A dishwasher, although not a complete necessity, still offers a variety of benefits that would certainly help its user. For this reason, it can be a long-term investment for any homeowner. Modern dishwashers use very little energy to run and relatively less water than handwashing. If you are in the market for a dishwasher, you will love this article. Our editors collected the best dishwashers for sale in South Africa.
A dishwasher allows the cleaning of fragile ceramic or glassware without the danger of the dishes breaking because of soapy hands. This modern appliance is crucial for persons who do not have time to wash their dishes or are physically incapable of doing so.
Buying Guide: Best Dishwashers in South Africa
A dishwasher is a kitchen appliance that takes up a lot of room in the kitchen. Thus, it must look good and fit into your kitchen.
Control Panel Location
There are two common control panel locations: front-mounted and top-edge. The former allows for easy viewing of the cleaning progress of dishes. On the other hand, the latter gives a dishwasher a more sleek look.
Size and Capacity
Size and capacity are major considerations when buying a dishwasher. A larger family usually necessitates a larger capacity dishwasher. However, our experts recommend that you also consider the space a dishwasher occupies.
The capacity of the dishwashers is measured by place; this refers to all dishes one person might use in a three-meal course.
Dishwasher tubs are mainly made out of two materials: stainless steel and plastic. A stainless steel tub has a higher quality but is typically more expensive compared to plastic. However, in most cases, a plastic one will suffice.
Nobody likes a noisy dishwasher. For people in studio-type apartments, noise is crucial, or the lack thereof. You would not want to take the dishwasher for a spin, especially when your walls are thin, as the neighbors may complain.
Although a quieter dishwasher generally requires more money to buy, finding the balance between noisiness and the amount of money you are willing to spend is key.
Water consumption varies greatly depending on the model and its quality. The size of the dishwasher also substantially affects the amount of water it will use.
Similar to water consumption, a more modern dishwasher typically consumes less water. Furthermore, a higher-capacity dishwasher would obviously consume more power.
Speed and Cycles
There are different wash cycles depending on the dishwasher. However, most dishwashers generally have normal, heavy, and light settings. As always, a more sophisticated and expensive dishwasher offers a lot more options in terms of speed and cycles.
The drying process is essential for a dishwasher, as a wet dish can lead to contamination if not dried properly. Some dishwashers offer a heating element or fan to dry the dishes.
Filters are divided into two types: self-cleaning and manual. Self-cleaning filters use a grinder to dispose of the food waste down the drain. On the other hand, the manual one collects the debris and food waste in a separate compartment. Manual filters require regular maintenance once filled.
Smart Home Technology
In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), everything is smart and connected to the cloud. Only modern dishwashers offer smart home technology. Compared to traditional dishwashers, high-tech dishwashers allow for a washing schedule and remote control and monitoring of the dishwasher.
The same is true for all other products; the price or budget is also a big consideration. Typically, higher prices lead to better-quality products. But not everyone has the luxury to buy expensive products. Therefore, balance is key.
Best Dishwashers for Sale in South Africa
Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher
Website: Bosch South Africa | Installation Type: Built-under | Number of Place Settings: 16 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 44 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 4.16 to 23.85 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 860 x 603 mm| Net Weight: 43 kg | Price: R 49,866
The Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher has a soil sensor that determines how dirty the dishes are and programs the washing accordingly. It uses an energy-efficient condensation method to dry its dishes. Our editors were amazed at its AutoAir feature, which automatically opens the door to let the moisture escape for faster drying.
It only has a 44 dB noise ratio. So, you can still enjoy an episode of your favorite TV show without that annoying sound in the background. Moreover, it comes with a stainless steel tub that offers guaranteed durability. It also has 14 pl for massive storage.
On top of these features, since it has a soil sensor, this product will only use the absolutely necessary water and power needed to thoroughly clean the dishes for maximum efficiency.
Defy 13pl White Dishwasher – DDW240
Website: Defy South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 13 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 47 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11.4 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 600 x 850 x 600 mm | Energy Efficiency: A++ | Price: R 5,499.99
The Defy 13pl is an energy-efficient and cost-effective dishwasher. It has an A++ rating for its energy consumption, which saves you money while saving the environment. Plus, it makes you worry less about the electric bill.
For people who do not want noisy dishwashers, we are happy to inform you that it only produces 47 dB of noise. If you need a reference, it is only as loud as a normal conversation. The Defy 13pl White Dishwasher has five (5) options that the user can use to determine their load.
Furthermore, the Defy 13pl white dishwasher does not consume a lot of water. Its average water consumption per cycle is only 11.4 liters. Like any modern dishwasher, it features a quick-dry setting for drying the dishes.
This product also offers a half-load setting when the main compartment is not totally filled with dirty dishes to avoid breakage when running. If you live alone, this feature will save you a ton of money.
Black+Decker Compact Countertop Dishwasher
Website: Black and Decker | Installation Type: Countertop | Number of Place Settings: 6 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 60 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 546 x 551 x 437 mm | Net Weight: 20.79 kg | Price: R 8,381
The Black+Decker compact countertop dishwasher offers a decent energy consumption of 0.9-kilowatt hours. So the cost per year is manageable for anyone. Its small yet functional display lets you cycle through each wash setting. The easy-to-navigate controls complement the LED and allow for the effortless setting of cycle time.
Quick connect allows you to easily connect the Black+Decker dishwasher to the faucet. Therefore, it does not need permanent installation. People who rent apartments will love this feature.
As this offering from Black+Decker is only a countertop dishwasher, it only offers six (6) place settings. While it can be small for extended families, it is perfect for solo living.
The Black+Decker dishwasher features a stainless steel body, which guarantees its durability. Lastly, it only produces 60 dB of noise (but on a typical wash cycle, expect around 49 dB).
Bosch 13 Place Stainless Steel Dishwasher
Website: Bosch South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 13 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 50 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 9.5 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 600 x 850 x 600 mm | Energy Efficiency: A+ | Price: R 6,919
The Bosch 13pl is the cheaper alternative to the Bosch 500 Series without sacrificing the stainless steel body the latter boasts. Do not dismiss the Bosch 13-pl just yet because it is also energy-efficient and does not require a lot of water. It has an A+ rating for its energy consumption and an average water consumption of 9.5 liters.
This dishwasher only produces a 50 dB noise, which is louder than the 500 series. On top of the A+ rating, the Bosch 13pl is rated A for performance and its drying process.
The Bosch 13pl features a sophisticated glass front. So, you can monitor the dishes when cleaning.
Furthermore, the product also features an extended, increased temperature option for better hygienic cleaning and a re-adjustable option for all space levels.
Smeg Universale Stainless 14-Place Dishwasher
Website: Smeg South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 45 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: FlexiDuo | Water Consumption: 7 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 848 x 600 mm | Energy Efficiency: A++ | Price: R 14,999.99
The Smeg Universale 14pl has an A++ rating for energy efficiency, making it a product that is good for the environment. Additionally, it boasts an A rating in both cleaning and drying performance. With this, you can be assured of the quality of the cleaning of the dishes.
It has an average noise output of 45 dB, which puts it in the white noise range. This dishwasher offers a sleek and modern look with its minimalistic gray design, which is perfect for a modern kitchen setting.
It also has a 39 dB noise output for an even quieter experience, so you can almost completely forget this dishwasher is running.
LG 14pl Matte Black QuadWash Steam Dishwasher
Website: LG South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes, Micro LED Display | Silence Level: 38 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: NeveRust™ Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 9.5 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 600 x 600 x 850 mm | Energy Efficiency: A+++ | Price: R 16,999
The LG 14pl QuadWash Steam Dishwasher has an outstanding A+++ energy rating – the highest rating a dishwasher can get. Its water consumption is also not bad at only 9.5 liters. These two statistics make the LG QuadWash Steam Dishwasher energy and water efficient.
Furthermore, it has eight (8) washing options for choosing how the dirty dishes will be treated. These options are perfect for making the user use fewer resources as needed and for the best output.
It has a 38 dB noise output, which is quieter than a person snoring. The third rack, which is height adjustable, allows for 14 different configurations. Lastly, as with any LG appliance, it boasts a stainless steel body, which boosts its durability. It is built like a tank, which is again excellent for long-term use.
Defy 13pl Manhattan Grey A+ Dishwasher
Website: Defy South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 13 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 51 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11.5 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 600 x 850 x 600 mm | Energy Efficiency: A+ | Price: R 4,499
The Defy 13pl A+ is essentially the cheaper, and thus lower-quality, version of the Defy 13pl white dishwasher. It has an A+ rating for energy efficiency, whereas the latter has an A++ rating. On the other hand, the water consumption is very similar, at around 11.5 liters on average.
The Defy 13pl A+ has a lot of similarities to the 13pl white dishwasher. For instance, it also offers the half-load option, which saves water and energy when there are only a few dirty dishes that need washing. Note that it has five (5) washing options built into its programs.
What we do not like about this Defy dishwasher is its noise level of 51 dB. It is considerably noisier than its big brother. However, it more than makes up for this disadvantage with its stainless steel body and added durability.
Grundig GNF 11512 X Dishwasher
Website: Grundig South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in, Freestanding | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes, digita display | Silence Level: 48 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 850 x 600 mm | Net Weight: 46.4 kg | Energy Efficiency: A+ | Price: R 7,999.99
The Grundig GNF 11512 X dishwasher has an energy rating of A+, which makes it average in terms of ratings. Moreover, it has average noise levels of only 48 dB. This silent operation is thanks to the inverter EcoMotor used.
This product offers five washing options. Like the Defy dishwashers, it offers the half-load feature.
The Grundig dishwasher is perfect for cleaning up after a dinner party as it features 14 place settings. On top of this, it sports a third rack that is adjustable for added customizability.
Furthermore, it is not water hungry with its 11-liter water consumption. You can monitor the wash status using the digital display. Overall, if you are looking for a large-capacity option, then this product is worth a look.
Smeg 14pl Integrated Dishwasher – DWI7QSA-1
Website: Smeg South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in, integrated | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 47 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: FlexiDuo | Water Consumption: 9 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 818 x 545 mm | Net Weight: 42 kg | Energy Efficiency: A++ | Price: R 17,249.99
This integrated dishwasher from Smeg has an energy consumption rating of A++, making it higher than average compared to other dishwashers. Additionally, its cleaning and drying performance is rated A. This rating guarantees that you will have squeaky-clean dishes after every wash.
Compared to our previous pick from Smeg, this dishwasher is a lot more powerful. Therefore, it is a little louder at 47 dB. In our opinion, the difference is not that noticeable. One cycle of this dishwasher consumes 9 liters of water, which is astonishingly low if compared to other dishwashers.
This dishwasher offers a built-in design for a cleaner, more seamless look in the kitchen. Plus, it is a little more compact than the previous Smeg dishwasher.
Midea 6 Place Counter Top Dishwasher – WQP6-3602F
Website: Midea South Africa | Installation Type: Countertop | Number of Place Settings: 6 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 49 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 6.5 liters (eco mode), 8.5 liters (normal mode) | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 550 x 438 x 500 mm | Energy Efficiency: A | Price: R 4,499
The Midea 6 Counter Top Dishwasher offers a countertop design that limits its size and capacity. It mainly focuses on a low number of dishes that one or two people might use.
This dishwasher has an A energy rating and produces 49 dB of noise. Its small dimensions translate to lower water consumption. For each cycle, it only consumes on average 8 liters of water per use.
This Midea countertop dishwasher also features an eco mode for even lower water and energy consumption at 6.5 liters and an A+ in energy class.
Smeg Freestanding Dishwasher – DW6QWSA-1
Website: Smeg South Africa | Installation Type: Freestanding | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 47 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: FlexiDuo | Water Consumption: 12 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 848 x 600 mm | Net Weight: 58 kg | Energy Efficiency: A+ | Price: R 8,799
The Smeg Freestanding Dishwasher (DW6QWSA-1) has an energy efficiency class of A+ along with a noise level of 47 dB. Furthermore, it has a cleaning and drying performance rating of A, making it a pretty safe pick.
The freestanding dishwasher is the more barebones variant of our previous picks from Smeg. So, it is not as efficient. To begin, it consumes 12 liters of water on average per cycle. This water consumption is on the high end of the spectrum.
Other than that, this freestanding dishwasher offers all the premium features from Smeg. For instance, it has an adjustable upper basket on three levels with foldable racks on the lower basket. Moreover, it features a tub material made of stainless steel for durability and long-term use.
Toshiba 14pl Dishwasher – DW-14F1
Website: Toshiba Lifestyle Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 14 | Display: Yes, LED display | Silence Level: 49 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 601 x 845 mm | Energy Efficiency: A++ | Price: R 6,957
The Toshiba 14pl dishwasher has an energy rating of A++ with 6 wash programs. It also has a 49 dB noise ratio and uses 11 liters of water per cycle.
Toshiba dishwashers offer a more thorough washing experience. What separates this dishwasher from the pack is its UV-LED sterilizer. With UV-LED Sterilizer Technology, a function that sterilizes your kitchenware with UV light after the washing cycle. This results in the most efficient removal of bacteria, leaving your dishes clean and ready for use again.
On top of this innovative feature, Toshiba adds the sliding tray feature. This allows you to move the sliding tray sideways for more room to accommodate tall glasses, forks, and knives.
Candy Brava 16 Place Settings Inox Dishwasher
Website: Candy South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 16 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 41 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 10 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 600 x 850 x 600 mm | Net Weight: 45.5 kg | Energy Efficiency: A+++ | Price: R 11,499
Nowadays, everything has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Does this mean that these modern technologies are also in dishwashers? Yes. Enter the Candy Brava 16 Place Settings Inox Dishwasher. You may ask why a dishwasher needs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Well, these technologies allow you to control the system remotely, making it really convenient to use.
Aside from these features, it has an energy rating of A+++, which is considered the top rating in terms of energy consumption. With its 12 washing programs, your dishes will be clean as new.
Furthermore, the Candy Brava Inox is also one of the quietest dishwashers on the market, with only a 41 dB noise ratio. It is hardly audible when in use. Other features include a smart door that displays the programs, time left, and other things that would be relevant to the user.
Univa 13 Place Dishwasher – UDW301
Website: Univa South Africa | Installation Type: Built-in | Number of Place Settings: 13 | Display: Yes | Silence Level: 52 dB | Interior Light: No | Tub Material: Stainless Steel | Water Consumption: 11.5 liters | Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 598 x 850 x 598 mm | Energy Efficiency: A++ | Price: R 4,499
The Univa 13Pl dishwasher has an A++ energy rating, which is a bit higher compared to the other dishwashers on this list. It sports five washing programs and a 52 dB noise ratio. Like our other picks, it comes with a stainless steel tub that ensures durability and longevity.
It has a half-load quick wash setting for moments when there are only a limited amount of dishes. Lastly, it features an LED display with knob control, which our editors found much easier to use than other control panels.
Based on our thorough evaluation of the different products on the market, the product we recommend for the everyday user would be the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher, because of its overall high quality, given the price that it offers and the quality that it provides. When you consider the Bosch appliance line, you can almost guarantee that you will get a high-quality product that is worth the money you spent.
If you live alone or with only another person, a countertop dishwasher is more sensible and can save you money. In this category, we recommend the Black+Decker Dishwasher because of its overall great quality. Along with that, it boasts easy usage for its user and a sleek look that will fit most countertops.