Dishwashers

ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers get your dishes clean while:

  • Trimming your utility bills — A standard-sized ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher costs about $35 per year, to run. 
  • Saving gallons of water —  A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save, on average, 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • Protecting the environment — More than 60 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gases and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air quality problems. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers use less energy than conventional models, helping reduce air pollution and protecting the climate. By reducing water consumption, ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers also help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans. Find out more ways to save water and help protect our nation's water supply, below.

Advanced Technology

Dishwasher technology has improved dramatically over the last decade. New ENERGY STAR certified models include several innovations that reduce energy and water consumption and improve performance.

  • Soil sensors test how dirty dishes are throughout the wash and adjust the cycle to achieve optimum cleaning with minimum water and energy use.
  • Improved water filtration removes food soils from the wash water allowing efficient use of detergent and water throughout the cycle. The final clean-water rinse assures your dishes come out sparkling.
  • More efficient jets use less energy to spray detergent and water over the dishes when cleaning.
  • Innovative dish rack designs maximize cleaning by strategically situating the dishes.

Saving Water Helps Protect Our Nation's Water Supplies

Using water-saving techniques can save you money, and diverts less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries which helps keep the environment healthy. It can also reduce water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. This lowers energy demand, which helps prevent air pollution.

It's not just the dry western areas of the country which need to be concerned with water efficiency. As our population continues to grow, demands on precious water resources increase. There are many opportunities to use household water more efficiently without reducing services. Homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30 percent of indoor water use and yield substantial savings on water, sewer, and energy bills. Start saving today.

Current Specification Effective Date: January 29, 2016

Dishwashers originally earned the ENERGY STAR label in June, 1996. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers are 12% more efficient than non-certified models and are more efficient than models that simply meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.

Dishwashers Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

What else should I look for when buying a dishwasher?

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
The EnergyGuide label tells you how much energy it takes to operate a dishwasher. Use it to compare the energy use of similar models and estimate annual operating costs. Learn How to Use the EnergyGuide Label.

Choose the right size for your home.
Standard-capacity models hold more than eight place settings and six serving pieces, while compact-capacity models hold up to that amount. If you have to operate a compact model more frequently, over time you may use more energy than you would with a standard model.

Choose a dishwasher with several wash cycle options.
Look for models that have multiple cycle options so you can choose the cycle that best fits your load. If your dishes are only slightly soiled, you can use a light cycle that uses less water. Other options might include an energy-saving wash cycle or no-heat air dry. 

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Dishwasher vs. Hand Washing Dishes

 Dishwasher vs. Hand Washing Dishes

If you still wash your dishes by hand, you're wasting more than just time.

Save money.

Washing dishes in a new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher rather than hand washing can cut your utility bills by about $111 per year.

Save time.

Instead of scrubbing, rinsing, and drying each dish, just load them all in an ENERGY STAR dishwasher and press start. Using an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher can save you over 230 hours of personal time over the course of a year. That's almost 10 days!

Get better cleaning.

ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers have features which result in better cleaning. For example, they boost water temperatures to 140 degrees, which allows for improved disinfection compared to hand washing.

Save energy and water.

Thought you were efficient? A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher uses about a quarter of the energy used when washing dishes by hand and saves more than 7,000 gallons of water each year!

Save the environment.

Because they use less energy, ENERGY STAR certified products reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels. By reducing water consumption, they also help protect our lakes, streams and oceans.

Best Practices

Take advantage of these best practices to save more money on your utility bills.

Scrape don't rinse.

Rinsing dishes before loading them in the dishwasher increases the total water and energy used. Save yourself the rinsing - just scrape food off dishes. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers and today's detergents are designed to do the cleaning so you don't have to. If your dirty dishes sit overnight, use your dishwasher's rinse feature. It uses a fraction of the water needed to hand rinse.

Load it up.

Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.

Skip the heat. 

Use a rinse agent and select the no-heat drying option. It gives good drying results with less energy.