Dishwashers last about ten years, so it's not every
day you have to think about buying a new one.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more on the latest features
Over the ten year lifespan of your dishwasher chances
are your needs have changed, too.
Fortunately Consumer Reports has tested nearly 100
and can tell you which ones will fit your budget and
That's today's On Your Side.
Looking for a new dishwasher? You might feel overloaded"
with all of the choices.
Consumer Reports says job one of any dishwasher -
clean dishes - and its tests are tough! Testers
spend a day dirtying dishes, glasses, and silverware
- smearing on peanut butter, sauce, egg yolks, spinach,
Then the dishes are left in the dishwasher overnight
- letting all that food get caked-on - just like you
"A dishwasher that does well in our tests - whether
very good or excellent - should be able to handle
anything you throw at it." Some dishwashers leave
behind small bits of food, but many dishwashers produce
nice clean dishes.
After cleaning performance there is more to consider,
like run time.
Emilio Gonzalez "The normal cycle for most dishwashers
these days is between two and three hours." This
800-dollar Blomberg cuts cycle time almost in half
with an 85-minute normal cycle.
It is a bit noisy … But even with its shorter cycle,
the dishes come out super-clean.
In the end, top-ratings went to this 13-hundred-dollar
Kenmore Elite from Sears, which solves another problem.
With most dishwashers' spray arms, if something like
a stray fork gets in its path, it gets stuck and the
water can't reach everywhere.
This Kenmore Elite has a motorized spray arm, so when
it hits the fork … it reverses direction.
The Kenmore Elite is also available without the motorized
spray arm for 100 dollars less.
Consumer Reports also named a Best Buy for about half
It's a little bit noisier
and doesn't have a stainless-steel
tub, but it delivers excellent cleaning power.
It's the 730-dollar Bosch Ascenta, Model SHX3AR7UC.
It's available online at Lowe's.