A Top Guide to New Energy Compliant Dishwashers


dishwasher buying guideAt some point over the lifetime of your home, you’ll need to replace that old dishwasher. But rather than go out and buy the most attractive dishwasher available, you first want to make sure any new dishwasher you consider meets all the highest energy compliance rating possible.

Why is Energy Star Compliance Important?

The energy star program ensures that an appliance is energy efficient, saves water and that it doesn’t require too much electrical energy. Most plumbing professionals recommend a high energy star compliance.


The ENERGY STAR program was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 103(g). Section103(g) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to “conduct a basic engineering research and technology program to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate non–regulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution.” In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act.

O.K but for many home owners energy star compliance means a sacrifice in cleaning capability – and what’s the point of using an energy efficient appliance if you have to wash the dishes first.

That’s counter productive because the water you save in the dishwasher, you have to spend before you place the dishes in the dishwasher, right?

Well, not necessarily. Not if you buy the right kind of dishwasher. The following is a guide of the best dishwashers that pass the highest energy star rating.


Tougher new rules have slashed the energy and water dishwashers can use to get the government’s Energy Star seal. But our latest tests show that you don’t have to live with dirty dishes or endure even longer cycles. Better yet, some of the biggest energy misers are also easy on your wallet. Dishwashers built since January 2012 must use about 9 percent less electricity and 27 percent less water to meet the federal EPA’s voluntary Energy Star standard. Our top picks qualify for that coveted seal.

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