The best dishwasher I’ve ever had was a Whirlpool dishwasher.
If there’s a single brand name that people associate with quality in dishwashers, it’s Whirlpool.
In America, Whirlpool is the most popular choice in the land.
They are some of the best dishwashers in the world.
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However, the question remains which are the best dishwashers from Whirlpool of 2020?
And is there really any point in paying for Miele or Bosch when these Whirlpool dishwashers are so affordable?
Why Are Whirlpool Dishwashers So Popular?
It probably helps that their name is actually associated with water, something that the luxury brands of dishwasher don’t seem to be able to claim.
The more obvious reason is that the price point of many Whirlpool brand items is substantially lower than the serious competition.
Ignoring cheap Chinese knock offs, you can’t find many other brands that pack a great dishwasher into a sub-$500 price range but Whirlpool does it.
What Do Whirlpool Dishwashers Have To Offer?
It can help when considering which is the best Whirlpool dishwasher to buy to think about all the things they have in common.
Now, given the huge size of the Whirlpool feature and price range – not every dishwasher is the same, so make sure if a feature is important to you that the unit you are considering has it.
With so many choices you can get just the right type of silverware basket that suits the size of your family. Plastic tub or steel tub? It’s up to you!
Key Features & Benefits Of A Dishwasher From Whirlpool
Total Coverage Spray Arms
This is a very different arrangement to that of other dishwasher manufacturers.
They use a high-pressure spray delivered through an incredible 21 nozzles to smash the dirt off of every dish in the dishwasher.The idea is that with so much coverage every dish gets properly cleaned and properly rinsed afterward.
People load dishwashers in different ways – so this is a big challenge for dishwasher designers.
They may not be as pretty as other choices but they sure help keep the manufacturing costs down.
If you’re looking for a budget Whirlpool model, it’s almost certainly going to have a plastic tub. Steel tubs are more expensive.
Many other brands can’t use a plastic tub because they don’t use a heating element to dry the dishes following washing. Whirlpool does.
Stainless Steel Tubs
The steel tubs look better and are a feature of Whirlpool’s higher priced dishwashers. There’s no real “washing performance” gain with a steel tub, that we’ve found, but we do prefer the way the stainless steel y fit our kitchen’s aesthetic.
I also think the steel version will endure many more washing cycles than the plastic options. Plus, any way we can reduce plastic in the Kitchen Authority kitchens we go for it.
This is a feature normally associated with premium manufacturers and it won’t come as a surprise that there is only one model in the current Whirlpool range that has a fan dry option (it’s the WDT730PAHZ). A fan drier makes drying faster and more energy efficient and it’s a nice to have if you can afford it.
1-Hour Speed Washing
The most energy efficient washes and water efficient washes take rather longer than they once did. Whirlpool recognizes that sometimes you just can’t wait for your dishes and every single model they sell comes with a 1-hour speed washing setting. Just remember, this costs more to run and it’s not environmentally friendly, so please, use it sparingly.
Soil Sensor Technology
All Whirlpool dishwashers also come with soil sensor technology that automatically adjusts the cycle and water use to maximize the energy efficiency of the process without compromising on cleanliness
Sensor Cycle Detection
This is very nearly the same thing as the soil sensor, and it impacts the load size, water and energy use. All but one Whirlpool model currently has this technology included.
The exactly cycles on offer vary from different top-control models to other models but most Whirlpool dishwashers contain a wide-variety of pre-programmed cycles that are designed to function best with the normal usage of the device.
There are currently only a couple of “smart dishwashers” in the Whirlpool range and if you want to connect your dishwasher to a home automation system it comes at a premium price. We’d expect to see more of these in the future.
Smart features include: a control lock mode (that is supposed to keep kids from opening the dishwasher to “see what’s in there”), additional cycle types (which can be downloaded from your phone), maintenance suggestions (the machine reminds you when you need to service it), automatic ordering (never run out of detergent again as long as you buy it from Amazon) and Alexa and Google integration.
Best Whirlpool Dishwashers for 2021
So, now we’ve seen what Whirlpool can offer, let’s check out some of the individual highlights of their dishwasher range!
Best Budget Model – The WDF520PADM
We do wish that Whirlpool would provide better model names than a bunch of numbers and letters, but this is an excellent entry-level model priced at just under $500.
It’s a bit noisier than we’d like (55 dB) and sadly, it’s also a little smaller than most models and only has capacity for 14 place settings.
However, at that price, who can really complain?
The Best Whirlpool Dishwasher Budget Fan Dry Model – The WDT7300PAHZ
It’s only $100 (ish) more than the previous model but it is quieter (nearly 10% quieter, in fact, at 51 DB) and it still has a plastic tub rather than a stainless one.
It does have the fan drying option which means that drying is more economical and environmentally friendly.
The exterior is covered in stainless steel, which means that it looks amazing in the kitchen. If you can spring for it, this model is definitely worth the extra money.
The Best Whirlpool Dishwasher Low Cost High Feature Model – The WDTA503AHZ
Jump up roughly another $100 in price and you start to get some serious value for your money.
The noise level drops down to a measly 47 dB which is nearly as quiet as some of the very expensive brands of dishwasher.
It also includes that super spray arm that we mentioned earlier and that means you can be sure that your dishes are always going to be perfectly clean with no stuck on food to remove after washing.
The Best Whirlpool Dishwasher Smart Home Model – The WDTA75SAHZ
Sure, this one costs another $100 over the last model but again it boasts an appreciable increase in service offerings. The noise remains at a relatively quiet 47 dB when in use.
But you buy this dishwasher when you absolutely want to integrate it with your smart home infrastructure and at this price it’s one of the most competitive offerings in the market today.
We highly recommend it if you’re wiring up your home to make your life easier than ever before.
Final Thoughts on Whirlpool Dishwashers
While Whirlpool products aren’t quite as well-engineered the trade off is a much more attractive price point.
If you’re watching the pennies or don’t use a dishwasher too heavily, we can thoroughly recommend the Whirlpool line of dishwashers.
We think they represent the best value for money in dishwashers today and it’s no surprise that they are America’s best-known dishwasher brand.
We’d advise you to spend as much as you can to get the best features but we’re positive that you’ll be pleased with whichever model you decide to buy.