolf cooking products throughout New England. Like Sub-Zero and Wolf, Asko is a best-in-class brand that belongs in high-end kitchens.
The D5424XLS is incredibly slick, with a recessed handle and a circular control panel that looks unlike any other dishwasher in the industry. Asko’s striking design will hold its own in a professionally designed kitchen, matching the flush-to-countertops look of other integrated appliances.
The D5424XLS has two cycles exclusive to the recommendations on this list: a Super Quick (15 minutes!) cycle, and a “Rinse & Hold” option, which allows you to load and rinse dirty dishes, then leave them to be washed at a more convenient time (say, when you’re out of the house or asleep).
Quick specs for the Asko D5424XLS:
- 50 dBA
- 14 place setting capacity
- 7 cycles: Daily Wash, Heavy Wash, Normal Wash, Quick Wash, Eco, Rinse & Hold, Super Quick (15 min)
- Energy Star projected energy usage: 276 kWh per year
Learn more: Asko D5424XLS