Today’s high-efficiency dishwashers offer the latest features while saving both energy and water.
On average, ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers use 15% less water and 5% less energy than standard models on the market. If you’re replacing an older machine, the energy savings are even greater. Features of these dishwashers include advanced soil sensors, better water filtration, and adjustable dish racks. To compare efficiency and average operating cost among different ENERGY STAR certified models, look for the yellow EnergyGuide label.
Why ENERGY STAR Is More Efficient
Technical advances make it possible for ENERGY STAR certified machines to use less energy and water than standard models. High-pressure jets mean you no longer have to rinse dishes before loading. Advanced soil sensors periodically test dishes while they’re washing, adjusting for the best clean while using the least amount of water and energy. And highly efficient motors reduce the energy needed to wash dishes, saving you money.
- Saves hot water and electricity
- Saves time: no rinsing, just scrape and load dishes
- Advanced technical features boost efficiency and performance
What to Look for in a Dishwasher
If you’re shopping for a new dishwasher, it’s worth keeping a few key features in mind. First, consider what size makes sense for your household—small machines handle about eight place settings, larger models up to 16. Machines with stainless steel (rather than plastic) tubs dry dishes more efficiently and also tend to be quieter. Look for our Smart Choice label when you shop—it indicates models Efficiency Vermont has picked as “best of the best” for efficiency and quality.
- A yellow EnergyGuide label allows you to compare efficiency levels of ENERGY STAR dishwashers
- Pick the right size: compact units may require running more loads, which is less efficient
- Look for adjustable racks and fold-down tines for maximum convenience