Let's bust the myths: the truth about dishwashers

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Sick and tired of hand washing dishes, but don't want to break the bank? We have great news for you - you can afford a spectacular dishwasher, even on a budget. Sure, there are some great pricey models out there, but user opinions show that there is a selection of awesome models for $600 or less. What's more, the top inexpensive models listed below are some of the best dishwashers on the market, period. Let's bust some myths about cheap (at least when it comes to dishwashers):

  1. "Cheap means crap." Nope! The top 3 models listed below have some of the highest cumulative scores among all dishwashers. These scores take into account what users have to say about things like cleaning efficiency and noise level, as well as their overall satisfaction with the product.
  2. "Cheap means small." Wrong again! While countertop models are the majority of inexpensive dishwashers, there is quite a large selection of full-sized built-in ones and portable ones too.
  3. "Cheap means simple." Not true. Some of the smaller models will have fewer options, but almost all of them offer 5-6 wash cycles and a delay-start option. About half of the models have an NSF-certified sanitizing option and adjustable racks.
  4. "Cheap now will cost me more later." Nuh-uh. Most budget-friendly dishwashers score higher than average for reliability. They'll probably last you just as long as a pricier model - if not longer. Pretty neat.

What IS true about inexpensive dishwashers, then?

  1. You'll have less of a selection when it comes to looks. The vast majority of inexpensive models have a control panel on the front, rather than hidden. So if you like the sleek look of a fully-integrated dishwasher, you'll have to add a few bucks. In addition, there aren't very many stainless steel (or "stainless steel look") units in this price range.
  2. They are noisier. While the average decibel rating for all dishwashers is around 49 dBA, the inexpensive models average around 54 dBA. Indeed, users report that they make far more noise than larger dishwashers.

Don't be deterred, though! As mentioned, the top inexpensive dishwashers are some of the highest ranked models on the market. Check out the fabulous units below - all great options that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Top Inexpensive Dishwashers

The Top Inexpensive Dishwashers were determined by a thorough analysis of the collected opinions. Buzzrake considered mentions of these factors for each dishwasher: customer satisfaction, reliability, interior design, installation, performance and noise level.
#1 rated in inexpensive: Amana 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher, scored 89/10088

1. Amana 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher

User opinions show that the Amana 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher is the #1 best inexpensive dishwasher on the market. It is a built-in unit that measures 23.9"W x 24.5"D x 34.5"H. This model has an Energy Star certification and 3 wash cycles (including a heavy duty cycle). It can hold up to 12 place settings and has a decibel rating of 59. Users adore this dishwasher, ranking it #2 overall and #3 in terms of value among all dishwashers. It is top-rated for performance and users report that it has a great interior layout.
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#2 rated in inexpensive: Bosch Ascenta 24" Built-In Dishwasher, scored 88/10088

2. Bosch Ascenta 24" Built-In Dishwasher

The #2 best budget-friendly dishwasher is the Bosch Ascenta 24" Built-In Dishwasher. This Energy Star model features 6 wash cycles, including a heavy duty cycle. It can hold up to 14 place settings, which is considered very large. This product has several additional features, such as an NSF-certified sanitizing option and delayed start. Opinions show that this is one of the most popular models among users, with exceptionally high customer satisfaction ratings. It is also ranked #3 for installation and usability.
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#3 rated in inexpensive: Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher, scored 88/10088

3. Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher

Users find the Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher to be the #3 best inexpensive dishwasher model. This countertop unit is Energy Star certified and has a 6 place-setting capacity. It measures 21.6"W x 19.7"D x 17.2"H, meaning that it will fit between the countertop and the cabinets. It has 5 wash cycles and a decibel rating of 55dBA. This unit is cumulatively ranked #6 among all dishwashers on the market. It comes in 1st for installation and 2nd for ease of use.
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