The 7 Best Smart Dishwashers to Buy in 2018

No more dreading cleaning up after dinner

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If there is a modern appliance that deserves our praise, it is the humble dishwasher. Until your dishwasher breaks, you may never appreciate how much time and drudgery it saves you. Without one it can take hours to clean a family’s worth of dishes, with tired feet and pruny fingers to show for all your hard work. If you are in the market for a new dishwasher, why not consider purchasing a new smart model? These dishwashers not only do all the dirty work for you like older models – they also boast features such as remote starting and monitoring, digital leak detection and troubleshooting to help make cleaning up more efficient (and maybe even a little fun). Check out our list of some of the best smart dishwashers available below.

Our Top Picks

Most Quiet: Samsung - Waterwall™ 24" Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher

Samsung - Waterwall™ 24" Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher - Black stainless steel
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Check out a new way to do dishes with Samsung’s innovative Waterfall dishwashing line. This model boasts a sliding spray bar that creates a powerful “wall of water” to provide fantastic cleaning results. It also features Samsung’s Zone Booster technology, which allows you to target specific sections of the dishwasher with custom settings, so you can run your wine glasses and pots and pans in the same load and still get them both clean.

This washer holds up to 15 place settings worth of dishes, so you can get more dishes done at one time. When the cycle is finished, the AutoRelease door opens on its own to allow air to circulate, meaning your dishes are dry faster. For smart device aficionados, you can remotely monitor and control this dishwasher from your smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has a smart digital leak sensor that can detect leaks as small as one ounce – the dishwasher will even shut itself off before any more water can escape. Did we mention that it’s super quiet too? This dishwasher is as quiet as they come at only 38 dBA.

Best Budget: LG - 24" Front Control Built-In Dishwasher with QuadWash

LG - 24" Front Control Built-In Dishwasher with QuadWash and Stainless Steel Tub - Stainless steel
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This budget buy makes cleanup a snap with five wash cycles and a delay start option of up to 19 hours, so you can run the dishwasher when it works for you instead of the other way around. It includes a Near Field Communication (NFC) Tag-On Function, so you can use your NFC-enabled smartphone to download special cycles or troubleshoot your washer simply by touching your phone to the top of the dishwasher door. Generous interior space, an adjustable upper basket and stemware holders mean you can run up to 15 place settings worth of dishes in just one load. LG’s QuadWash system provides powerful spraying arms that rotate while spinning and engaging high-pressure water jets, so your dishes get clean from every angle. This quiet dishwasher is Energy Star-certified too, so you can cut back on costly utility bills and still enjoy clean dishes. 

Most Versatile: GE - Profile™ Series 24" Built-In Dishwasher

GE - Profile™ Series 24" Hidden Control Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub - Custom Panel
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Have you ever finished running a load of dishes only to open the door to discover that…well, the dishes didn’t exactly get clean? Sometimes it’s a problem with how you loaded the washer, sometimes the drain is clogged, but either way, it’s a waste of time, energy and throws a wrench into your cleaning schedule. Make those inconveniences a thing of the past with this GE Profile smart dishwasher. The new GE Appliance app will alert you if anything is going on with your dishwasher that would lead to less-than-stellar results. It can even let you know when the load is finished, monitor overall performance and – importantly – signal any leaks.

The GE Appliances Kitchen app can even keep track of how many dishwasher pods you use and automatically contact Amazon to ship you a new box of pods when you need them. How’s that for smart? Plus, this washer operates at a very quiet 40 dBA and has a reversing quad-blade arm and high-pressure bottle jets to even reach inside tall or awkwardly-shaped items. Seven cycles and three water levels mean you can clean everything from that casserole dish full of baked-on lasagna to your most delicate wine glasses without worry. 

Best Cleaning Power: GE - Profile™ Series 24" Built-In Dishwasher

GE - Profile™ Series 24" Hidden Control Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub - slate
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If you are interested in finding a dishwasher with maximum cleaning power, keep reading. This GE Profile built-in dishwasher with hidden controls has an impressive 140 cleaning jets, more than any other dishwasher in the industry right now. Despite its power, this Energy Star-certified dishwasher hums along at only 40 dBA, so you can run the dishes without ruining your family’s quiet evening at home. Move the upper rack up or down up to two inches, so you can even wash large tumblers or other tall glassware items freely.

Use your new smart dishwasher with the GE Appliances Kitchen app in order to get even more great features. With the GE Appliances Kitchen app, you can monitor your dishwasher cycle time and status, be alerted to any problems with the cycle or potential water leaks, lock and unlock controls (especially helpful for families with small children who might be curious about pushing buttons). It will even let you know if your rinse agent is low, so your dishes come out spotless every time.

Best Top Control: LG - 24" Top Control Built-In Dishwasher

LG - 24" Top Control Built-In Dishwasher - Black stainless steel
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Do you love using Google Assistant to check up on all the smart devices in your home? Add this LG Top Control Built-In Dishwasher to the list. With LG’s built-in SmartThinkQ technology, you can get a notification sent directly to your smartphone when a cycle is complete. Check in on a cycle and receive performance updates using voice commands with Google Assistant even when you’re nowhere near the kitchen. This dishwasher features LG’s TrueSteam technology and comes with seven cleaning cycles, self-cleaning filtration and room to wash up to 14 place settings worth of dishes in a single load. A 19-hour delay-start allows you to get the dishwasher running while you’re away or sleeping – though with the quiet 42 dBA performance you might not mind having it going even if you’re in the same room.

Best for Big Loads: LG - 24" Top Control Built-In Dishwasher with QuadWash

LG - 24" Top Control Built-In Dishwasher with QuadWash and Stainless Steel Tub - Black stainless steel
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Handling large loads is easy with this Energy Star-certified LG dishwasher. Its generous interior space can hold up to 15 place settings worth of dishes; fewer loads means less time stuck in the kitchen for you. Want your dishes sanitized? This LG dishwasher operates at a higher temperature than others in its class to help reduce bacteria and enhance drying results. It features LG’s “Multi-Motion” spray arms that rotate and spin, while high-pressure jets take aim at your dirty dishes from every angle to help get your dishes cleaner, quicker. Like the other LG dishwasher on our list, this dishwasher comes with LG’s built-in SmartThinkQ technology, making it easy to use your smartphone or home assistant to receive notifications about your washer’s status, performance and cycle completion no matter where you are.

Best Fast Wash Options: Samsung - Waterwall™ 24" Built-In Dishwasher

Samsung - Waterwall™ 24" Top Control Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher - Stainless steel
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The Samsung Waterfall dishwasher is a top-control tall tub that has plenty of cleaning power with its unique sliding spray bar technology, which maintains maximum pressure from corner to corner. This dishwasher is designed to save you time; you can speed up the whole cycle with Express 60, a setting to clean lighter loads faster or select the Dry + settings to add extra time and heat to the drying cycle, ensuring that your dishes are dry and ready to be used or put away when the cycle is complete. At the end of a cycle, the door of this dishwasher will also open on its own to circulate air and get the dishes dry faster.

This washer also comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can remotely and control the dishwasher no matter where you are directly from your smartphone. The handy Digital Leak Sensor will also identify leaks as small as one ounce and shut itself off before water can escape and damage floors.