The 5 Best Dishwashers Under $600

Last week we wrote a breakdown of the top-rated dishwashers under $1000, which are packed with specialty cycles (like delicate and half load) as well as space-saving options like an adjustable third rack for flatware.

This week, we want to circle back and rank the best dishwashers under $600. We chose the $600 cutoff because we believe some of the most cost-effective dishwashers on the market hover right around the $500-$600 price range.

Sometimes, you just don’t need all the bells and whistles. If you live in a small household, eat a lot of takeout or travel frequently, you probably won’t wash enough dishes to make an expensive dishwasher worth it to you. In our opinion, the options below represent the 5 best dishwashers under $600. No matter what you choose off this list, you’ll get an excellent value for the money you spend.

Best Dishwashers Under $400 (Ideal for Rental Units)

Frigidaire FBD2400KS – $329

frigidaire-dishwasher-under-600-FBD2400KSLooking for the best bare-bones stainless steel dishwasher that (not a lot of) money can buy? A major manufacturer like Frigidaire will be able to offer you the best value for your money. For $329, you get a two-cycle wash, delay start and the backing of a brand known for reliability.

You can’t do much better for the money – the next competitive model (in feature and build quality) comes in at $379.

Quick specs for the GE FBD2400KS:

  • Light & Normal Cycles
  • 62 dBA operation
  • 12 place setting capacity
  • Delay Start option
  • Learn more: Frigidaire FBD2400KS

Amana ADB1400PYS – $379

amana-adb1400paywWhat does an extra $50 get you? A whole lot, it turns out. The main advantage of the inexpensive Amana model over the Frigidaire is that the Amana is Energy Star rated, and will cost you less to run over the life of the product. But there are a few more perks:

  • 1-Hour Quick Wash Cycle, to save time
  • High Temperature Wash Cycle, for the extra “elbow grease” needed to wash dishes with heavy soil
  • Electronic controls (instead of a mechanical dial)
  • Triple Filter Wash System removes particles in wash water – which means less residue when the load is over
  • Learn More: Amana ADB1400PYS

With several tangible upgrades for a relatively small bump up in price, the ADB1400PYS is the most popular dishwasher we sell to developers furnishing appliances for their rental units.

Best Dishwashers Under $600 (Top Value for the Money)

GE GDT530PSDSS – $529

best-dishwasher-ge-GDF520PSDSSGE makes a great dishwasher just above the $500 price point. It has a large 16 place setting capacity, 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
  • Learn more: GE GDF520PSDSS

Bosch SHE3ARL2UC – $549

Bosch DishwasherWe don’t hide our love for Bosch around here – they prioritize durability and quiet operation, two goals they consistently meet with just about every dishwasher they make.

Their introductory offering is the SHE3ARL2UC, a slick recessed-handle dishwasher with 50 decibel operation (9 decibels quieter than our previous recommendations).

  • 3, 6, or 9 Hour Delay Start (compare to 4 hour delay start on Amana ADB1400PYS)
  • 30-minute express wash
  • 24/7 Overflow Leak Protection
  • Energy Star projected energy usage: 245 kWh per year
  • Learn More: Bosch SHE3ARL2UC

Whirlpool WDF750SAYW (white) / WDF750SAYB (black) – $599

best-dishwasher-under-600-whirlpool-wdf750saywThe Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher is Whirlpool’s quietest dishwasher line, at 51 decibels, making it competitive with other dishwashers under $600.

But the real draw is Whirlpool’s longevity in the industry. Whirlpool claims to have the lowest service rate among all major dishwasher manufacturers for 17 years running, a claim we can throw anecdotal support behind after carrying their product for decades.

With healthy capital and market security, they can afford to run their new dishwasher models through extensive testing cycles. When a Whirlpool dishwasher hits the market, it carries the well-earned reputation that it will last for a long time.

  • 100% stainless steel tub
  • 2, 4 or 8 Hour Delay Start
  • Energy Star projected energy usage: 245 kWh per year
  • Learn more: WDF750SAYW

Need an Upgrade?

Not quite enamored by what you see here? Maybe you have your heart set on more capacity, extra wash cycles, a dedicated third rack for flatware, or hidden controls for that sleek integrated look. If you want to step up above the $600 mark, take a look at our post about the 3 best dishwashers under $1000.

 

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