Most Economical Dishwashers in the UK (2017)

Lots of people are surprised to learn that in some ways, using a dishwasher is more economical than washing dishes by hand. Dishwashers typically use water more efficiently than washing by hand, and also use less energy than you’d need to heat water for washing by hand. Each dishwasher is different though, and some are significantly more economical than others.

How Much Does a Dishwasher Cost to Run?

Energy costs

Dishwashers have an energy efficiency rating which ranges from D to A+++. Most models these days have an energy efficiency rating of at least A. According to this article from Yahoo Finance, an A+++ rated dishwasher will cost about £23 in energy a year while an A rated machine will cost about £38 a year. This means that the energy savings from buying a more efficient model can add up over time.

Other costs

Besides energy costs, there are other costs involved in running a dishwasher:

  1. Cost of dishwasher tablets
    Dishwasher tablets can be very expensive. Tablets from the top brands cost about £0.10 to £0.15 each. If you ran your dishwasher every day and used a £0.15 tablet that would work out at £54.75 a year, which makes dishwasher tablets a bigger expense than the electricity used in running a dishwasher. You can save money by buying supermarket own brands and buying in bulk online.
  2. Upfront cost of buying the dishwasher
    Dishwashers vary greatly in price, from less than £200 to over £1000. Dishwashers with the top A+++ energy rating tend to be more expensive than those with A+ or A++ ratings. Spending an extra £100 on a dishwasher with the top energy efficiency rating might not make sense if it’s only going to save you £5-10 a year in energy costs.
  3. Cost of repairs/replacement
    Buying a very cheap dishwasher might be a false economy if you need to repair or replace it after just a year or so of use. Look for a model from a reliable brand that comes with a good warranty.

 

The Most Economical Dishwashers in the UK

We’ve researched the market and picked out 5 of the most economical dishwashers available in the UK in 2017. In choosing these dishwashers, we looked at these factors:

  • Energy rating: Only models with A++ and A+++ energy efficiency ratings were chosen for this list
  • Annual energy consumption: We looked for models with the lowest annual energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh)
  • Upfront cost: We selected models that present good value for money
  • Reliability: We looked for reliable brands and models sold with a guarantee

 

1. Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher

Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher

Energy rating: A+++
Annual energy consumption: 237 kWh
Price: Mid-range
Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

The Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C has an energy efficiency rating of A+++, so it’s one of the most economical dishwashers on the market. It’s also quite affordable, though certainly not the cheapest model on the market.

This is an integrated dishwasher, so you’ll need somewhere to install it. It has 14 place settings, which means it’s a good size for a family and has plenty of space for washing dishes, cutlery, pots and pans.

The Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C has a 30 minute quick wash setting which is great for when you need some clean dishes quickly. Another nice feature is the 12 hour timer, which lets you delay when the dishwasher starts running. This could help you save more money if you have an off-peak electricity plan as you can run the dishwasher at off-peak times.

Buy on AO.com

 

2. Kenwood KID60X16 Full-size Integrated Dishwasher

Kenwood KID60X16 Full-size Integrated Dishwasher

Energy rating: A+++
Annual energy consumption: 241 kWh
Price: Mid-range
Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

Here’s another dishwasher with an A+++ energy efficiency rating, this time from British electrical brand Kenwood. The Kenwood KID60X16 is an integrated dishwasher with 15 place settings, so it offers more space than average. Like the Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C it’s mid-range in terms of price and offers good value for money.

The Kenwood KID60X16 Full-size Integrated Dishwasher uses 10 litres of water per cycle, which is good as the average dishwasher uses about 13 litres per cycle according to this article from the Telegraph. The low water usage and A+++ energy efficiency rating help make this dishwasher very economical.

Like the Hotpoint dishwasher reviewed above, this model has a useful 30 minute quick wash cycle for when you’re in a hurry. It also has a delay start feature so you can time the dishwasher to run at off-peak times.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

3. Currys Essentials CDW60W16 Full-size Dishwasher

 

Currys Essentials CDW60W16 Full-size Dishwasher

Energy rating: A++
Annual energy consumption: 258 kWh
Price: Budget
Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee

If you’re looking to save money on the dishwasher itself as well as you’re energy and water costs, this budget model from Currys Essentials could be a good choice. It’s very cheap, and has an A++ energy efficiency rating, so it will be cheap to run.

The Currys Essentials CDW60W16 is a freestanding model and offers 12 place settings, so it has a decent amount of space but can’t wash as much per cycle as the more expensive dishwashers reviewed above.

This dishwasher uses 11 litres of water per cycle, so it uses water quite efficiently. It has a 30-minute quick wash option as well as an Eco mode which will help you save even more money on your energy bill.

This dishwasher is very cheap, so unsurprisingly it isn’t perfect. It doesn’t have a timer so you can’t program it to start at an off-peak time to save energy costs. It’s also a bit noisier than average at 49 dB, but it’s not too loud.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

4. Kenwood KDW60S16 Full-size Dishwasher

Currys Essentials CDW60W16 Full-size Dishwasher

Energy rating: A++
Annual energy consumption: 258 kWh
Price: Budget
Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee

The Kenwood KDW60S16 is another budget dishwasher that offers great value for money. It’s quite similar to the Currys Essentials CDW60W16 in terms of both specs and price, but Kenwood is arguably a more respected brand than Currys Essentials. Like the Currys model, this dishwasher has an A++ energy efficiency rating, uses 11 litres of water per cycle and has 12 place settings.

This dishwasher has a convenient 30 minute quick wash cycle. It’s slightly quieter than the Currys Essentials CDW60W16 at 47 dB rather than 49 dB, but still louder than some of the more expensive alternatives (see the quietest dishwashers on the market here).

One nice feature with this model is that it has a built-in water softener, which could help prolong the machine’s life.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

5. Bosch Serie 2 SMS25EW00G Standard Dishwasher

Hotpoint Ultima LTF11M132C Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher

Energy rating: A++
Annual Energy Consumption: 262 Kwh
Price: Mid-range
Warranty: 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

This intelligently designed dishwasher from Bosch offers good value for money and is a good choice for families. It has 13 place settings, so it has a good amount of space.

The Bosch Serie 2 SMS25EW00G has an energy efficiency rating of A++ and uses just 9.5 litres of water per cycle, so it’s very economical to run.

This dishwasher has a good choice of cycles including an Extra Dry cycle that will make sure your dishes are completely dry before you open the door. The quick wash cycle takes 60 minutes rather than the standard 30 minutes, which is a bit disappointing.

Buy on AO.com

 

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