Best-Rated Dishwashers

Compare dishwashers in New Zealand with Canstar Blue. Fisher & Paykel, Bosch, LG, Samsung and Haier were compared Overall Satisfaction, Appearance & Design, Ease of Use, Internal Layout, Performance & Reliability, Quietness and Value for Money.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Most Satisfied Customers | Fisher & Paykel

Kiwi consumers come clean, rating Fisher & Paykel their No.1 choice of dishwasher.

How we rate dishwashers

Our review compares dishwashers on customer satisfaction, so you can discover what other Kiwis think about our compared dishwasher brands before you go ahead and make a purchase. Think of it like asking hundreds of your closest mates which dishwashers they think are best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 458 Kiwis who had bought a dishwasher over the past five years for their feedback on the dishwashers they bought.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their dishwasher brands from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a dishwasher brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Appearance & design: the dishwasher has a design that is aesthetically pleasing and fits unobtrusively in modern kitchens.
  • Ease of use: settings and functions are easy to locate and use.
  • Internal layout: the dishwasher features a generous load capacity and an internal layout that can fit oddly shaped items (i.e. pots, pans, wine glasses, etc).
  • Performance & reliability: the dishwasher cleans well consistently on various settings and its performance hasn’t decreased over time.
  • Quietness: the dishwasher operates at a volume that isn’t disturbing.
  • Value for money: the cost is low for the quality and performance of the dishwasher.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall Satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall Satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall Satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall Satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Fisher & Paykel
  • Bosch
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • Haier

Best dishwashers in New Zealand

  1. Fisher & Paykel
  2. Bosch
  3. LG
  4. Samsung
  5. Haier

Fisher & Paykel

Ratings Results

The winner of Canstar Blue’s 2023 Dishwashers Award, Fisher & Paykel is the only dishwasher brand in this year’s award survey to earn a 5-Star Overall Satisfaction rating from consumers. Across the board it earns a further 5-Star rating, for Ease of Use, plus great 4-Star ratings in all other categories.

Editor’s Notes

Fisher & Paykel is a brand synonymous with appliances in NZ, especially the dishdrawer dishwasher, which it invented – a type of dishwasher that 23% of those in our survey own. Across its four ranges – the 5,7,9, and 11 Series – Fisher & Paykel retails 44 different models.

The options range from single dishdrawer 7-place units and 15-place dishwashers, from around $1400, up to double dishdrawer machines for over $3500, in a choice of freestanding, built-under or integrated models.

All Fisher & Paykel dishwashers earn energy ratings of between 3.5 and 4.5 stars and water ratings of between 4.5 and 5 stars, and boast functions including extra-hot sanitise wash cycles, special dry settings for plastics and flexible internal layouts.



Ratings Results

Bosch has won our award multiple times in previous years, and once again scores highly, achieving the best set of marks of any brand across our individual categories. However, because it just slips and earns a 4-Star rating for Overall Satisfaction, it places second on our ratings table.

Editor’s Notes

German appliance manufacturer Bosch is synonymous with quality and design, and many of its models are made in Germany. Its range of 20 dishwashers incorporates 11 products ranging from 11-place to 15-place models. Bosch’s dishwashers are split between integrated and standalone units, and all apart from one 45cm integrated model (11-setting) are a standard 60cm width.

Bosch dishwashers boast features such as EcoSilence Drive, for whisper quiet operation, wireless connectivity and HygienePlus, an extra-hot hygienic rinse.


Ratings Results

LG earns a 4-Star rating for Overall Satisfaction. And its customers are obviously very happy with their purchases, as the dishwasher brand earns a mix of top 4- and 5-Star ratings across all categories, including a top rating for Performance & Reliability, which is the biggest driver of consumers’ satisfaction with their dishwasher choices.

Editor’s Notes

LG is a multinational electronics company that is based in South Korea. It produces a wide range of electronic goods and home appliances. In New Zealand, it retails six models of dishwasher, offering 14- and 15-place settings. Models range from around $1300 to approx $2300 and all feature QuadWash technology, ensuring cleaning from multiple angles.

Other features include TrueSteam, to tackle stubborn grime, EasyRack, for versatile, easy loading and wi-fi connectivity. All models boast 4-star energy ratings and either 5- or 5.5-star water ratings.


Ratings Results

Fourth overall, Samsung still places closely behind both Bosh and LG, and earns a 4-Star Overall Satisfaction rating. It earns three 5-Star results, for Quietness, Design and Ease of Use, and additional 4-Stars across all other categories measured.

Editor’s Notes

Samsung’s range incorporates just three models, a 14-setting dishwasher available in black or silver (approx $1200) and a cheaper 13-place model (approx $700) in white. All models feature seven programs, including sanitise and half-load, adjustable shelving and 4.5-star water ratings and 3.5-star energy ratings.

haier logo


Ratings Results

Rounding out this year’s ratings table, Haier earns a clean sweep of three-star ratings across all categories. While not a stand-out result, a three-star rating means that the brand scored at least 6/10 in each category, indicating that Haier’s consumers are still happy with the performance of their purchases.

Editor’s Notes

Haier was founded in China in 1984 and is the owner of Fisher & Paykel. Here in NZ, the brand is often considered a cheaper alternative to Fisher & Paykel products, delivering great design and features at an affordable price.

Its range of dishwashers covers 12 machines, ranging in price from $900 to $1800, and from 10 to 15 place settings. Its mid-range units feature 5-star water ratings, six wash settings, including auto wash, glass and eco, plus Thermo Dry, for better drying result. Haier’s new top-of-the range steam dishwashers feature eight programs, including steam-sanitise mode, 5.5-star water ratings and 4.5-star energy ratings, plus wi-fi connectivity.

Other dishwasher brands

Not all dishwasher brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.

  • Beko
  • Bellini
  • Electrolux
  • Miele
  • Smeg
  • Westinghouse


Editor’s Notes

Beko is a Turkish company that is one of Europe’s biggest appliance manufacturers. Here it sells a range of four freestanding dishwashers (14- and 16-settings) and a 14-setting integrated model. Its 16-setting dishwashers have 5-star water ratings, and all Beko models come with a five-year warranty. Prices range from around $800 to $1500.


Editor’s Notes

Bellini is an Australian owned household electronics brand that is sold in NZ through Bunnings Warehouse stores. There are currently two Bellini dishwashers available: 14-setting models in white or stainless steel. Both feature 4.5-star water ratings and six wash cycles, for the budget price of around $580.


Editor’s Notes

Electrolux is a Swedish appliance company. It’s a premium brand that sells a range of four 14- and 15-setting dishwashers in the $2000 to $3000 price bracket. As you’d expect for the price, Electrolux’s machines have top-of-line features, including sterilise settings, air drying, superfast washes and comfort-lift swing-out racks.


Editor’s Notes

Miele is a German premium brand that manufactures a wide range of home appliances. Its range of freestanding, built-in and integrated dishwashers spans over 20 models. Prices start at around $1600, for a 14-setting 6-star water rated freestanding model, and hit $5200 for Miele’s top-of-the-range 15-setting, 6-star water rated, smart XXL unit.



Editor’s Notes

Designed and built in Italy, Smeg is a premium appliance brand that has built a reputation for delivering great style as well as performance. Smeg offers a range of 16 dishwashers in New Zealand, both freestanding and built-in models. Prices start from around $1500, for a slimline 60cm 14-setting model with five wash programs, up to around $3000, for Smeg’s top models.


Editor’s Notes

Westinghouse is an Australian brand that has been producing quality cooking appliances for over 60 years. Its range of eight freestanding dishwashers are keenly priced, from around $700 for a 60cm, 13-setting model to around $1600 for a 15-setting model that automatically adjusts wash settings to match the dirtiness of your dishes and features eight wash settings, including half-load, and a delayed-start timer.

Choosing the Right Dishwasher for You

Many modern dishwashers come with a range of cool and sophisticated features, for example wi-fi connectivity and super-hot sterilising functions. But what do the consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest research reveal to be the most important features and functionalities behind their appraisals of their dishwasher purchases?

The answer is straightforward: Performance & Reliability. Nobody likes to find food stains remaining on cutlery, plates, pots and pans at the end of a wash. Overall, nearly half of respondents (40%) cite performance as their biggest concern.

The quality of a machine’s wash performance places well above that other perennial dishwasher concern, noise, which was only the major factor for 16% of survey respondents.

Here’s the full rundown of what the dishwasher consumers in our survey say are the main things they consider when rating their purchases.

  • Performance & Reliability: 40%
  • Quietness: 16%
  • Appearance & Design: 13%
  • Ease of Use: 10%
  • Internal Layout: 10%
  • Value for Money: 10%

Dishwasher Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, apart from the best appliance brand, what do you need to consider before making your purchase. Canstar Blue walks you through what to consider when buying a new dishwasher:

Dishwasher capacity

The first thing you need to consider is a dishwasher’s load size. When quoting a dishwasher’s capacity, most manufacturers describe it in terms of the number of place settings it can hold.

A place setting refers to the standard amount of crockery and cutlery a person uses during a three-course meal. This generally includes one bowl, one plate, a knife/fork/spoon combination and a cup.

When choosing the right size for you, you need to consider the number of people in your household and how many meal’s worth of place settings they’re likely to use during a day. Remember to include snacks and extra mugs and glasses in your calculations. As a rough guide:

Size of household (people)

Place settings (per day)







Once you’ve figured out the capacity of your dishwasher, the next step is to determine which dishwasher will fit in your kitchen.

Dishwasher size

Of course, you need to ensure that your new dishwasher fits your kitchen, so carefully measure the dimensions of the space in your kitchen before you buy.

Dishwashers come in various sizes. The smallest slimline ones have a width of approx 45cm, while the standard size is 60cm.

It’s crucial to measure the correct size, as 5mm can be the difference between fitting snugly, and having to remodel your kitchen benches. So follow the old tried-and-tested rule of measuring twice!

Types of dishwashers

There are four main types of dishwashers:

  1. Integrated dishwashers
  2. Freestanding dishwashers
  3. Drawer dishwashers
  4. Compact dishwashers



dishwasher buying guide

Integrated dishwashers

  • Designed to fit under benchtops and into fitted kitchens, they don’t usually have top panels. Some (as shown) are covered by a panel to match kitchen carpentry, and are designed to have their control panels on the top of the door, rather than the front, as a regular drop-door dishwasher.
  • Large capacity, fitting about 14 place settings
  • Ideal for typical Kiwi families and homeowners wanting a lasting addition to their kitchens

Freestanding dishwashers

  • Pretty much identical to the integrated dishwashers in terms of features
  • Designed not to sit in cabinetry, so feature tops and front control panels
  • Great if you’re renting and want to take your dishwasher with you should you move

Drawer dishwashers

  • An innovative variation on the traditional built-in model, pioneered by Fisher & Paykel
  • Features either one or two drawers that open and close like a conventional drawer
  • Two-drawer models allow you to rotate items from clean drawer to dirty drawer without ever having to fully unload
  • Single drawer models are perfect for people with little kitchen space. Double models are good for businesses, as they save the chore of unloading

buying guide for dishwashers

Compact dishwashers

  • Compact dishwashers are considerably cheaper than full-size models and take up far less space
  • Ideal for singles or couples with a limited amount of dishes and a small kitchen where space is at a premium
  • Around half the height of a standard dishwasher, standing at about 41cm tall
  • Holds about six place settings
  • Can sit on bench tops

Dishwasher features

To narrow down your choice of dishwasher further, take into consideration the following features:

Energy and water efficiency

Every dishwasher in New Zealand carries an energy efficiency label that displays:

  • A star rating – the more stars, the more energy efficient the appliance
  • Annual energy consumption – a kWh per year figure, based on average expected use

The energy efficiency of a model can have a big impact on its running costs, and can save you money on electricity over its lifetime. The below numbers are based on running a dishwasher at the large end of the scale, used once every day.

Usage details

Capacity (place settings): 15

Average number of uses per week: 7 | Based on average 32.5c p/kWh

Star rating Annual energy use Annual running cost
Two 504 kWh $163.80
Four 247 kWh $80.27

The five-year outlook

Based on the above usage, the running costs over five years are:

  • Two-star dishwasher – $819
  • Four-star dishwasher – $401

This is a total difference in running costs of $418

These numbers do give pause for thought, especially as an appliance may well last ten years. Even a half-star difference between models has the potential to add up significantly over time.

Half-load, eco-mode and other wash cycles

Most non-basic dishwashers come with multiple different wash cycles, that cover how heavy your load is, the time of day and whether you’re looking to save on your energy bill.

The two-most common cycles are eco-mode and half-load cycles. Although high-end machines also feature settings such as advanced drying and super-hot sterilising modes.

However, most people end up using just one fixed setting, so don’t make the mistake of thinking more wash cycles = better for you. Choose a dishwasher that features wash modes you think you will actually use.

Flexible shelves and baskets

If you have a collection of different sized pots, pans and crockery that you use on a regular basis, or large wine glasses, then having a dishwasher with adjustable shelving and interior layout options is a must, to make the most of the washing space.

Delayed start

Many electricity providers offer off-peak power plans with reduced cost or even free power during the day, weekends and overnight. Having a dishwasher that allows you to set the start time of a wash cycle allows you to make the most of these power deals, which could save you hundreds of dollars on your power bills.

Related article: Best Night/Off-Peak Power Plans

Noise levels

This one is self-explanatory: nobody likes noisy kitchen appliances, so you check the noise level of your chosen dishwasher before buying it. Most manufacturers list the noise level of their dishwashers in their model specs.

Dishwasher installation

Replacing an existing dishwasher is a relatively simple procedure. It usually requires little more than unscrewing a few plastic pipes to connect your new appliance to your sink’s plumbing. However, if you are installing one in your kitchen for the first time, you’ll need to consider:

  • Power supply
  • Water supply
  • Waste water drainage

If you are confident in your plumbing skills, then by all means DIY. However, if not, then it’s best to leave it to a professional. Most plumbers offer dishwasher installation services. And while paying someone to install your appliance can be a little pricey, it also ensures the job is done quickly and without any hassle.

Dishwasher Loading Guide

Rather like being good at Tetris, there’s an art to loading your dishwasher to ensure all your pots, pans and plates come out sparkling. Canstar reveals how to load your dishwasher the right way.

1. Location, location

Make sure you’re loading from back to front to fit in maximum dishes. Thin plastics like takeaway containers should be stacked on the top rack to prevent them from melting. Put bowls and cups facedown or on an angle so they don’t collect puddles of water, and keep plates on the bottom shelf, where the spray is strongest. Avoid over-cluttering, if the water can’t reach something, it won’t get cleaned.

2. Cups and glasses placement

While glassware belongs on the top rack, cups and glasses shouldn’t be placed on top of the tines (the pointy sticks dishes sit between on the rack of the dishwasher). Instead, place them between the tines to prevent cracks occurring if they bump against each other during a cycle.

3. Plate direction

Avoid loading your dirty plates in a single direction. Arrange them all facing the center, so they have even access to the soap and sprayer. Alternate between large and small sizes when you’re loading, too, to give them the best water flow.

4. Avoid over-rinsing

Rinsing dishes before loading them into a dishwasher wastes water and time. Dishwasher detergents are designed to cling to food particles and separate them from their surfaces, so just scrape off large food scraps into the bin and leave the rest.

5. Use the correct wash program for your dishes

Most dishwashers offer a range of programs, delivering different power consumption and water-usage levels. Even though an eco-wash might take longer, overall it could use less than half the electricity of a normal wash.

6. Leave out your biggest knives and wooden spoons

Avoid putting sharp knives and wooden spoons in a dishwasher, as the heat can degrade them. Items like big plastic serving spoons and spatulas should lie flat in the top rack. Loading them in the utensil basket can block the spray from reaching other utensils.

7. Vary your knife and fork placement in the basket

Ever lived with someone pedantic about the perfect and upright placement of cutlery in the dishwasher? Turns out it’s not actually worth it. It’s better to alternate their directions, with some handles facing up and others down, to keep them from falling into each other. You’ll get a more even clean this way.

8. Don’t overload

Don’t overload your dishwasher, as your dishes might not clean properly.

9. Bulky items beware

Large things such as cutting boards and casserole dishes should go at the back or sides of your bottom rack. If bulky items at placed at the front, it’s possible they’ll block the soap dispenser and prevent detergent from reaching the rest of the dishes. 

10. Other things to keep out

Avoid washing cast iron, copper and non-stick pans. They all need a little more love and care, so hand wash them. Also, anything with adhesive labels isn’t the best for a dishwasher, as they can come off and clog the dishwasher’s mechanisms. Either remove labels from items before placing in the dishwasher, or simply wash the items by hand.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Although it spends its time cleaning, it’s a good idea to regularly clean your dishwasher, as grime and grease can build up in its nooks and crannies, and this can stop it from cleaning efficiently.

Commercially available dishwasher cleaning liquids and tablets are considered the best option to clean your machine’s interior of gunk and foul smells. These products are specially designed to dissolve and remove grease, limescale, detergent build-up, hard water stains, and odours. Dishwasher cleaning products from brands like Finish and Shine are relatively cheap and available from most supermarkets.

Can you clean your dishwasher with bleach?

It’s not advised to use bleach to clean your dishwasher, especially if it has a stainless steel interior or stainless steel parts. This is because bleach and other chlorine cleaners contain an oxidizing agent that can stain and damage the chromium oxide layer of stainless steel.

Can you clean your dishwasher naturally, with vinegar?

Yes, generally speaking, it’s safe to clean your dishwasher with vinegar and some good ol’ elbow grease. Vinegar is a great DIY, natural cleaning solution you can use at home to help remove gunk and odours from inside your dishwasher. Vinegar can also be used for cleaning microwaves and ovens.

However, a note of caution, some dishwasher manufacturers advise against using vinegar for cleaning appliances due to its acidity and the risk of potentially damaging sensitive internal parts. It’s best to check your dishwasher’s instructions manual first.

How to clean a clogged dishwasher filter

Some filters are self-cleaning, although most modern dishwashers have filters that need to be cleaned manually. The filter is where the majority of the gunk build-up occurs. A clogged filter is what typically causes blockages, draining issues and bad smells. With the internal filter removed, you should be able to have a look at the drain, and remove any gunk build-up. To clean the filter itself, simply run it under warm water and use an old toothbrush to lightly scrub and brush off food particles and grime.

How to clean the spray arms on a dishwasher

If your dishwasher isn’t cleaning like it used to, a blocked spray arm could be the cause. Food particles, grease, and grime build up inside your machine over time and this gunk can then become lodged in the spray jets and stop them from flowing freely. Once you’ve removed the spay arms from inside the machine, soak them in white vinegar to loosen any hard water deposits. Then use a toothbrush to clear out any obstructions of the water exit holes.

How to clean the dishwasher drain

If there’s a pool of water left in the bottom of your dishwasher after each cycle, a blocked drain could be the culprit. Food-related debris and other foreign objects (i.e. small spoons, etc.) can sometimes get stuck, block the drain trap and stop it from working properly. You can remove most obstructions from the drain trap with a cloth or toothbrush. But if the problem is more severe, you may need the help of a professional plumbing service.

Can you avoid hard water deposits in a dishwasher?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid hard water deposits, also known as calcium deposits. These are minerals deposits left behind when the water inside your machine dries. Hard water deposits gradually collect inside the dishwasher and in plumbing fixtures over time. They typically appear as a white or green scale with a chalky texture but can be removed easily with a descaling solution.

How often should you clean your dishwasher?

If you use your dishwasher daily or every few days, it’s recommended to clean your dishwasher at least once a month. Doing so will maintain its cleaning efficiency and erase food build-up inside the appliance. Regular upkeep is also advised to extend the lifespan of your machine. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Daily: remove any visible food bits inside the machine
  • Weekly: wipe down your dishwasher door and gasket
  • Monthly: deep clean the interior with a dedicated dishwasher cleaner

About the editor of this page

This report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce has three decades’ experience as a journalist and has worked for major media companies in the UK and Australasia, including ACP, Bauer Media Group, Fairfax, Pacific Magazines, News Corp and TVNZ. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.

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Key statistics

Only run dishwasher when full: 68%

Rinse everything before putting it in dishwasher: 57%

Use dishwasher’s eco mode: 37%

Energy and water-saving ratings played big part in choice of dishwasher: 35%

Use a separate rinse aid: 34%

Have a dishdrawer dishwasher: 23%

Run dishwasher during off-peak/free power periods to save money: 22%

Often disappointed by my dishwasher’s performance: 9%

Canstar Blue surveyed 2517 New Zealand consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers who had purchased a dishwasher in the past five years. In this case, 458 New Zealanders. Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criterion.

The past winners from Canstar Blue’s Dishwasher ratings:

  • 2018: Bosch
  • 2017: Westinghouse
  • 2015: Bosch
  • 2014: Bosch
  • 2013: Bosch
  • 2012: Bosch

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