If you don’t have very much space in your kitchen then this narrow build dishwasher might be the right choice for your family. The SPT SD-9252SS Energy Star 18” Dishwasher has a lot going for it including a very reasonable price tag.
Firstly, it can hold up to 8 place settings from a normal meal, which is just about enough to cover most families for a day. There are also 6 wash programs which give you a lot of control over how your dishes are taken care of.
We also liked the time delay feature which means you can run the dishwasher overnight when electricity is cheaper and when you don’t have to listen to it make noise; though this is a particularly quiet dishwasher with a maximum volume of 55 decibels.
On the downside, it doesn’t provide heat to dry the dishes and uses a trick called “residual drying heat” which is basically recycling the heat from the water in the last wash. This can mean that if you need your dishes in a hurry; you’ll need to manually dry them.
Some users have reported problems with this model and say that the steel cladding, in particular, is weak but we didn’t find that in our test model. There are definitely better dishwashers on the market but at this price point? Not so much. We’d be happy to recommend the SPT SD-9252SS Energy Star 18” Dishwasher to anyone.