When finding the top 5 dishwashers with Energy Star ratings, one theme popped up: pre-rinsing. For effective cleaning, almost all of these models require that you pre-rinse your dishes.
Prices varied widely (for the same model), so make sure to shop around.
I am a very picky consumer, and only shop at retailers with wonderful return policies. Return policies vary widely between stores, so do check before you make a purchase. At the very least you will need a 7 day return policy, in case you discover there is something you just don’t like about the product. You will (hopefully) be living with this product for years to come.
I have even gone so far as to shop around for price, and then to get my favorite retailer to match that price because I wanted to do business with that particular retailer. If you do this tactic, just state the facts and ask if they can match the price. Chances are, they can.
Here is a list of the top 5 Energy Star dishwashers.
The Kenmore Energy Star Certified 1321 is getting rave reviews. It looks great, is quiet, and does a great job cleaning. People state that even when there was a problem (missing parts) Kenmore was quick to fix it and make it a non-issue. The Kenmore 1321 is my top choice for Energy Star dishwashers.
The great little dishwasher nobody has ever heard of. This little dishwasher cleans great, and at a small price. Do make sure you choose a dishwasher that fits your space, as this dishwasher is not standard size. The idea of smaller dishwashers is very appealing, as you can run the dishwasher after every meal without wasting a lot of water and energy.
Maytag Jetclean Plus Series MDB7759AWS Fully Integrated Dishwasher – Stainless Steel
This quiet machine hides the buttons in the door to keep little kids from playing with it (genius). Sleek and stylish, and cleans dishes well.
KitchenAid Superba Series Architect Series II KUDE70FVSS Dishwasher
Another dishwasher with hidden controls and a sleek look. It cleans dishes beautifully, and you would hardly know it was on. If money is not a factor, this may be the dishwasher for you.
Whirlpool : DU850SWPQ Dishwasher
This dishwasher stays true to Whirlpool’s reputation while delivering clean dishes, and earning the Energy Star label. It does have the buttons on the outside, which can easily be a pro or con depending on your lifestyle. It is a ‘cheap’ dishwasher, but does an excellent job for the price.