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So Fresh and So Clean: The 5 Best Stainless Steel Dishwashers

by Michael Webster

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Benefits of a Stainless Steel Dishwasher

Our Best Stainless Steel Dishwashers

Stainless Dishwasher FAQs

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When searching for a new dishwasher, stainless steel, or plastic, there can be tons of different options. You’ve undoubtedly seen stainless steel on the outside of most appliances as a finish and design option, but what’s the big deal with it being on the inside?

Having a stainless steel dishwasher isn’t just for aesthetics (even though it does look fabulous.) There are actually several great benefits of having a stainless steel unit rather than a standard plastic dishwasher. Overall, stainless steel dishwashers are better in cleaning performance, durability, and style. To show you why adding one of these gorgeous appliances can make a significant difference in your kitchen, our experts have crafted a quick guide on stainless steel dishwashers, including what to expect as well as five of the best units on the market.

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Benefits of a Stainless Steel Dishwasher

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There are a lot of advantages to having a stainless steel dishwasher ― and their striking appearance is only the first one. If there’s one thing to know for certain, it’s that stainless steel dishwashing units are much more efficient, and superior compared to plastic dishwashers. And here’s why:

  • Better construction: Stainless steel dishwashers are sturdier and better constructed. Using metal instead of plastic makes the structure of the appliance more durable.
  • Allows more heat: The temperature of the water during the wash cycle can be heated at higher temperatures in stainless steel units which allows them to clean more efficiently. During the drying cycle, the stainless steel retains heat better as well, which will save you both energy and money.
  • Quieter wash cycles: The heavier steel interior walls help absorb the louder dishwasher sounds better. This makes your dishwasher much quieter during wash cycles compared to plastic interiors.
  • More sanitary: With stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about stains, odors, or damage caused by hard water.
  • Better value: The upfront cost of a stainless steel dishwasher will undoubtedly be more expensive than a plastic unit; however, over time, stainless steel will save you more energy and dollars

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Our Best Stainless Steel Dishwashers

Now that you’re aware of what a stainless steel dishwasher is capable of, let’s take a look at our expert’s top five picks that will ensure your assorted dishware always comes out squeaky clean and ready for the next meal.

KitchenAid® 24" Stainless Steel with Printshield Built-In Dishwasher

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You don’t have to be a professional home cook to appreciate the exceptional performance and style of this KitchenAid stainless steel dishwasher. The smudge-resistant, PrintShield finish and hidden controls display a sophisticated aesthetic that’s perfect for any kitchen arrangement. Plus, with innovative features like the One-Touch ProWash Cycle, this 24" dishwasher stainless steel determines how full the tub physically is and automatically adjusts the cycle’s water levels and cycle time accordingly for the most effective cleaning results.

Even better, this KitchenAid dishwasher’s Heat Dry option boosts drying performance with ease. This unit also includes SatinGlide rails in the third and middle racks to add an extra level of convenience to loading and unloading your various dishware ― reducing less strain on your back and joints.  

Key Features:  

  • 47 dBA operation  
  • Adjustable upper rack  
  • ProWash™ Cycle  
  • Sani-Rinse option  

Sharp 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

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This expertly crafted Sharp dishwasher balances advanced features and options to make for a better dishwashing experience in the heart of your home. To help you efficiently wash your dishware, this stainless steel dishwasher features a half-load option that gives you the freedom to wash smaller loads while reducing both water and energy consumption. And with six different washing cycles, including a super-speedy express wash, and an adjustable third rack, this stainless steel Sharp dishwasher is ready to clean up after every meal with both style and grace.

Key Features:  

  • Premium White LED interior lighting
  • Automatic Soil Sensors
  • Six different wash cycles and seven unique cleaning options
  • Adjustable third rack

Beko 24" Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

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For some of the best dishwashing results at a reasonable price point, this stainless steel Beko dishwasher will present a timeless aesthetic to your kitchen while providing top-tier washing performance. Boasting a gorgeous stainless steel tub, this Beko dishwasher includes five different wash cycles to ensure supremely clean dishes every single load and stays virtually silent at an impressive 48 decibels. This stainless steel model also comes equipped with several of Beko’s benchmark washing features, including SilentTech, an adjustable 3-position top rack, and a delay timer that makes washing the dishes easier than ever before.  

Key Features:  

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • SilentTech
  • ProSmart Inverter Motor
  • 3-position upper rack

Frigidaire Gallery® 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

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Washing significant loads of dishware has never looked so fresh and so clean as with this Frigidaire stainless steel dishwasher.

With the tub capacity to fit up to 14 place settings, you’ll have plenty of room to fit all your pots, pans, and dishware all in one go. And with intuitive features like DishSense Technology, this stainless steel dishwasher from Frigidaire automatically adjusts the wash cycle time and water temperature based on the level of cleaning your dishes require. And better yet, this model is Energy Star Certified and comes with an exclusive Energy Saver option that effectively dries your dishes without using heat, which in turn, will cut down on your monthly energy costs. 

Key Features:    

  • ENERGY STAR Certified   
  • OrbitClean Wash System 
  • SpaceWise Adjustable Rack  
  • DishSense Technology 

Midea 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

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Sanitizing and washing plentiful loads of dishes after meals will soon be a total breeze with this stainless steel Midea dishwasher. With this affordable stainless steel dishwasher, you can relax about that mountain of dishware stacking up in your sink thanks to superior cleaning technology that ensures dishes come out spotless and clean.

Plus, this dishwasher comes equipped with a high temperature hygienic sanitize cycle that reduces up to 99.9 percent of bacteria to keep germs off the dinner table. To put the icing on the cake, you’ll barely even notice when this stainless steel dishwasher is running (even if you’re standing right next to it), operating at a near-silent 45 dBA.   

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Stainless Steel Dishwasher FAQ

We know there’s a whole lot to cover when it comes to stainless steel dishwashers. So, to wrap up this quick guide, we’re going to answer a couple of frequently asked questions that customers have regarding these beneficial kitchen appliances.

Q: How long should a dishwasher last?

Generally speaking, dishwashers should last about 10 years. However, their life span can always be extended with regular cleaning and maintenance.

Q: Do stainless steel dishwasher racks rust?

A: Stainless steel dishwasher racks don’t have a coating that can chip or wear off, so you won’t have to worry about nicks or dents. They also don’t rust and resist the buildup of deposits and stains as well.

Q: What is a hybrid dishwasher?

A: hybrid dishwasher combines a stainless steel exterior door with a plastic interior tub. These units provide the benefits of both materials and are a great option for many households.

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