From Whirlpool to Frigidaire, all major appliance brands carry the Energy Star label. They are quieter and more energy efficient, and overall a better buy over your standard units. I will discuss the top 5 I feel deserve this honor.
First, there is the Whirlpool 24″ Built In Dishwasher. It comes in white, black and stainless steel. It comes with a limited one year warranty. It is fitted with such features as: delay wash, hard food disposer, sound insulation, and sanitary rinse. It has 14 settings, and has individual cycles for pots and pans, and china or crystal. It retails for $449. I own this model, and I have never had a problem with it. It is very quiet, and does a great job of cleaning my dishes, no matter how caked they are with food.
Next, there is the Frigidaire 24″ Built In Dishwasher. It comes in either white or black. This Energy Star unit is very affordable, running under $250. It comes standard with a limited one year warranty. Its features range from quick cycle and delay wash to sound installation. It has 3 cycles. The racks are made of nylon, and the tub material is made from plastic. This is a great dishwasher for homeowners on a budget.
The Frigidaire Gallery 24″ Built In Dishwasher comes in stainless steel. It carries a one year warranty. Its features include: delay wash, food disposer, and sound installation. Its racking system is adjustable. This is a nice feature, because it is able to accomodate bigger items. It has DishSense sensors, which allow you to select the cycle based for your cleaning needs. It retails for $549. My parents own this dishwasher, and they have not had any issues with it. They entertain a lot, and this dishwasher allows them to wash oversized pots and pans with ease.
The KitchenAid 24″ Built In Dishwasher comes in white or black. It sells for $699. It has 4 cycles and is able to accomodate up to 14 place settings. It has such features as: sanitary rinse, delay wash and food disposer. It too is a very quiet unit. This unit is great, because of its size.
Finally, there is the Bosch 24″ Built In Dishwasher. It comes in white, black and stainless steel. It retails for $629. It comes with 4 cycles and 2 options, including half load and delay start. It has overflow leak protection, and a triple filtration system. It reduces energy usage by 20%. This dishwasher is my favorite, because it comes with so many extra features.