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Dishwashing has come a long way. No longer are the days of hand-washing gross dishes. Now, you can pop them into the dishwasher and let it do the dirty work for you. These days, you can get a built-in or countertop dishwasher with all the premium features: quick-wash cycles, sanitization options, unique drying modes, Wi-Fi connectivity, and more.
Stainless steel dishwashers have an air of class and sophistication that gives an aura of luxury to any kitchen. If you are looking to bring a timeless appliance finish that does not clash with your kitchen cabinets and furnishings, check out our top eight picks for the best stainless steel dishwashers.
Stainless steel remains a continuously popular appliance finish to this day. Despite manufacturers releasing fresh appliance colors in matte finishes or custom panels that let users personalize their appliances, homeowners enjoy the versatility and affordability stainless steel offers.
When it comes to dishwashers, a stainless steel finish provides a dash of luxury to an appliance that is otherwise just the workhorse of the kitchen. Plus, a stainless steel dishwasher door can help muffle noise — although the best solution is a stainless steel dishwasher tub. Stainless steel appliances still faced their own critics when they first hit the market, but today’s steel finish appliances are more resistant to scratches, easier to clean, and more affordable than ever before.
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Upgrading to a stainless steel dishwasher will cost more, but making the investment comes with a few great perks:
✓ Stainless Steel Dishwashers are Durable
Modern stainless steel dishwashers are better manufactured to resist scratching, denting, and stains such as rust and water spots.
✓ Stainless Steel Dishwashers are Versatile
Stainless steel dishwashers are compatible with just about any kitchen design.
✓ Stainless Steel Has Natural Antimicrobial Properties
Stainless steel naturally repels germs and bacteria — and that counts when it comes to keeping your dinnerware clean and germ-free.
Head to Head: Black vs. White vs. Stainless Steel Appliances
The market is full of brands that make stainless steel dishwashers, but not all of them are of equal quality. The material can be notorious to maintain, which is why we recommend the following brands if you want a stainless steel dishwasher with low maintenance.
Frigidaire Stainless Steel Dishwashers
Frigidaire is a value brand, which is probably why its Smudge-Proof finish can be found on products from its core appliance line and to its premiere Frigidaire Gallery suite. Frigidaire’s Smudge-Proof finish uses a coating on top of stainless steel to keep fingerprints and smears at bay and ready to wipe clean with just a cloth.
LG Stainless Steel Dishwashers
LG also has its own exclusive stainless steel, the PrintProof finish. The finish is lacquered with an exclusive coating that is easy to clean and is tough on smudges.
KitchenAid Stainless Steel Dishwashers
Easy to maintain and stunning to the eye — KitchenAid’s PrintShield is one of the more luxurious fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finishes on the market.
We’ve grouped together eight different stainless steel dishwashers based on a specific category. Whether you want the best package overall or something luxurious, our roundup includes a best-of model for every shopper.
Best Overall: LG 24" PrintProof™ Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (LDFN4542S)
One of our top dishwashers is the LG stainless steel dishwasher. This dishwasher uses LG’s exclusive QuadWash, which guarantees a spotless clean on the first wash every time. Not only will the number of wash cycles be reduced, but so will the noise using the Inverter DirectDriver motor that makes the cleaning cycle so quiet, that you can enjoy a book in uninterrupted silence. This smart LG stainless steel dishwasher has ThinQ technology that will send notifications to your smartphone when a cycle is complete and even compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, giving you more time to yourself.
Best Value: Whirlpool® 24" Built In Dishwasher-Stainless Steel (WDF130PAHS)
If you’re in the market for a dishwasher under $600, this Whirlpool stainless steel dishwashing machine is a good place to start. This model features simple operation and 12 place settings, which is more than enough for single and coupled households or homes with lighter dishwashing needs. This pick includes a black control panel and a kick plate for a modern look with visual interest.
Best Splurge: Signature Kitchen Suite 24" Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (SKSDW2401S)
Can washing dishes look stylish? This Signature Kitchen Suite stainless steel dishwasher proves it can. Made of premium materials, including NeverRust stainless steel on the interior, easy-glide racks, and a professional handle, doing the dishes is a luxury experience. This pick also packs the features like QuadWash, three-stage water filtration, and PowerSteam Technology for premium dish care for all your cycles. Other perks include quiet 40-dBA operation, interior lighting, and Wi-Fi compatibility, a full list of upgrades that are worth every penny.
Best Smart Compatible Stainless-Steel Dishwasher: LG 24" Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (ADFD5448AT)
This high-tech Smartware LG stainless steel dishwasher is Wi-Fi enabled with ThinQ technology that monitors and sends notifications as the wash cycle operates at the quietest levels with the LoDecibel operation system. The QuadWash technology uses multi-motion arms that guarantee a powerful wash from all angles to get the dishes clean the first time.
Best Stainless-Steel Dishwasher with Sanitize Option: GE® 24" Built-In Dishwasher-Stainless Steel (GDT225SSLSS)
Fresh and clean don’t just apply to the finish of this GE stainless steel dishwasher. With NSF-certified sanitation that eliminates up to 99.999 percent of bacteria, every load will feel fully washed and sanitized too. It’s part of a complete system of dish care that includes water soil sensors to provide the best wash times and water temperatures, plus GE’s Piranha Hard Food Disposer that flushes away food particles for speck-free finishes.
Best 18” Stainless-Steel Dishwasher: Bosch© 300 Series 18" Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (SPE53B55UC)
This Beko dishwasher in a sleek stainless steel finish lets you downsize without compromise. Despite measuring 18 inches, this appliance delivers a lot of performance, from its upper third rack with 30 percent more loading capacity to its flexible loading with RackMatic dish tray with nine total rack positions. To top it off, this pick also includes Wi-Fi compatibility and is ENERGY STAR certified. Overall, 96 percent of buyers give this compact stainless steel dishwasher a recommendation.
Best Energy Star Certified Stainless-Steel Dishwasher: Beko 24" Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (DUT25401X)
This Beko stainless steel dishwasher has been crowned as one of Energy Star’s Most Efficient Dishwashers of our picks. With a stainless steel drum, an adjustable 3-position upper rack, and multiple cycle functions, loading dishes is a breeze, and your dishes will get the ultimate cleaning in absolute silence. The SilentTech and ProSmart Inverter Motor suppress any annoying dishwasher noise while saving you water and energy.
Best Black Stainless-Samsung 24" Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (DW80R5060UG)
Embrace a modern approach to stainless steel with this Samsung black dishwasher finished in a Fingerprint resistant exterior for easy cleaning. This model is intelligently designed to provide next-generation dish care inside a spacious interior with 15 place settings, a third rack for utensils, and an adjustable middle rack for more loading capability. Enjoy superior dish results with StormWash cleaning with a special rotating jet that targets every surface on dirty dinnerware.
Buyers give this top-rated Samsung dishwasher an 8/10 rating for its winning combination of style and performance. At under $1,000, it’s one of the best deals around if you’re looking for a dishwasher with a different look and the power to handle daily dinnertime cleanup with no problem.
Stainless steel dishwashers have become staples of modern kitchens for their premium look, style versatility, and superior versatility over dishwashers with plastic doors. On average, you can expect to spend $150–$300 more on a stainless steel dishwasher vs. a white dishwasher, but that move up in price often also means an upgrade in features and materials. Overall, stainless steel dishwashing machines will still be one of the least expensive appliances in the kitchen, but one that does the most work, so investing in one isn’t a bad idea.
When it comes to stainless steel dishwashers, here’s what buyers are asking.
What is the average cost of a stainless steel dishwasher?
On average, stainless steel dishwashers start at around $500, though the brand, features, and the type of stainless steel finish also affects pricing.
How long does a stainless steel dishwasher last?
Overall, dishwashers typically last 10 years. However, brands like Miele and Thermador manufacture dishwashers that last up to 20 years.
How do you get water stains off stainless steel?
Usually, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, along with a gentle scrub and wipe-down, is enough to bring your stainless steel dishwasher door clean. For more tips, check out our stainless steel cleaning guide.
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